WWE announced that the Brand Split would be returning, with SmackDown airing live on Tuesday nights stating on July 19th, with its own roster and storylines. This announcement was initially met with a lot of excitement, as everyone remembered the glory days of SmackDown, with the 'Smackdown Six' (Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Edge, Rey Mysterio, Chavo and Eddie Guerrero) causing the show to overtake Raw in the ratings for a short period (Paul Heyman also helped). However, since then, there has been a lot of fear that SmackDown would be more like the SmackDown that existed towards the end of the brand split, as well as the fear that the roster is not deep enough for this split.
Say what you want about the Brand Split, it will certainly be interesting to see how it goes, especially as watching SmackDown live will remove the dangers of it being spoiled on the internet and it should give some of the Superstars on the roster a chance to shine, as there is less of chance of them being lost in the shuffle. Some Superstars such as John Cena and Batista owe a lot of their initial success to the Brand Split, as it gave them a real chance to shine. Fans have been calling for the Brand Split to return and the WWE has finally listened.
If the Brand Split is to be successful, there are a lot of things to take into consideration with SmackDown. Here are 15 things SmackDown needs to succeed on its own.
15 15. Separate Writing Team
14 14. Unique Set
13 13. Paige
12 12. Zack Ryder
11 11. Meaningful Pay-Per-Views
10 10. The United States Championship
9 9. Sami Zayn OR Kevin Owens
8 8. Unique Announce Team
7 7. Dean Ambrose
6 6. Higher Concentration on Wrestling
5 5. Shane McMahon
4 4. Appearances by the Women's And Tag Team Champions
3 3. A.J. Styles
2 2. The World Heavyweight Championship
1 1. John Cena
It's quite simple really: if WWE want SmackDown to succeed by itself, they should put John Cena on the show. John Cena is the reason that anyone under the age of 16 watches wrestling. Despite what the hardcore fans think of him, Cena is the most popular star in WWE today and putting him on SmackDown would give an instant boost to the ratings. WWE need to load SmackDown up with big name stars in order to get the viewers in and John Cena could be all they need, as the 15 time World Champion is the biggest draw in the industry.
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