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15 Former SmackDown Wrestlers We Want To See Return To The Brand

WWE SmackDown was for many years the “B show” where all the seemingly weaker and smaller stars would compete in order to make more money for the company, but the original brand extension in 2002 changed everything. After both set of WWE superstars at the time were divided into the red and blue brands, SmackDown took advantage of this attention they got from the viewers to start competing with Raw for supremacy inside the company. During Paul Heyman’s reign as GM and booker for the promotion, SmackDown reached greater heights and started to defeat Raw in quality of matches for almost a year.

But Heyman needed a robust set of wrestlers in order to get one over Raw, as he handled his impressive set of wrestlers impeccably at the time and gave us some matches which would forever create a place in the show’s history. Be it Eddie Guerrero’s phenomenal rise or the sheer brutality of Brock Lesnar, SmackDown was doing all the right things to make the fans flock from RAW to its own shows and was really helped with the creation of its own pay-per-views as well. As years went on, SmackDown dented a bit, but always kept its audience glued to the show with more talented superstars coming in and elevating the level of the show.

Now that the brand extension has taken place again, SmackDown is arguably coming off as the weaker brand because of its 2 hour slot enabling it to get less number of superstars as compared to RAW, and the show really needs more fire-power to reach the level it did after the original brand extension. Bringing in some of the show’s memorable superstars and legends would definitely encourage a fan to watch the show more and more, as well as helping to develop proper stories and amazing matches which is necessary for SmackDown to compete with the well stacked Monday Night Raw.

15 John Morrison

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14 Tajiri

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13 The Brian Kendrick

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12 Mr. Kennedy

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11 Jack Swagger

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10 MVP

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9 Drew McIntyre

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8 Mark Henry

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7 Carlito

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6 Batista

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5 Jeff Hardy

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4 Cesaro

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3 The Undertaker

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2 Rey Mysterio

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1 Kurt Angle

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Kurt Angle was one of the prominent draft picks for Smackdown in the original Brand extension, as he would go onto elevate the brand into success after The Rock left the WWE. Angle would not only entertain the fans by ridiculous antics and gimmicks, but would then also do the job of putting over wreslters- most notably in Brock Lesnar who he passed on the torch for being the ruler of the roast in the brand. Angle also did a fine job as the GM of Smackdown while recovering from his injury, which was pretty short-lived. Angle then went onto put over wreslters inspite of winning the feuds himself, as he made them look strong by winning the matches dirty. He then represented his brand in an inter-promotional match against Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 21, which he won in a classic match. Angle would then go back to the main-event status, soon winning the World Heavyweight Title again before losing it to Rey Mysterio in the next Wrestlemania. Towards the end of his WWE career, he was drafted to ECW which didn’t bode well for him as The Olympic Hero left the company. Angle spent the last decade helping TNA gain main-stream status, but is now a free agent who has been vocal on an interest of returning to the company. Angle could be brought back to mentor American Alpha, one of the most promising tag teams in the WWE right now while being a part-timer himself in wrestling where he could wrestle in the main PPV’s of the company, as Angle’s return could trigger some more classic moments and matches because of how good he is in the field of sports entertainment.

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