Smackdown to SyFy: How WWE Can Instantly Improve Its Rosters

Drake Oz@drakeozbrSenior Writer IIAugust 28, 2010

On Oct. 1, Smackdown will officially move from MyNetworkTV to SyFy.

The last time Smackdown changed channels in 2008, from the CW Network to its current channel, WWE decided to beef up its roster for its premiere episode on the new network.

In a move that probably made plenty of the wrestlers happy in the Raw locker room, Triple H was drafted to Smackdown. Another huge change was the decision to move Jim Ross to the blue show while sending Michael Cole to Raw.

If Vince knows what he’s doing, he’ll do the same thing before Smackdown heads to SyFy, and make some big adjustments to both shows.

The WWE’s “B-show” could use some fire power, and a balanced roster wouldn’t hurt the product.

But the changes shouldn’t stop at a few roster moves.

There are plenty of things the WWE could improve. And when Smackdown goes SyFy, it could be the perfect time to pull the trigger on some of them.

Come October, here’s how Smackdown could look.

Thursday Night Smackdown!

Friday night TV audiences are disappearing quicker than Jack Swagger’s push.

While I’m certainly not a TV ratings expert, I do know that Fridays and Saturdays are the worst nights of the week for TV viewing.

The reasons are obvious. People like to drink and participate in other forms of debauchery on the weekends.

On Thursday nights? Not nearly as much people are out and about. Just go look at MTV’s Jersey Shore ratings.

More people at home equals more people watching TV equals a better chance for a higher rating.

I’m just one example of a viewer that WWE loses on some Fridays. I love Smackdown because it tends to focus on wrestling, but I don’t have DVR. I’m not going to stay home every Friday night.

Make the move to Thursdays, Vince! I’m just one guy, but I stand here as proof you’ll have at least one more viewer.

Unify the Women’s and Divas Titles

The feud that started at SummerSlam between Laycool and Melina could be an indicator that this is the direction WWE plans to go.

But knowing the way WWE works (I’m about as good at making predictions as Lucky Cannon is at anything involving pro wrestling), I could be totally wrong.

Either way, I think it would be a wise decision because the WWE simply doesn’t have enough talented divas.

On Smackdown, Laycool has the option of feuding with only three faces: Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly and Tiffany (for now at least). On Raw, Melina can only feud with Alicia Fox, Maryse or Jillian.

If you unify the two titles and allow all divas to wrestle on both brands, the divas division could suddenly become a lot more interesting.

Off the top of my head, here are a few feuds I’d like to see for the newly unified title: Beth Phoenix (heel) vs. Natalya, Tamina vs. Natalya, Melina vs. Beth Phoenix (with either as a heel), and Serena vs….ugh, nevermind.

You get the point. Any of the above matches would be better than what we’ve been getting lately out of the divas division.

ALL Tag Teams Compete on Both Brands

Admittedly, this would be a lot more complicated than simply allowing tag teams to compete on both Raw and Smackdown.

What if a team breaks up? Can they only compete in tag team matches? Yeah, it would definitely be a bit confusing.

Let’s be real, though.

When counting the number of actual tag teams in the WWE, you essentially need just one hand, minus the thumb. So I wouldn’t fret about the rules too much.

In the current tag team division, you have the Hart Dynasty, the Dudebusters, Vance Archer and Curt Hawkins, and the Usos.

Maybe that explains why the Hart Dynasty has wrestled on Raw about as many times as I have in the past couple of months, huh?

If you allow all tag teams to compete on both brands, at least there’s a chance the divison could improve.

But if we really want to see a better tag team division, we need to see more tag teams. I’m not going to go into any more detail on that one.

A Mini-WWE Draft

It can be a draft, trades or whatever crazy idea Vince or the creative team wants to come up with to beef up the Smackdown roster.

I’d actually have no problem with the current Smackdown roster if I knew that we’d see some new wrestlers elevated into the main event.

But it’s been more than four months since the last WWE Draft, and we had one guy (Swagger) briefly enter the main event scene. I have about as much faith in that changing as I do in Rob Van Dam passing a drug test.

This is how I’d split the WWE roster.

(Note: This does not include tag teams, as they float between both brands.)

Raw – The Heels

CM Punk

The Miz

Chris Jericho

Jack Swagger

Drew McIntyre

Dolph Ziggler

Ted DiBiase

Zack Ryder

Ezekiel Jackson

Husky Harris

Michael McGillicutty


Raw- The Faces

John Cena

Triple H

Daniel Bryan

Evan Bourne



The Big Show




Santino Marella

Smackdown – The Heels



John Morrison

Wade Barrett (and Nexus)


Alberto Del Rio

Cody Rhodes

Alex Riley

Chavo Guerrero

William Regal

Shad Gaspard

Smackdown – The Faces

Randy Orton

The Undertaker

Rey Mysterio


Matt Hardy

Yoshi Tatsu

Mark Henry

Percy Watson

The Great Khali

Chris Masters

Final Thoughts

I personally think it’s time for a change to the rosters, and these are simply my opinions. As always, I love hearing your comments, whether you think I’m right, wrong or crazy.

Feel free to comment on what you would do to both brands when Smackdown heads to SyFy. I’d love to hear how you would handle it.

Also, I’m always on my computer when I have nothing to do, so don’t hesitate to ask me any questions about wrestling (or any pro sport). I really enjoy answering any questions you guys might have. It’s a fun time-killer.

You can do that on Twitter at or at, which is really easy (and you don’t have to be a member).

Comment away!


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