The buzz is all around about Monday Night Raw is going to go 3 hours on a regular basis. Back then, I might have been excited about this. Back then, you had stories that people enjoyed and that weren’t insult to everybody else’s intelligence. Sadly, this is unfortunately going to be 3 hours of the same crap that we’ve been getting from Raw for the last couple of years. And by that, I mean that it’ll be 3 hours of too much talking, not enough matches, the matches we do see for the most part serve little to no purpose, and the same mind numbing stories that has left many of us wanting to punch a hole through our TVs. The last time that we saw a wrestling company try to add an extra hour to a 2 hour wrestling show, it ended up going under.
WCW tried to make Nitro 3 hours, and that did more damage than good. The talent was there for sure, but come on. You had Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo running things. They could’ve been up to their necks in talent and they would still be too stupid to know how to use any of that talent. The second that you saw Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn and Eddie Guerrero all jump ship in one cluster, you knew that there was nowhere for that company to go other than straight down. So what exactly does WWE have that will make people want to watch all three hours of Raw? A better question is if Raw is gonna be 3 hours, what do they need Smackdown for? What can Smackdown give the fans that will make them still tune in after watching 3 hours of Raw? How will doing this move not over-saturate the product more than it already is? What do they have that will attract fans to watch all 3 hours of Raw? More of John Laryngitis or Michael Cole’s oh so brilliant, and unbiased commentary? Pardon me while I heave.
That third hour that Nitro added to itself might as well have been the final nail in the coffin for WCW. Give me one good reason why we shouldn’t think this way with the WWE, considering the crap that they’ve been giving us lately? Their PPV’s keep losing money yearly and that same money seems to be going towards UFC & MMA. WWE should try and find a way to freshen up the product and compete against UFC, but the problem is the fact that all these years after WCW went under, they forgot how to compete. They’ve forgotten how to actually put an effort into their product. Why else would we get the same stories that we’ve seen time and time again? TNA and ROH are nowhere close to being a competitor and WWE is seemingly focused on the little kid demographic, and yet ignoring the demographic that has been the core of their popularity. Eddie Mac on “We Want Wrestling” said it best that the little kids aren’t the ones that are buying the PPVs or the merchandise. They have to go through their parents or whomever to get those things and in most cases, it’s people that have been fans longer than the little kids.
What reason is there to be excited for a 3 hour Raw on a weekly basis? The last couple times that we’ve seen a 3 hour Raw, it sucked and you always had one or two hours that were worse than the other. Other scenarios are to have the first hour start strong and then decline the rest of the way. Back then when Raw was something to watch, you had stories that excited people and made them want to tune in every week. Now, you just have lazy booking which is one of the only explanations that anyone could probably think of as to why an off-camera suit is now getting pushed above everybody else that actually contributes something in the ring. It’s bad enough that you’re going to have your franchise guy in John Cena possibly put over a guy who was so bad as a wrestler that to be called “mediocre” would’ve been a step-up.
John Laryngitis is not a strong enough character to carry a 3 hour show. He’s not even acceptable to carry a 2 hour one. People are bored to tears and annoyed whenever he talks. The whole concept of “People Power” is stupid as hell and nobody’s buying into it. He’s your typical heel authority figure and that’s the problem. The WWE has milked that type of character for all it’s worth and it’s to the point where there is nothing they can give us that we haven’t already seen or heard before with that character. John Laryngitis is a one note character and that’s all he’s going to be. He can’t give us anything we haven’t seen before and the heat he gets is not a good thing. Even the good heels found a way to get the crowd to hate them, but still attract the crowd and not repel them. WWE’s going to make Raw a 3 hour show, than give us something that will actually make it worth watching. Otherwise, I’d suggest to start shopping for a burial plot, maybe right next to WCW.
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