WWE: Top 5 Reasons Smackdown Is Better Than Raw
I love WWE Raw! I really do. It is the best night of the week to watch wrestling and has been for years. There is nothing like seeing the top stars in the business on a live two hour show each week.
Sadly, though, their shows have been hit or miss for the past year or so. I am the most positive guy around, but some of their shows just can't match up to the Blue Brand on Friday nights. That is why I am here today!
It is time a case be made for Smackdown! Yes, I watch both shows. Yes, both are usually enjoyable. However, it seems more often than not Smackdown entertains me more than Raw. Here are five reasons!
Teddy Long is in charge. Love him or hate him, he has been running the show for the past seven years with only a few breaks in between. That is what I like to see.
Raw has been a mess with authority figures for years now. There is no denying that. From Donald Trump to Vickie Guerrero to a computer to Eric Bischoff to Triple H to Johnny Ace? Yes, I am out of order, but you get the point.
It is distracting. I wish more figureheads were like Teddy Long—you make one or two appearances to announce big matches and leave. Throw in a segment backstage or two, and your job is recognized.
No need for twenty minute promos. No need for power struggles that are really played out. Let one man (or woman) be in charge, and keep their segments short and to the point.
4. Basic Story Lines
I do not care for "worked shoots" every week. I do not care for a lot of "insider" terms to be used for every other line. I just don't want to see that.
It automatically screams, "this segment is real. Everything else isn't!"
You don't see a judge on Law and Order start talking about only being a bit player on the show. Or asking for a raise in the latest contract negotiations with the television studios. Or smile at the camera and say they are "breaking the fourth wall."
It is completely out of bounds and takes you out of the scripted show. Yes, WWE is scripted and needs to stay that way. The "shooting" needs to stop on every wrestling show on air!
Keep it to WWE stories on screen. A heel and a face feud! That is it. Luckily, Smackdown tends to stay with the "KISS" method that I love. Thank you Blue Brand!
3. Future Stars
This has been going on for awhile now. Smackdown gives a new star plenty of time time shine. They get over with the audience. WWE "upgrades" them to Raw, and they sink or swim.
Look no further than Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio in 2010 and 2011. Both had great years on the Blue Brand, only to be moved to Monday nights. Same with John Cena, Randy Orton and Batista many years ago. All of them debuted on Smackdown. They may have become bigger stars on Raw, but they began on Smackdown.
The best part about that? I agree with what WWE does. Let them shine on Smackdown before bringing them over to Raw! The next time you want to see the future stars of WWE, turn on Smackdown!
Who would you rather have call WWE matches? Jerry Lawler or Booker T?
It may be close, but I will take Booker T these days. Lawler is not the same announcer from a decade ago. He just isn't.
Booker may be in the ring more often now, but he still is a commentator first. Yes, Michael Cole still goes off on talent every now and then. However, it is kept to a minimum on Smackdown.
What you hear on Raw each week is when his volume is turned up! He usually keeps it calm for the Blue Brand. Usually. He certainly has his "moments" every couple Fridays when Daniel Bryan appears...
1. It Is the "Wrestling" Show
I have made my thoughts very clear on this issue. Being a great "entertainer" will always be a bigger factor in success than being a great "wrestler" in WWE. Always has been. Always will be.
That being said, who doesn't love watching good matches every single week? Well, that can't be said for Raw. They may have some nice stories or moments, but Smackdown always brings the good inside the squared circle.
I always find it amazing how people will dislike how little wrestling there is on Raw, yet NOT watch Smackdown. If you go out, set your DVR. If you do not own one, set your VCR. If you do not own that, watch it online. WWE posts the latest episode on Saturday afternoon every week.
There really are no excuses for not watching Smackdown. It is consistently the better WWE show and has been for a long time now. Just my opinion!
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