Saving Raw In 3 Easy Steps

john landriganContributor IOctober 9, 2009

LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 24:  (L-R) Wrestlers Ted DiBiase, Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes appear during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Raw is getting killed by Monday Night Football, Raw has the same matches every week, the guest host has totally outlived any purpose. These are the 3 main problems Raw faces and now for some solutions. First change Raw time slot to 8-10 EST. Since the PG era is here to stay, hard to cater and sell to kids when they got school the next day and are in bed. The earlier start time also lets the audience to miss just the first hour of MNF. If the first hour of Raw is engrossing and engaging people won't channel surf to MNF during one of the very many commercials. Besides what does USA air before Raw in the 8-9 EST time slot? A rerun of a NCIS episode.

As for the match issues start Raw with a Cena match it just makes sense. Obviously Cena has to be on every Raw so give him the first match so his fans ,the little kids, can see him before they go to bed. Orton could be so special but he must be allowed to fight different people besides HHH and Cena and Batista. The time has come to give Swaggie a title shot on Raw. 2 heels would work in this case cause they are both so conceited and talented. Raw also has to fix it's midcard problem so many wrestlers are jumbled in mediocrity. Miz won the US title last Raw and unless he can coax MVP into a feud he is going to have the same problem Khofi did, which is no real challenges to the title. Chavo, Masters, Bourne, Mark Henry, Santino have been tainted by Hornswoggle. I know Hornswoggle is liked by kids for some reason but whoever is involved in his storyline seems to become a joke. I keep waiting for DX to turn heel. It is the obvious move, they can only fight Legacy so often. HBK going after Ortons belt would be a change from Orton/Cena and Orton/HHH. But HBK going after Cena's belt will be much better in the long run.

The guest host is old hat and old news. So-called celebrities pitch some project in the guise of being wrestling fans. Next week they have 2 chix who I have never heard of doing the show? Getting a QB from the Super Bowl championship Steelers, is not going to beat Brett Favre beating the Packers in the ratings just not gonna happen. MNF will dominate Raw all year if Raw does not change time slots, and that really is the bottom line.