Raw's definitely better than Smackdown. Don't let the fact that Taker's on Smackdown cloud over your judgment. People like to complain about Raw, that there's too many promos, but people forget that Raw, and Smackdown's sole purpose is to build towards the PPV of the month. The PG Era isn't a bad thing, provided the writers come up with compelling material. Don't always expect the undercard to contain compelling entertainment value either. The undercard in most cases is for the young performers to show their skills, and talents in-ring, rather than what type of storyline they're in. As for the content aspect, the Attitude Era was edgy, and good for material, but as IX has said over and over, Smackdown was Rated PG at the height of the Attitude Era.
They do come up with new storylines featuring new stars, but people just don't accept them because they;
a.) Don't feel the characters are interesting enough, or don't know the characters.
b.) Don't give the storyline a chance.
c.) Get bored easily with just a Wrestling match as the storyline building point, and, little to no Backstory to it at all.
Having an injury list with Taker, HHH, and recently, Orton, and Mysterio on it doesn't help matters either. Those are some big names they're missing. Having Chris Jericho on hiatus also doesn't help either. Yet, with those names missing, the WWE has bounced back by creating Nexus, pushing Wade Barrett, and allowing Miz to grow, and excel into a strong new Main Event star. At this point, Miz is starting to get around outside the ring in the mainstream market. He hosted TMZ last week. That's a good way to push a new face to the Main Event, and into the mainstream public. Public appearances will always help a newer character to the Main Event, in getting more publicity, and notoriety out in the mainstream. Miz deserves it too. Now people are getting to know him outside of WWE, which will make him a bigger draw. The WWE's best move in the last 6 months, aside from giving Wade Barrett a huge push, and creating Nexus, was giving The Miz a chance at the Main Event. Miz will deliver on that chance too.
If you want to assess blame for that, then it's squarely on the fans. Sure WWE drops some turds for storylines, or even matches. The Mascot vs. Hornswoggle was a piece of crap last night on Smackdown. Yet, Kaval/Swagger was quite good, as was Kofi/Mr. Ziggles, but since it's a lower match on the card, it doesn't get nearly the credit it's due. It's not WWE's fault that nobody's talking about a genuinely good match. They don't always need to come up with storylines to garner the casual fans' attention, and adulation for a match with little to no backstory build, especially when it comes to the Undercard. Those matches are more for the purist wrestling fans, who watch the shows more for the wrestling, and less for the Entertainment. People can say WWE's in trouble, or the industry is, but according to what I've seen it's doing just fine.
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"Now with that being said, you did a pretty good number on Paul there... But if you ever disrespect me like that again, I'll rip your throat out and choke you with your own tongue". -Taker to Big Show. 9/2/99