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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fletch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25/May/2018 at 15:33
I wouldn’t be against the brand split ending, I understand the advantages to it but I just think having one single roster of talent allows for more fresh scenarios and matches and eliminates some of the repetitiveness and staleness we get so often with WWE programming.

As I’ve said countless times anyway surely they can just spread the roster across the two shows and feature different talent and showcase different matches and feuds on each episode.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25/May/2018 at 21:37
Just keep certain divisions/titles exclusive to one show or the other and that's good enough. You don't need to say "you'll only see John Cena on Raw" or smackdown or whatever, just say if you want to see the intercontinental division, the womens division, and the tag division tune in to smackdown. If you want to see the cruiserweight, the US, the heavyweight championship then watch the other show. 

If Smackdown had the entire midcard, while Raw had the undercard and the main event of any given PPV then you've got a good reason to watch both shows and still get the opportunity to see anyone on either roster following the latest PPV.

The problem with ending the brand extension once and for all is that then there's no clear-cut structure to the shows and one then obviously becomes less important than the other, fails and then no one is happy. If they changed the nature of the divisions between the shows in a different way such that you have the opportunity to see anyone on the roster given what's going on in the storylines, then both keep their importance and the appeal of seeing both.


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The 10 o' clock news slot is something I've had to mention a lot on Twitter recently. People are determined that Smackdown will go to 3 hours. Fox are unlikely to allow that. Even Meltzer disputed in when suggesting that Fox would reduce Raw from 3 to 2 hours if he bought it.

But now he's sticking with the rumour of course because he doesn't want to disagree with popular opinion.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26/May/2018 at 15:21
Moreover we're talking about Fox's news hour. Yeah there would be no over run, and Fox news would absolutely take priority over Smackdown. The only way Smackdown moves to 3 hours is if it starts at 7pm local time. That's not likely to happen either.

Good catch Tom, I hadn't thought about that either. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote L-shizzel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27/May/2018 at 00:38
I don't think smackdown needs to go up to 3 hours I'd drop an hour off of Raw and Simply drop a few of those pointless segments there's still plenty of time to decide who gets put on the show and when Brock Lesnar shows up for his feud well it can be worked around the 2 hours as well.
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Yeah I don't know where people are getting the idea they'd add another hour to the show now that they're going to another network. It's not needed nor would people want it. I mean come on now, SmackDown over-running Fox News would result in a Donald Trump fit of rage.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fletch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27/May/2018 at 10:17
Yeah I would definitely be far more in favour of Raw dropping back to two hours and maybe just run quarterly specials where they extend the episode to three hours for a night.

As I’ve said time and time again we have far too much WWE programming each week, the only show I usually watch in full is NXT as it’s only a hour, Raw and Smackdown I usually catch through YouTube highlights.
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Quote NBCUniversal was said to be "stunned" at losing Smackdown as they never imagined that the bidding for WWE's "B" show would ever reach the levels that they did, let alone $200 million annually which was only reached because there were multiple suitors vying for Smackdown.

-- Due to their ratings situation, the decision was made that USA Network could not lose Raw and so they used their contractual right to match any offer as a way to keep the show, whereas Fox had hoped to nab Raw and put it on its main network on Monday nights. When NBCUniversal declined to match Smackdown at the $200 million range, the show entered the open market and Fox went all-in after not being able to acquire Raw.

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It's a ridiculous amount of money and they made the right decision to keep it on TV instead of accepting even more money from the likes of Amazon or Apple.
 
You need your shows on TV to try and catch channel surfers.
 
I would hope some of this vast wealth will be used to do what it takes to see more regular appearances from nostalgia acts like Rock and Austin.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Colohue Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/June/2018 at 13:34
Being blunt, I would expect WWE to stack Smackdown when it moves to Fox. That means Cena, Styles, Bryan, Reigns and Rollins are all likely to be on the Friday night show.
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Quote During a recent interview with the New York Post, Eric Bischoff commented on WWE’s new SmackDown! Live deal with FOX and more.
 
On why WWE’s deal with the FOX Network is bad for the pro wrestling industry: “Anybody who comes along and wants to sell a wrestling show, guess who you are not gonna sell it to? You are not going to sell it to FOX and any of its affiliates and, oh by the way, you are not going to sell it to NBC Universal or any of its affiliates. So the world in terms of one’s ability to sell a traditional [wrestling] television show to a traditional television or broadcast partner has just collapsed.”
 
He's right of course. E already had a monopoly on the business and now they do more than ever.
 
Even the most hardened guy who doesn't want to join E is likely to be turned by the money on offer thanks to this new deal.
 
Independent talent can be raided more than ever before and as Eric says TV deals will be difficult to get, at least anywhere important.
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