Since WWE’s flagship program Monday Night RAW lengthened its broadcast time from two hours to three hours back in 2012, fans have gotten used to consuming three-plus hours of the show with RAW running past the 11PM hour on a weekly basis.
Unlike WWE’s other live show on the USA Network, SmackDown Live, RAW’s main event segment consistently has bled past 11PM and even gone as late as 11:15 in some cases, pushing back programming that is scheduled to follow instead of ending right on time. This was a concept that really developed during the Monday Night Wars, as WCW and the WWF would utilize their overruns as a means to try and give themselves an extra ratings boost.
However, that will finally be coming to an end for now as Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful reports that Monday Night RAW now has a “hard out” for 11:00. Meaning, the show must be off the air at its scheduled time and will no longer be running long. This also means that WWE will have to stick more closely to their format and will have less wiggle room if a segment in the show goes longer than it should.
Additionally, it’s been noted that this will begin with next Monday’s episode. Also, while it can’t be confirmed, it was also said that the decision was likely made by the USA Network and not by WWE.
EA’s Take: I don’t want to speak on behalf of anybody, but I think a lot of people will be just fine with this. I know I am. There’s no reason for RAW to run past 11:00 at this stage in the game. That’s consistently the lowest rated hour anyways (not that ratings matter that much if you follow our weekly reports). I mean, let’s keep it real here…you’ve got three damn hours to get all your stuff in and a lot of fans don’t even want the show to be that long. Let alone be three hours and five, ten, fifteen minutes.
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WWE News: Non-Spoiler Preview For Today’s NXT & NXT UK (1/23/19)
A look at what’s happening on NXT & NXT UK!
With a lot of the WWE Universe’s focus for the weekend on Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view (see the updated card here), there are also a lot of members of the WWE Universe with their sights set on NXT TakeOver: Phoenix.
Although tonight’s episode of WWE NXT was previously recorded at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, we at The Chairshot realize not everyone likes a spoiler. With that in mind, here’s a non-spoiler preview of what’s happening on NXT beginning at 8PM EST on the WWE Network:
- Will Ricochet take Johnny Gargano’s dare and show up at Full Sail?
- Aleister Black wants to get his hands on NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa before TakeOver
- What does The Velveteen Dream have in store for 2019?
- Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch take on Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner
- Kairi Sane & Io Shirai will join forces for tag team action
Before tonight’s episode of NXT comes the next edition of NXT UK at 3PM EST. Although today’s show was previously recorded at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, here’s a non-spoiler preview:
- Travis Banks finally gets his shot at redemption when he takes on ‘The Irish Ace’ Jordan Devlin
The best part about this photo?
The name plates on the Title.
This photo was taken the night I became the NXT Champion… the night I became the first man in NXT to pin Aleister Black. And those name plates serve as a constant reminder.
Big Daddy Ciampa owns Aleister Black. pic.twitter.com/CqPa7ZWSDw
— BLACKHEART (@ProjectCiampa) January 21, 2019
I never called myself “Mr. Takeover” I’ve never even asked to be called that either. However, through my matches I have been put in that category by a lot of the #NXTUniverse. Johnny… https://t.co/Gybg1hcdHG
— The One And Only! (@KingRicochet) January 21, 2019
— Travis Banks (@Travis_BanksPW) January 23, 2019
WWE News: Royal Rumble Kickoff Matches Revealed, Updated Card
A look at the updated lineup for Sunday’s Royal Rumble!
Now that WWE’s Monday Night RAW and SmackDown Live are in the books, the WWE Universe’s attention turns to this weekend’s big events, more specifically Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
Since WWE revealed a number of participants this for the Women’s Royal Rumble Match this past Sunday on Twitter, there haven’t been nearly as many updates to the card as we saw the previous couple of weeks. That’s not to say there weren’t any however, as it looks like WWE may be removing John Cena from the Men’s Royal Rumble (see the latest here), while Titus O’Neil declared his entry this past Monday on top of Alexa Bliss announcing her return for the women’s side, as well as Lacey Evans revealing she too will enter.
Tonight during SmackDown Live, WWE officially moved two matches over to the Kickoff which will now see Rusev defend the US Title against Shinsuke Nakamura, plus a Fatal 4-Way for the Cruiserweight Championship when Buddy Murphy faces Hideo Itami, Kalisto and Akira Tozawa.
Here’s a look at the updated card for Royal Rumble this Sunday, airing live on pay-per-view and the WWE Network at 7PM EST with the Kickoff beginning at 5PM and also available on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter:
Men’s Royal Rumble Match
R-Truth (#30), Drew McIntyre, Xavier Woods, Big E, Kofi Kingston, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Lashley, Dean Ambrose, Jinder Mahal, Seth Rollins, Rey Mysterio, Andrade, Samoa Joe, Baron Corbin,
Elias, Apollo Crews, Mustafa Ali, John Cena, Titus O’Neil, Randy Orton
Women’s Royal Rumble Match
Carmella (#30), Natalya, Bayley, Ember Moon, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan,
Lacey Evans, Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, Mickie James, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Lana,
Charlotte Flair, Dana Brooke, Zelina Vega, Nia Jax, Tamina, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Naomi, Nikki Cross
(C) Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor
(C) Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles
RAW Women’s Championship
(C) Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks
SmackDown Women’s Championship
(C) Asuka vs. Becky Lynch
SmackDown Tag Team Championship
(C) The Bar vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon
Kickoff – United States Championship
(C) Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Kickoff – Fatal 4-Way for the Cruiserweight Championship
(C) Buddy Murphy vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo Itami