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After a brief conversation with @cowboysteel66 on Twitter last night, I decided that for today’s blog I would post a three-hour Raw script I wrote last December. I wrote it as a challenge to myself at the time, where I knew I could write a more entertaining show than what we would actually see that week on TV. Whether I succeeded or not, well that’s up to you.

Keep in mind that this was written in December of 2014 and directly followed what was going on in WWE at that time (Authority was out of power, TLC PPV had recently happened, etc.) Not everything will make sense with current storylines, and some of it may seem outright stupid to you. There may be things you do think are stupid, and that’s ok, because some of it I would change if I were writing it today. All I ask you to consider is if this would be an entertaining show that keeps people tuned in throughout the three hours, sets up future broadcasts, and makes people want to tune in the following week.

This is by no means an official WWE script format. I did time everything as the writer’s would have to, though, with 16 segments and 15 commercial breaks (44 mins of TV, 16 mins of commercial each hour). Yes, it is possible to write a three-hour show without any commercials during matches.

Several of you have asked how I would do things differently, or what I would do if I was writing Raw. Here’s your example:

SEGMENT #1 (8:00-8:08)

IN RING OPEN (8 MIN)

  • Vince McMahon entrance to ring. Vince announces that he is guest GM for the evening. Brings up WWE Title, and how there used to be a rule that it must be defended at least every 30 days. Says his daughter, his son in law, all the guest GM’s haven’t enforced the rule. But instead of stripping Brock of the title, he is going to make him defend it tonight. No point in waiting til the Royal Rumble, tonight will be Brock vs. John Cena for the title. He wants a match for the ages, a PPV classic for free on Raw. To ensure, he wants a referee that won’t be afraid to call it down the middle, enforce the rules, and make sure the best man does indeed win – and that referee will be Roman Reigns.

  • Brock Lesner/Paul Heyman/Seth Rollins entrance to ring. Heyman says Brock has always been a fighting champion, and has no issues defending tonight, but as champion, should have a say in the referee. Heyman says if there is going to be a guest official it should be Seth Rollins. Vince says, in the interest of fairness, he will meet Paul halfway. There will be a match tonight between Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, with the winner becoming the referee for the WWE Championship main even match tonight.

  • John Cena entrance to ring. Cena says it doesn’t matter who the referee is, he had Lesner beat at Night of Champions, and tonight he will finish what he started and get his title back. Cena and Lesner get nose-to-nose. Heyman and Rollins convince Lesner to step back and save it for the match.

COMMERCIAL #1 (8:08-8:11)

SEGMENT # 2 (8:11-8:22)

BACKSTAGE DEAN AMBROSE/VINCE MCMAHON (1 MIN)

  • Vince is in his office on phone. Dean Ambrose enters. Vince hangs up, tells Dean even though he lost to Bray Wyatt, he did a hell of a job at TLC. Ambrose says he wants a rematch, as he doesn’t want an exploding TV monitor to be what people remember of Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt. Vince grants his rematch, but wants a match more brutal than TLC. Tonight Dean will face Bray in an ambulance match.

IN RING (3 MIN)

  • Rusev/Lana entrance to ring. Lana talks about how disgraceful it must be for the United States to see their championship belt around the waist of Rusev. She says the only thing more disgraceful would be for Rusev to retire the belt and give it to Vladimir Putin. She says he is going to do just that, and focus his efforts on becoming WWE Champion

  • Vince McMahon entrance to stage. Vince says that the belt is his property, and if Rusev gives it to Putin he will be fired. But, in the interest of fairness, he will give Rusev an opportunity to do as he desires with no punishment…that is if he successfully defends the title at the Royal Rumble against a mystery opponent of Vince’s choosing. If Rusev wins, he can bring title to Putin. If he loses, the title stays in WWE. Of course, that is if he makes it to the Royal Rumble. He tells Rusev he has a non-title match right now against Ryback.

NON TITLE MATCH: RUSEV (W/LANA) VS RYBACK (6 MIN)

  • Rusev goes over clean. Ryback passes out in Accolade.

BACKSTAGE MIZ/MIZDOW/NAOMI (30 SEC)

  • Miz tells Naomi that he was able to convince Vince McMahon to give her a Divas title shot tonight against Nikki Bella. She says she doesn’t know how to thank him. He says seeing the title around her waist would be thanks enough.

BACKSTAGE DEAN AMBROSE (30 SEC)

  • Dean gets ready for match. Announcers put over match is coming up soon.

COMMERCIAL #2 (8:22-8:25)

SEGMENT #3 (8:25-8:29)

HIGHLIGHT/BACKSTAGE/IN-RING JACK SWAGGER/JBL (4 MIN)

  • Announcers put over upcoming Rusev/mystery opponent Royal Rumble match. They show highlights of Rusev beating Swagger at TLC.

  • JBL, on camera, chastises Swagger for failing twice at getting the United States title from Rusev. He hopes the mystery opponent will be someone strong enough, tough enough, and man enough to beat Rusev. He is tired of seeing Rusev clobber losers like Swagger who disgrace their country.

  • Swagger is watching backstage on a monitor. He breaks the monitor and heads towards the ring.

  • Jack Swagger entrance to announce table. Swagger attacks JBL. He pulls him out of his chair, throws him into ring steps, and grabs ring bell. JBL gets up, and Swagger hits him over head with bell.

COMMERCIAL #3 (8:29-8:32:30)

SEGMENT #4 (8:32:30-8:46:30)

BACKSTAGE JBL/RENEE YOUNG (30 SEC)

  • JBL sits in medical room with ice pack on head. Renee Young starts to ask him about Swagger, but JBL cuts her off and challenges Swagger to a match next week on Raw.

MATCH DEAN AMBROSE VS. BRAY WYATT (12 MIN)

  • Bray goes over by throwing Ambrose into back of ambulance and drives off. There is a camera man in the ambulance filming the finish from the inside. He is trapped in back with Ambrose when ambulance drives off.

BACKSTAGE RYBACK/BO DALLAS (1 MIN)

  • Bo Dallas approaches Ryback in the locker room, and gives him a sarcastic pep talk about his loss. After telling Ryback he needs to Bo-lieve, Ryback lays him out.

BACKSTAGE A.J. LEE/RENEE YOUNG/VINCE MCMAHON (30 SEC)

  • A.J. Lee exits Vince’s office crying. Renee Young tries to ask her why, but Vince comes out and yells “Shut the camera off, damn it.”

COMMERCIAL #4 (8:46:30-8:50)

SEGMENT #5 (8:50-8:53)

BACKSTAGE A.J. LEE/RENEE YOUNG (1 MIN)

  • A.J. is getting into her car in the parking lot. Renee runs up again, and asks her what happened. She says she was fired. Renee asks why. A.J. says she isn’t going to get into specifics, she will let her lawyer handle that. She says despite what goes on behind the scenes, she always showed up to work and gave 100% no matter what and never complained and never got into the drama. She says she is a scapegoat, and is not saying anymore. She gets in car and drives off.

BACKSTAGE PAIGE/EMMA/DAN ENGLER (30 SEC)

  • Emma is teaching referee Dan Engler how to dance like her. We hear Paige scream in disgust in the background. She walks in, and kicks the crap out of both Emma and the referee. Announcers wonder what set Paige off.

BACKSTAGE VINCE MCMAHON/CHARLOTTE/SASHA BANKS (1 MIN)

  • Charlotte and Sasha Banks enter Vince’s office. Vince thanks them for coming. He says he saw their NXT match and was impressed with both of them. Sasha says she wants a rematch for the title. Vince tells her to hold on, because he asked them here for a different reason. He says they are both ready to join the WWE roster. Due to an earlier incident, one roster spot has opened up in the Divas division. Tonight, the two of them will have a match, with the winner becoming a WWE Diva.

BACKSTAGE ROMAN REIGNS/SETH ROLLINS (30 SEC)

  • Split screen of both wrestlers walking down hallway as announcers put over the match is next.