The fantasy booking aspect of the upcoming brand split in WWE is the best thing associated with it. Everyone is buzzing about the potential of new ideas and cool concepts coming to the company with two separate brands needing plenty of help to work well on its own. The drafting and specific storylines unique to each brand provides great potential for wrestling fans. At the end of the day, diehard fans love to forecast and predict what will happen. The fantasy fun associated with the rosters being split in half gives us extra inspiration and incentive to work on our educated guesses.
WWE’s past brand split flopped due to a lack of creativity. They didn’t think outside of the box for interesting ways to change things up and it just felt like the same old shows with watered down rosters. The brand split taking place in July should see better results due to both a richer roster depth and the company being a little more in tune with the audience. WWE has started to bolster up the talent depth with the signings of A.J. Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and even Mauro Ranallo giving them an embarrassment of riches. The potential here is spectacular and everyone is thinking of ideas that could make sense.
We’re going to put out some of the ways WWE can provide an entertaining brand split with both shows succeeding in being compelling and unique. The roster depth, WWE Network and ability to take risks put the company in a great spot to think of creative ways to make it work this time around. The point of the brand split should be to have both shows excel with their own identities in a way where fans can respect both as being on the same playing field. These ideas should do that as we break down fifteen possible scenarios that could benefit both Raw and SmackDown as we fantasy book the brand split.
15 Live Draft Special On The WWE Network
14 Have The Balor Club Form On The First Show After The Draft
13 Develop New Announce Teams
The commentary in WWE is often criticized by wrestling fans. The team of Michael Cole, Byron Saxton and JBL make up the broadcasting trio for Raw and PPVs. WWE sometimes has the announcers argue and debate topics during matches as if it was a sports talk radio show rather than an actual wrestling program. That will be fine for one of the shows if things are drastically different for the other. We need different identities for each brand and a more serious approach with a new team that would help SmackDown. Mauro Ranallo is the ideal play-by-play commentator to treat the show as a true sport and Corey Graves has the perfect personality to add humor without taking away from the matches. His inclusion does seem like a real possibility...
One of these days Mauro, you'll realize that I'm a genius....How does Tuesday sound? https://t.co/HVQDT1WTEv— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) May 27, 2016
12 Have Contracts Expire With Brand Negotiations
11 General Managers Scout Unsigned Talent/Foreign Stars
10 Contender Power Rankings
9 Occasional Trades
8 24/7 Championship
7 Cruiserweight Division
6 Put Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn On Different Shows
5 Paul Heyman For Smackdown GM
4 Allow Brock Lesnar To Be The Only Person That Works For Both Brands
3 Two Women’s Championship Belts
2 One World Championship
1 Two Live WWE Network Specials Every Month
The luxury of the WWE Network allows the company to do just about anything they please in terms of scheduling. In the past brand split, they had to run 3-hour exclusive PPVs for one of the brands every other month and it led to lackluster results. WWE currently has the ability to air live shows any time they want and that could give us a monthly traditional show wrapping up storylines on the Network for both shows. They can be two hours like the amazing NXT TakeOver specials or three hours so they continue the tradition of the past PPVs. Raw could take over the usual monthly PPVs with Smackdown having a cool, new cutting edge live show on the Network with a unique presentation.
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