The tide appears to be turning with many wrestlers as far as their desire to be on Raw or Smackdown reports prowrestling.NET. At one time most wrestlers wanted to appear on Raw because of it’s status as the WWE’s flagship show. While that’s still true of most main eventers, there are more mid- and undercard wrestlers who would prefer to be on Smackdown due to the perception that they’ll have more opportunities to climb the ladder.
Many wrestlers feel that Raw lead writer Brian Gewirtz is only concerned with pushing the same main event wrestlers, and critics point out that he’s struggled to create new stars during his time in the company. Regarding some of the short matches that have been taking place on Raw one critic asked "How the hell does anyone get over in two minutes?"