Ever since Monday Night RAW went to a three-hour format on July 23, 2012, I thought that there would be more time for wrestling matches. However, the more things change, the more things remained the same: jobber entrances, less time for matches, and WWE's big names (particularly John Cena and CM Punk) being overexposed.
And so, let's look at some changes to Monday Night RAW if I were the boss:
1. Less in-promos, backstage segments, and recaps. In my opinion, there is way too much non-wrestling on Monday Night RAW as wrestling takes a back seat to so-called filler matches taking up too much time. Who would want to see Hornswoggle trading quips with Santino Marella backstage than seeing a Daniel Bryan vs. Justin Gabriel match?
2. Top WWE Superstars overexposed. It seems that guys like John Cena and CM Punk are being overexposed on RAW as of late whereas guys like Brodus Clay and the Divas get two minutes of airtime tops. Yikes!
3. Too much focus on social media. About 30 minutes of the show focuses on members of the WWE Universe voicing their opinions of Monday Night RAW via Twitter and Tout. I don't have a problem with social media but too much is too much.
4. Move the start time to 5:00PM(ET). During the NFL football season, ratings for Monday Night RAW are minute compared to ESPN's coverage of Monday Night NFL in which its unpredictability makes the WWE tame in comparison. The Packers vs. Seahawks controversial game on September 24 is one example of how NFL football is very intriguing.
5. Go back to the TV-14 rating. Another reason for the WWE's dismal ratings is the TV-PG rating, which limits language, violence, blood, and skin on the show. Thank goodness we have TNA Wrestling and Ring of Honor, which gives the so-called "Attitude Era" a whole new meaning.