There were noteworthy developments recently regarding TNA Impact and Raw.
It became official last week that Impact is expanding to two hours beginning Oct. 4. It was the realization of a longtime goal for the company, but I'm not all that excited about it.
I know that TNA gets criticized for trying to jam too much into one hour, and therefore nothing has impact (no pun intended). But I like that the show moves quickly, and I think it helps keep characters fresh by not having everyone on the show every week. Plus, two hours of television written by Vince Russo isn't a good thing. Honestly, I don't think any wrestling show other than Raw needs to be longer than an hour.
The main reason I didn't want TNA to add an hour is because my wife is just going to love hearing that I now have more wrestling to watch.
As for Raw, the rating for Monday's episode was 3.3, a significant drop from last week's 3.9. I can't say I'm really surprised. Hornswoggle does not equal ratings.
Raw usually suffers a ratings drop during football season, but this was the night after a pay-per-view, when ratings typically get a boost. I think the John Cena-Randy Orton stuff has been strong, but the illegitimate son story line obviously turned out to be a letdown. It will be very interesting to see how WWE responds.
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