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When it was announced that the 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw would be the beginning of Raw going 3 hours every week, a lot of people including myself instantly thought it would be a bad idea, I say this because the production of Raws usual 2 hour episodes were average at best and at a time where ratings have been on a steady decline. With this negativity there was also people out there being optimistic that the extra hour will provide more exposure to the stars who don't get much TV time. None of us would know how WWE proposed to use this extra hour until the shows aired and it became clear.
Then Raw 1000th kicked off with a highly entertaining episode, with a number of starts from the past including the likes of Degeneration X, Lita, The Rock, commentary from Jim Ross and so much more. Yes WWE put on a great show, with a number of entertaining segments and a few decent wrestling bouts, but with all the returning starts a good show was expected, the ratings were the highest ever for a 3 hour episode and the highest for some time, just imagine the delight on Vince McMahon's face when the rating came in.
Now take away all the stars from the past and you are left with the current WWE roster, you have the likes of John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus and CM Punk all capable of keeping audiences interested, stars like Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan who possess great wrestling ability. Yet the WWE again seems to be dropping the ball and the third hour only makes this more transparent. Instead of making new stars of the future we get a number of highlight packages and failed attempts of comedy. The first hour is always going to be the least viewed due to the new start time so it is important to put on a good quality first hour, how do you do this? Wrestling matches! You'd think it would be obvious but someone at WWE HQ thinks differently. Elevating new stars is a must for a company still relying on old names to bring in the viewers, how can the next Rock's and John Cena's be made doing nothing backstage or wrestling on NXT?
I got the feeling after the last Raw that the 3 hour format would be short lived, there was no wrestling action for the last 40 minutes, just adverts and a very disappointing contract signing with Brock Lesnar and Triple H . Rather the creative team needs to come up with much better content or go back to the 2 hour format, after all 2 hours of bad writing is better than 3 right?
I have been watching Raw since the attitude era around 1998-1999 and there is no better wrestling show to watch if your looking for all the drama talent and the unexpected Raw is the wrestling show to watch, it usually starts on sky sports at 2am and ends around 4am watching it so late at night gives it that extra special feeling,
The Talent on raw now is not at the stage it once was back in the late 90's when we had Rock and Austin but there still are some very talented wrestlers in the Raw roster right now including Randy Orton who seems to be getting pushed as a massive face and the crowd are loving him at the moment. Randy Orton has been one of the highlights for me watching Raw the past few years with his introduction to Evolution one of the greatest cliques to ever form on Raw the members included Triple H, Ric flair, Batista and Off course the legend killer Randy Orton, DX also are one of the greatest teams to ever form and have some historic moments on raw the feud with the rock back in the attitude era was one of the best you'll ever see
Other stars who have made a massive name for themselves on Raw include Chris Jericho who is now In my Opinion the best wrestler in WWE today, his first appearance on raw was a moment to saviour coming out to the famous countdown in 2000 to interrupt the rock in the ring
Raw has also faced stiff Competition back in the 90's from WCW nitro who managed to beat Raw in the ratings for 84 weeks before the attitude era really took off the monday night wars was one of the best things that could have happened it brought the very best out off wwe they came out fighting and made sure they came out on top with a bit of luck along the way as WCW imploded from the inside with financial problems and young wrestlers started jumping ship and moving to WWE
Raw for me has always been more action packed then smackdown, smackdown has always had a PG rated feeling to it and sometimes can be a bit more predictable then Raw, Raw may not be as entertaining as it once was back in the attitude days but it still remains WWE's top weekly show
Overall Rating 9/10
Raw is the WWE flagship show, known sometimes as Monday Night Raw. This show has been running now for 15 years, and is still going strong, even through many changes of wrestlers and styles.
Raw is shown live on Monday nights in America, and is also shown live here in the UK at 2am (So technically tuesday) on SKy Sports. It varies between the sky sports channels so can be on 1, 2 or 3 and is also shown in HD.
Raw is the bigger of the main WWE shows, and currently is running a "guest host" spot each week, which is basically where a celebrity gets to host Raw. Most of the time it is a celebrity only the Americans know of, like sports stars, but they have had people such as Timbaland, Jerry Springer, The Osbournes and SNoop Dogg. The commentators on the show are usually quite funny, with their little comments inbetween calling the action in the ring. Some of the in ring announcers can be a little annoying, but luckily they don't get to talk very often lol.
Raw usually has the bigger of the WWE superstars of the Roster, like Triple H (Hunter Hurst Helmsley), Shawn Michaels, Sheamus and the most hated guy in my life... John Cena. Vince McMahon, the owner of the company seems to make more appearances on Raw than he does on Smackdown or any of the smaller shows like NXT, Superstars etc.
Raw is a 2 hour show, packed full of great wrestling, comedy, skits and some great talent and interviews with the wrestling stars. You can usually see between 4-8 matches per show, and these can be anything from singles matches all the way up to hell in a cell matches, although these are usually saved for major Pay Per View events like Survivour Series.
The downside to Raw is that there is quite a few adverts, and if you are watching this live, you do have to put with them, sometimes these even start part way through a match! There is still plenty of content on the show though, so you still feel that you get a full fill of Raw. If you don't fancy staying up late to watch this live and you have no way to record it, there is a repeat on thursdays usually around 9pm and is on any of the Sky Sports Channels.
For any wrestling fan, this is the best show to watch from the greatest wrestling company today, and I think it should be watched by all.
"WWE RAW" is a weekly televised professional wrestling broadcast. It is often referred to as the "flagship show" of World Wrestling Entertainment. The show transmits at 9 PM Eastern Standard Time which is equivalent to 2 AM in the United Kingdom. It is a two hour programme and is available live on Sky Sports 3 between 2-4 AM on Tuesday mornings.
It's possible that the one thing in my life I would ever regard as being wholly consistent is WWE RAW's ttransmission times. Regardless of my physical location in the world, I am always able to flick on a television set and find my beloved wrestlers perfecting their craft every Monday at 9 PM Eastern. Their roster of talent has changed throughout the ages but the ageless war of good versus evil has remained at the core of the show which still continues to date.
The idea of "Raw" has changed since its original broadcast in 1993. Back in the day per se, professional wrestlers were very theatrical and were based on an assortment of larger than life characters. Their attire was often flamboyant and the show itself was filled with various pyrotechnic displays throughout the night. As the show evolved so did its competition. Rival companies brought their own flair to the table and this forced the superstars and crew of WWE RAW to up their game. Spending was in a great abundance throughout the late 1990s and this often led to high quality programming at the cost of being very racy and controversial. As the rival companies declared bankruptcy, Raw gradually moved away from its often high cost controversial content into the fledgling of World Wrestling Entertainment's corporate wants for a "WWE Kids" era seen today. While elements of Raw's history can still be seen to date, its production is far from what I grew up with so many years ago.
Each modern day WWE RAW broadcast features a series of professional wrestling bouts, in-character interviews with wrestlers, and advertising features. There is no set consistency between the shows and some broadcasts may be heavily geared towards wrestling matches whereas others may lean more towards the verbal hostility between competitors. The show features three championship belts tiered for the positions of active competitors; the WWE championship for RAW's headlining male main event draws, the United States championship for rising male stars, and the Diva's championship for women's wrestling. Raw is also currently in control of WWE's tag team championship belts which are shared in between all of WWE's branded wrestling transmissions. The programme is also home to a roster of 30 WWE superstars who are unique to the show, and the current main event spectacular as of January 2010 features a feud between the evil Irish born Sheamus and the child friendly superhero-esque John Cena feuding for the WWE championship.
I remember Raw through the 90s as being something which was often shocking. Storylines pertaining to racial persecution, the walking undead and occult ritual, and an abundance of obscene gestures and language were commonplace within each broadcast. Nowadays, the show seems to revolve more structurally around an organized competitive environment where each may bring what he has in a chance to win a championship. The characters featured on the show don't truly reach me as a viewer as they did when I was younger. Perhaps I've simply grown out of the show or the costs involved in creating new and exciting content are out of the WWE's financial reach at the moment. Modern day RAW also appears to sport a lowered sense of showmanship. The entrance stage is much wider which separates the wrestlers from their adoring fans. Long gone are the days of handshakes and high fives; wrestlers simply saunter towards the ring with their accompanying theme music.
My viewership will remain loyal to WWE RAW but I do so with a slight hesitation. It's not something which, as an adult, I'm finding all that interesting at the moment. World Wrestling Entertainment programming at large is missing its former sense of interactivity which engrossed me as a child. Perhaps it will come back in time, but at the moment I'll sit back and watch swarms of toys and merchandise littering the fanbase while mediocre wrestling matches take center stage.
I've started developing quite a nasty sleeping disorder, usually catching Raw live during the hours when sleep should be forthcoming, however it seems between 2 am and 4:15 am I've been catching Raw with an alarming regularity. Raw for those that aren't aware is the WWE (formerly WWF) Monday night TV show that's been running since 1993, over a few US networks (USA Network, Spike TV and back to the USA Network), and has garnered the record for the longest running weekly show on American TV.
With the WWE business currently split into 3 parts (ECW/Smackdown/RAW) the shows each have their own cast that is only to be used on their on their shows (and the monthly PPV's). From memory Raw (Formerly "Raw is War") has always been slightly edgier and more violent than the more family orientated Smackdown brand whilst I've yet to catch any ECW since it's revival under the WWE parent company.
What this basically means is that each of the shows has a separate cast and feel to each others, their own independent personality if you will within the "WWE Universe" (a term that seems to be over used now a days).
So Raw, which was originally shown live every other week with a recorded episode in the middle during the early years of it's tenure, until the infamous Monday Night Wars which saw rival company WCW running it's own live Nitro show. With the growing internet and dirt sheets, the Raw results of the taped episodes we're being leaked, people we're turning away from the product on the taped weeks and Nitro started the 84 week ratings run that almost crippled the then WWF.
As time went on Raw, to compete with WCW went out live every Monday in direct live competition every week, this slowly drove Raw back to the top with storylines that pushed the boundaries. The infamous attitude era was born, the idea of good v evil was thrown on it's head and anarchy and violence became the words of the day and Raw started to dominate.
By the time WCW had died, Raw and the McMohan's gloated live with a simul-cast of both Raw and Nitro (in reality Vince, the WWE owner had bought his rivals out) and the wrestling landscape was going to alter once again.
However it wasn't until the brand extensions in 2002 that we had the shows running as they do currently, the rosters had become too large to operate as a single show, with too many high paid performers want the top jobs, the way to please every one was to split the company and the shows up. This in turn lead to where we stand today with Raw wrestlers only competing on Raw and Smackdown wrestlers only competing on Smackdown.
The Raw brand has in recent weeks been "hosted" by a special guest who arranges whatever matches they feel like, and they can get involved however they feel. These were started after Donald Trump "purchased" the show, and have included WWE alumni Sergeant Slaughter, NBA legend Shaquille O'neal and the actor Jeremy Piven.
Now I'll only comment on what I've seen the past few weeks, so far the roster used seems talented with youngsters like Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Evan Bourne all being excellent performers to watch as well as the more well known main event wrestlers such as Randy Orton, HHH and Chris Jericho who are all hugely impressive to watch. Sadly however as good as the roster is, the bug bear that is John Cena and his terribly annoying knack of being such a super guy has drained on me already. No longer can a good guy lose it seems, it just seems this guy will win no matter what the stipulations, just as it had been last year when I was watching the PPV's. Whether your a fan of professional wrestling or not, it's annoying to see such an untalented guy repeatedly being shoved in our face just because he appeals to the kids for some reason.
The other main annoyances with the show is that they don't show enough real action, much of the TV time is spent in interviews and vignettes that are often just a waste of time and effort. If we wanted to watch people talk crap we'd watch a Ricardo Mayorga interview, and at least they were always funny. The occasional vignette can be funny, the HBK/HHH ones from this morning were hilarious (especially the final one), but with them two you always expect it to be great. Also the "return of Brett Hart" was well done and ingenious.
But sadly having 4 titles on the show (WWE Championship, WWE United States Championship, WWE Divas Championship and the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship) you'd except more than 4 or 5 matches during a 2 and a quarter hour long show. The potential seems there, especially with the young stars coming through, slowly paving their own way to the top much like Stone Cold Steve Austin, HHH and The Rock did around 10 years ago. But the time on screen for them seems limited in the extreme.
Also a quick complaint, the booking of some of the matches is dreadful, the fact the company keeps using people like Mark Henry almost hoping that the fans will one day start to get behind a slow cumbersome guy who they proclaim repeatedly is the strongest man in world. It's irritating to the extreme when you watch him and he can't do anything worth of note, and it's taking up TV time that could be spent on fighters like Santino Marello or Jamie Noble. The booking of this mornings contest between the Big Show and Randy Orton made it seem like their World Champion wasn't up to much as he was effectively squashed by the giant, in a match that made little sense.
Overall the product for what it's worth is watch able, and I may add I may just have caught a poor few weeks. The TV time is seemingly overly wasted, though every show does have some high points, the aforementioned HBK/HHH promo's this morning were excellent, as was the Attitude Adjustment/RKO combination on to Chris Jericho that looked fantastic. But things like the Ken Jeong (some actor from The Hangover and Knocked Up) screeching like a girl for 20 minutes as a guest co-host was just annoying and pointless, as is the almost weekly section of Chavo Guerrero v the midget Hornswoggle in some bizarre handicap situations. The point of which seems like the shows writers have got a bet on to see who can write the worst part.
The good is often great, the bad is often repeated and really terrible.
Monday Night Raw is the top show of the WWE with all the best wrestlers of the company wrestling on the show. Superstars like HHH, John Cena and Randy Orton are all on Raw. How many of you are sick of seeing them on the same show with the same fights? Even with the up coming ppvs its the same matches on Raw its either Cena vs HHH or HHH vs Orton! WWE needs a change and bring in some new matches on the show!
Raw is not much of a favorite show for me to watch any more because of these matches happening all the time.Raw needs some new stars to come in and lighten the show up. The amount of repeat matches on the show is getting boring. Its the same thing with Vince McMahon coming out talking rubbish all the time and then gets insulted.
Right now Raw needs to bring in The Undertaker on the show to battle with Orton or Cena. We do not want to see Triple H vs John Cena again! It has been happening for the last two years now. Also bringing back Jim Ross to the show may help Raw. I do not tune into Raw these days much now because of these same matches happening on the show time and time again.
WWE Raw is World Wrestling Entertainment's flagship show and can be currently seen on Sky Sports 3. It's a two hour show that sets up the various feuds between the wrestling 'stars' so that they can deck each other in steel cages or with large bats at pay per view shows. Raw is apparently the longest running serial show on American television and is on every week.
The format of the show is basically the same every week. The stars of the day come out into the ring at whatever sports stadium they happen to be at that week and they either berate their opponent or the audience. Their 'enemy' then comes out onto the stage and taunts them further, usually leading to fisticuffs before a fight is officially announced by Vince McMahon or another official.
From then on, several wrestling matches take place. These could be women's wrestling, tag team bouts, or more comic fighting - depending on who it is. The announce team - at the moment fronted by Jerry the King Lawler and Michael Cole call the matches and bring us up to date of the feuds - as well as plugging the various WWE merchandise such as the website or upcoming pay per views. The show is also segmented by behind the scenes vignettes with the stars or interviews with oily muscley men. The main event is usually a match between the two guys that started the show off. Nearly always there is a surprise ending to the show so that you watch next week.
Because Raw is a supposed live show, the two hours generally overrun and some things do go wrong. Wrestling as we all know is a scripted event with everything including all the moves staged for dramatic effect. This realisation when it 'came out' in the early 80's didn't dampen the WWE's spirits or audience and in recent years has seen a massive interest in its product. It's a massive money making machine that primarily is aimed at young boys, but has a huge following across the board with women and older people enjoying the show.
Quite a lot of the programme can be fast forwarded - especially if you have Sky+. There is, after you forward the adverts and the boring stuff, about an hour of show to watch. I enjoy both brands of the WWE product - this and Smackdown. There really isn't very much to distinguish between them. However, I hate John Cena! In all, I know wrestling is fake, but 'great' wrestlers like Bret Hart, Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit did have a real showmanship about them. It looked real and painful - but Cena is the worst wrestler ever and relies too much on his rapper gimmick. Technically he really is rubbish - I usually forward anything with Cena in it.
The announcing by Jerry the King is usually entertaining, but Michael Cole can be a little drab. If you want to see Raw properly, then record the live version instead of watching the edited version that is show during the day. If you do, you will get to see the chair shots and the more risky moves that are usually cut out of the edited version.
It's hard to recommend Raw to anyone. Unless you enjoy wrestling - then you probably watch it anyway. There are some genuinely good matches to watch on Raw - and Santino makes me laugh. So give it a go!
WWE Raw is the flag ship programme of the WWE and has outlasted shows such as the Simpsons and Friends. There are three other weekly aired wrestling shows under the WWE umbrella (Smackdown, ECW and superstars.) Raw is seen as the flagship show of the WWE due to the way it is promoted and the wrestlers or superstars in has on it. Although these change every year during the WWE draft.
It would be fair to say that WWE Raw is the soap opra of the wrestling world with it's storylines and rivalries but i think it's fair to say that no matter how indepth the storylines are they are usually drawn out a month or so to long and rivalries are never usually resolved with other wreslters interfering. This can be quite frustrating and tiresome.
The in ring action is moderate during the weekly shows however the best is saved for the monthly pay per views but these can sometimes be dissapointing. All The 'Oh My God' moments and will leave you speechless are saved for Wrestlemania. This is the biggest event in the WWE industry and happens once a year.
WWE's flagship wrestling program has been the homeground for the beginning, build and culmination of nearly all of the biggest storylines in the company. Who can forget Foley winning the World Title, Tyson turning up on WWE television, the debut of Chris Jericho...the list goes on.
However, herein lies the biggest problem with Raw today - the storylines. Firstly, the show is not so much built on angles anymore as backstage soap opera style segments. There's very rarely any stories which the fans can really get behind, although the the 2008 feud between Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels was very realistic and the fans definitely got it.
If you're looking for more of a wrestling show, ECW and Smackdown definitely offer a better quality. However, if you love seeing a show dominated by larger than life personalities and a usually hot main event end segment then WWE Raw is probably the one for you.
WWE first launched Monday Night Raw in 1993 and it has now taken over as the number 1 sports show on a Monday night in the USA, even beating American Football. Raw started out as a taped show in a single small arena, used every week, but has now gone through a series of network changed, a battle of Monday night supremacy with rival show Monday Night Nitro from WCW and numerous other obstacles to reign supreme on the wrestling circuit. WWE is split into 3 brands, but there is no doubt that Raw is Mr McMahon's baby, his creation and his flagship show. The Monday night wars in the 1990's saw Raw fend off Ted Turner's WCW Nitro by using Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock in feuds with the owner Vince to create huge interest. Vince then went on to buy WCW and took the top talent to Raw. The show continues to go from strength to strength and, although some top stars have joined the Smackdown brand like HHH and Jeff Hardy, the main show remains Raw and the current angle with Vince and Orton, along with the HBK and JBL economy driven storyline, Raw still leads the way.
Now known as WWE Raw, this is the flagship show of the World Wrestling Entertainment. It is seen as being the crown jewel in the WWE brand because a lot of the major superstars are based on RAW.
Premiering in 1993, Raw instantaneously became a hit because of its layout and the spectacle it provided for the fans. It was also the first time that a live audience was shown to be interacting in a wrestling show - making it a trend setter and template for future wrestling promotions and shows.
By the late 90's RAW had managed to defeat all its competitors by providing the viewers with a blend of old-style wrestlers and new up and coming talent. The new style of high octane and high-flying wrestlers that were being showcased on the show meant that the audience was kept interested. As a result of this, the WWE managed to acquire its major competitors (namely WCW) and thus solidify its standing as the world's greatest wrestling promotion.
Once RAW had acquired the other wrestling brands, the owner of WWE (Vince McMahon) split the company into 3 separate segments (RAW, Smackdown! and ECW)/ By doing this, the WWE was now able to air more shows every week and therefore continue its domination of the professional wrestling ranks.
After this schism, RAW has consistently been the flagship show for the WWE, being the first of its 3 shows to be aired in the week (Monday nights), as well as being the show where Vince makes his appearances in the promotion. It is clear by the way that the 3 shows are advertised, that RAW stands on its own, whereas Smackdown! and ECW have a closer relationship. The promotions that Raw presents are independent from those held by Smackdown! and ECW (which are co-promoted), thus proving the inequality in the company. I personally think that it is derogatory to the cast of ECW and Smackdown!, seeing how they too are members of the same company as their counterparts on RAW.
Currently, Raw is a 2-hour programme that is aired every Monday nights on Sky Sports 3. It provides the main spectacle of the WWE and also consists of the major talent in world pro-wrestling (Batista, Rey Mysterio, CM Punk to name but a few). Such stars are exclusively signed to RAW, however once every year there is a "Draft Lottery" where the wrestlers are switched to other shows to provide the viewers with different storylines.
There are presently 4 divisions within the RAW promotion - they are:
The heavyweight division, the women,s division, those competing for the intercontinental championship and those in the tag team event. each division has its own belt that competitors vye for.
So to conclude, Raw is the flagship show for the WWE and provides us with the best action within a 4-sided ring.
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Now known as WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) it has graced our TV's for the last couple of decades now.
I have been watching this show since it first aired showcasing such stars as Hulk Hogan, Machoman Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior etc. The show was the first time the WWE actaully had a weekly tv spot that could run week in week out building up story lines and feuds on live tv.
This show was and still is the number one show in World Wrestling Entertainment and is home to many of the top established stars such as John Cena, Batista, Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho.
The show hit new heights during the attitude era when myself and many others would tune in on a friday night at 10pm uk time to watch Stone Cold Steve Austin raise hell left right and centre. The shows success was based on one the greatest rivalrys there was and ever will be in that of Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince Mcmahon. These 2 guys put butts in the seats and made millions tune in every week to watch the show. At the time this rivalry was going on there was no one that could even come close to matching the heat these guys got with the exception of maybe The Rock and The Undertaker.
Unlike now the attitude era made Raw the greatest show to watch on TV. Back then they didn't just use it to hype feuds and title matches for the upcoming ppv's because if you tuned it for Raw then almost every time you were in for a surprise. Title changes on Raw are a thing of the past these days but back then you got to witness stuff like Vince Mcmahon becoming the WWE champion and Stone Cold getting thrown off bridges.
Vince Mcmahon aside the shows leading stars were Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. These 2 guys had it all. They cut a promo like a hot knife could cut through butter. The fans would hang on their every word and they are the guys that everyone wanted to see.
The heights that these 2 reached was unreal and to this day if you asked any WWE Fan over the past 10 years which 2 superstars have been the most popular than these 2 guys would be at the top.
During the boom period in wrestling WWE was at War with rival wrestling company WCW. This was every fans dream as you had 2 shows producing great wrestling and story lines that you were spoilt for choice on what to watch. I remember I would watch WCW on TNT at 9pm then switch over to Raw at 10pm but keep flicking back during the adverts incase I was missing anything.
Raw took a heavy beating during this war and had it not have been for its top stars and loyal fan base things could have well turned out for the worse however in the end it was the WWE and Raw that prevailed the winners in the end.
To this day Raw still continues to be the number one show in the WWE and with rising stars such as CM Punk and Jeff Hardy the potential for the future is very good. However where Superstars like Stone Cold, The Rock, Triple H, the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels have all become icons with the show there is many many more that have failed.
At the end of the day when the fans tune into see Raw its them that decide who will make it big in the company regardless off how the company push them or make them look. Without the fans the WWE and Raw would not be running.
So to sum it up for all the old school Raw fans. "If your not down with that I just got two words for ya"........
Its Friday night, its 10pm. Am I out partying at the local bar? Course I m not Friday night is 'rasslin night! Sky Sports 1 is Raw! In its hey day WWE Raw was one of the best TV shows around and was a real focal point of Sky Television, now its not even in the top 10 shows (by means of viewers), not by a long shot. So what went wrong? Firstly yes I know everything gets popular and eventually trails off (proof of that is Buffy the Vampire Slayer or South Park) but I don't think that the main reason Raw just isn't the show it used to be.... Firstly I would say lack of competition really is not helping the WWE. Just look at the facts in 1999 WWE Raw was pulling 6&7 million people in US and WCW Nitro was pulling 4&5. That?s roughly 11 million people a week watching wrestling in 2002 WWE Raw (by 2002 WCW had been bought out by WWE) was pulling 3 million a week, are the other 9 million just all switching off their tvs or missing their favourtie show each week by accident, course they're not! Here are my three problems with Raw, how the WWE can quick fix them and how they can long term fix them. 1. WWE are using their older performers too much in the main event. This year (2003) the WWE are plugging millions of dollars into old performers like Rowdy Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair... the list goes on. Now I m sure their entertaining to watch and can OCCASIONALLY perform on a really high standard but where does this leave the wrestling world in 2 years? Already most of the old guys who headline the PPV's and are the focal point of WWE Raw aren't delivering and putting people off. For example Kurt Angle vs Brock Lesnar was far less hyped than Stone Cold vs. The Rock, who both only wrestle about twice a year! Quick Solution: Bring younger talent into the storylines involving the older talent (which I know the WWE have begun to do) BUT then drift the older tale
nt out of the lime light at the same time. Long Term Solution: Easy. Invest more into the younger talent and give them more pushes. 2. Raw hasn't got the attitude is used. This is a very strange issue but I think its because of two things that are very similar, one Vince McMahon cannot think up a new direction for the company (which it needs) and because of this old storylines are being dug up (just look at Raw its the same Boss vs Worker feud each week). Quick Solution: Hire new writers with REALLY good skills to sort out the mess thats the WWE is. Long Term Solution: Just as Vince McMahon did on national tv in 1997 the WWE needs a turn around. It needs a new image, and alot of money to be invested into it. It may take 6 months before any drastic results are seen but it needs to be done so as in the long run WWE will boost the rating back up to 6.0?s and 7.0?s 3. The WWE are being lazy! I mean that. Senseless booking takes up more air time than anything else. Unmasking Kane! Where was the sense in that? For six years we have been told Kane's face was hideously burnt, then he whips off the mask and he has a face of any other 40 year old! Quick Solution: Send the writers on a common sense and motivation course. Long Term Solution : Go back over existing story lines making sure that all unanswered questions or mistakes are corrected. Also if needed admit to the audience (preferably in one go) they have made a mistake. Conclusion: Despite all these negatives Raw still is one of my favourite shows on TV, and I watch it every week. If you do like wrestling, comedy, sport or live entertainment then this is still a good show to view, but unless drastic measures are taken WWE will never reach the mainstream heights it did 5 years ago.
Since the WWE split the company and with it, splitting the WWE wrestlers, Raw was been the scape goat of the WWE critics. For me, Raw is by far and away the superior show, for many reasons, 1. Raw is taped live, on the original wrestling night, a Monday night, so there already the more traditional feel makes it better than Smackdown. 2. Smackdowns Michael Cole and Tazz are the most inept and talent less broadcast team in the entire Wrestling history, Michael Cole sounds like a little Boy Band wannabe and Tazz things his tough guy persona make's him acceptable and 'cool' 3. The Smackdown roster is so boring its unbelievable, its the same old crap week in week out, we got this nancy boy called Edge who the WWE are trying to push as this tough guy. well Vinnie Mac, Edge was brilliant as one half of E&C, where his humour was original and accepted, now they are trying to give him a tough guy persona, PLEASE, don?t insult my intelligence. So, on another note, it's the same old match's week in week out, the main event consists of 5 guys, Benoit, Edge, Brock Bitchcakes, Guerrero and Mesterio. Nothing else, absolute boring pap. 4. The top guys on Raw are better than Smackdown, people like HHH, RVD, Stone Cold, Steiner, Booker T, Shawn Michaels, Kane, Basista, Jericho, Christian and Kevin Nash wipe the floor with Benoit, Edge, Brock Bitchcakes, Guerrero, Undertaker, Rock and Mesterio. 5. I hate the blue and gold right attire on Smackdown, its stinks of early WWF rubbish. 6. Although I hate Smackdown to its bitter sole, there is one thing it has over Raw and that?s Matt Hardy, yes, Version 1 is by and away the most talented young star in wrestling today, his in-ring skills and mic skills have improved 100% since he was held back by the injury prone broken down Jeff Hardy when the Hardy Boyz were together. 7. Smackdown are pining their hopes on Brock Lesner, yes, Brock Lesner. He is so
green its unbelievable, he may be this muscle bound freak, the WWE have been forcing him on the WWE fans far to much, eventually people will rebel and tell him to get stuffed. 8. The Storylines on Smackdown are pitiful and non-existent, comparer to Raw who have storylines, which include history and feelings, like the HHH and Michaels rivalry. The Kane and HH rivalry might have been controversial but it was funny as hell and got Kane over as a proper baby face. Compare that to the Al Wilson, Torrie Wilson, Dawn Marie storyline there is no competition really. 9. Raw's RNN reports including the multi talented Randy Orton are brilliant, so Smackdown, now you see that the way to push an heel, do it little by little, not force feeding it down the WWE fans throat?s . Well, that?s about it really. Comments welcome.
It's the Eric Bischoff era of Raw, as the now "WWE" have put the former WCW Chairman in charge of the programme. But what has happened to Raw? What used to be one of the most riveting, and intense things to watch on television, has morphed into a programme that is predictable and boring. Unfortunately, it has turned into nothing more than a Triple H promotion. The current World Heavyweight Champion is using the show for himself, and himself only. Being married to the Boss's daughter certainly, and obviously, in his case, has its advantages. This has allowed him to alter matches any way he likes, and walk all over the young and currently rising talent the WWE has to offer. But how long will this go on for? Until something happens between him and Stephanie? Then, will we see his on camera career go into the pits? All I can say is, I really hope that his real life ego deflates sometime soon, to let the other young talent shine through like they currently should be doing. However, in the mean time, all we can do is sit back and watch, as Triple H is permitted to run Raw however he wishes.