Look at this week's SmackDown. The only true SD midcard match was Hunico vs Gabriel, and Gabriel was squashed. Raw wrestlers Ziggler and Swagger challenged Ryder and Kingston. Where have Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett, Ted DiBiase, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater all gone? They're either on Superstars or jobbing on SD. Meanwhile Rhodes has moved up the card to feud with Orton. The only thing going on is the Sin Cara feud, and as shown by HIAC, the audience doesn't like it at all. WWE has got to stop feeding the midcard to beaten by the Sin Caras and involve the SD midcarders on TV instead of too much focus on Raw wrestlers.Caldwell:
Very true. This week's Smackdown rating drops to a 1.7 and all of a sudden Show is World champ at Vengeance! I'm going with my prediction from the Livecast yesterday that I think WWE keeps Henry strong the rest of the year, then Orton wins the Rumble and they go from there leading to Mania with Daniel Bryan somewhere in the picture. Speaking of Bryan and the somewhat non-existent mid-card as of late, what are your thoughts on the supporting characters like Sin Cara(s), Bryan, Mahal, etc.? It seems like a lot of those spots are being taken by Raw cameos as of late.
Correct, and that's the downside of Smackdown. Once known for its bustling mid-card, the blue brand has seen it's mid-card disappear like a speck of sand in the wind. Both Sin Caras need some rehabilitation after a lackluster reception to their PPV match, and I wouldn't be surprised if many fans had forgotten that Daniel Bryan is indeed still the holder of the MITB briefcase. I'd like to see some more work get done in this area in the near future.