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Differentiate SmackDown! from RAW

Rating: 4 votes, 3.75 average.
While the tone of both shows are very different with Monday Night RAW being more Hollywood and SmackDown! being more of the Wrestling based show of the two I'd still like to see the WWE make these shows completely different with every aspect, the only things that stand out from the shows from a visual point of view is the colour of the ropes and for me I don't think thats good enough.

World Wrestling Entertainment prides itself being the best and biggest Wrestling Promotion in the World and while the theatre in the shows for the live audience could possibly back this up I believe it would be good to give the whole feel of SmackDown! a complete re-vamp, not the on screen talents, just the look of the place.

  1. I'd like to see (or hear) a 3 man commentary team
  2. I'd rather see SD! without the ramp
  3. I'd like to see an Interview stage about 15 meters to the side of the entrance
  4. I'd also like to see an old school type interviewer, not Mean Gene but in that same journalistic mould
  5. I'd also move the position of the commentators to where the main camera is, the way you used to see Vince and Co on Superstars in the 80s and early 90s
  6. Utilise more managers on SmackDown!
  7. Make SmackDown! darker with its lighting, make it feel more street than Hollywood



I really think these simple changes could increase the enjoyment factor of SmackDown! and it could also help make Monday Night RAW and SmackDown! look far more fresh and give both shows some much needed individuality, it could also improve the lay-out of shows if they have different ramps/isles/interview areas to work in.

I've always maintained the belief that both shows should be kept as distanced as possible as long as the brand split is in motion and while I know they sometimes cheat with the onscreen talent I feel they could do a lot more to make both shows look as different as possible and still keep it looking as important as possible, there has to be a different feel about the shows in my opinion, its vital because sooner or later people will just end up picking one show to watch instead of two because they offer little to know difference in terms of visuals.

This would help create a definite difference to both brands and in my opinion make both shows feel unique and give both shows that little bit more importance than what it has at this stage.

I've never been one to believe that any particular show should be pushed greater than the other, Monday Night RAW being the oldest and the flagship of the then WWF and now WWE will always be considered the number One show in the company anyway, the only way that would change would be if Vince McMahon ever decided to take the Blue brands show live, something that probably wont happen anytime soon due to the schedule of live weekend house shows, the only way that would probably happen would be if they changed the night SmackDown! aired, something that probably would benefit the ratings anyway, however, thats a whole different blog.

The point is, Friday Night SmackDown! should look and feel as different from Monday Night RAW as possible, different feel to the show, different entrances, different style of commentating and Interviewing techniques, I also think that if they did this, you would also see a huge increase in the motivation of the Wrestlers, when they inevitably swap brands at some stage in the year they would be more motivated by a different styled feel to shows.

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  1. ch.brooks24's Avatar
    I like it. What your talking about makes complete sense. And thing is, those are relatively simple changes to make but would have a big impact and make a big difference. I also agree that the only way to truley make Smackdown more relevant is to change the night it airs AND to make it live. Not one or the other, but both. But like you said, thats a different discussion in and of itself. Good ideas you got here. Definitely need to give Smackdown its own identity. They've kind of started to move in that direction already. But the changes you suggest would absolutely set it apart from RAW.
  2. WF™ - Original Member!'s Avatar
    Thanks for your reply, glad you like it, not expecting everyone to like it but its nice to see someone can see where I'm coming from.

    Like you said, the changes I've suggested aren't massive changes, simple changes but ones I've felt for a while that would alter the visuals of the show and give it its own feel to it, I'm surprised that the WWE have everything in place on SD almost identical to what they sell on RAW, I thought they would have wanted to give it a different feel although I suppose fom a business point of view they might look at the consumer and think if they like RAW then just keep giving them the same thing, I'm looking at it more from a fans point of view
  3. Hesterica's Avatar
    Seriously, these are great suggestions and I agree that it could work. Smackdown is not the A show so it pays to experiment with it a bit. Giving it individuality will create a better buzz during interpromotional matches, much like a few years ago with Brock vs Goldberg or Shawn vs Kurt.
  4. WF™ - Original Member!'s Avatar
    Yeah I agree, thats basically all I'm suggesting, just give it a different feel altogether, even if it did have the chance of being the A show, I still believe that the landscape of it should look completely different, it would still be in the same type of arena's but a change in the settings could help the feel of the show, in doing this, I actually think it would make Monday Night RAW look more special when you see the stage and the ramp and see all the pyro that goes with it, make it really look like something guys on SmackDown! would strive to be apart of
  5. daniel bryan mark's Avatar
    I think that could make sense. I like the three person commentary team. With heel and face color commentators, it leaves the play by play guy to be down the middle and just call the action.
  6. WF™ - Original Member!'s Avatar
    I've always been a fan of a three man Commentary team, if a Promotion has two shows, and two brands as well, I think one of them should have a three man team, to cover all the bases, but to be honest, with a Promotion having two big shows like this then I'd make the landscape as different as possible
  7. welch421's Avatar
    First of all i think The Miz should become world heavyweight champ over on Smackdown.
    Then i would move it back to Thursday night and make it live. And to afford to make it live get rid of wwe superstars show because lets be honest, superstars is a waste of an hour. They hardly ever have anygood wrestlers on there and it is a waste of money.
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