I know that WWE likes the additional revenue they get from the USA Network for the third hour of Raw but as you've pointed out, it's negatively impacting the quality of the product. Why doesn't WWE go back to 9-11 for Raw and use the 8-9 slot for NXT?
Prior to Raw going three hours each week in July 2012, WWE was given an additional hour of TV by the USA Network. Vince McMahon told investors in a conference call that the additional hour would feature a new one-hour live show. There was a lot of talk and speculation about what it would be before WWE finally announced that Raw would be expanding. Since then, I've done nothing but criticize the move. I explained my position in Ask WNW on Friday and it seems you agree with me.
You are not the first to suggest WWE move NXT to air before Raw, however, that would take an original program away from the WWE Network. Adding NXT to the USA Network would mean new episodes wouldn't be able to air on WWE Network for 30 days after airing on USA. Given WWE's need for more original programming on the WWE Network, I don't see it happening.
I liked how WWE aired Tough Enough in 2011 after Raw and would be all for a WWE original program preceding or proceeding Raw to fill the three hour timeslot. It would help break up the content, ease the burden on the writers and likely eliminate some of the dreadful filler content.
What makes a great match? What is your favorite match in pro wrestling history?
I like pro wrestling matches that tell a story. Fast-paced bouts with cruiserweight type talent that are essentially "spot fests" are fine and can be exciting but I'm more of a traditionalist. I like the work in the ring to tell me about the program, engage the crowd and create an experience that leaves me invested in every near fall. It's difficult for me to pick my favorite match but if you're forcing me to give an answer, I'm going to say Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXV and again at WrestleMania XXVI. Both of those matches exemplify everything a great match should be and what a way for Shawn Michaels to go out.
Would you have Erick Rowan join The Authority? Adding Rowan could offset either Randy Orton or Kane taking time off plus it would give Rowan something to do.
Despite initial concerns, it looks like Erick Rowan is going to get a shot to see what he can do on his own. Given the fact he also has a "set free" vignette airing, I believe we should wait and see what WWE has for him. I'm not very enthusiastic about adding to The Authority because they already have more than enough talent operating as members. I am told Vince McMahon sees Luke Harper as the star of The Wyatt Family, even bigger than Bray Wyatt
Do you see Jeff Hardy having one more run with the WWE?
Jeff Hardy revealed last summer that he wants to finish his career in WWE. There was interest in him a couple of years ago when he re-signed with TNA Wrestling, so I believe it's reasonable to assume he could end up back in WWE. I wouldn't mark it down as a sure thing but I certainly do not think it's beyond reason.
From the Ask WNW vault…
February 2013: With Brock Lesnar signing a new WWE contract is it possible we may see him as either WWE or World Heavyweight Champion? - We actually heard (and reported here) that Brock Lesnar’s new WWE contract included a title reign. Check out that article for all of the perks in his new contract as the dollar amount was reported to be “in the millions.” Vince McMahon has clearly changed his mind in strapping part-time talent but The Rock as WWE Champion is a great example. Rock is doing all kinds of media right now with the WWE title belt. It’s free promotion that only increases what he’s worth to the company. Whoever takes the title off Rock, even if it’s John Cena, gets a burning torch.
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