I have been thinking about this for a couple of weeks, and it is about the brand split. I watch both RAW and Smackdown. Both shows have their own General Manager and Ring Announcer. Keep Cole and Lawler on RAW as commentators. JBL and Josh Matthews on Smackdown. Have a draft and split the roster evenly and go back to having two separate shows with their own identities like we had in 2002/2003. I would like to see sets that are unique to each show.
I want to see storylines that are specific to each brand. We have Money in the Bank winners competing against each other on the same show. To me this combined roster is has run its course. Some of the storylines are not as effective to me when they are presented on two shows. I think you can see too much of some people on TV. Separate shows also give more meaning to the titles associated with each brand.
Even though I watch Smackdown, the show has around 45 minutes of real content, the rest is commercials and recaps of RAW. Smackdown used to have more real content to it; that was when there was a dedicated roster to the show.
Smackdown has had low attendance numbers, and has had to tarp off sections of arenas to conceal the fact that the arena was not full. I believe if the WWE were to restore Smackdown to a separate brand, and create storylines exclusive to the brand attendance might go-up. I would hate to go to a Smackdown taping only to see 45 minutes of action.
I am also in favor of RAW returning to a 2 hour show, 3 hours is a bit much some weeks; especially when we still have 5 to 15 minute over runs. When the show used to be 2 hours I always felt like I wanted more; however, it made me want to tune into the next week’s episode even more.
I believe with the current roster, and the talent in NXT, the WWE can create 2 solid rosters. 2 solid rosters with definitive storylines could raise ratings and attendance.
I have no problem with combined PPV’s and at times during the year where we have talent crossing over to another show. In those cases the crossover means something and is special in nature.
I want to see Smackdown aired live; I really think the show is much better when aired live, and the arena is always full. Taped shows lead to spoilers and a lack of interest; especially in this digital age where the results can be posted the same night.
Basically I want to see each show get to the point where they are competing against each other. To a point where you have to watch each show to see how they upstage the other brand.
Just my thoughts; what are yours.