Is Smackdown's Future In Jeopardy?

trent mccormickContributor IApril 26, 2009

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  World Heavyweight Champion Edge looks on during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)

This is my first article. I don't look to be much of a writer but things could change.

The subject I wanted to bring up was Smackdown this year. After the 2009 draft took place I honestly thought I would like Smackdown better. It would be the better, fresher show. As opposed to Raw where a bunch of meat heads would be fighting. My opinion on the matter has changed slightly though.

Smackdown is potentially going to lose some stars this summer. It has been reported that Edge would like to take some time off to heal nagging injuries. This would put him out of action for a couple of months at least. Edge is a lead heel and if he does take off it will also hurt Smackdown.

The next on the ist is who I believe was going to be the star of Smackdown Jeff Hardy. If the reports are correct he will be leaving the WWE indefinitely this summer. This will also be a huge blow to Smackdown.

They are losing who I think Vince planned to be the lead babyface of the brand. This guy, with all of the fans he has, could carry a show himself. Hopefully something will change but if it does not Jeff will be leaving WWE.

The next is Undertaker. He has been in pain in matches lately and doesn't perform to the highest level anymore. He works through pain though. Still I don't expect him to be headlining Smackdown every week. He obviously is having problems with his knees and as far as in ring, he will probably be set to work mostly pay per views.

The next person on the list is Kane. He is getting older and many sites have reported him to be leaving sometime in the summer as well. Even as early as June. Even though Kane has become a Jobber lately I feel he could have made more of an impact on Smackdown but now It's looking like he will retire from the ring.

That is four huge stars. I Understand that WWE will not let a show go under but I if one of the Raw big guys come over it will not make up for any of the superstars I have listed.

Smackdown's main players will be Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, John Morrison, Shelton Benjamin and CM Punk.

Don't get me wrong, but the only one that says main event to me on this list is Chris Jericho. True some of them will begin to shine but will they be enough to carry a brand.

To be honest though, three of the top stars of that four that are taking a break it is because of the schedule. Think about it. These guys work most of the year and are on the road nearly at all times.

The injuries Undertaker and Edge have could probably be prevented if there was a more relaxed schedule. Jeff Hardy would not be so burnt out if he had more time to do other things besides wrestling.

The point is a more relaxed schedule needs to be given to the wrestlers in order for them to be able to compete at the highest level possible. Perhaps this is why we have seen such a decline in the product that WWE gives us.

These guys work hard to entertain and they need a break just like anything else. It's never going to happen though because of Vince wanting to make more money.

Without these four stars on Smackdown it will not be the same. Hopefully Edge will heal up fast and Jeff will come to his senses and make a deal with WWE to just take a small break. Unless this happens though the future of Smackdown on an already failing network could look questionable.

Just wanted to give my opinion on the subject.

Trent McCormick