WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler discussed WWE taping two episodes of Monday Night Raw back-to-back last week from the Wells Fargo Center in Des Moines, Iowa during the latest episode of “The Jerry Lawler Show” podcast.
As noted, WWE aired last week’s show on tape-delay before taping this week’s show. In all, the fans in attendance were in for a long night as they were there for over 5 hours.
Later said a total of 19 matches were taped excluding one that served as a dark match, which made for a long night for the announce team.
“That was a long night. We had 20 matches.” Lawler started out. “We started, and I bet a lot of people didn’t realize… it would be hard to realize it but ordinarily, we were on central standard time so central time, the show would’ve started live on the air at 7 o’clock, but instead we started live in the arena at 6 o’clock, and so we started doing the show, and in order to be able to get both of these shows done in one night, we did the shows without commercial breaks, which made it even tougher on the announcers because a lot of the times, you depend on those commercial breaks to get a second wind or maybe clear your throat or whatever and just let your voice take a break during the little two-minute commercial breaks, but we had no commercial breaks.”
Lawler continued that “While that was still airing on the USA Network as if it were live, we had already started another hour of the following week’s show, the Christmas show. Everything was so rushed. It was so crazy.”
Lawler stated that once last week’s show was taped, then the crew came out and started putting up Christmas decorations in a span of two minutes.
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