WWE is making a big change to WWE Raw that we haven’t seen in decades. WWE Raw will be a firm three hours long, at least as things stand now.
Fightful.com writer Sean Ross Sapp has the exclusive on the time change for WWE’s flagship program.
Fightful.com has learned that WWE Monday Night Raw has a hard “out” time of 11 PM EST, as opposed to the soft end time that they’ve enjoyed since the 1990s. We’re told this will begin with next Monday’s edition of Raw and will continue for the foreseeable future. This is already the case for WWE Smackdown Live on Tuesday Nights.
WWE Raw’s overrun has been a staple of the show for years, dating back to the Monday Night Wars when the company was locked in a vicious ratings war with rival World Championship Wrestling. The two sides would often tinker around with starting shows earlier or staying later in an effort to gain a competitive advantage over one another. The overrun would stick around even when WWE didn’t have competition.
The overrun gives WWE additional screen time but also allows for flexibility on the show if a segment goes long. A source close to the situation indicated this is likely a USA Network call.
Fightful.com has reached out to WWE for a comment or official statement on the matter, and they confirmed the report.
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Personally, as someone with a day job like many, I think this is a good idea. Ultimately what I truly wish for is for Raw to move to two hours. It would do wonders for my sleeping schedule.
What are your thoughts on the time change for WWE Raw?