One year ago today, WWE's flagship program Monday Night RAW permanently went to a three-hour format that had previously been reserved for special episodes (i.e., the WWE Draft, the Slammy Awards, Viewers Choice, and milestones). Since then, it got some mixed reactions from the IWC and so, here are the pros and cons of the three-hour RAW:
More matches. Since going to a three-hour format, the match card had increased as a typical two-hour episode featured five or six matches as opposed to eight or nine matches on the three-hour version.
More Superstars. Since the end of WWE Brand Extension, more wrestlers (such as Zack Ryder and the divas) were appearing than ever before to some extent.
Too much focus on social media. WWE's obsession with social media got way out of hand when it promoted the WWE App, Twitter, Facebook, and Tout on a regular basis.
Too many wrestlers receiving a jobber entrance. When RAW first premiered back in 1993, it wasn't uncommon to see several wrestlers' entrances getting cut from broadcast. Today, it's ironic that with a three-hour format that several wrestlers (including some main eventers) have had their entrances cut out in order to make room for more commercials, movie trailers, and social media segments (unless your name is either John Cena or CM Punk).
Big names getting overexposed. Speaking of Cena and Punk, they are two of the WWE Superstars who tend to get more exposure as a result of RAW's three-hour format. Not to mention guys like Brock Lesnar and The Rock getting more time on TV simply because they draw while most of the full-time roster do not.
Too many promos. Whether it's an in-ring promo or a backstage segment, it seems that Vince McMahon absolutely loves the way that promos intensify an upcoming PPV feud as he seems to find them very entertaining.