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Is WWE Bringing Back The Brand Extension?

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– Ticketmaster is listing the May 23rd edition of WWE RAW in Baltimore, Maryland at Royal Farms Arena as “WWE Monday Night RAW vs. WWE.”

PWinsider.com is reporting that there’s been talk of WWE bringing back the brand extension that the company had from 2002-2011 as of late.

The brand extension saw the WWE main roster split in half. One-half of the roster was the RAW brand, and the other half was the SmackDown brand. Both brands had their own live events and PPV events.

There is speculation that if Shane McMahon beats The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32 and gets control of RAW then Triple H will run SmackDown and call up some NXT talents to use on the show.

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  • Mike

    Shane will never beat taker. Not unless somebody fights in his place.

    • William Nylander

      or someone you know, helps Shane..

      • Mike

        Shane is supposed to be a baby face, if he screws over taker. Does that turn him? It’s a strange situation.

        • Edynol

          Well, I for one, though it would suck to see taker lose again at WM, after giving it some more thought, wouldn’t mind Shane winning, however it may happen. If it means some change and, as others have speculated, the end of the PG era, then I’m all for it. And from watching videos and reading forums, I’m not the only one who feels this way.

          • Mike

            That’s the Thing though, I’m not against taker losing again at mania if the situation is right and the guy he is putting over will benefit. He is wrestling someone who isn’t really s wrestler and he is supposed to be this near unstoppable force. i don’t see any way that they make Shane beat taker at all. If they do it just doesn’t make sense. Also they’ve tried to become a little edgier than before but I don’t think it will be the end of the pg era, maybe they’ll
            Shift into tv 14, I think that’s what they call it in the U.S.

          • Edynol

            Fair enough. Shane going over clean would definitely not work. But remember Cena hasn’t even been mention as far as Mania goes. There was talk about him going against Taker, but now it’s Shane. So what better way to use Cena(cause we know he isn’t gonna miss that Mania pay-off) than to have him help Shane win? Think about it. What better way to stir things up? People want the Authority gone and Shane in power, but they don’t want Taker to lose. Cena has motive because he brought the Authority back to power and this is his chance to rectify that. It fits perfectly.

            As for the PG rating, TV14 would be a big step up. As for the TV14 rating, that mainly targets the 18-35 demographic, which is the honeypot. It allows for more adult themes and liberties with stronger language. They can use words like “b*tch”, phrases like “suck it”, and not be so strict on bloodshed. It wouldn’t be like the AE, but it would be close. Being kid friendly doesn’t work for most shows period, especially wrestling. It’s a show about violence, young children shouldn’t be watching it anyway and most parents agree. WWE’s image won’t suffer any by targeting the largest demographic. Their good image comes from charity and what have ya, not being good for the kiddies.

          • Mike

            I see what you mean with cena helping Shane. However would that work? Screwing taker like that? Surely taker would need to go full on heel from this point on. He is appearing on raw I am interested to see how that goes.

          • Edynol

            Taker going full heel isn’t an issue. We all know Taker can do heel, he’s one of the best in the business, some would argue the best heel in the business. But yeah, we’ll see on RAW. I hope he goes full heel. He went heel against Brock, but that was nowhere even close to what he’s done in the past. If they are truly going this direction, with Vince dropping the F-bomb and HHH bloodying up Reigns, and give taker a smoking gun? Forget about it! Taker will have no problem getting boos. lol.

  • Bite Me You Loser

    If Shane defeats the Undertaker then WWE really has lost their collective minds

    • jcice13

      when I heard Vince say the Undertaker’s name and then hell in the cell I couldn’t grasp it at all, so is Shane just in for 42 days?? because how can they let him go over on Taker at Mania much less in his home state, and if he’s in for the long haul? what are they going to do with this lockbox angle and steph and vince? at least we’ll get to see how it all plays out, I just hope whatever happens doesn’t sucked

  • HOLLYWOOD HOAK KOGAAN

    This would bring more attention to smackdown and make it more important (hopefully)…as stated below though,how could they have Shane beat taker and it be believable? That’s a major task.

    • jcice13

      is it more believable that the midget calisto beats all these big guys regularly?

      • HOLLYWOOD HOAK KOGAAN

        Kalisto is of no relevance to what I’m talking about,but since you mentioned him I suppose I should explain why its different. Shane is an almost 50 year old business man,Kalisto (who I don’t like so I’m not defending him) is actually a wrestler whom is much younger. I’m just saying that they have made undertaker all but unstoppable for 25 years,and its wrestlemania so it seems odd.

        • jcice13

          that reply makes no sense to the suspension of belief..that was my point…a 50 year old man is fighting a 50 year old man at least right, and a beaten and battered one at that and still even with his Mania rep it’s no more unbelievable shane beating him than a midget beating ADR multiple times..so what if he’s 25? he’s fighting a former MMa guy who’s a world champ etc with great ring skills in the prime of his career, how is that any less or more believable? actually I would believe Shane could beat the taker ONCE on a fluke than the midget beating ADR 3 out of the last 5 falls..as for you comment on it being odd etc for mania, I couldn’t agree more, when vince said the taker’s name I said how in the hell are they going to pull this off? then HIAC? in taker’s home state????..IF Shane IS in for the long haul he has to win right? or maybe he loses but somehow uses his “own money” to sort of take over some part of the WWE? at least there’s one good idea we can mull over for 40 more days right? but the real question is where did shano get those original jordans?

      • Mike

        Yes, yes it is. Because he is a skilled wrestler and high flyer. Small high flying guys can believably win against bigger guys with their speed and great moveset, that is a style thing, in wrestling terms, yes that is very believeable. A guy who isn’t a wrestler and hasn’t been in the ring in years defeating the most decorated wrestlemania performer ever, and a near unbeatable phenom? That’s not believeable. We should all suspend believe a little when it comes to wwe. However but this would just not make sense. I really think he will find
        Someone to fight in his place.

        • jcice13

          sorry I can’t buy it and I can’t believe it, that’s just me..if you feel differently fine, I’m not putting you or anyone down for it..but if we’re to go a bit further ADR is as decorated a wrestler as there is right now and a former cage fighter right? so I have a tough time buying or suspending my belief that he can get beat clean 3 out of 5 falls by this guy..maybe because when I was in college I was close friends with a wrestler who fought at the 130lb weight and I’ll tell you he was like Calisto’s height and weight, I don’t know many guys that wanted to mess with him and I saw him pretzel someone in 5 seconds who wasn’t a wrestler but a lot bigger than him then I saw the same guy wrestle a team mate who had him by 50 -60 pounds and he got crushed by him, when we saw how badly he got abused we realized why they had weight classes lol because my friend was a champion at his weight while the bigger guy was around a 65% winner..so from that standpoint I can’t suspend my beliefs…

          • Mike

            Your talking about amateur wrestling. That is totally different to pro wrestling. There are different rules and styles involved. I’m sure your friend didn’t fly around the Mat. Shane isn’t trained and taker is an unstoppable phenom. It’s totally different.

          • jcice13

            really? cause when these guys lock up or get put in a hold that’s where the size matters and I’ve seen ADR put the midget in many holds and there’s no way I can believe he can get out of them… and Taker WAS unstoppable now he’s an old broken down man..we just have different views I am not trying to convince you and there’s no way you can convince me we just don’t agree..so I’ll just end it from my point of view

    • siddus

      If I were booking it, I’d have Shane bring out the “toys” to try an even the odds. However it would still not be enough. I’d also have the League of Nations prowling the outside of the cell on the orders of Vince to prevent anybody trying to get in to assist Shane. However, there’s still one way in….. Down from the rafters rappels Sting. He cuts into the roof of the cell and gets in, trusty baseball bat in tow and beats down the Undertaker, giving Shane the win and setting up a Taker/String match at WM33. Sting may not be cleared to wrestle right now but that doesn’t stop him doing this.

      • Crazy_Victor

        I would pay to see that happen.

  • AuctionPicker

    Shane shouldn’t beat the Undertaker, and using this stipulation for this match doesn’t even make sense.

  • The Shockmaster

    It’s the only way to save Smackdown.

    • jcice13

      no it’s not..good booking and good angles will be just fine and who says Smackdown needs to be “saved”? saved from what exactly?

      • The Shockmaster

        How can you have good booking and good angles when the roster meanders between two shows, with RAW always being the priority. You can only have good booking and good angles on Smackdown with talent being exclusive to that show. Smackdown needs to be saved from becoming irrelevant.

        • jcice13

          you ask how there can be good booking and angles??? by frick’n writing and creating them that’s how..not yelling at you just saying it can be done, don’t sound so defeatist, there can easily be crossover talent for both shows that’s not the problem, people want to see the big stars just don’t put every one of them on every week and Smackdown shouldn’t waste so much time recapping what happened on RAW, they should make every episode a separate entity and it can be done with out splitting the roster..even when they had the split brand they still made it appear Smackdown was the little brother, and I totally disagree that the only way you can have good booking is to have exclusive talent..good booking comes from creative writing

  • Z….

    I’ve speculated on a brand extension, with all the new talents they have on their roster, plus the guys being wasted in developmental. You can feature more stars

  • Si Nicholls

    I’ve been saying they have needed to do this for a couple of years, I miss the days when Smackdown was a much show than Raw as for Shane winning with outside interference as a face, its happened before, doesn’t automatically mean he would turn, HHH got a face reaction last night after he beat up Roman, that won’t trigger a turn for either of them

  • https://twitter.com/CooliganIsOP The Cooligan

    If the brand split happens, I’ll come back. Haven’t watched in 6 months due to stupid booking decisions, storylines, etc. but this would be enough to bring me back, at least for a few weeks.

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