Mick Foley recently said he felt like SmackDown Live is an Internet darling largely because it’s a two hour show, unlike Monday Night Raw which is saddled with an extra hour to write for. He’s got a valid point, certainly, but Becky Lynch has a different idea on the blue brand’s success, at least from her unique perspective.
From her interview with 102.9 The Game in Portland:
“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.”
It absolutely comes across on television. Raw may have higher highs but SmackDown Live has been consistently good since the brand split. No matter the reason, that’s good for us, the fans.