WWE Superstar John Cena announced via Twitter today that WWE Monday Night RAW will expand to a three-hour series starting with the shows’ 1000th episode on July 23, 2012.
Cena tweeted: “STARTING Monday Night July 23 @USA_NETWORK WILL BE ADDING A 3RD HOUR TO @WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – PERMANENTLY. #3hourRaw”
During the 1000th episode, the WWE fans will have the opportunity to get involved in deciding matches, add stipulations to matches and more, via WWE.com and social media.
“The WWE Universe is one of the most socially active and passionate fan bases in all of television,” Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel, co-presidents USA Network, said. “The powerful three-hour block of live TV truly makes USA the year-round destination for young male viewers on Monday nights.”
“WWE is proud to celebrate this historic milestone with our partners at USA Network,” WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon said. “Our new three-hour Raw represents the next generation in interactive television where our fans won’t just watch the show, they will help create it.”
The expanded WWE Monday Night Raw will transform television to an unprecedented level of viewer interaction. Fans will have new ways to get involved in the show through WWE.com and social media by deciding matches, stipulations and new character development. WWE will brand this unprecedented fan interaction as “#RAWactive.”