Well, going into Backlash what does everybody think? So far I'm happy. I never really get a chance to catch Smackdown, and now I never have to. Yes, I do miss The Rock, and Angle, and Jericho, and Edge, and all the cruisers... and Ivory... but I don't seem to miss them so much that it makes me not enjoy Raw. So now I no longer have to try and find out what happens on Smackdown (though CRZ's recaps always make it easy) I can enjoy everything that happens on Raw... and then BONUS! I get all my storylines from Raw on the Backlash PPV PLUS a bunch of bonus matches by some of my favorite wreslters for no reason whatsoever! SCORE! Anyway, so far I [heart] the split. What does everybody else think?
Originally posted by JaguarWell, going into Backlash what does everybody think? So far I'm happy. I never really get a chance to catch Smackdown, and now I never have to. Yes, I do miss The Rock, and Angle, and Jericho, and Edge, and all the cruisers... and Ivory... but I don't seem to miss them so much that it makes me not enjoy Raw. So now I no longer have to try and find out what happens on Smackdown (though CRZ's recaps always make it easy) I can enjoy everything that happens on Raw... and then BONUS! I get all my storylines from Raw on the Backlash PPV PLUS a bunch of bonus matches by some of my favorite wreslters for no reason whatsoever! SCORE! Anyway, so far I [heart] the split. What does everybody else think?
I also like it. I like the fact that Eddie & RVD are meeting in less than a week, but this is the first real match they've had against each other, and in a tag team match, no less. I like seeing the wrestlers no more than once a week. Any wrestler (Triple H) can get boring seeing him twice a week. And I'm liking Raw more than Smackdown.
The split so far has been promising. Everyone gets more time, and hopefully they can do good things before the novelty wears off. Raw has been good, Smackdown has been...eh, but at least with the split one bad show won't infect the other too much. It really looks like two diffirent styles, or is that just me?
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Originally posted by CajunManI think the split sucks! People that buy tix for RAW and Smackdown are possibly denied to see their favorite wrestlers.
Good news is that this will only last a couple of months like the "INVASION ANGLE" which brought WWF to the "Thunder" ratings
Bring back Stephanie!
I thought about that too, Cajunman..it must suck if you buy tickets month in advance expecting to see a certain person and then not see them because they aren't even on the damn show.. In a short while that will no longer be a problem. You know what show you buy tix for..
From a TV-viewer p.o.v. the split works fine. Raw is good, Smackdown is good and they are really working on being different from one another.
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I'm really, really into the spilt. The simple fact that on SD last week the opening promo featured Edge (as opposed to the usual main event crew) was great. People who were edged (no pun intended) out because of the WWF's idea that every main eventer needed three segments a show now get a chance to be on TV, which can only be a good thing. Although I've bitched in the past, I think Jericho is being portrayed better now than when he was as when ha was the(paper) champion. I like the fact that about six guys seem to really want the WWF title and are actively doing things to be involved in the mix as the title finally (and rightfully) seems to be the most important thing in the world. I like the fact that the cruisers are fighting other cruisers, as it gives me decent in ring action and elevates that title. I like the fact that RVD looked like a hero against Taker, it gave a result that pushed a storyline forwards and made RVD all the more credible. I'm stoked to see EddIE back. I am quite optimistic about the future for the WWF as they seem to have created an atmosphere where elevation of those "bubbling under" guys might actually happen.
There are negatives of course (I can't stand Austin, for instance, and could do without 20 minutes worth of "WHAT" every week) but any negatives that exist will are now only confined to half of my weekly viewing, meaning I don't have to put up with them twice (well, except Triple H, but I'm even warming to him ).
I hope the Brand Extension stays, as I'm enjoying being a fan simply because it still feels new to me, and I haven't been this optimistic in a long time.
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The worst part of the split is that all of the stries I care about are on Raw. Not that Smackdown is bad but I just don't care about the stories right now. Maybe that'll change a month from now... who knows... I'll wait and see.
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I really dig seeing the Heat and Jakked boys (Crash, Tommy, Steven, etc) getting some good air time on RAW now. That has to be good for the morale backstage. I'm also happy about the fact that the World title isn't defended twice a week. It's another step towards the days where a title change was really something momumental and special, and not something that was like "Well, Hogan wrestled HHH about fifteen times in the last two months...he was bound to win eventually!"
I agree, the split rocks heavily so far. At first I was bummed because a lot of my favorites were going to Smackdown, but I actually feel sorry for those who don't get TNN now because Raw has totally ruled and Smackdown has not so totally ruled. I really look forward to Raw and Heat every week. The WWF get a thumbs up from me, so far.
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Just for the record: Who thought that the WWF could actually make HEAT a Watchable show? Goddamn, I can't believe that I actually bother to see what was going on. You know what would be cool though? If they bothered to setup house shows to be Heat or Jakked/Metal sets, and so all the midcard guys actually get their own show that's not taped happening before RAW/Smackdown. I would really watch Heat if I didn't know that it was taped right before Raw came on.
I have to give the WWF credit. They created two different rosters and styles with the draft and have crafted storylines that show that show more focus. They have also made the filler shows worth watching again which is important to giving the low to mid card guys an opportunity to shine. Hopefully, this is the start of the next leg up in the wrestling business.
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SmackDown! starts off with Stephanie McMahon & Debra in the back exchanging words about HHH and Austin. (Stephanie is in the building because she has a backstage pass)