Note: Been bored and unemployed the last month or so. Didn't get into college this semester and i've needed something to kill time so I started working on this. Hopefully I manage to get a job soon and if I do, I might not be able to update this as much, but for now I'm in it. Figure holding myself to one show should give me the motivation I need to not get overwhelmed.
June 25th: In the Spring of 2014, WWE began to truly realize that they had been coasting. Despite the live audiences being active and full, television ratings were down and episode feedback was extremely unimpressive. The decision was made to renew the brand split, but with separate creative teams, production crews and separate PPVs. The idea is that each brand will use this opportunity to one up one another and create competition within the company. With the WWE Network, there is no need to worry about the possible poor buyrates when thiss gets rolling. Both shows will be presented on the USA Network, Raw will remain on Monday and Smackdown will be moving over to Thursday nights. Both brands are going to be considered their own brand with little involvement from the other, however still sharing the big four PPVs. Stephanie McMahon will have control of the Smackdown brand, while Triple H will have control of Raw.
To level off each brand, the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship were split again, with the World Heavyweight Championship being vacated and put on Smackdown, while Raw’s first overall pick, Daniel Bryan will hold onto the WWE Championship. Smackdown also gets the Intercontinental Champion, Christian and Tag Team Champions, Cody Rhodes & Goldust, along with WWE Divas Champion, Paige. The decision officially goes into effect after the brand split draft the night after Payback, the final PPV of it’s name. To stop themselves from handcuffing matches to certain gimmicks, PPV names will go back to non-themed PPV names. Also, CM Punk made his return at Wrestlemania XXX, saving Daniel Bryan from a 3 on 1 Evolution beatdown that took Triple H out of the equation and allowed Bryan to get the win. On Raw we witnessed the first ten picks for each side before the supplemental draft determined the rest. To resolve the part timer issue, Raw was given Brock Lesnar and Smackdown gets Undertaker.
NXT will be shared by the two shows with each brand getting three protected prospects and one protected diva that they have the rights to. Smackdown has the rights to Corey Graves, Enzo Amore, Colin Cassidy & Becky Lynch. Raw took the rights to Konnor, Viktor, Kalisto & Charlotte. Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn & Tyler Breeze have been given the rights to choose which show they want to be called up to.
WWE Smackdown! Roster:
World Heavyweight Championship:
World Tag Team Championship:
Cody Rhodes & Goldust
Michael Cole & JBL
The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan)
The Dust Brothers (Cody Rhodes & Goldust)
Rybaxel (Ryback & Curtis Axel)
The Woods Group (Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Big E & Xavier Woods)
International Airstrike (Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd)
Monstrosity (Brodus Clay & Curt Hawkins)
Fandango & Layla
Great American Bash (July 20th)
Summerslam (August 17th)
No Mercy (October 12th)
Survivor Series (November 23rd)
Armageddon (December 21st)
Royal Rumble (January 25th)
No Way Out (February 15th)
Wrestlemania XXXI (April 5th)