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Why NXT should replace SmackDown

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SmackDown and RAW... you can't really tell them apart. Everyones pretty much on both shows yet there's still two World titles. What they should do, and won't, is trim down the roster and cancel SD. Put everyone on one show and introduce NXT to Friday Nights.

Looking at the roster in FCW right now, it's stacked with talent and potential. I don't remember seeing a roster this good since OVW had Cena, Orton, Lesnar, Benjamin, & Batista. A lot of these guys have experience working on the indy scene already, which is a smart move by WWE to be signing guys who have that experience and passion as opposed to going after body builders, football players, etc that will come and go. They have a solid core of talent right now featuring:

NXT Champion Seth Rollins, Richie Steamboat as the top two babyfaces, Dean Ambrose & Kassius Ohno as the top two villains.

Now I wouldn't put everyone from FCW on NXT, so to beef up the roster WWE should send seldom used Drew McIntyre, Justin Gabriel, Camacho, Alex Riley, Michael McGillicuty, Tyson Kidd, Yoshi Tatsu, Trent Baretta, & Mason Ryan over to the NXT roster to add some depth and get featured more.

Add in Bo Dallas, Bray Wyatt, The Ascension, Xavier Woods, Leakee, CJ Parker, Big E Langston & Corey Graves you have a decent talent roster for a two hour show to replace SmackDown. It's a taped show anyway which would be good for some of the green guys.

It'd be smart to give the impression that NXT is not even associated with WWE. Make it an entirely different brand with shows from smaller venues (In a bar ala Shotgun Saturday Night would be sweet, the ECW arena) have different logos, announcers, fresh new faces. Don't even mention WWE or RAW. Don't have soap opera storylines but make it realistic aimed @ the 18-24 demo.

Eventually down the road you could also down some interesting storylines involving NXT vs. WWE, but for at least a year NXT should be on TV without ever mentioning WWE or RAW. Give the impression that its an entirely different promotion.

SmackDown features guys already ppearing on RAW and really doesn't have too many exclusive superstars anymore. They seem to constantly shuffle them back and forth, so let's just throw them all onto the three hour show and release some talent to make a little extra room. I'd cut The Great Khali, Hornswoggle, Santino, Ezekial Jackson for just starters.

Create more Tag Teams and you'd be able to feature the majority in a three hour show without worrying about introducing a whole new brand with a 2 hour time slot.

While it's never likely to happen, I'd love to see it done someday.

Thanks for reading.

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Updated 08-25-2012 at 06:02 PM by RoadWarrior

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  1. TheGreatOne's Avatar
    It amazes me how some people are actually raving to see NXT now. When we had it on TV, no one gave a crap about it. I actually watched the first 3 seasons of it.
  2. Kaisered's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatOne
    It amazes me how some people are actually raving to see NXT now. When we had it on TV, no one gave a crap about it. I actually watched the first 3 seasons of it.
    I actually watched every season of NXT since Tuesday nights were the only nights I could watch wrestling. And Road just a small problem with your idea, the roster from NXT although it is well known for those who follow the indy scene, the common fan doesn't follow it. WIth WWE officials not trying to take any risks lately that will be hard to be pulled out from them.
  3. PipeBomb1087's Avatar
    Great Blog. I disagree on the fact that Smackdown should be replaced by NXT. One of the many reasons viewers like NXT now is because of the star power of this past week. People are excited that Punk made a visit and won a match with Seth Rollins. It was amazing to see star power there and John Cena to make a cameo appearance. WWE even had a video and an article on this. This is an interesting idea by WWE and this gave people more time to get into a rivalry. Give it a few months and NXT will get boring again. Still great blog and keep it up. Yours Truly PipeBomb1087!
  4. bartish2's Avatar
    lolololololololololol the reason there IS a nxt is because they need the guys to get experiece before they reach tv and there is way too many guys to sustain 1 roster. if you only had half the titles then wwe wouldnt have as many stars feuding & ppvs would be like 2 hours for a 3 hour raw show. It just wouldnt work, too much talent not being used. This way it means more feuds, more chances for stars to get over and they use more than the same 4 guys to feud.
  5. bearkg88's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatOne
    It amazes me how some people are actually raving to see NXT now. When we had it on TV, no one gave a crap about it. I actually watched the first 3 seasons of it.
    Here is the difference between that NXT and this one. That one featured a handful of wrestlers in some kind of contest. This one features multiple wrestlers and has a championship. To me, while they are all 1 in the same NXT, i distinguish the two of them from each other
  6. Cross's Avatar
    Smackdown should not really be mentioning Raw anyways. Thank God for DVR or else Raw Rebounds would even be more annoying. Anyways, that is a innovative thought. Although I do think it should be televised and its own brand, it should not replace Smackdown. Kepp it up
  7. ewantu2's Avatar
    Smackdown is a good show sometimes better then RAW if you don't count the dumb RAW rebound bits.
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