Overall Smackdown probably has the more technically gifted wrestlers, and RAW the better all round entertainers(even before the arrival of Rocky). Personally I prefer the RAW style and find the storylines are generally better thought and acted out than on the SD side.
Like Vanillasky said, Raw also gives the womens division some air time, though I still feel they need a bit more depth in that area of the roster before they can really push it.
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Personally, I enjoy SmackDown much more. It's funny. I'm always much more excited on Mondays for Raw than I am on Thursday's for SmackDown. Every Monday I think "Great. RAW's on tonight. After a hard day of work I can relax with some good entertainment", while on Thursday's I think "Oh yeah, SmackDown's on. Cool." Probably because Raw is live and I don't know what will happen yet. Whatever.
But by the time the shows are over, I am almost always pleased with SmackDown. Even if it wasn't one of their better shows, I can always say "Well, that Benoit/Rhyno v. Team Angle match was worth watching alone. I love this show!!!" But at the end of RAW, almost every week I am annoyed or pissed off about most of what happened. Can't explain it. So, in the end, I'd say that, personally, SmackDown is the better brand.
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Originally posted by JWstormNot being MR> WOrkrate Analyst i tend to enjoy Raw more. Flame if ud like but the mat based submission style gets boring quite quickly if its not done just right.
That's true but everybody on Smackdown DOES do it right. Benoit, Lesnar, Eddie, Edge, Angle, Haas, Benjamin, Kanyon, Noble, Tajiri, Matt, Mysterio, Rhyno, are all enjoyable to watch in the ring. I'll take Smackdown any day.
Raw is improving though, and they have some talent wrestling wise on their side with Jericho, Christian, Lance, Booker, RVD, to me they are the ones who dont "do it right", because they are usually boring in the ring.
Also, I do enjoy the women's division too but I hate that every show for a month is the same two people feuding. Mix it up some. Have all five women (Trish, Victoria, Jazz, Ivory, and Molly) top contenders at once so every week you can have a meaningful, but different, matchup.
its amazing the support matt now has in regards to his wrestling ability now. My guess is that since people like his character all the sudden hes a better worker. PROBLEM #1 in my mind 2nd rope leg drop...... take ur ass to the top
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I also choose Smackdown. I mean, you got Benoit and...uh...some other guys. Heck, take away Benoit and the RAW roster still gives up a lot to Smackdown.
Thankfully, though, RAW is getting better and better every week thanks to Rocky.
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While the Smackdown roster is more technically gifted, I'd say that I like the Raw roster a bit better.
There are more guys on Raw that I'm a fan of, and they are capable of working some pretty entertaining matches, and, in general, are more capable in interviews and entertaining angles than the Smackdown guys. A few bad angles on Raw doesn't make that any less true.
That's part of the reason, that it's also easier to write a column on Raw than it is on Smackdown.
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I think the rosters are pretty much equal. However, I think Smackdown UTILIZES their talent better than RAW. That's the key.
I also find myself not able to miss RAW and only catching a bit of Smackdown despite how much better Smackdown has been. It could be because RAW is live, but I think it's habit more than anything. Besides, I can't miss C.S.I on Thursdays. :)
I like the live feel of RAW, but it has a long way to go before it flows as well as Smackdown. Though it should be worth mentioning SD's post production advantages take out dead crowd and flubbed spot problems that drag RAW down.
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I'd say RAW all the way. I prefer a live show over a taped one any day of the week. I find it too hard to resist reading the results most weeks. Plus with RAW, I've got the wrestlers I give more of a crap about, such as Jericho, Hurricane, Storm, and of course Booker.
I care about on Raw: Helms, Booker, Jericho, Flair, Trish, Jazz, Victoria, Stevie, Rock
I care about on SD!: Benoit, Eddy, Chavo, Angle, Knoble, Rey, Mattitude, Shannon Moore, Rhyno, Kanyon, Brock, Heyman, Kidman, Team Angle. Cena is growing on me, Spanky/Kendrick looks good, and O'Haire will be there, too.
Smackdown holds a 2-1 advantage. Raw usually feels like a chore to sit through (although Heel Rock has changed that trend a bit), but even a below-average SD leaves me feeling entertained.
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This thread (board.deathvalleydriver.com) over at DVDVR looks like it has some that you didn't list. I'm sure Dean would know some more since it seems like been doing Comix and such for every indy in North American these days.