On April 29, 1999, Smackdown was born. The WWE Universe was excited for the start of a brand-new show. From then to now, a slew of memorable moments come to mind.
Two days after 9/11, WWE produced the first assembly on live television after the vicious attacks. They aired the Eddie Guerrero tribute show. Brock Lesnar and Big Show gave us an “OMG! moment" when Brock superplexed Show and the ring collapsed.
John Cena debuted on an episode of Smackdown to face Kurt Angle, which makes the rest history. Plenty of superstars participated on Friday nights.
More notably in the recent past, Undertaker, Edge, Eddie Guerrero (R.I.P.), Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, Batista, MVP and Christian are only a handful that made Smackdown what it is today.
However, the past few months have not been the most successful. Reports to numerous wrestling outlets suggest a lack of attendance.
In this report to wrestlezone.com, poor attendance was spotted and this isn't the only instance.
Is there a solution to the once-vibrant Smackdown brand? I'm not too entirely sure if it is a move to Tuesday nights and going live.
Things would be different; I am sure of that. That would open the doors for real good or bad productions. I hate to be that guy, but one example of this is how both Sin Caras botch way too many moves. Remember that Slater/Cara match a few weeks back?
They will not be able to re-do the match on live television. Smackdown isn't the show it used to be because of the lack of booking. It seems if Russo is calling the shots.
For those interested, check out the spoilers for tomorrow night's episode of Smackdown. Lucky for them, Rhodes, Barrett, Christian and Sheamus pick up the slack.
In my opinion, after Taker slowed down and Edge retired, Smackdown doesn't have the star quality it used to. Before you come back with Orton and Mark Henry, no comparisons can be made to Edge or Taker.
I guess the point I'm trying to make is Smackdown might just have to call it quits.
After 12 years of programming, they are starting to shut down. My only problem with this observation is that superstars such as Rhodes, Barrett and Bryan might get lost in the shuffle.
For those hardcore IWC fans out there, can you imagine having Orton and Cena on the same show, both as champion?
Scary thought, I must admit.
This is a very controversial subject that I simply don't have a solution to. On one side of the situation, the ratings have been horrible and a definite waste of a show. On the other hand, it has plenty of talent like Rhodes, Kidd, Gabriel, Barrett and other stars.
To put it simply, Smackdown isn't the entity it used to be. Possibly a move to Tuesday nights will do it justice.
A live Smackdown broadcast...I'd watch it.
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