For a long time, it was widely known that Smackdown was the premier brand in all of professional wrestling.
Oh sure, Monday Night Raw was still the most recognized brand, but in terms of storyline and raw technical wrestling, nobody could touch Smackdown.
That all ended when Edge abruptly retired.
In a mad attempt to get Smackdown's credibility back without their top star in Edge, Vince McMahon randomly threw Randy Orton on Smackdown and expected him to draw.
Well that hasn't been the case...and now he's injured. And Smackdown has never looked worse.
We have gone from Edge vs. The Undertaker for the WHC as your typical Smackdown main event, to Daniel Bryan vs. The Big Show for the WHC.
I'm totally all for giving the younger stars a chance to shine, but Smackdown has fallen so hard since the loss of Edge, the WWE just doesn't care anymore.
Smackdown has become a glorified version of the PG ECW.
I strongly believe that if Edge never suffered his injury, Smackdown would be the A-show in the WWE. When all superstars are healthy, Smackdown's roster would've been absolutely stacked:
Edge, Randy Orton, Big Show, Booker T (when he competes), Christian, Wade Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Mark Henry, Cody Rhodes, Sheamus, Sin Cara, and The Undertaker (on the road to WrestleMania), that type of roster could go toe to toe with Raw any day of the week.
Randy Orton is one of the top draws and one of the most charismatic individuals on the WWE roster (even if he is a bit robotic sometimes). But he isn't capable of bringing a show together.
Edge brought Smackdown together like glue. He was the glue that kept the blue brand together.
You can't always play the what if game, but what if Edge didn't have to retire? Keep in mind he was only 37, it isn't like he was an old timer like The Undertaker and Triple H.
He could've very easily regularly competed for another couple years before he had to work a part-time schedule.
It's really a shame that he had to retire, because without him, Smackdown has become completely irrelevant. Which is not good for the long-term future of this company.