As WWE ushers in The New Era of their product, it is also time for them to develop the dynamic of the Shane and Stephanie era. After this year's WrestleMania, Shane and Stephanie were both put in control of Monday Night Raw by Vince McMahon himself.
They have been sharing most of their television time and have seemingly been arriving at partisan decisions, with conflict consisting of a few light hearted jabs at one another. While this has been a fun couple of months and an interesting change from the days of The Authority, this couple of power siblings will soon run its course, if it hasn't started to already.
In recent WWE news, it has been announced that there will soon be a return to the brand split, with Raw and SmackDown having their own respective rosters once again. This has raised many questions about the future of not only both television shows, but Shane and Stephanie's involvement as well.
On a recent edition of Raw, Shane and Stephanie were involved in a segment with New Day. The New Day were concerned about their future as a group together and also wondered who would be in charge of what show. Stephanie assured the team that this was a work in progress and they really haven't tackled those questions yet. This is reflective of the questions wrestling fans are asking on Twitter and Facebook, as no one has any good indication of what the future holds.
WWE also aired a vignette about how this new brand split has blown up across the internet. As they always say, anything is possible in the WWE, but we won't know what's going to unfold until it happens. Until then, let's discuss some possible booking scenarios that could unfold involving Shane and Stephanie. Remember, some are more possible than others, but you never know what may happen.
12 Draft Separation
11 Control Of Both Shows
10 Triple H Returns
9 Goodbye Shane
8 Triple H Takes On-Screen NXT Control
While it's almost certain that WWE is going to keep NXT as a completely separate entity from Raw and SmackDown, we can't be sure. In reference to our 10th entry, maybe Shane inherits Raw, Stephanie takes SmackDown, and Hunter establishes himself as an NXT only guy, given his hands on work with the show. It's unlikely that there will be any major moves in the area of how all of this will affect NXT, but we can't count it out.
7 Someone Else
6 The Draft Lottery
5 Team Shane vs Team Steph
4 SmackDown vs RAW Invasion Angle
3 World Heavyweight Championship
Here's a fun think piece for you guys. If the brands split, what is the future of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? Will it be a title shared between two shows, with each brand trying to bring it home at all costs? Will they create a new or secondary main championship for SmackDown? How will the new champion be crowned? Regardless of how it happens, there is much to think about and look forward to concerning the World Championship. For that matter, we must mention the Tag Team Championships. Would the be shared between shows? WWE's tag-team depth, although improved, still leaves a little to be desired.
2 Invasion Angles Involving NXT
After the dreadful Alliance Invasion following WWE's acquisition of WCW and the somewhat more effective, but still not masterful Nexus invasion, is it possible that WWE has another future invasion angle up their sleeve somewhere? If Shane and Steph, whether together or separate, wanted to cause the other some trouble they could invade the others show, sure.
However, we could see a less predictable invasion angle on one show or another with NXT also being involved. However, instead of one McMahon declaring war on the other, perhaps it would be more of a silent invasion, only to reveal later that one sibling was secretly trying to sabotage the other.
1 Vince Returns
One thing that's almost certain is that Vince will have an on-screen hand in the fate of WWE's political power system. Vince might task Shane and/or Steph with working together to make SmackDown an equal counterpart to Raw. With SmackDown moving to an earlier night in the week, Tuesday, and going live, it's important that it no longer be viewed as a "B show." Vince himself, Triple H, or a new figure could stay and man Raw (Although we should avoid any anonymous General Managers).
Regardless of what happens, it will be interesting to see Vince's role in all of this. A live SmackDown creates a new dynamic for the show, so it almost seems elementary that efforts to make it better will need to be implemented.
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