When the WWE decided to bring the brand split back to television, many were skeptical of how it would pay off. Fortunately, the distinct rosters have done both RAW and SmackDown Live wonders.
When it comes to RAW, the main event players have stayed the same but they've experimented in edgier programming, something that has fans reminiscing about the Attitude Era.
On SmackDown, the creative team has done a tremendous job in creating new stars. Whether it's AJ Styles, The Miz, Bray Wyatt, or Baron Corbin, they've gone from wrestlers with potential to legitimate main event players who can carry the show on a weekly basis.
But just because the brand split has worked out for some, that doesn't mean it's worked out for everyone. Cesaro would greatly benefit in moving from RAW to SmackDown Live. Luke Harper, too, would be in a better position if he were to switch shows. In some cases on this list, it's also that some stars have simply done it all on their respective shows and they need fresh rivalries. That can only be accomplished by switching brands.
But that's not all...let's take a look at 15 wrestlers that would benefit from switching shows in 2017.
15 The New Day
For the better part of a year and a half, it could be argued that The New Day was the WWE's best overall act. When it comes to in-ring ability, the trio of Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods all possess top notch skills. What sets them apart from the rest, however, is what they do outside of the ring. The New Day are amongst one of the funniest acts in company history and are a constant hit with merchandise opportunities.
14 The Miz
Thus far, the brand split has done a strong job at bringing new stars into the spotlight — but it's hard to argue against the notion that The Miz has benefitted the most the separation of rosters. Before the WWE Draft, The Miz was floundering as a lower card act and found it hard to pick up any traction as a legitimate superstar. On SmackDown Live, he's taken his "A-List" persona and made it more serious, which catapulted him into the most hated heel on either show. But when it comes to his current brand, The Miz has done everything except win the WWE World Championship.
13 Apollo Crews
12 The Usos
11 Mickie James
10 Sami Zayn
8 Luke Harper
5 Enzo Amore
4 Sasha Banks
3 Roman Reigns
2 John Cena
John Cena may be a part-time wrestler at this stage of his career but he still plays a valuable role on WWE programming. As a member of SmackDown Live roster, the surefire WWE Hall of Famer and all-time great is far from the man that used to bury all talents that used to stand before him. But nowadays, he's done an outstanding in putting wrestlers over, including AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, and Luke Harper, among others. If he were to move to RAW, he could play the same role and that would help the show greatly.
1 Brock Lesnar
Like John Cena, Brock Lesnar, too, is a part-time superstar. But unlike Cena, Lesnar is someone who is positioned to look as strong as possible nearly each and every time he's featured on WWE television. But Lesnar's contract is on the downswing, meaning it may be time to have younger superstars pick up victories against The Beast Incarnate. And instead of having that happen on RAW, Lesnar should be moved to SmackDown Live, which would make the show even more popular due to his drawing power.
The WWE could try and re-do the Lesnar/Dean Ambrose feud. They can finally put together the Lesnar and Bray Wyatt match that almost happened last year. They can even do AJ Styles vs. Lesnar, a matchup that can only be categorized as a dream one. Either way, moving Lesnar to Tuesdays would be beneficial in all aspects of the WWE.
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