Summer Slam extended by an hour to help WWE network numbers?

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Monday's episode of RAW started with a bang as the Authority along with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins came to the ring.

The trio in charge of the WWE were filled with announcements and set the theme of 'for the first time ever'.

Although the majority of their announcements surrounded matches which would take place later in the show, one was regarding Summer Slam.


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Summer Slam will come to Brooklyn, New York next month and will have a main event which is 17 months in the making.

The Undertaker returned at Battleground and targeted the man who ended his WrestleMania unbeaten streak at WrestleMania XXX, now the two are set to clash once again.

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The first Summer Slam away from the Staples Center in Los Angeles for six years will return the event to it's roots in New York and will become an event on par with WrestleMania.

The Authority's announcement at the top of RAW was that this year's event will now be a four hour show - matching WrestleMania which is typically the company's only other four hour event.

Making the show four hours long may be a sign that the WWE are looking to go all out for this summer's event.

Many could ask why they are trying so hard to push the event and the answer would be due to the fact that the company are due to release subscription numbers for the WWE Network shortly after the event.

Increasing subscriber numbers has been a big priority for the WWE for several months now and is believed to be the reason for the Undertaker's return.

A tough act to follow

Monday's RAW came a week after the return of the Undertaker to the show and what was widely regarded as one of the best scenes of 2015.

Lesnar and Undertaker brawled all over the arena last week and gave the WWE fans a taste of their feud from in the early 2000's.

Randy Orton vs Kevin Owens, Big Show vs Dean Ambrose, Paige vs Sasha Banks and Seth Rollins vs John Cena for the United States Championship were all highlights from the show.

Fans loved the segment last week and with both men set to be missing from the night, they clearly had to come up with a show that would leave fans talking.

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