Tag Teaming With James Ellsworth
Join Date: Oct 2003
It it safe to say the brand split has officially ended?????
O'n March 26'th 2001 the Sports Entertainment world as we'd know it would be changed forever. It was on this day that W.C.W. would be sold to W.W.F.. The Monday Night Wars was over!!! W.W.E. had been victorious, up until July 9, 2001. This was the night the shook, ratteled and rooled the wrestling buisness even further, it was here the Alliance was born, and the Invasion was born. The invasion lasted from this day in July until November 18, 2001, when yet again W.W.F. was victorious. As Per the stipulation the winning team which consisted of Team WWF (The Rock, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Kane, and The Big Show) defeating Team Alliance (Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle, Booker T, and Shane McMahon).
Now this meant Vince was again was storyline sole owner, or so he thought minutes before he was going to award Kurt Angle with the W.W.F. Ric Flair returned. He stated Shane and Steph sold their shares to him in exchange for the money to buy W.C.W. and E.C.W., so now they were co-owners. This lasted from November 19'th until June 10'th 2002.
However while they were both co-owners they didn't get along much, and the board of director's would do something unheared of.
1 word that would change wrestling for the past 11 years. SPLIT. Yes there would be two seperate brands 1 for RAW, which Ric Flair would be the owner of, and 1 for Smackdown, which Vince McMahon would be the owner of.
Now in the past Eleven years we've seen such things as RAW/Smackdown magazine ( Well we had RAW for so long, but now it was brand only), we've seen the birth of seperate but equal titles ( W.W.E./World, U.S. /I.C., Womens/Divas, W.W.E./World Tag Titles.
In 2003 we saw the debut of Brand only Pay Per Views, however this went away after only 4 short years.We've also in 2009 seen the debut of gimmick brand Pay Per Views. Events having the title of them to do with the theme of the event. ( I.E. Elimintion Chamber, Hell in a Cell.
Now my question to all of you, is it good enough to say it's all unofficially done, IS THE BRAND SPLIT FINISHED??? What have you liked about it, what have you disliked about it, what would you have kepy, changed???