5 Signs WWE May Be Ending The Brand Split
June 29, 2017 - WWE
WWE Raw and SmackDown have functioned as apart brands given Jul 2016, nonetheless it looks like Vince McMahon might be carrying second thoughts about a code split.
It’s no tip that ratings for both shows have tight in 2017. Raw hit a lowest viewership of 2017 with only 2.542 million viewers on Jun 12th, that according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, tied for the lowest rated part in a show’s history. A day later, SmackDown also hit a 2017 low with only 2.072 million viewers for a dump of some-more than one million viewers for a Apr 11th part only dual months prior.
Perhaps that’s why, solemnly nonetheless surely, there have been indications that WWE is contrast a waters of a probable finish of a code prolongation reduction than a year after it returned.
Although one could disagree that a code apart has worked wonders in terms of opening adult some-more opportunities for midcard stars to arise to a categorical event, there have positively been some negatives to a code split, like a plummeting ratings or poor assemblage for Backlash, a new SmackDown pay-per-view.
Might WWE be worried? Here are 5 signs WWE might be deliberation ending the code apart before it even unequivocally gets started.
Brock Lesnar Advertised For Multiple SmackDown Live Events
Brock Lesnar is a Universal Champion on Raw while Baron Corbin is a Money in a Bank hilt on SmackDown, nonetheless that doesn’t seem to matter too much.
According to WrestlingNewsWorld.com, “Baron Corbin will challenge Brock Lesnar for a Universal Championship during a WWE SmackDown live eventuality in Detroit, Michigan, on Jul 29th.” Although WWE might simply be loading adult a last-ever uncover during a Joe Louis Arena, there could be some-more to Lesnar’s coming on a SmackDown event than meets a eye.
It’s been remarkable that a blue code has recently struggled with muted assemblage during a TV tapings, that has been one of a many issues a uncover has faced given WrestleMania 33 but the combined advantage of John Cena. The fact that Raw’s top titleholder is requisitioned for a compare opposite Corbin, who is probably guaranteed to be a World champion one day given that he’s holding a MITB briefcase, could be an denote of destiny plans.
Maybe it means Lesnar could potentially be used on both brands going forward, or maybe it means Corbin could somehow finish adult on Raw. Perhaps, though, Corbin vs. Lesnar is nonetheless another pointer that WWE is channel that skinny line between a brands.
After all, Lesnar is advertised for another SmackDown live event in August.
The Infiltration Of 205 Live
You might have beheld that WWE is regulating some-more non-Cruiserweight talent on it what is ostensible to be a Cruiserweight-only show, 205 Live, and that’s apparently been by design.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t WrestlingInc), a use of womanlike talent on 205 Live is part of WWE’s bid to “boost in a seductiveness in a show” since a uncover has reportedly been sketch terrible viewership on a WWE Network. That’s why we’ve seen a likes of Alicia Fox and Sasha Banks recently have vital roles on a show, and presumably, it’s since Titus O’Neil has now gotten concerned with a Cruiserweight multiplication as well.
One of a biggest complaints about a Cruiserweight multiplication among fans is that it’s remained a apart entity from a rest of a categorical roster, that has, in turn, portrayed a Cruiserweights to be defective to a stars of Raw and SmackDown. Now, however, WWE seems to be holding baby stairs toward remedying that problem by adding female stars and midcard masculine stars to a mix.
While this has a idea of potentially augmenting seductiveness in 205 Live, it is also creation a uncover one step closer to another chronicle of reduce turn WWE shows like Superstars or Main Event.