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Smackdown has been going down the gutter for years but recent episodes show its getting better - slightly.

I personally was quite skeptical about it changing nights - as I was already in a routine on Friday evenings.

But I have to admit I was surprised at the quality of the last few episodes.

Performances by Bryan and Ambrose have really raised the profile of the show.

I enjoyed the tag team turmoil a few weeks back and Bryan v Barrett last night.

We might never get the legendary fist stage back - but it's a start.
 
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Smackdown has definitely gotten better in the last few months. I personally think they could improve things or not make it similar to raw to make it a little more exciting. For example, the feuds that don't get developed o raw can have more time on smackdown(like the ic title last night). The edit in cheers they use for guys that don't get any kind of annoy me still just because they all sound the same. Other than that, I've enjoyed the past few episodes. My favorite moment recently was when Ambrose and reigns reunited on the last Friday night smackdown.
 

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They couldn't even make Bryan the fucking face of Smackdown.

They wanted him to be a mid-carder on RAW Smfh
 

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I watched most of SD last night "live" and only had a max DVR buffer of maybe 2 minutes. It was a very enjoyable and easy watch -- even the never ending Survivor Series 2014 tag match was fun to sit through.

What made the show work, however, was the focus on the IC title. I'm not sure why it takes Wrestlemania season for WWE Creative to use it's fucking roster and remember they have other belts for other people not named Roman Reigns or Brock Lesnar. Could you just imagine if this was a year round type of thing? Why is it so crazy that WWE actually produced a good episode of Smackdown? It shouldn't be, but it is.

I liked the new camera angles from the cameras in the ring posts. I didn't catch all of RAW, so I'm not sure if they used any angles from the corners (even though I noticed the cameras on them), but it made SD feel different. More of that, please. It's bad enough every show uses the same, now boring, set -- but they all look and feel the same. Different angles here and there and a different flow to the action (there were no long drown out authority figure promos) should do a good job of changing up the flavor of the program.

If RAW won't give the divas a decent amount of time to wrestle, do it on Smackdown.

If RAW won't do any character development, do it on Smackdown.

If the WHC can't appear, then dammit, elevate the IC title and highlight it on Smackdown every week.

Just make SD the wrestling show and nobody will bitch about 30 second diva matches or mid card titles being worthless. If it can reach that 2002 level of glory as an overall program, that'd be excellent.
 

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I was pretty down on the thought of Bryan in the IC title picture but its growing. Trying to look at this with rose colored glasses. if they make the IC Title and Bryan the face of Smackdown and go back to when it was a show that was heavy on work rate it could be great. use Smackdown to try and bridge that gap between NXT and the main roster.
 

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They can do one better by giving Bryan the IC title and holding a King Of The Ring Tournament on Smackdown for a month to determine a #1 contender.

I'd selfishly like to see a NJPW style G1 Climax tournament that's super epic for the IC title, but that'd be dreaming a bit too much LOL.

Baby steps first -- give the title to Ambrose or Bryan. Slide Orton in there after Mania and top it off with Ziggler and that's a solid core to work with for the IC strap. Meanwhile, quietly do the same for the US title in Cena's hands, but keep it all on RAW. Bam, a silent brand split.
 
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I believe they did use turnbuckle camera angles on Raw
Especially during the Kidd/Cesaro v Osos title match.

WWE should highlight the IC title much more on Smackdown.

I still believe Main Event has the best divas matches it the moment.
 
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They can do one better by giving Bryan the IC title and holding a King Of The Ring Tournament on Smackdown for a month to determine a #1 contender.

I'd selfishly like to see a NJPW style G1 Climax tournament that's super epic for the IC title, but that'd be dreaming a bit too much LOL.

Baby steps first -- give the title to Ambrose or Bryan. Slide Orton in there after Mania and top it off with Ziggler and that's a solid core to work with for the IC strap. Meanwhile, quietly do the same for the US title in Cena's hands, but keep it all on RAW. Bam, a silent brand split.
yeah by doing this you also elevate the US title and it allows more a focused approach to the product. you can have Raw with Diva Title, US Title, and WWE WHC. Then Smackdown can have IC Title and Tag Team title and this will allow talent to shine. you keep it a silent split but some guys can jump back and forth to keep feuds fresh but no draft. It also will keep me anyways from wanting to put a bullet in my head seeing constant this is what happened on raw and now were going to roll out the exact same segment on smack down after we show you this clip of what happened on RAW.
It can also be used as a new launching platform for the NXT guys to cross over. if you wanted to even keep the Tag titles on RAW bring up the Cruiserweight or European title back or create a new one like TV title or Network title. allow the Network champ to jump between NXT and Smackdown.
 

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No it's still shit.

I'd rather watch lesbian porn.
 

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Yeah Smackdown was suprisingly good yesterday. Usually when I watch live, I spend most of the show on my phone because of the goddamn commercials, rewinds, packages and other bullshit. This one actually had a lot of content and solid in-ring action.
 

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Making the IC title the showcase belt on Smackdown is probably the closest you can get to a brand split without actually having a brand split. It can serve the same role that the WHC used to fill. I'd be OK with it as long as the champ isn't jobbing on TV week after week.
 

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Make Bryan exclusive to SmackDown. If he's on RAW, he has to feud with The Authority, and that's boring.
 

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Not sure what Smackdowns you've been watching but it's the same as it's always been for the last few years. I watch it mainly because there is nothing else to watch at certain points of the day and fills a vacuum. Smackdown will be good when it reaches the levels of 1999-2007.
 

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Didnt watch it and havent watched smackdown in about 4 years with the exception of a show here and there. Maybe time to start watching again.

They have so many amazing guys then dont use. Why cant we get smackdown to have its own roster with its own title. Dont like the idea of two worldtitles so maybe bringing in a lightweight title or something or a smackdown chanpionship or hell have the ic title be its top title. Get smackdown to have its own writers and production team. Make it DIFFERENT.

Bryan
Cesaro
Ziggler
Balor
Neville
Itami
Kalisto
Uhaa Nation

Thats one HELL of a roster and you could fill it up with some of the amateur wrestlers down in nxt. Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, Tye Dillinger etc. Make it all about figting spirit and atlethic competition. Show guys grappling in the gym and punching bags in the intro. Have hiphop music or metal. Simple storylines lots of wrestling.

Meanwhile raw

Cena
Reigns
Orton
Rollins
Ambrose
Wyatt
Owens
Zayn
Sheamus


You could have two extremly strong rosters. Look at the smackdown roster wwe wont use either of those in a significant matter. Zayn can take Bryans underdog role. Rollins can be the shawn michaels of the show and actually stand out since majority of the great workers are down in smackdown. Wyatt,Ambrose and Owens as your badass tweeners. Zayn,Rollins and Orton as faces. Reigns goes back and forth. Cena and Sheamus are your fullfledges heels. Can be in the authority.

Raw is all about cutting edge entertainment. Really wellbuilt characters and feuds. But once it comes to matches they all deliver. Still some really solid workers on that roster like Rollins,Orton,Owens,Zayn,Wyatt,Sheamus,Cena,Ambose and even Reigns has improved.


SO MUCH POTENTIAL! But theyd rather job out the guys I mentioned in the smackdown crew while they could be making some serious money with them and have more stars. They could do twice as many houseshows for example since the guys that mainevent on smackdon could mainevent houseshows. They could sell out mania yearly without parttimers since they have twice as many stars when they have two rosters.
 

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I was pretty down on the thought of Bryan in the IC title picture but its growing. Trying to look at this with rose colored glasses. if they make the IC Title and Bryan the face of Smackdown and go back to when it was a show that was heavy on work rate it could be great. use Smackdown to try and bridge that gap between NXT and the main roster.
The job of a good promoter is to give the people what they want, the job of a great promoter is to give the people what he wants, and make them think it is what they want; this is just what Vince is doing to the Brian fans. Don't accept Bryan in the mid-card, he's worth much more; don't let Vince get the better of you.
 

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I personally hated that Tag Team Turmoil a few weeks ago. A one hour match with no meaning? Yeah, no thanks. Bryan and Reigns against The Usos was especially boring.

Smackdown is still as it has been for the last few years: entirely missable. You could never watch Smackdown again and all you'd miss is some good wrestling. Stories don't progress on there and nothing important ever happens.
 
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