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Former WWE writer gives plans on how RAW can be improved

Monday Night Raw

WWE has many problems in the creative department, but one former writer gave some ideas on how WWE can change for the better.

Former WWE writer Brian Maxwell Mann commented on a tweet by Matt Riddle where he was doing nothing on the day of WWE TLC.

Mann then gave a six-point example on how RAW can be improved. He referenced Riddle, saying: “next time people give you an excuse for raw’s ratings, remember there’s nothing stopping WWE from putting this man on tv.”

He then provided some solid ideas which he had picked up during his time in the entertainment industry.

“btw, there’s A LOT of ways WWE could change the way they produce programming to make a three hour show work. here’s a few.”

“1) treat Raw as three one hour shows, rather than one three hour program. figure out ways to make each unique so show doesn’t get stale.”

“2) assign specific writers to specific characters/programs. the most experienced ones are given the main event, next tier is IC, and so forth.”

“3) have a showrunner who provides finishing touches/keeps a bird’s eye view but DOES NOT write. like Lorne does on SNL.”

“4) rotate characters in and out, keeping the programming fresh/building anticipation. ex – Monday Night Football doesn’t have the same two teams every week.”

“5) announce big segments/matches WEEKS out. SNL reveals guest hosts way in advance.”

“6) finally, and most importantly, TRUST the writers. to a person, everyone who I’ve ever met who worked on creative LOVED wrestling. you have to do that job.”

“however, the main problem is exactly what I was told when I started there – “at the end of the day, this show has one writer.”

While the ideas look good in theory, whether they will be implemented or not is another matter entirely. In the end, it is Vince McMahon’s show. So he has the last word on anything that goes on in WWE.

  • Rinn13

    Actually, I could do you one better.

    1. Stop having it be a 3 hour show. No wrestling show is worth sitting through 3-4 hours for, unless it is a DAMN good quality PPV event, that only comes along once in awhile. Which WWE does not really produce anymore.

    2. Stop having “Writers” write the show. Go back to having WRESTLERS handle the booking for wrestling, and go back to having the WRESTLERS come up with their own material. Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Undertaker, etc., back in the day, hell, even Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Roddy Piper, etc. they didn’t have people putting words in their mouths or writing their promos or even coming up with their ENTIRE matches for them. They were given bullet points for matches, talking points for promos, and it was then up to them to perform and make it all work. And the ones who couldn’t, don’t get the spotlight (which means a lot of modern WWE “stars” wouldn’t get the spotlight).

  • EVH

    the idea of revolving wrestlers every week is something ive said before. Despite Raw being 3 hrs somehow they manage not to feature the whole roster, which is mind numbing, but it is what it is. So having a “rotating cast” every week allows for storylines to not get stale quick, it gives the writers time to develop said storylines and it gives the guys who arent getting on tv a fair shot to showcase what they can do.

  • oppa

    Everyone wants Vince McMahon gone, until he actually leaves and people realize that the issues are bigger than him.