For as long as I can remember, the WWE’s flagship show, Monday Night RAW has never been tightly bound by it’s 11:05 cut off time. As long as I can remember, the show would run slightly over where it was supposed to end on a near-weekly basis. According to Fightful.com, however, that seems to be changing going forward. The report from Fightful reads as so:
“Fightful.com has learned that WWE Monday Night Raw has a hard “out” time of 11 PM EST, as opposed to the soft end time that they’ve enjoyed since the 1990s. We’re told this will begin with next Monday’s edition of Raw, and will continue for the foreseeable future. This is already the case for WWE Smackdown Live on Tuesday Nights.”
RAW has overrun its stay ever since the Monday Night wars where WWE was competing with WCW. It continued to do so even after it won the wars, and became a staple in the show. If it went over it’s scheduled 3 hours, it usually meant something special was happening. One can never forget the night they announced the host of Wrestlemania 27 was revealed to be The Rock, making his first WWE appearance in 7 years. I faintly remember RAW going til about 11:30 that night.
But in reality, there should be no reason a 3-hour program goes over 3 hours, especially when they struggle to keep viewers watching in the third hour.
Since DVR, streaming, and Hulu are such prominent players in watching TV, I doubt this will affect much. In fact, if they cut out the countless recaps and highlights even just a bit, this could help trim down a lot of the pointless filler for Monday Night Raw. Or maybe nothing will change at all. We’ll see next week.
Monday Night Raw, as always starts at 8 PM Eastern.
Braden Jackson – @Dembrae
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