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Since: 6.3.03
From: Scotland

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#1 Posted on
Do you prefer Raw or Smackdown?

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Since: 10.10.02
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#2 Posted on
I prefer Smackdown, simply for the excitement of the matches. They always seem to flow smoother and at a faster pace. I can't lie though...the Heel Rock has brought a much needed spark to Raw.


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Since: 23.10.02
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#3 Posted on
Not 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.

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Since: 15.1.02
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#4 Posted on
Well, considering the solid build toward WM so far, I'm going with RAW. None of THEIR matches are in the moment.


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Since: 4.11.02
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#5 Posted on
I like Raw better. Not only do they house the Women's division, but they house the better interviewees and promo givers as well. The wrestlers on Raw are definitely more charismatic.

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Since: 2.11.02
From: Edinburgh, Scotland

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#6 Posted on
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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Since: 2.1.02
From: University of Pittsburgh, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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#7 Posted on

I'm shocked by the responses thus far.

I know the roster is currently injury depleted, but I feel the SD! roster is by far more talented and puts on the more compelling matches.

I do have to say though, RAW has gotten MUCH better the last month or so. THe disparity isn't as great now as a while ago.

Still, gimmie Angle, Benoit, Lesnar, Rey, Edge and the Guerreros anyday over Hogan, Steiner, and HHH.

Still, I guess RAW having Booker and RVD and SD! having Big Slow and Taker kinda balances things out.

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Since: 18.6.02
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#8 Posted on
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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Since: 15.7.02

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#9 Posted on
Wow. I'm interested to see if the Raw trend continues here. When this question has been asked in previous months, the results were always a landslide in favor of Smackdown! Times may be changing.

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Since: 6.1.02
From: Pittsburgh, PA

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#10 Posted on

    Originally posted by JWstorm
    Not 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.

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Since: 12.10.02
From: Canada

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#11 Posted on
I prefer the Smackdown roster. Angle, Benoit, Los Guerreros, Mattitude, Rey Mysterio Jr, Brock are the guys I really look forward to seeing every week.

Over on RAW, the only ones that I really enjoy on a consistant basis are Chris Jericho, Christian, and Victoria.

Maybe that will change with Austin back on RAW and Angle and Edge out for a year, though.

Since: 28.4.02
From: Pittsburgh, PA

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#12 Posted on
Without Angle, Smackdown suddenly seems a lot weaker. Add Rock to the RAW side (and Austin, I suppose), and the balance of power has shifted.

I kinda get the feeling that Austin's headed to Smackdown after Wrestlemania, though... (That's where both his "money matches" lie - Austin V. Hogan and Austin V. Lesnar.)

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Since: 23.10.02
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#13 Posted on
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.
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Since: 3.1.02
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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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Since: 19.1.02
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#15 Posted on
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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Since: 23.10.02
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#16 Posted on
Raw has gotten a black eye from the whole HHH corpse thing but i dont think we should let that overshadow the goodness that goes on every Monday night

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Since: 26.1.03
From: Naples, FL

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#17 Posted on
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. :)

Since: 8.6.02
From: Canada

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#18 Posted on
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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Since: 29.4.02
From: Jax, FL

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#19 Posted on
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.

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Since: 2.1.02
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#20 Posted on
Smackdown, hands down.

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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