Why SmackDown will continue to be WWE's poorer version of Raw

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As far as WWE programming goes, throughout last year, there were several memorable episodes of Monday Night Raw but as ever, very few of SmackDown that will be seen as noteworthy.

Pretty much since its existence, SmackDown has been in the shadow of the more favourable Monday Night Raw show as week-in, week-out, WWE saves its best matches and story lines for the latter.

Raw has always been a huge deal in the eyes of both those in charge at WWE as well as the WWE Universe who are watching all around the world, to tune in with what is the latest regarding their favourite superstars.


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Pointless programme

Sadly it is become all too common of late that SmackDown is a meaningless show and one which only exists by WWE creating a number of filler matches, every week.

Probably the most exciting news to come out of an episode of SmackDown recently was the United States Championship Title change as Kalisto overcame Alberto Del Rio.

Given that Alberto Del Rio quickly won back his belt, however, this news quickly became irrelevant and left many WWE fans wondering why there was a title change at all.

This lack of imagination and consistent promotion of several mid-card stars is why SmackDown is significantly less popular than Raw.

With this in mind, as What Culture reported, the taping of this week's Smackdown in Dayton, Ohio even struggled to draw in even an average crowd.

Some clever crowd positioning and camera work, however, will lead members of the WWE Universe who tune in to watch the programme to believe otherwise, but there were several sections of the Wright State University Nutter Center with very few fans in if any at all.

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While SmackDown still provides a platform for the aforementioned mid-carders to continue to promote themselves, when this is all that happens in a programme, it ultimately becomes too mundane for fans to invest in.

As such, why members of the WWE Universe should be expected to pay so much for a ticket to something which they know will not be a memorable event is simply unfair and is something very few would be willing to do.

If WWE does not want its SmackDown programme to lose popularity altogether, it must save future story lines and key matches for this platform.

Although everything major seems to be saved for Monday Night Raw, having the odd meaningful match or even WWE legend return on SmackDown instead, would not be too detrimental to the business. 

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