The recent rumors flying around the WWE Universe is that four New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) stars might be about to sign with the company. These include AJ Styles, Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson and current IWGP Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura.
The WWE released an article on their website yesterday addressing the rumor situation, but neither confirmed or denied the NJPW stars were signing for the company in the near future. Instead, they decided to go down a more historical route of how the stars relate to the current NXT Champion Finn Balor through a faction called The Bullet Club.
The question is, if the proposed new arrivals to the WWE do actually sign for the company, what will this mean for the WWE? Could we be on the verge of another brand split?
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The four NJPW stars are rumored to be making their WWE debut at the Royal Rumble as entrants to the 30-man Royal Rumble main event itself. However, after the pay-per-view, the WWE will have to insert them into a storyline.
With the addition of the former voice of NJPW Mauro Ranallo joining the SmackDown commentary team, and the strength of the main roster if the signings happen, the WWE could be gearing up for another brand split.
The WWE main roster is more talented than it has ever been since the Attitude Era. There are now so many talented superstars on the WWE roster now, it would be a perfect opportunity for the company to go back to the brand split for a while, not splitting up the roster to stay on one show, but rather split up the minor titles.
For example, the United States Championship could feature on Raw, while the Intercontinental Championship could feature on SmackDown. The Tag Team Championship, the Divas Championship, and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will still feature on both shows, or you could split the Divas and Tag titles if you wanted to.
They could evenly split the divide across The Authority as well, with Stephanie McMahon taking in charge of Raw, while Triple H controls SmackDown, reducing the effect they have on storylines as it is so evidently clear now, but still keeping them in power.
Superstars can still compete on both shows for both titles, but the titles must stay on the show they're assigned to. Making SmackDown live on a Thursday or Friday will help this thrive even more than tapings on a Tuesday. The stars are aligning for the WWE to pull the trigger on a brand split, they just a couple more pieces to fall into place.