Smackdown Changes, Jay & Mark Briscoe Update, Daniel Bryan’s Push, Connect With Me

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Recently, you mentioned that you felt it was a bad decision for The Shield's streak to end on Smackdown instead of Raw or a PPV. Not that long ago, when Edge was battling Undertaker and Batista, Smackdown was not that inferior to Raw. Has the combination of the three-hour Raw and the end of the brand split rendered Smackdown completely irrelevant?

The philosophy of Smackdown has changed. When the brand extension was first put into place it was done as a mechanism to serve as internal competition. The thinking was Raw vs. Smackdown would be like WWE vs. WCW, except with WWE now controlling both shows with separate fan bases. Today, the brand extension has ended and Smackdown is more like it used to be as a secondary program to Raw. The problem lately has been very low viewership and insignificant/questionable creative calls. I can't give you the reason for the problems but we can all speculate about the creative team being burned out and there being too many hours to write each week.

What's the latest with Jay & Mark Briscoe, are they really heading to WWE?

Jay and Mark Briscoe finished up with Ring of Honor over the weekend. Their deals were up and apparently they're going to look elsewhere. Obviously the rumors will begin to swirl about WWE but they do not have offers as of this writing. As of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, The Briscoe Brothers are free agents. The future of the ROH title, held by Jay Briscoe, remains a question mark but will be addressed.

With Daniel Bryan opening and closing this week's Monday Night Raw, and in plenty of
excellent segments, do you see this as WWE testing the waters with him being the next "top guy"?

From everything we hear, Daniel Bryan has already done enough and is slated for a big push on WWE television this summer. Opening and closing this week's Monday Night Raw was part of what he's already earned. Bryan has a ton of backstage support due to his "show stealing work" over the past few weeks.

I see the links on the site regarding your social media, why should I connect with you?

I enjoy interacting with readers of WrestlingNewsWorld.com for several reasons but it's fun being able to discuss stories, provide instant information and even go a little off-topic. You can feel free to send me a Facebook friend request, follow me on Twitter and add me to your LinkedIn network.

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Smackdown Changes, Jay & Mark Briscoe Update, Daniel Bryan’s Push, Connect With Me

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