Former WWE creator Kevin Eck recently appeared on Wade Keller Podcast (a transcript via wrestlinginc.com).
Below is highlights:
On Vince McMahon Having Raw Main Event In 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?”
On The Cruiserweights Closing Out Raw:
“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.”