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Before that Raw was the flagship show even though Smackdown was on Fox.

Brock was champ on Raw and the Raw title match main evented Mania in 2020.

And even when McIntyre was champ it was a bigger deal than Strowman as champ on Smackdown.

All this changed when Roman came back and won the Universal title at Payback 2020. Then Smackdown became the flagship show definitely.
 

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SD took a better turn after Roman showed up at Summerslam yes but SD was still the A show creatively before that from the draft in 2019 until Roman left prior to WM36, There was no way SD with Braun as Champion was the leading brand over Drew on Raw other than using the Fox argument because it sure didn't feel like it lol.

Raw will always one way or another be the true flagship Fox or not unless Vince or a reliable source can simply authenticate which show is the leading brand.
 

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To be fair. Smackdown was main eventing before Roman got back. Wyatt and Strowman main evented Extreme Rules and Summerslam. And Drew wasn't main eventing because they put the MITB match and Orton vs Edge greatest match ever last.

In general the Universial Title has completely owned the WWE Title since it's creation. Lesnar vs McIntyre was a rare occasion where the WWE Title went on after the Universial.

But I do agree that in 2021 it's been pretty clear what WWE consider the top show and the top superstar and that's Smackdown and Roman Reigns.
 

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"Smackdown is the flagship show" but WWE is making the big Peacock deals with NBC not Fox the network that promotes Smackdown and Smackdown the supposed "flagship show" loses at Survivor Series.

They took all the best talents Smackdown had and moved them to RAW with little to no disregard to how it would absolutely destroy Smackdown not having a good roster, all they care about is shoving Roman down everyone's throat and that gravely costed Smackdown at Survivor Series.

If anything making Smackdown the Roman Reigns show completely ruined Smackdown!

If Fox drops Smackdown, Roman will go and stink up RAW

Reigns is worse than Cena vs Orton! At least Cena and Orton were actual stars.
 

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Fox will drop inevitably end up dropping WWE because Smackdown is a failure.

WWE still treats RAW like the A show, that never changed.
Failure how lol. Its way ahead of the show it replaced UFC on Fox and wins the 18-49 demo on Fridays every week.

How does WWE Raw as A show? The biggest star in the world is on SD. When WWE returned to MSG it was SD, Lesnar is on SD, Cena was on SD when he returned
 
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