One of the reasons for Smackdown having such a notable different style from Raw in recent times is that a number of the top wrestlers, in particular Edge and Chris Jericho (plus The Undertaker when he returns), have a lot more input into their storylines and matches than their Raw counterparts. Some of the Raw wrestlers, such as Triple H and Randy Orton, have a similar sort of leeway but are hindered by working with Brian Gewirtz. Michael Hayes has more of a wrestling mind and is able to compliment the Smackdown wrestlers’ mindsets to a more effective degree than Gewirtz can with the guys on Raw. Gewirtz spends most of his time working with Santino Marella for comedy segments, which are entertaining yet do little to benefit the main events or PPVs.
Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, 6th July 2009 (subscribe here)
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