Is WWE Smackdown The New WCW Thunder?

Remember when Brock Lesnar was the undisputed champion exclusive to Smackdown?

Remember how the whole Hulk Hogan vs Vince McMahon feud was promoted on the blue brand?

How about when The Undertaker was such a frequent on Friday nights he was labelled ‘The conscience of Smackdown’?

The likes of Kurt Angle and Edge won World titles on episodes of Smackdown while it once boasted the likes of Benoit, Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and Edge on the same roster.

While Smackdown can still at times be considered to be a better wrestling show then Raw it has now become a forgettable programme, as long as you watch Raw you are pretty much up to date with what is going on in the WWE Universe. It’s got to the point where Smackdown shows full highlights of Raw segments with Smackdown now acting as a promotional tool to enhance/ promote events from Monday nights.

The Rocks/ Brock Lesnar’s return, CM Punk’s famous promo, The Shield’s debut, Undertaker appearances etc. all dominated Raw with Smackdown getting the scraps. Don’t get me wrong even at Smackdown’s height it was never designed to be the flagship show but there was certainly a balance.

For examples years ago WWE would of had The Shield terrorising Raw while the Wyatt Family wreaked havoc on Smackdown. This would have kept the two stables separate for months and made it highly anticipated when the two crossed paths at a joint promotional pay per view.

Of course with Raw going three hours long WWE didn’t feel it had the star power to keep up two separate talent pools. However while Smackdown regulars Randy Orton and Sheamus consistently show up on both shows the likes of CM Punk John Cena only appear on Friday nights as special acts, like they are doing fans a favour.

While not many would argue about the lack of main event players available if WWE are going to favour one show over the other so much what would be the harm of bringing the brand extension back. Look at the two Money in the Bank Ladder Matches, Raw’s was built as the ‘All Stars’, Smackdows and the ‘Future of the WWE’. While it is smart of WWE to try and portray Smackdown as a deliberate attempt to push it’s less experienced/ over talent it is worth noting that of the 7 men selected for the World title MITB only Dean Ambrose went into the pay per view as someone who has been treated as an important person this year.

It’s real simple; if WWE doesn’t care they can’t expect the fans too. At the moment they don’t seem to care about Smackdown, which has been harmful to the talent and most importantly the World title.

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  • The Man Called Megz

    I think Smackdown is benefiting more from becoming the continuation of RAW rather than being a B brand show. they have bigger stars more often, the matches often mean something and are now more heavily plugged on RAW since the feuds cross promotions.

    Also you’ve missed a very simple point that you can’t have to A shows. Smackdown is an ancillary show, allowing feuds to be continued between shows, match exposure for new talent without the pressure of a live recording. It provides a much needed job of pacing everything, sometimes things need to be pushed hard (see Dolph/Del Rio) where you can have two interactions within one week to really stoke the feud. It also allows feuds to get air time without making RAW feel like a total clusterfuck of mashing every single feud into 3 hours.

    simply put if you care about RAW these days you’ll likely tune into smackdown since you will miss parts of the feuds if you don’t rather than being able to ignore Smackdown completely if you aren’t into who is on the brand.

    • Dan Smith

      Was Inspired by poor ratings recently

      @The Man Called Megz: would you bring back the brand split

      • The Man Called Megz

        No, I think my point was that as things are Smackdown is better off. A B-show is better than a B-brand because the B-show at least benefits from the popularity of the A-show. A B-brand where no one cares.dies on it’s arse, see WWECW.

        Smackdown in general, regardless of brand split or whatever factor, is affected by RAW going to three hours. Much better then to have a b-show sharing a talent pool than a b-brand where you are paying for a near second pool of talent and still losing the ratings.

  • tomriise

    It”s been a year since i watched Smackdown, pretty sure i have not missed anything.

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