10 WWE Raw Superstars Who Fit Better on SmackDown
Monday Night Raw is widely considered to to be the WWE's "A-show" by those within the company, but but not by me.
I'll take SmackDown over Raw any day of the week for one reason: It focuses on actual wrestling.
Whereas you might get five pointless backstage segments and four three-minute matches on Raw, you may only have to suffer through one dumb Aksana/Teddy Long segment while getting two ten-plus minute matches on SmackDown.
Thus, I typically like to see a certain type of superstar on Friday nights, and one of his best qualities is typically that he can go in the ring.
Here are 10 Raw superstars who fit better on the blue brand.
Goldust underwent shoulder surgery in December 2010, and he's been working as a backstage agent since then.
But he's still considered a member of the active roster, and he would be a great fit on SmackDown.
Despite his ridiculous gimmick, Goldust is one of the better pure wrestlers in all of the WWE, and he's never really going to be used in a very prominent role on Raw.
At this point in his career, he should be used to help others improve in the ring, and that's exactly what he could do on Friday nights. Goldust would be a great addition to the mid-card as someone who would assist younger wrestlers in developing their skill sets, while simultaneously putting on very good TV matches.
Feuds with some of the blue brand's mid-card heels—even Cody Rhodes perhaps—could result in what SmackDown's known best for: Quality wrestling.
9. Zack Ryder
Zack Ryder's backstage comedy skits fit much better on Raw, but he's going to have a better chance of consistently getting TV matches on SmackDown.
There's just been too much flip flopping on Ryder on Monday nights.
One week, he's main eventing the show in a tag team match with John Cena, and the next week, he doesn't wrestle at all. Then, he gets passed over for a United States Championship match at Survivor Series in favor of John Morrison.
I don't get it.
Ryder is as over as just about any mid-carder on the WWE roster, and from the few matches we get to see from him, it's clear than he can actually wrestle, too.
Put him on SmackDown, where he can get a chance to showcase both his gimmick and his wrestling skills.
8. Brodus Clay
Brodus Clay has yet to make his return--not his debut despite what John Laurinaitis says--but since it's happening on Monday Night Raw, I assume that mean's he'll me a member of the Raw roster.
I already disagree with that decision.
Clay will likely be booked as a monster heel, but unlike other big men such as Ezekiel Jackson and The Great Khali, he can really go in the ring. He's surprisingly agile and athletic for a guy who stands 6'8", and could be a future main evener.
The only problem is that, even if he re-debuts in a big angle on Raw, he's still fighting an uphill battle to become one of the show's top heels.
Clay will be behind Alberto Del Rio, The Miz, R-Truth and probably Dolph Ziggler on the heel side of the show, and we all know how hard it is to rise up the ranks on Monday nights.
I like Clay's potential a lot, but I have this undying fear that he'll get buried on Monday nights.
7. Jack Swagger
In 2010, Jack Swagger won the Money in the Bank match at Wrestlemania 26 and then became SmackDown's World Heavyweight Champion.
Sure, he had an incredibly crappy title reign that didn't last long and was marred by bad booking, but at least he was relevant on the blue brand.
Aside from a few flashes--such as his brief tag team run with Dolph Ziggler--Swagger has done next to nothing on Raw, even losing to the laughingstock of the WWE, Santino Marella, recently.
Swagger deserves better than that.
Outside of maybe Sheamus, you'd be hard pressed to find a man of Swagger's size who has both the wrestling ability and athleticism that he does.
At the very least, he should be an upper mid-carder. But he certainly has the potential to wrestle for World titles.
That won't happen on Raw, though.
6. Air Boom (Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne)
Now that Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne are the WWE Tag Team Champions, they can technically appear on both Raw and SmackDown every week.
But if that wasn't the case or Air Boom was to split in the near future, then I'd love to see both of these guys on SmackDown.
Bourne has never been a member of the blue brand, which is a shame because his high-flying skill set is perfect for the show's mid-card scene, and I could certainly see him putting on some great matches on Friday nights.
Then, you have Kingston, who was on the blue brand until switching to Raw earlier this year, but was a staple of the Intercontinental Championship scene while on SmackDown.
Kingston had some memorable feuds with guys like Dolph Ziggler, and though he never really put on classic matches, he almost always put on good ones.
Given that he and Bourne don't talk much, they would thrive on a show that puts wrestling first.
5. Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre isn't relevant on Raw, but he once was on SmackDown.
Dubbed "The Chose One" by Vince McMahon, McIntyre held the Intercontinental Championship while on the blue brand, and his title feuds with guys like John Morrison made many of us think that he was a star in the making.
Of course, that hasn't happened so far.
McIntyre's been completely buried on the Raw Roster, and other than his random match with Randy Orton from several weeks ago, I really can't remember the last time he's even appeared on the show.
What a complete waste of talent.
McIntyre has everything you look for in a WWE superstar, and if he's not going to get a chance to prove that on Raw, then you might as well move him to SmackDown.
4. Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio is the current WWE Champion, and because of that, he should be the face of Monday Night Raw.
But he really isn't.
Despite holding the brand's top title, he's almost become an afterthought on the show by taking a backseat to a number of superstars: The Rock, Triple H, Kevin Nash, John Cena, The Miz, R-Truth and CM Punk.
I can't really pinpoint exactly why Del Rio seems to be flopping as WWE Champ--although it probably has a lot to do with the cowardly way he's booked--but I don't think that would be happening on SmackDown.
He was doing fine when he debuted on the blue brand, with good feuds against Rey Mysterio, Edge and even Christian, and many fans thought he was going to be the greatest thing to happen to the WWE in the last few years.
But his run on Raw seems to have fallen flat a bit, so maybe a switch back to the show he started on will change that.
3. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler has been the MVP of Monday Night Raw over the last several months, as evidenced by the fact that Survivor Series will be the second straight pay-per-view in which he pulls double duty.
He's definitely made some huge strides on the microphone, and his in-ring work is among the top five in the entire WWE.
But where's that left him? Nowhere really.
Ziggler's had a completely forgettable run with the United States Championship, and he's yet to reach that main event level on Raw. I think he should already be there, but it's going to be hard for that to happen as long as Alberto Del Rio, The Miz and R-Truth are in his way.
So, I say send Ziggler back to SmackDown.
A little less than a year ago, Ziggler was main eventing the Royal Rumble in a World Heavyweight Championship match against Edge, and I thought this meant he'd be the face of the blue brand going forward.
Then, he got moved to Raw and has simply taken a step back.
He should head back to SmackDown, so he can take two steps forward as a future World champion.
2. Rey Mysterio
Just like The Undertaker, Rey Mysterio is synonymous with SmackDown.
For much of the last decade, Taker and Mysterio have been two of the top baby faces on the blue brand, and the show just doesn't feel right when one of them—usually Mysterio—moves over to Raw.
Prior to 2011, the last time either one of them switched brands was in 2008 when Mysterio jumped to Raw and had that god awful feud with Kane that made me cringe anytime those two were on the screen together.
This was an oh-so-painful reminder that Mysterio should never leave SmackDown, especially when one of the show's key demographics is the Hispanic viewing audience and Mysterio is such a huge draw among Hispanic households.
I just don't see any point in moving Mysterio to Raw when he's more popular and more relevant on SmackDown.
On Raw, all he's going to do is wallow in the mid-card.
1. John Morrison
John Morrison's WWE contract is set to expire soon, so I may not even have to worry about this.
But the "Prince of Parkour" belongs on SmackDown.
As evidenced by his most recent run on Raw, it's going to be really hard for him to make it to the main event on that show. Even when he became the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship at the beginning of 2011, he couldn't get a pay-per-view match.
When on SmackDown, however, Morrison was a stud who put on fantastic matches, like this Intercontinental Championship match against Rey Mysterio in 2009 that made us all realize just how good Morrison was.
Along with Mysterio and guys like Chris Jericho, Morrison made 2009 one of the funnest years for SmackDown I've ever seen, with multiple good matches on just about every show.
Maybe if Morrison re-signs with the company, he can head to the blue brand and do it again.