Ex-WWE Creative Writer Speaks On Raw Main Event Taking Place In Second Hour, Injuries, More


Former WWE creative writer Kevin Eck recently joined The Wade Keller Podcast to talk about various topics. Here are the highlights (h/t Wrestling Inc):

On WWE moving Raw main events to the second hour:

“What’s happened recently is that I think—when you look at the ratings, you always see consistently the third hour drifts off, and you see a higher rating during the second hour, so I think we’re seeing a shift to where on Raw a lot of times, what is considered the ‘Main Event’ is taking place at the end of the 9 o’clock hour and is drifting towards the 10 o’clock hour,” Eck explained. “There is some prestige to appear at the end of the show, but I don’t think it’s the same to when I worked there, or with SmackDown, since it’s a 2 hour show. Vince [McMahon] has seen the ratings trend that people aren’t sticking around, no matter what they put at segment 15 and 16 in the long stretch just wasn’t doing so well, so why are you going to put your most important segment in the hour to where people are tuning out?”

“The old format, that I worked under, I can tell you that there would have been no chance in hell that Enzo Amore and the Cruiserweights would be in the final segment,” Eck said. “If you want to watch the main event of the show, look at what is going on around 9:55 and crossing over the 10pm hour; which looks like what is most important to Vince McMahon on the show.”

On injuries to Superstars changing WWE’s plans:

“Vince will always stress about turning a negative into a positive, and if someone gets hurt, even it’s a top guy, it may suck but the company is going to go on,” Eck said. “It’s not like they are going to close shop so we have to make somebody else, or make their storylines better, that is the mindset that it has to be.”

“If you remember we had the endless vignettes of ‘Coming Soon Brodus Clay.’ You just look at the guy and think that he is going to be a monster. Vince just got it in his mind one day, ‘I wonder if the guy can sing and dance.’ What if we go in another direction? Then you had the birth of the Funkasaurus, and Vince was really behind the guy, but his push kind of died and it was because of his attitude,” Eck said. “Vince saw a guy who wasn’t completely not 100% embracing the gimmick; he also wished for him to lose weight. It’s up to the guys a lot of times, and Vince will say that it may sound cliche where he says he will give you the opportunity and it’s up to you to do something with it, and he feels like he gave Brodus Clay a golden opportunity and that in his mind Clay dropped the ball.”

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