Monday Night RAW is the longest running episodic tleevision show in history, airing from the early 1990s. Things did not always look good for the company however, as USA Network nearly canceled the popular weekly wrestling series.
On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer recalled a story about how a new USA Network executive had decided to cut Monday Night RAW off for good.
“The decision was made, I think this was 96-97, in that range. If you want to know when, look up Wikipedia: Tuesday Night Fights. USA Network had Monday Night Raw and Tuesday Night Fights, which was the boxing show. The guy that they brought in to run USA, he was not a fan of boxing and he was not a fan of wrestling. He pretty much made the decision to cancel both.At that point, it’s just like way too popular to be canceled. But, the decision was made to cancel it, and they did end up canceling Tuesday Night Fights which never came back. A lot of people thought that losing Tuesday Night Fights really hurt boxing as far as it was a good place to see boxers on the way up and showcase them and everything like that that was on a big station, not like an HBO or something that had less viewership. So yeah, that happened.”