It has been a year since the Brand Split came into effect in the summer of 2016. Many WWE Superstars have benefitted from the split roster while others have floundered, despite the split making much more space on the roster for Superstars who wouldn't usually be used.
SmackDown managed to draft an incredible Tag Team Division onto their brand, but over the past 12 months, the company has failed a lot with the teams that they brought in, with many of them breaking up, being split up and one even being released.
Even though WWE could claim that the Brand Split was a huge success, it hasn't been very positive when it comes to the Tag Team Divisions on both SmackDown and Raw. Even NXT right now, who are currently struggling for decent tag teams to send up to the main roster.
There are a number of teams who have taken advantage of the fact that many are drifting apart and they have been able to capitalize on the attention and put together good runs. But for every successful team, there is one who hasn't been given the opportunities they deserve.
The following list looks at eight teams who have benefitted from the Brand Split and seven who have drifted apart.
15 Benefitted: The Authors Of Pain
WWE drafted a number of teams up to the main roster as back in 2016 and this freed up The Authors of Pain to then be able to dominate in NXT over the past year. DIY were their biggest challengers for a number of months, as were The Revival. But now that DIY have split and The Revival were called up to the main roster, it is made obvious that The Authors of Pain are the biggest team in NXT
Akam and Rezar are not the best wrestlers in the division and often make silly mistakes in matches. But with Paul Ellering at the helm, the duo could well be pushed all the way to the main roster at some point in the near future.
14 Drifted Apart: The Hype Bros
The Hype Bros haven't been handed the best of luck over the past year. Zack Ryder was injured and left on the sidelines for a number of months as Mojo Rawley proved that he could push for a mid-card place as a singles competitor when he won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal back at WrestleMania in April.
This singles success could have gone to Mojo's head since he eliminated his tag team partner from the United States Championship #1 Contender's Battle Royal a few weeks ago. The team hasn't been seen on SmackDown Live since, but it does look as though the writing is on the wall for the team who were once one of the most hyped on the NXT brand.
13 Benefitted: The Colons
The Colons were drafted to the Raw roster as part of the draft and were then put into TV feuds with the likes of Enzo and Cass and Goldust and R-Truth as The Shining Stars. The duo were then drafted to SmackDown Live as part of The Superstar Shake-Up earlier this year and became known as The Colons with a new attitude on the Blue Brand.
The Colons were hardly being used on WWE TV before the draft so the fact that the rosters were left stretched and with a lot of free slots on TV gave the real life cousins many more opportunities. The Colons were recently rumoured to have asked for their WWE release, so it will be interesting to see when they resurface on TV if the duo ever do.
12 Drifted Apart: Heath Slater And Rhyno
Heath Slater was left undrafted last Summer and this led to one of the biggest storylines the former 3MB member had ever been part of. He was finally awarded a contract with SmackDown Live when Rhyno stepped in to help him win the Tag Team Championship back at Backlash.
The duo was moved over to Raw in the Superstar Shake-Up back in April but Slater and Rhyno are no longer being used properly as a team. Slater has some singles title hopes and the company seem to be pushing towards them while Rhyno has already revealed that he has future plans outside of WWE, so he could be looking for a way out of his current contract so that he can pursue his political aspirations.
11 Benefitted: Gallows and Anderson
The former NJPW team joined WWE last year but many of the Universe didn't think that the company really knew what to do with them. Since the rosters were made much smaller, Gallows and Anderson has been given many more chances and were even able to walk into WrestleMania with the Tag Team Championship this year.
Even though Gallows and Anderson haven't been used as well as they could have been over the past few months since The Revival, The Hardy Boyz, and Cesaro and Sheamus have been dominating the Raw scene, there are rumors that they have a bright future ahead. So it could be interesting to see what part the duo play in this year's SummerSlam event in just three weeks time.
10 Drifted Apart: Bray Wyatt And Randy Orton
Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton were both members of The Wyatt Family back in November 2016 after Orton made the decision to join the strange family. Orton and Wyatt went on to make a name for themselves in the SmackDown Tag Team Division and at TLC managed to defeat Heath Slater and Rhyno to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
The group used the Freebird Rule and managed to lose the titles to American Alpha merely weeks later. Orton then won the Royal Rumble, and Wyatt won the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber which meant that the duo would face off at WrestleMania. Orton took the WWE Championship from his former family leader and then Wyatt was drafted over to Raw as it seems that their storyline as a duo had reached its climax.
9 Benefitted: Breezango
Tyler Breeze was once one of the stars with the most potential stuck in NXT, while Fandango was busy dancing circles around the ring on the main roster. The duo came together as a team because it was made apparent that WWE had nothing else for them as singles stars.
While they started out their career as a team jobbing out to all other teams on the main roster, they seemed to have found a place they belong on SmackDown now and have been able to develop their Fashion Police persona that has even seen them able to release their own line of merchandise. The duo is yet to be pushed to a Tag Team Championship, but they could be well on their way in the coming months.
8 Drifted Apart: Enzo Amore And Big Cass
Enzo Amore and Big Cass were called up to the main roster following WrestleMania last year after it was made apparent that the group were one of the biggest things to ever come out of NXT. Over the past year the duo has attempted to finally lift titles together, but when it became apparent that they would never be champions as a team, Big Cass decided enough was enough.
Cass attacked Enzo backstage a number of times, while pretending that it was someone else, before admitting that it was him and that they were no longer friends. Cass then went on to defeat Enzo at WWE Great Balls of Fire in their first ever one-on-one match against each other before defeating his former partner again a few weeks later on Raw. It looks as though these two to ever be a team again.
7 Benefitted: The Hardy Boyz
The Hardy Boyz have only been back in WWE for a number of months after making their surprise return at WrestleMania back in April and winning the Raw Tag Team Championship. Even though Cesaro and Sheamus have managed to win the Tag titles from the legendary team since then, The Hardys are still making waves on the Raw roster.
The Revival, Gallows and Anderson, and The Hardys are all part of what could be an interesting feud on the tag team level heading into SummerSlam in a few weeks time. The Hardys have managed to return and find a place on the Raw roster now that there are not as many teams on their brand, so they really have benefitted from the brand split as well.
6 Drifted Apart: DIY
DIY were another team down on the NXT roster that were able to take advantage of the likes of The Revival and American Alpha being moved to the main roster as part of the WWE Draft. DIY were the NXT Tag Team Champions for a number of months before they opened up a feud with The Authors of Pain and the undefeated team managed to take the titles at the first attempt.
When DIY were unable to recapture the titles at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, Tomasso Ciampa had done all he could whilst teaming with Johnny Gargano and he decided that it was time to go it alone. In a sickening display that shocked the NXT Universe, Ciampa turned on his best friend and Gargano has only recently been able to return to TV following the beat down.
5 Benefitted: Cesaro And Sheamus
Cesaro and Sheamus were two stars who didn't like each other a year ago and were unable to be separated in a best-of-seven series. So Mick Foley decided that they may be able to work as a team instead. No one would have thought they would go on to be one of the best teams on the Raw roster.
The split rosters have allowed the duo to be given a lot of chances, which have allowed them to become two-time Raw Tag Team Champions. The duo are the current champion after an incredible feud with The Hardys following their return at WrestleMania. Cesaro and Sheamus have proved a lot of doubters wrong over the past year and could go on to become bigger and better in the coming months.
4 Drifted Apart: The Golden Truth
Goldust and R-Truth, or The Golden Truth as they became known, worked as a team for a number of months before Truth couldn't take losing anymore. The duo were put together because the company had nothing else for them and as singles stars. They were seen as jobbers anyway.
Goldust couldn't take the fact that he wasn't going to win the Tag Team Championship and attacked his former partner. Since then the duo have been part of a number of vignettes where it looks as though there will be a hyped confrontation in the future since they have both returned to TV, but there doesn't seem to be anything going for either of them at the moment. Perhaps Goldust acted a little too irrationally?
3 Benefitted: The Usos
The Usos have always been seen as one of the top tag teams in the company. But they had never been seen as a heel tag team. That was until last year. Their turn on American Alpha has led to some incredible moments for the team over the past year, so the former Tag Team Champions have proved that they can be both face and heel and still be considered to be one of the best teams that WWE have.
The Usos are also Slammy Award winners and are currently part of a heated feud between themselves and The New Day. And even though this feud has been done before with The New Day as heels and The Usos as face, this one is a whole lot better. The Usos are currently doing some of their best work on SmackDown Live.
2 Drifted Apart: American Alpha
American Alpha are former NXT and SmackDown Tag Team Champions. Shockingly, many of the WWE Universe picked up on the fact that the duo hadn't been used as a team on WWE TV for a number of weeks as Chad Gable set out to prove that he could go it alone. But no one could predict the events of the past few weeks.
Since Jason Jordan was unveiled as the son of Raw General Manager Kurt Angle, he has been drafted over to Raw, leaving Chad all on his own on SmackDown. American Alpha were one of the best technical tag teams that WWE had and the company have decided to split them up for the sake of an illegitimate child storyline? That has to be a joke.
1 Benefitted: The New Day
It hard to see any team who have benefitted from the Brand Split than The New Day over the past year. The record breaking group are the only team to have won both the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championships as well as becoming the longest reigning champions in WWE history back in December.
The New Day were switched over to SmackDown back in April as part of the Superstar Shake-Up and the trio has been able to pick up where they left off and enter a thrilling storyline with The Usos, whom they defeated back at Battleground to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship for the first time. It is fair to say that this rivalry is far from over and could see another match between the two teams at SummerSlam.