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USA Renews 'Monday Night Raw' Through 2014

by Chris Jordan, posted Nov 17th 2009 11:25AM
Don't worry, wrestling fans: Monday nights will continue to be Raw -- at least through the fall of 2014.

That's because World Wrestling Entertainment and the USA Network have just inked a deal to keep 'WWE Monday Night Raw' on the air through then, the network and wrestling group announced in a press release.

"USA Network is a true partner and not just a network that distributes WWE's premiere television show, 'WWE Monday Night Raw,'" said WWE Chairman, CEO and sometime wrestler Vince McMahon. "I am thrilled to have a long term deal with USA Network."Don't worry, wrestling fans: Monday nights will continue to be Raw -- at least through the fall of 2014.

That's because World Wrestling Entertainment and the USA Network have just inked a deal to keep 'WWE Monday Night Raw' on the air through then, the network and wrestling group announced in a press release.

"USA Network is a true partner and not just a network that distributes WWE's premiere television show, 'WWE Monday Night Raw,'" said WWE Chairman, CEO and sometime wrestler Vince McMahon. "I am thrilled to have a long term deal with USA Network."

The high-flying wrestling show has been a stop-off as of late for Hollywood, sports and celeb types, including Shaquille O'Neal, Jeremy Piven, Ozzy Osbourne, Bob Barker, Snoop Dogg, football's Ben Roethlisberger and Rev. Al Sharpton. The celebs infusion has spiked the show's ratings, according to the release, and it now averages 5.5 million viewers.

"I couldn't be happier about continuing one of the most successful collaborations in television history," said Bonnie Hammer, President of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions, the parent companies of USA. "Vince McMahon and his entire team are an invaluable part of the USA family."

'Monday Night Raw' has been on the air for 16 years.

Coming Nov. 23, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura will make his return to the squared-circle on 'Raw' when he hosts a special three-hour edition of the show. Ventura has his own new show coming up, 'Conspiracy Theory,' which debuts Dec. 2 on TruTV. In the new show, Ventura, a former pro-wrestler, examines popular conspiracy theories like 9-11 and secret government weapons.

We wonder if he'll tackle the question of whether wrestling is real or fake?

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