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Dear Creative, SmackDown Versus RAW

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Dear WWE Creative,

Another week has gone by, and as we are heading into SummerSlam season, things are really heating up. As the second week, post-draft, I have to tell you, for one reason or another, I’m just not feeling SmackDown.

I may be in the minority. SmackDown really does have all the elements to be considered just as big of a program as RAW. It’s now live, and as we all learned from Daniel Bryans’ Crews/Creed fumble on the August 2nd edition of SmackDown … it is indeed not pre-taped.

The sad thing is, I can’t even place my finger on why I feel this way. The opening promo for SmackDown was solid, and an excellent build-up to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at SummerSlam. The story-telling was phenomenal, as underdog Dolph Ziggler proved to Ambrose, and the WWE Universe, as to why he deserves to be in the title picture.

Speaking of phenomenal, the promo between John Cena and AJ Styles was sick; and the shoot interview during SmackDown’s post-show (Talking Smack) on The WWE Network, where Daniel Bryan showed his dismay around Cena’s comments of mocking Styles’ leaving the WWE, was spot on. The matches were incredible on SmackDown, and the women’s division is heating up; and while I dislike Eva Marie, her ‘fake’ injury was a perfect way to gain some more heat, from the audience. Nattie’s sneak attack on Carmella helped to grow her heel persona. But, it’s still missing something …

Maybe it was the Nashville audience, that Styles referred to, although I thought that was more of a dig to Dixie Carter and TNA than the city itself. Certainly it can’t be the lack of talent. SmackDown is stacked, and I really can’t think of anything that it lacks, more than a couple more solid star female talents; but right now, Lynch and Nattie, with the new NXT girls (not to mention Naomi), are doing well, keeping things together. I also enjoyed the debut of Alpha American; and the concept of a two-hour ‘rasslin’ show is appealing. It’s nice to be entertained and done, by 10 p.m.

Perhaps SmackDown simply lacks surprises. I liked the way things got shaken up a bit, by the mixed tag team action on RAW. The chemistry between Banks and Amore on the mic was gold. Jinder Mahal’s return wasn’t crazy shocking – but something I did not expect. I loved the women’s title change the week before, and of course, Finn Balor’s debut and stepping into the RAW’s title scene was incredible. There really was none of that on SmackDown. Not to say that Wyatt beating Ziggler to become number one contender is unimaginable; or that there wasn’t potential to turn that SummerSlam into a triple threat; it just didn’t seem that was going to be the case, and the Ziggler win, was predictable.

I could also be clouded by preconceived notions Creative, I can admit that. As a long-time fan, I’ve been exposed to SmackDown for many years – and know it as the WWE’s second-tier show.

Perhaps it will take time for me, to adjust to the new SmackDown, to consider it to be on the same level as RAW. Perhaps some minor tweaking on your end is needed too. Perhaps as we lead deeper into the build up for SummerSlam, my view will change. Maybe, all I need is time.

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