They always have, since the Eddie Guerrero and Brock Lesnar days. I too haven't watched it in ages. Sucks that it's always on Fridays.
The Brand extension thing really ruined my interest of the WWE. I just don't have time to watch it regularly and keep up with the angles anymore. But I do try to read up on wrestlers and storylines.
Yeah smackdown on Fridays is brutal I definitely lost interest when that happened. Although after tonight I may have to start to PVR smackdown. Raw is awesome and all but I am getting sick of the 5 minutes matches on Raw. I like you don't have a lot of time so i usually either Pvr raw or just read the results.
Macho Man (can't think of any negative thing to say Savage)
Stone Cold (sucks that his neck injury limited his in-ring ability but he still was able to put on many classic matches. )
Shawn Michaels (he's a a--hole but other than that, he's awesome)
Chris Jericho (was never a full-time main eventer)
Kurt Angle (was push too early)