Will AEW Rampage Go 2 Hours Permanently? Jim Ross Shares His Thoughts...

Rampage went two hours on 24 September, but could this become permanent?

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AEW announcer Jim Ross doesn't believe that the promotion's Rampage show will switch to two hours permanently.

Speaking on a recent episode of his Grilling JR podcast with Conrad Thompson, Ross said Rampage's current one-hour runtime "flies by," adding that he doesn't think AEW president Tony Khan will ever stretch one of his shows to three hours (h/t WrestlingNews.co):-

“That one hour show on Friday night seems like it flies by. I think that the one-hour format still has its place. Two would be my absolute limit unless you’re doing a PPV where people are paying more, and you get more on a PPV. I think the one-hour thing still works. I don’t see Rampage going to two hours. I don’t see any of Tony Khan’s over the air content ever going to three hours. Who the hell knows for sure, but I would be surprised if that ever happened."

Ross continued by noting that lessons have been learned from WWE's three-hour Raws, which he believes is a product of chasing revenue over artistic merit:-

"I think we’ve all learned good lessons about these three hour RAWs. It’s not done for artistic benefit. It’s done for the money. USA is paying a lot more money for that third hour of prime time television that’s live every week, but to me, it’s a little bit long.”

Launched on Friday 13 August, Rampage broke its one-hour format on 24 September, when AEW presented a special two-hour show for the Grand Slam event at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The episode's second hour (starting at 11 PM ET) featured a significant viewership dropoff, falling from 657,000 viewers in the fifth quarter to 506,000 in the eighth (h/t Wrestlenomics).

Tonight's episode of Rampage will be preceded by a one-hour 'Buy In' pre-show at 9 PM ET, though this will air on YouTube rather than TNT.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.