I've noticed an increase in Smackdown re-caps recently on Raw, where guys like Orton, Bryan and Cena get featured, so it does look like it's being elevated somewhat. Raw is the flagship show, though, always has been.
I'd argue that there was a brief period of time when Smackdown was the flagship show, around 2000/2001
It had a higher rating and seemed to be equal in terms of storyline development to Raw and when WWF bought out WCW the plan was to give WCW the Monday night slot and keep Smackdown for the WWF.
Um no I think of it this Way WWE now is to WCW then as The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug is to In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. WWE is so much better than WCW I cant believe anyone here actually thinks it was better.
Well, they're making tons of money, that would be a key difference.
And I can follow what's going on in WWE. There's too much TV but even if I fast-forward through it, the storylines are actually pretty basic and simple and generally make sense. If this was WCW, Daniel Bryan would have already joined and then turned on the authority, at least twice.
Also would have turned tweener, recruited Cena and we'd have an Authority Wolfpac right now. Also, part of the problem with WCW's booking was that the nWo got too popular, everyone in the backroom had joined the group and WCW just looked hapless. I think there were a max of what, five different _Wo factions at one point?