You can’t do one without the other. Monday Night Raw and SmackDown have been the two biggest wrestling shows for a very long time now. The former has been running since 1993 and the latter since 1999. Now that SmackDown is on FOX, its star power has risen even higher. You might not know that if you listen to WWE though, as Monday Night Raw is still presented as the bigger show. That is not sitting well with some higher ups.
During the latest edition of the Mat Men Pro Wrestling podcast, Andrew Zarian said that USA and FOX are wanting Monday Night Raw and SmackDown to be treated equally. Therefore, when something big happens on one show, the other network wants something to happen on their show as well. This may not be immediately, but the next big moment would come shortly thereafter. This comes after Big E. won the WWE Championship this week on Monday Night Raw.
There is a lot here. Check out the full podcast, plus the latest big moments on both shows:
Opinion: This makes a lot of sense as someone at USA is not likely to be happy with SmackDown getting a big angle or moment and vice versa for FOX and Monday Night Raw. WWE has a lot of money coming in and most of it is from these two networks. The company has to do what it takes to make them happy or things could get a little more complicated in a hurry.
What do you think of the idea? Which show is more important? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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