For many years Monday Night Raw was WWE’s flagship show, and the show operated with a two hour format. However, WWE decided to turn Monday Night Raw into a 3 hour show back in 2021, and since then there have been a lot of complaints about the show being too long.
During an appearance on the SI Media Podcast current WWE Raw star Seth Rollins discussed the show’s three hour format, and he explained why he thinks two hours is perfect for a wrestling show.
“I think a three-hour show is just obnoxiously long every week. Everything gets stretched out, you know, and you’ve got to cram — you got to fill three hours of television, there’s just nothing to be done. You know, that’s just how it is. So I think two hours is a beautiful kind of number for a pro wrestling show. And I think it’s easier to make everything mean a little bit more.
“You know, on SmackDown when I was there last year, I hardly ever wrestled on television and so it was kind of a big deal. You look at Roman, he hardly ever wrestles on television, I think maybe a handful of times in the last year. So when he has matches at these pay-per-views, they feel like big deals and on RAW I’ve wrestled in like 26 five-star matches in the last two months. It’s just been wild the amount of actual wrestling that I have to do and I’d love to avoid that but it is what it is. I like the fact that I get a lot more screen time on Mondays because you have the extra hour but yeah it’s a apples to oranges type thing.”
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