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This wrestling show quickly grew into one of the most popular sports/entertainment shows ever. In addition to presenting matches between the stars of the WWF, this program spent most of its time on the elaborate backstage story that had developed, involving feuds, deals, backstabbings and romances between the wrestlers, managers, referees and commissioners.Written by
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This show was originally called "WWF Monday Night Raw" and it was a one hour show. But in 1997, "Raw" became a two hour show, and the name was changed to "WWF Raw is War", signifying the Monday Night Wars, the ratings "war" with WCW Monday Nitro (1995). After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the name was changed to simply "WWF Raw", to remove the reference to war and to signify that the Monday Night Wars were over (WWF had bought out WCW that year). Finally, in 2002, the name was changed again to "WWE Raw", due to the WWF being sued by the World Wildlife Foundation for use of the WWF logo. In 2012, the show was extended to three hours. See more »
To be simple, the main problem with Raw and entire WWE programing in the modern era is that often feels random and predictable...opposite feeling the show had during the infamous "Attitude Era." More often than not, it feel as if nothing more than "events that happen to be booked together." From one night to the next, things lack feeling of "connection" and therefore, there is often feeling of why the viewer should care? Also, another problem is that anybody who been watching WWE for any good length time will not have feeling of surprise...something of which, made the Attitude Era great. I mean, back in those days, viewer usually had reason to look forward to each show because Vince McMahon and his creative team kept you guessing on what was going to happen from one week to the next. However, in the modern era, the general feeling is that, more or less, you know what is going to happen for the next month or two by watching single broadcast.
By the way, if all these factors were not enough turn you away from watching this program...the fact that good majority of Raw is nothing more than combo of promos and non-wrestling segments, while many of the matches can be short as mintue or two. Needless to say, if you looking to watch block of "wrestling" matches, you will probably need look some where else because this show is all about the "entertainment."
Anyhow, from what I can tell, the only folks who will enjoy this are the ones who do not care about logic, reason or order...casual viewers who will watch regardless because they appear as if they do not care one way or another...or folks who keep hoping for better tomorrow. In regards to everyone else...this stuff is not watchable...and seeing how their our, at the very least, anywhere from 3-4 million people who quit watching wrestling after the end of the Attitude Era......seem as if not the only who feels this way...
On side note, when term of "wrestling" is consider to be "dirty word" by Vice McMahon, guy who owns wrestling company, you know something is not right.
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