2020 was a particular year for all of us and the wrestling world was particularly affected by what happened. The McMahon family moved on with WWE, but the federation was forced to carry out layoffs last April and playing the shows without an audience caused WWE serious financial damage.
During another particular episode of Legion of Raw on SportsKeeda Vince Russo and Dr. Chris Featherstone gave important updates about the future of Monday Night Raw. During the Legion of Raw, the two well-known journalists revealed their thoughts on what was revealed to them by their sources regarding the choice of USA Network on Monday Night Raw.
Russo has in fact made it clear that the red show is no longer a top priority for the USA Network and this, the colleague admitted, could hinder WWE's attempts to extend their agreement with the network.
USA Network expected the RAW ratings to improve with the WWE ThunderDome
Russo was told that Raw is no longer of high priority to the USA Network.
Vince explained that the shift in the mentality of the officials at USA Network could hinder WWE's attempts at extending their current deal with the network. "I'm going to tell you something. I'm going to say this; I'm not going to tell you who.
I still talk to Network people on television because I'm a television mark. I have worked with Network people my whole life, you know, with Spike, and Turner and USA and the whole nine yards. I have learned a ton of television from Network people.
I had somebody tell me this past week when it comes to the TV side of it, and I'm not going to speak for Fox. I don't know about Fox, but I was told that WWE is not even a priority for the USA Network anymore. And if it's not a priority, I can't imagine the USA (Network) is going to sign them up again after this deal.
Now, don't get me wrong, Chris. You and I both know wrestling. They will find another sucker. They will find a Network who thinks they are buying Rock and Austin. That's what they do." Vince Russo also revealed that the USA Network was really hopeful of seeing a turnover in the ratings when the ThunderDome concept was introduced.
However, according to Russo, the novelty of WWE ThunderDome has effectively worn off, which was always expected to happen. "Chris, they thought, and again, I got this from inside sources; they thought the ThunderDome was going to turn the ratings around.
And I said what you would say. 'Okay, bro, it's going to be nice at the beginning. People will tune in, but bro, it fits the same content. In three weeks, you're going to be right back where you started. And they are not even right back where they starter; they are below that."