Tech Times interviewed Jonathan Coachman, who talked about going from WWE to ESPN. In it, he said what a lot of wrestling fans think in that Raw moving to three hours was a mistake and two hours is plenty. Below is an excerpt:
Well, one thing that frustrates me and always has about wrestling fans who love the business, is they don't quite understand how difficult a business this is. What I mean by that is we all have our favorite shows and if NCIS, which is one of my favorite shows, if that was 52 weeks a year, you better believe there'd be a few episodes that weren't as good as the others. The way Vince has chosen to do his business is to not have an off-season. That's what he chose to do. So, I always encourage fans to, instead of complaining about, 'Oh, this show wasn't good or this show wasn't good,' just enjoy it for what it is. You get to have three hours. And by the way, I think that's a mistake. I think two hours is plenty. Even in the early 2000s, when there were at least 15 main-event legit stars, it was still only a two-hour show. I understand contracts and TV money — I get all that — but I wish they would [go] back to two hours. That would really help.
You can read the interview in its entirety at this link.
WWE’s product over-saturation has really damaged interest. Since it has helped the bottomline, it hasn’t changed but I wonder what things will be like in the long-term. Three hours of Raw is too much, there are too many pay-per-views and the WWE Network has given people nonstop professional wrestling. It’s especially difficult when one goes back to previous installments of Wrestlemania (on the aforementioned WWE Network) and compare it to what the company will roll out this year.