Starting on WWE Raw’s 1,000th episode on July 23, 2012, the show’s length has extended to three hours, changing from its previous two hour format. Since then, one of the major complaints about Monday Night Raw every week is that it’s way too long of a show. The third hour of Raw is also always the least viewed hour of the three hour broadcast.
For a long time, fans have been clamoring for WWE’s premiere weekly program to go back to being two hours. Well, I’ve got some good news. You can now watch a two-hour version of Raw every week! The only caveat is that it’ll be on the SyFy channel on Friday nights in addition to being a condensed two-hour version of Monday’s live three-hour Raw on the USA network.
WWE and SyFy have had a great working relationship over the years. SyFy was the home of WWE’s ECW from 2006 – 2010, NXT in 2010, and SmackDown from 2010 – 2015. It is currently unclear as to whether or not Raw replays will be airing on SyFy permanently. According to PWInsider, Raw replays will be playing on the SyFy channel for at least a few more weeks at 8:00 pm EST.
Mark’s reaction: Maybe WWE and SyFy are testing this idea out to see if it’s beneficial for both sides. If the Raw replays do well enough in the ratings for SyFy then a more long-term deal will probably be met. I think this idea of having a condensed replay of Raw air later in the week is great. I can’t really think of a negative to this news. The more Raw can get out their to the general public the better. It should also be interesting to see what WWE cuts out of the original airing of Raw from Monday that they don’t deem important enough to air in the replay.