AEW’s Friday night show, Rampage, started with a lot of attention thanks to CM Punk’s debut. Those viewership numbers leveled off and now they are set to go head-to-head with SmackDown this week. Jim Ross has been keeping a keen eye on AEW programming and he doesn’t believe that Rampage will become a two-hour show.
Tony Khan’s company has a lot of opinions on how the shows work best, Ross is patient enough to wait and see how those shows evolve. During Grilling JR, he discussed what he thinks of the duration of AEW shows. While Ross expressed that the Friday night shows simply fly by, the show is still an hour long broadcast. He also added that PPVs still require a longer duration because people are paying more.
That one hour show on Friday night seems like it flies by. I think that the one-hour format still has its place. Two would be my absolute limit unless you’re doing a PPV where people are paying more, and you get more on a PPV.
Ross added, though, that the one hour programming still has its place. He noted how it’s impossible for much of the Tony Khan programming to go beyond 3 hours. Still, he gave the possibilities their room to develop.
I think the one-hour thing still works. I don’t see Rampage going to two hours. I don’t see any of Tony Khan’s over the air content ever going to three hours. Who the hell knows for sure, but I would be surprised if that ever happened. I think we’ve all learned good lessons about these three hour RAWs. It’s not done for artistic benefit. It’s done for the money. USA is paying a lot more money for that third hour of prime time television that’s live every week, but to me, it’s a little bit long.
Jim Ross recently revealed how low were now legendary superstars Edge & Christian’s WWE contracts. He likened many Twitter trolls to “barbarians at the gates.” Ross recently made a grave claim that Triple H had a political agenda against Chris Jericho. Obviously, Good ‘ole JR is still full of opinions and insight on the pro wrestling business, especially AEW’s dealings.
Thanks to WrestlingNews.co for the quote
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