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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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The brand extension should return.

Here are some reasons why.

More talent and less over exposure. Guys like Tatsu, Riley, Ryder, Tensai, Gabriel, and Kidd could get their mid card spots like some of them already had before. Think of what these guys could do with a Cruiserweight belt and a time slot on Smackdown.

Less Cena, Punk, Ryback, Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus. I have liked all at some point and think Sheamus is great but I'm so sick of them.

A lot less promos and more matches. Last nights Raw only had five matches and one was a divas match which didn't even have a meaningful ending. We went from having eight matches in two hours to five short ones in three hours.

Tag teams would be big again. It will probably never be like it was back when E&C, Hardy Boyz, Dudley Boys, Too Cool, Kai En Tai, Hollys, T&A, and APA were around again but it could still be relevant. Smackdown used to have London/Kendrick, MNM, Hardy/MVP, Duece N' Domino, Los Guerreros, and Basham brothers while Raw had Cade/Murdoch, Cryme Tyme, La Resitance, Booker T/Goldust, Orton/Batista Haas/Benjamin... My point is both shows always had a lot of great tag matches every night.

Women's devision. Smackdown had cruieserweights and Raw had women. Trish, Lita, Stacy, Torrie, Molly, Victoria, Kim... All could wrestle good except Stacy and she was still better than anything today. Eve and Kaitlyn every night sucks. The Women's Championship used to mean something and the divas were actually feautured. Stacy would wrestle Torrie in a Braw and Panties match while Trish would have a good one fall match with another diva that same night.

Smackdown got so many guys over. We had Eddie, JBL, Cena, Benoit, Rey, Booker T and so many others become main eventers on that show. Over on Raw they would have just been burried by HHH so he could fued with his buddies HBK, Nash, Batista, and Orton. They also had Undertaker getting attacked by some terrorists Muhammad Hassan summoned which was pretty funny.

Raw had the guys who HHH burried like Kane, Booker T, RVD, and Y2J stealing the show every night.

We have Main Event and Superstars which could be used as a way for guys to interact cross brand unlike Heat and Velocity.

As far as single brand PPV's go, I don't like that but they could defend only one of the main belts at each PPV excep the big four which IMHO would make WHC meaningful again.

Obviously brand splits have cons but in the PG era where promos suck and it's the same boring guys every night, what can anyone do to make it better? The way I look at it is Super Cena/Sheamus + Khaliswoggle or more talent, better matches, and less of the same boring stuff every night.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-30-2013, 12:51 AM
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Re: The brand extension should return.

not enough establish names to do a brand split

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With the current roster we have? Fuck no. It's definitely better then what we had in late 2010-early 2011, but still not good enough.

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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-30-2013, 01:06 AM
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Re: The brand extension should return.

The only logical reasons for the brand split returning are that Smackdown would actually mean something and the WHC would no longer be a glorified IC title.

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THANK YOU to those who realize the difference between and Brand Extension and Brand Split
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Re: The brand extension should return.

No, I like things as they are now: two fictional companies with two world titles, but who share their rosters like so many indy and major promotions worldwide. There's just no justification for SD's top stars not being on Raw each week. Casual fans watch Raw, and stop watching Raw when they're not entertained. So, to have Raw all these years without Taker, Batista, Angle, Lesnar, Guerrero, Benoit, Mysterio just didn't make sense. Its just delivering a substandard product, ESPECIALLY now that SD is on Fridays, which is one of the worst nights for TV ratings.

Three hours of Raw alone is 75% of what Raw and SD used to be, so to have that plus two hours of SD is more than enough for guys to get exposure. And, exposure isn't the most important part, its utilizing the stars you DO have. Sheamus/Del Rio/Big Show not being on Raw just makes Monday Night Raw worse, and Raw is the main event. If we want a loaded roster like we had with the Attitude Era every night, we need to load the roster, especially with 3-hour Raws. 90% of the benefit of the brand extension was two world titles, so WWE could take risks on guys like CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, and give us title storylines with guys like Bryan/Del Rio/Sheamus who will probably never carry the company by themselves.

WWE favorites: Punk, Sheamus, Lesnar, Ambrose, Rollins, Reigns,
Del Rio, Orton, Bryan, Ziggler, Wyatt, Usos, Cesaro, Mysterio, Kane
DGPW: Doi, Yoshino, Tozawa, Yamato, Dragon Kid, BxB Hulk, Ricochet, Super Shisa
NJPW: Okada, Nakamura, Styles ROH: Briscoes, Fish and O'Reilly, Young Bucks
All-Time: Rock, Punk, Lesnar, Angle

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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-30-2013, 01:27 AM
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Re: The brand extension should return.

Originally Posted by SwimBig View Post
They should just get rid of Smackdown completely as long as RAW is 3 hours. Put on the best possible TV and unify the WHC and WWE Title back into Undisputed. Hopefully this will happen around Summer Slam.
I disagree.... What the should do is actually try to rebrand Smackdown...

Have Raw be the PG13 show and Smackdown is the little kid show.

Cena can come cuss on RAW and say caca on Smackdown.

Smackdown Roster;
Del Rio
Big Show
Brodus Clay
Rhodes Scholars
Prime time Players
Evan Bourne
Sin Cara
Ted Dibiase
Tyson Kidd
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Re: The brand extension should return.

They need to completely kill off any vestiges of the brand extension. Unify the titles, and cancel a few shows that nobody cares about anymore. Concentrate on just Raw and maybe a one hour mid card show on the weekend.

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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-30-2013, 02:11 AM
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No way. Brand extension was always kinda dumb, glad it's gone. If you don't have two rosters worth of talent, don't try it.
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I would be all for the brand extension just because draft and raw vs smackdown are good shows, out of that i prefer it this way

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