Separation is often a scary thing which can lead to anxious feelings and distorted thoughts. The first steps away from home and separation from one's parents can cause great distress for a young person living within the ever-wicked world. This person must learn to cope with the "real world" and suffer the fate of being an adult.
What happens out there away from the comforts of home can turn the innocent into something evil in an instant. The restrictions and regulations that come along with Mom and Dad's abode no longer apply. The rules are subject to change as the young react to their new-found reckless freedom. This is all considered to be a "rite of passage."
Of course, in the Peter Pan Age, leaving home has become less desirable as times and attitudes have changed. There is a vast collection of knowledge disposable to the modern youth and no longer must they leave home in search of some dated everyman dream. Mediocrity is not a must.
The biggest problem facing The Generation that Can Change the World is that they won't change anything. Why? Even though the world is at their fingertips, said fingertips are more concerned with updating, posting, swiping, and liking. Separation from the social media melee ... this is their biggest fear.
Where is a good place for separation to occur? Perhaps in the world of professional wrestling where WWE once split their entire roster in half, creating two individual brands with two entirely different feelings. The original Brand Extension happened back in 2002 with a draft between Ric Flair (Raw) and Vince McMahon (SmackDown).
With the recent return of Shane McMahon, there has been much speculation in regards to another Brand Extension; with the idea being Shane would run one show while Stephanie McMahon and Triple H ran the other. While this worked in the past, could it possibly work again? The short answer is no as today's product is not equipped for such a move.
These are the top 12 reasons a WWE brand split would be a bad idea:
12 Repeating History
There is a proven concept that one cannot repeat the past. When WWE decided to resurrect ECW a decade ago, it would prove a colossal failure. Why? Because they could not recapture the magic of the original brand.
Where do you find real wrestling in WWE nowadays? Down in NXT. When the brands were originally separated, Raw served as more of the "soap opera" show while SmackDown was providing the "wrestling" aspect.
10 Spreading the Roster Thin
Hypothetically, WWE cold bring up a number of NXT talent to help with a brand split but many of these wrestlers have been labelled with the "non-WWE type" tag and wish not to suffer the same fate of Tyler Breeze.
9 Vince McMahon
It is now painfully obvious that Vince McMahon is damn near out of his mind and no longer understands his audience or the product his company produces. If a brand split occurred once again, McMahon would ruin any opportunity to make it matter.
8 Creative Team
Where have all the great WWE storylines gone? Sitting through an entire month of WWE programming, one will take notice that the once intriguing angles which kept fans on the edge of their seats are a thing of the past.
7 Commitment Level
Something that has taken place far too often in recent years has been the scraping of ideas before they are allowed to flourish. There were once "big plans" for guys like Dolph Ziggler and Wade Barrett but WWE gave up on those plans.
6 Interest Levels
Ask any WWE official and you will hear: "everything is fine within the company." However, take a good look: the product is hurting and is no longer evolving the way a promotion should. Hence, people have lost interest.
5 Secondary Titles
As soon as John Cena lost the United States Championship, the title once again fell into a familiar place of obscurity. The Intercontinental Championship is holding its own but has also seen better days (The IC Champ was once regarded as the #1 Contender).
4 Primary Titles
In the event of a brand split, would each show once again have its own Major Championship or would the WWE World Heavyweight Champion serve on both programs akin to the original split?
3 Raw is Sub-Par at Best
Monday Night Raw is known as the WWE's "flagship program." However, in recent years, the show has not exactly lived up to that title. Raw is somewhere in-between good and God awful and three hours is unnecessary.
2 SmackDown Rebuild
Currently, WWE is attempting to make its SmackDown program more appealing. With a change at the announce table, appearances from Brock Lesnar, and Monday-night-type segments taking place on Thursday, there is a valiant effort taking place.
1 Lack of Star Power
If we can look back at the WWE Draft of 2002 and the top-four draft selections, we had: The Rock, The Undertaker, Kurt Angle, nWo as a whole (Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and X-Pac). Notice the star power?
What would happen now? John Cena seems like the obvious top choice, even though he is injured. This would be followed by the likes of Seth Rollins (injured), Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns.
While this is certainly a strong cast, they are not quite in the same league as the class of 2002 (with the exception of Cena). The options of drafting Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho, and The Undertaker remain but what's the point of selecting part-time performers?
This new brand split would require more star power in order to stand a fighting chance.
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