JR Blog: Idea of Merging RAW and SmackDown

Jim Ross has posted a new blog over at JRsBarBQ.com. here are some highlights:

On RAW/SmackDown Merging: “I am told that WWE research denotes that most fans do NOT watch all the programming that WWE produces IE people that watch Raw do not necessarily watch Smackdown and visa versa. Nonetheless, for TV exclusivity, to not over expose talents, to provide more roster slots for more deserving talents, and to better facilitate international touring, I don’t see the two brands, Raw and Smackdown, merging.”

Mike Shaw’s Death: “I do remember speaking by phone with Stu Hart, an experience in its self, about Mike. Stu gave Mike a stellar reference and told me that Mike was loyal, hard working, reliable and a talented, athletic big man. All those things were true. Mike was also a superb conversationalist and might have made a great sports talk radio host. He was a major fan of many sports and was quite the athlete in high school in multiple sports.”

“Plus he was excellent at providing entertaining and provocative sound bytes. Bastion Booger was likely Mike’s most memorable role of which he portrayed in WWE in the 90’s. Mike never embraced that particular persona but he had moderate success with it and was never a problem to deal with in WWE and was, as Stu Hart told me years prior, no problem with which to work.”

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  • Kurt

    Yeah that.s why it doesn.t make sense to me. If they are unifying all the titles and go back to the old format the champs will be taking spots on both shows and a lot of other talent will lose tv time as a result. That was why changed it before so that more talent could have exposure.

  • themike

    First off, i think its sad that SMACKDOWN is leaving brodcast network T.V. to cable. NBC should have picked SD up. And RAW & SMACKDOWN should be 2 different brands so you can have more wrestlers. If people are not watching a certain show maybe you should change something to make it more interesting.(SMACKDOWN).

  • K Law

    Smackdown and Raw aren’t merging and they are not unifying all the titles. The reason behind unifying the Women’s and Divas title is because the lack of divas they have on Smackdown compare to RAW. Having one title for the Divas division can make for new feuds instead of McCool vs. Kelly Kelly every Friday or Melina vs. Alicia Fox or Maryse every Monday. The Divas division remember is smaller then the men’s.

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