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Opinion: How WWE’s Smackdown Live Should be Presented

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Smackdown Live

Smackdown Live is billed as the “land of opportunities”, but is it really what it’s said to be? The superstar shake-up started back in 2016, when WWE decided to split brands back to Raw and Smackdown, like in 2002.

Going LIVE!

Beginning July 19, 2016, the second longest-running weekly episodic program in television history, Smackdown, moved from Thursday to Tuesday nights, and aired live for the first time ever.

Vince McMahon, the chairman of the WWE, said the following:

“WWE’s flagship programs will both leverage the incredible depth of our talent roster, distinct storylines, and the unpredictable nature of live TV. This move will undoubtedly build more excitement, and deepen engagement with our fans around th­e world.”

During the shake-up, Smackdown Live got WWE World Heavyweight championship belt and WWE Intercontinental championship belts. Meanwhile, two new titles were created. Both WWE SD Tag Team championship belts and the Women’s championship belt were born.

Superstars of Smackdown Live

Everyone will agree that the 2016 roster was, by far, the best, with stars like AJ Styles, John Cena (part timer), Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, The Miz, Alexia Bliss, and so on.

We witnessed “long overdue” Bray Wyatt becoming WWE Heavyweight champion. And The Miz’s infamous “pipe-bomb” comments to Daniel Bryan on Talking Smack.  Not to mention, AJ Styles giving us plenty of 5-star matches.


While Raw has been trending downward, Smackdown Live has been on an upswing. They even beat Raw in the WWE ratings war since the brand split took place in 2016.

Highlights of the Superstar Shakeup for SD Live

The New Day, Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Sami Zayn, Rusev, and Charlotte Flair joining team Smackdown Live. Meanwhile, losing Bray Wyatt, The Miz, Dean Ambrose and Alexa Bliss.

The most shocking event was when Jinder Mahal (recently drafted from Raw), a jobber most of his career, became the Heavyweight champion, beating Randy Orton.

Let’s not forget when Shinsuke Nakamura made his Smackdown Live debut!

Smackdown Live better than Raw?

Even though Smackdown is better than Raw, the creative team is still the same, and all the storylines are finalized by Vince McMahon.

Even Triple H is rumored to be frustrated with Vince McMahon over the booking of NXT call-ups on the main rosters.

Writer’s Opinion

I do enjoy watching Smackdown Live, but there are some changes I think that will make the show even better.

Some will not agree on Jinder Mahal becoming Heavyweight champion, but he is the only true heel.

He has major heat with the fans. And we all know he will lose to John Cena at SummerSlam, right after Cena beats Rusev at Battleground.

What’s wrong with WWE system is that they only build future stars, just to be crushed by their two first-hand picks: John Cena and Roman Reigns.

And on the other hand, we have another two top draws in AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura.

AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens to win the United States championship during a WWE live event at Madison Square Garden.

It’s a good thing, but I would like to see Styles teaming up with Shinsuke Nakamura. Then feuding with The Usos, and later leading to facing one another.

Big E should go up against Kevin Owens for the US belt. Meanwhile, Woods and Kofi go after the Cruiserweight belt and continue on with the tag team belts.

Baron Corbin should go back to his first NXT debut persona.

Last, the women’s division needs tag team belts, because there are far too many women with one title to go for.

To find out more about how I think the women’s titles should be presented, click here.


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