WWE: Changes Coming to Monday Night RAW?

PWInsider.com is reporting that, with RAW ratings on a steady decline (this past Monday’s edition got a 2.7 rating, which is the first rating increase in a few weeks, though it’s worth noting that it was only a .2 increase from last week and the week before), WWE is tossing around the idea of creating an edgier product for the flagship show. In addition to an edgier show, the WWE may try featuring more actual wrestling matches on the show and less skits and non-competitive in-ring segments (talk show segments, official contract signings, promos, etc.). Vince McMahon is reportedly against this idea, but the current ratings slump has made the Chairman open to suggestions on how to improve the show. Speaking of Vince, the Chairman was not behind RAW going to three hours on a permanent basis from the get-go as he felt that three hours was simply too much (several years ago, Vince did an interview where he mentioned that, in his mind, the perfect length for a wrestling show is 90 minutes), so it’s safe to say that Vince probably saw a ratings plummet coming.

What has not helped WWE’s cause is that, every week, RAW goes head-to-head with NFL Monday Night Football (which actually starts an hour earlier than RAW), which consistently dominates RAW and every other show that airs on Monday nights. Over recent weeks, RAW has also been bested in the 18-49 age demographic by shows like Pawn Stars, Teen Mom II, Catfish: The TV Show, and Sportscenter.

While SmackDown has also been suffering in the ratings for quite some time now, the general feeling is the same as it has been for years, that RAW is the flagship show of the WWE and the company’s television success or failure is determined by how RAW performs.

What changes would you like to see come to RAW? Post your comments in the box below.

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