There is something that has been constantly worrying the WWE management over the past few months.
It's not Brock Lesnar or Cena or something else. It is the fall in viewership of SmackDown. Since its inception in 1999, this show has been entertaining WWE fans but now it seems like SD has lost its luster.
The SmackDown viewership count has become a constant talking point among WWE circles. Last week, the viewership fell to 1.9 million which is the lowest since the inception of this show. Let us have a look at three ways in which the viewership of the show could be improved.
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Story-lines, Main events and backstage heat
It has become a tradition in WWE that the unsolved issues on Raw will be resolved in the upcoming Raw but definitely not on SmackDown.
This is high time that WWE moves out of their good old habit and does something new. It is highly important to make SmackDown the home for interesting backstage action and building nice storylines. How long has it been since SmackDown had a one-on-one quality main event?
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This tag team main events absolutely suck and you don't get profitable returns when you keep on investing at the same rate. To be precise, people want high intensity main events, backstage heat and interesting storylines on SmackDown as well!
Bring back the World Heavyweight Championship
The WWE roster today is filled with many talented guys. It all depends on how you utilize them. Also, there should be reasons for a fan to watch a show. How do you provide it? This answer to this question solves this problem.
Earlier, guys like Orton, Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus etc; showed up on SD every week and made things interesting. SmackDown used to be the place for all WHC related storylines. WWE has lost this flexibility due to the unification of the Championships and that has become a big problem now. Bring it back and that obviously brings back the glory of the show.
This is the right time to do that as the current roster looks richer in talent than ever before!
Remember the days when Teddy Long was the GM of SmackDown? How did you feel when Mr.McMahon and Sable were backstage, looking after the show's proceedings? This show was at the very best when it was managed by people like Vince and Teddy.
Today,the show surely lacks direction. So, how about a full time SmackDown GM? Everyone knows how stale Kane is as the Director of Operations. So, why not bring in a new GM of SmackDown?