Last summer the WWE brand split returned and now Raw and SmackDown both have their own unique rosters. There’s no denying that both rosters are loaded with talent, but as of late it seems that SmackDown is the show that gets more love from the fans.
Some people like to blame Raw’s creative problems on the third hour, but Becky Lynch has a different theory as to why SmackDown is doing better than Raw right now. The first ever SmackDown Women’s Champion recently spoke to Between 2 Bells and she noted that the backstage atmosphere is what gives the blue brand the edge.
“You know what I find with Smackdown and this is why I love it. It’s the best atmosphere to be in. It’s like you’re always gonna’ be stressed during a PPV because you want to be the best and you want to put on a great show, but it’s a different kind of energy. It’s a very supportive locker room and I just find that with that there is more of a freedom to go out there and try things and just be open. I think that helps when you’re in any sort of creative industry. To be able to feel free and a little bit less uptight and less stressed. That’s how I feel on Smackdown specific, and I can only speak for myself, PPVs, shows, and everything. It’s just a little more free and a little less uptight. It’s just such a great creative atmosphere. Everybody’s rooting for each other and everybody wants everybody to do well and everybody’s looking out for each other. It’s just always good crack, always good banter and I think that’s why Smackdown’s doing so well. It’s such a great atmosphere. Backstage people are having fun. Everybody’s happy to be there and I think that translates. Everybody wants everybody to do well and I think that’s what works and I think that in wrestling and in every other walk of life is what makes things successful. Not to be super cheesy, but teamwork makes the dream work.”
There’s no denying that the stars of SmackDown have worked hard to establish a show that’s worth watching every week, and with WrestleMania right around the corner, the stars of Raw are going to have to step up their game.
SmackDown only had one match featured on the main card at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, but by the end of the night it was the match that everyone was talking about. There’s little doubt that the stars of Raw and SmackDown will be looking to steal the show at in Orlando on April 2nd, so it should be interesting to see which brand the fans are talking about following WrestleMania 33.