The big news over the last few months has been that SmackDown will move to the USA Network and fans are hoping this change will mean change for the show as well.
For quite a while now fans have been frustrated by the fact that the 'B' show in the WWE has been treated exactly like that, whereas the WWE should be creating competition for themselves to have SmackDown drawing in big numbers as well.
Gone are the days of two General Managers, the brand split and the separate World Championships. Instead, we see a depleted version of Monday Night Raw taking place on Thursday’s.
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That should change once SmackDown moves to the USA Network, but the WWE should be looking at things they could change about SmackDown to make fans look at the show a little more seriously.
MAKE IT LIVE
The biggest aspect the WWE should change is that it needs to be live like Raw is, as we can tell there’s a real difference when we watch live episodes of Raw and taped episodes of SmackDown; mainly because the editing for SmackDown isn’t exactly brilliant.
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Live episodes of SmackDown give it a more natural feel, and it means the WWE will put out a better product. Obviously, it costs more money but the end rewards are much greater for the WWE as they can attract more sponsors, and more fans will want to tune in and stick around for a better product.
BALANCE OF SUPERSTARS
There needs to be a fair balance of superstars as well. The big problem we have witnessed is that the top stars very rarely appear on SmackDown such as John Cena and Brock Lesnar, and we have to deal with the mid-card stars left to carry the remainder of the mediocre show.
The WWE needs to try and have the top stars appear more often on SmackDown, so fans feel the need to tune into the show on a regular basis. If guys like Rusev and Ryback – who are talented – continue to be in main events in repeated matches, then fans won’t feel the need to tune in because we’ve seen it so many times before.
FOCUS ON NXT CALL-UPS
The big problem NXT fans have been that our beloved NXT stars are often lost in the shuffle on the main roster. They might be extremely talented but opportunities aren’t easy to come by, and I feel the WWE could focus more on NXT talents on SmackDown.
SmackDown could be seen as the final platform for them, so they are ready to mix it up with the top talent on Monday Night Raw. It isn’t easy to move up from NXT into the limelight on Raw, and we have seen that with stars like Bo Dallas and Tyler Breeze, so more focus on them on SmackDown would be a good way to build them up further.
SCRAP RAW RECAPS
SmackDown is often seen as a Raw recap as the show is often filled with replays of what happened on Raw. This will be the perfect time to have more wrestling on the show and fewer pointless recaps.
This would allow stars the chance to compete in matches and create new feuds rather than repeating what has already happened. The fans will be disinterested, and because it’s already happened a couple of days earlier the fans will tune out and not tune back in, and you can’t blame them for that.
MORE WRESTLING, FEWER PROMOS
SmackDown is the perfect place for the WWE to have actual wrestling on the show, something wrestling fans want, and it’s why they tune into Ring of Honor or even NJPW because we see more wrestling and fewer promos. If the WWE went in this direction, then just think what it could do for the careers of guys like Cesaro and Dolph Ziggler who are unable to crack the main event scene on Raw.
We get enough promos in the three hours on Monday, so we don’t need a repeat of that on an episode of SmackDown with a handful of mediocre matches. We need longer matches that tell a story, and it’s something the fans would invest in.
WWE FANS – HOW ELSE DO YOU THINK THE WWE COULD IMPROVE SMACKDOWN NEXT YEAR? LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW.