When WWE made the decision to place Triple H as the new on-screen figurehead of WWE, replacing Vince McMahon, it was no surprise that the events unfolded on Raw. The USA Network show has long been seen as the flagship program for the company, and most major happenings take place on Monday nights. However, Triple H will be appearing on tonight’s broadcast of Friday Night Smackdown on SyFy, giving the “other show” a nice boost of star power. Without spoiling the program, Triple H will be bringing several other Raw stars to the show as well, ignoring the idea that Raw and Smackdown stars should be kept on their “home” shows.
The simple truth is, WWE can’t afford to keep the talent rosters separate for the two programs if they want fans to take Smackdown seriously. After the unexpected retirement of Edge, and Undertaker being in active, Randy Orton was moved to the show to give the brand a top star. While his feud with Christian has resulted in good matches, there just doesn’t seem to be any other main event talent for him to work with. Sheamus and Mark Henry are being rebuilt after poor booking decisions killed their drawing power on Raw, while Cody Rhodes’ great character development has somehow resulted in him being part of a tag team with Ted DiBiase (perhaps WWE’s most underutilized talent) again.
There’s no reason WWE can’t mix up their roster and use talent on both shows without running the risk over overexposing top stars and ignoring the midcard. Just because you can put John Cena, for example, on both shows, doesn’t mean you have to every week. Mix it up, keep both shows fresh, and perhaps give some talent a chance to be seen by the Monday night viewers on occasion. It’s a safe bet that many Raw viewers haven’t seen Ezekiel Jackson or Wade Barrett in a while. WWE can easily make the move to combine the rosters with more “crossovers” now, and just use the storyline reason that it is part of Triple H’s sweeping changes now that he wields the power in WWE.
WWE Hall Of Famer appears tonight in Bushnell. “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes appears tonight at the Florida Championship Wrestling event at the Sumter County Fairgrounds in Bushnell, Florida. Rhodes will be signing autographs and meeting with fans during the “Fan Fest” from 6:30-7:30pm, followed by an eight match card featuring the developmental talent for World Wrestling Entertainment. All fans will receive a FCW Wrestling Trading Card pack, and seats start as low as $10 for children and $20 for adults.
LIVE AND LOCAL– Upcoming live wrestling events in Florida.
TNA Impact Wrestling
August 7 – Universal Studios – Orlando
August 8 – Universal Studios – Orlando
August 9 – Universal Studios – Orlando
Florida Championship Wrestling
July 29 –Sumter County Fairgrounds – Bushnell
August 3 – Charlotte Harbor Event Center – Punta Gorda
August 10 – Volusia County Fairgrounds – Deland
New Florida Wrestling
July 30 – S. Combee Road – Lakeland
August 6 – S. Combee Road – Lakeland
August 12 – S. Combee Road – Lakeland
August 6 – Sanford Salvation Army Gym – Sanford
September 10 – Dr. James R. Smith Center – Orlando
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