WWE SmackDown Badly Needs To Alter Its Format To Stop Alienating Fans
February 21, 2018 - WWE
WWE SmackDown has stranded with a same format given final final year’s Superstar Shakeup: Too many Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon, an overexposed twin of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens and bad use of tip stars like Shinsuke Nakamura.
The predicted display of a blue code is distant from attempted and true. It’s some-more like tedious and redundant, and it’s alienating fans during a fast pace.
Viewership for SmackDown has dropped for all 7 episodes in 2018, dipping to 2.449 million viewers final week after averaging 2.72 million viewers on Jan 2nd. The Feb 13th part noted a blue brand’s lowest normal viewership given Oct 2017 and serve demonstrated because a stream structure of SmackDown isn’t operative for WWE, a superstars or a fans.
Perhaps a biggest emanate with SmackDown is a over-reliance on a “SmackDown Four” of Owens, Zayn, Bryan and Shane, who mostly open and tighten a uncover in some way, figure or form. It’s not odd for a standard part of SmackDown to start with some multiple of those 4 stars in a promo shred that eventually leads to that episode’s categorical eventuality though takes distant too many time to get there. While Owens and Zayn are good talents who merit to be featured prominently, WWE has left approach past overexposure with these dual into full-blown and nonessential overuse.
Ditto for Bryan and Shane, who have taken adult so many TV time that AJ Styles, Nakamura and Rusev were inexplicably left off final week’s part (and a latter dual were left off again this week), that is apropos increasingly some-more commonplace. After all, it wouldn’t be an part of SmackDown if a blue code didn’t leave off a series of tip stars, like Bobby Roode, Randy Orton, Baron Corbin or a Bludgeon Brothers, right?
The miss of TV time for SmackDown’s rising stars, including everybody from Rusev to Nakamura to Corbin, is eventually a microcosm of a show’s biggest problem: Dependence on stars who have already been established.
But don’t design that to change anytime shortly as WWE will shortly be switching to dual-brand PPVs, that will eventually outcome in even reduction TV and pay-per-view time for any star who isn’t an top midcarder or categorical eventer. Ideally, a conflicting would be true, and a lapse to dual-brand PPVs would force WWE to use a TV time some-more wisely and do so by featuring a midcard, reduce label and womanlike superstars some-more prominently on a weekly basis.
What we’ve unequivocally seen, however, is that WWE seems reluctant to build adult legitimate singles rivalries, instead thrusting as many people as probable into a feud, reportedly in sequence to “keep fans guessing” about what will occur next. But many fans, generally doctrinaire ones, know what’s entrance and can see by all a fume and mirrors in sequence to comprehend that SmackDown, in particular, has been probably unqualified of formulating riveting rivalries.