WWE: Why the RAW Supershow Is a Terrible Sign for WWE
In times of change, you always need to take the good with the bad.
In this case, RAW will feature the best that the WWE has to offer in general. Smackdown gets extra exposure and we get more high-profile Superstars on our TV screen every Monday night.
It also sounds good that this is happening now, considering it's the beginning of football season and we all know Monday Night RAW always competes with MNF, which this week will be featuring the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins as part of a double-header. That is double the football that WWE has to compete with.
It will continue to be that way for the next while and RAW can use the talent.
However, there are plenty of negatives for the Raw Supershow and here are a few of them.
Less Airtime for Talent
Remember when Zack Ryder was campaigning to get some air time so he took his stance to the Internet?
With the WWE Supershow, more talent may have to go that route. Instead of pushing younger talent and trying to keep in talented guys that were given a bad gimmick, they give more time to guys like Cena, Orton, HHH, Christian and the other talent that are in world title-esque story lines.
Talent like Tyler Reks, Curt Hawkins and Percy Watson gets shoved away onto WWE Superstars and guys like Chris Masters and Shelton Benjamin get released.
Are you serious, bro? (Sorry, Zack.)
It's a great way to get ratings, but if you want to develop talent and give them good exposure to do good things in the future, they need their share of time on the show as well, and that's not including five-second cameos onscreen, celebrating with other babyfaces or hanging out, talking with people backstage while someone is storming out to the ring.
Yes, a lot of these guys have been given chances to excel but haven't been used properly (i.e, squash matches or horrible gimmicks), and that falls into the writing staff's hands. Case in point, when you have talent, get a good idea for them that is plausible and work with that, not the first whack-a-doodle idea that comes up.
Scotty Goldman (Colt Cabana)
The list goes on...
Since 2002, the WWE has operated RAW and Smackdown as two separate brands. Over time, the brands have developed their own championships and have had them switched from brand to brand through drafts and Money in the Bank cash-ins.
With the RAW Supershow, it is slowly engulfing Smackdown talent onto RAW and will eventually swallow the show whole. Next thing you know, here we are, back before the 2001 WCW/ECW invasion.
That being said, the WWE and World Titles would be one, the Intercontinental and US Championships would become one and the tag-team and Divas titles are already one title.
With the mound of talent that currently occupies the WWE rosters, should all of them be chasing just those titles?
There are many main-event level superstars and to have them fighting over one WWE title can mean many of them will get lost in the shuffle.
Most guys will have to pair off and go after the tag-team titles and if too many guys do that, there's another log jam in a WWE division—not that there are any complaints; the WWE can use the talent in their tag-team division.
The fact remains, less gold means less talent getting immediate opportunities to claim said gold, meaning more talent will become frustrated that their contributions are being overlooked and will eventually leave.
The title chases will get most of the coverage and to tie in with the last slide, all the jobbers and lesser known guys will become irrelevant on WWE programming.
There aren't too many specific reasons why the Supershow is a bad sign, but the reasons that exist are big enough to outweigh the positives, on a long-term scale at least.
What do you think?