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More on WWE’s No Wrestling During Commercials Rule – Multiple Round Matches Pitched

June 23, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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UPDATE 2: PWInsider has more news on WWE’s new rule that matches will not run through commercial breaks. According to the site, one source has said that the idea of matches with multiple rounds has been pitched recently. The system would be similar to the old European rounds system that ran six rounds, each lasting up to five minutes, with the first wrestler to score two falls or knock their opponent out declared the winner.

As of now, there’s no word on whether the idea went beyond a pitch or if it will be implemented some time in the future.

UPDATE: Post Wrestling had a few more details on the format change for WWE to no longer have commercial breaks during matches. The report stated the rule was announced last Monday during the production meeting. Also, the reasoning for the change is that actual sports don’t play during the commercial breaks either, so this is why WWE opted to alter their show presentation.

Also, Smackdown Live recently has had about two matches per show that would run the action from a match during the commercial breaks using a picture-in-picture view on the USA Network.

ORIGINAL: Are you tired of not seeing the entirety of matches on WWE TV due to commercial breaks? Good news: the company is changing that. On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, it was reported that Vince McMahon put an end to wrestling during ad breaks last week. McMahon held a meeting and to announce the change, which is why there were two out of three falls matches on both Raw and Smackdown. Having the ad breaks take place between falls is one way that you can have matches continue while airing a commercial in the middle of them.

It is worth noting that WWE has done several changes like dimming the lights during the third hour of Raw that have been dropped after a short period of time, so whether this will follow suit remains to be seen.

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