Smackdown debuts: Are they a bad thing?

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The week after WrestleMania usually sees several new stars debut on the main roster following call-ups from NXT. These debuts are prominent, mostly on Monday Night RAW, the flagship show. 

This was still the case on the April 4 edition where we saw the debut of Enzo and Cass, Apollo Crews and the RAW debut of Baron Corbin.

We also saw a vignette displayed on the titantron which highlighted that the team of the Vaudevillians would be making their debut on Thursday Night Smackdown, which they did successfully against the Lucha Dragons of Kalisto and Sin Cara. With this win, they were established as a talented heel duo who deserve their spots on the main roster.


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The debut on Smackdown raised several questions from fans as to why they didn't appear on the WrestleMania aftermath edition of RAW - instead being relegated to the "B-show."

It's an accepted fact that Monday Night RAW is the main flagship show of WWE with Smackdown acting as a B-show only existing to really just further storylines. Despite WWE's efforts to make Smackdown a flagship show in its own right, much like the days of the brand extension, these efforts have ultimately come up short.

Smackdown still doesn't have the same amount of views that RAW has and also the fact that it isn't a live broadcast means some people don't bother tuning into the show as they already know the results and what is going to happen. Smackdown isn't rated as highly as RAW, not by the fans and not even by WWE themselves.

The decision to have the Vaudevillians debut on Smackdown has created quite the stir on the internet.

With Enzo and Cass debuting on RAW, many fans have questioned whether WWE values the Vaudevillians as much. While the former NXT tag-team had a very successful debut going to battle on the microphones with one of the most decorated teams in history, the Dudley Boys - the Vaudevillians just defeated the Lucha Dragons on the B-show.

The name, Tyler Breeze has come up in the debate as he also had his debut on an episode of Smackdown and is now used as an enhancement talent or the more commonly known term - a jobber. Although it's not generally Smackdown's fault, people making their debut on the B-show does, however, appear to demonstrate a lack of faith from WWE in that character.

The Smackdown show is not as viewed and not as highly rated as Monday Night RAW, however, some do say it features the better quality of wrestling matches. It seems agreeable between fans that they would like to see wrestlers debut on RAW, the flagship show instead of being under-exposed in their debut on Smackdown.

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