Shane McMahon's recent return to the WWE has brought up many rumours, including the potential of a brand split, with Shane running one show, and The Authority possibly running the other.
The initial rumours for this began when Shane first gained power over Raw after WrestleMania 32, despite losing his match against The Undertaker, leading many to speculate whether The Authority would return to challenge his right to power.
The following PPV after WrestleMania, WWE Payback, brought us an announcement from Vince McMahon revealing that both Shane & Stephanie would be in control of Monday Night Raw and that they would need to find a way to co-exist.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
In the past few weeks, this seems to have played out rather smoothly, which has led to further rumours that Stephanie might be planning some sort of revenge against her brother.
In any case, the brand split is still a big possibility as we do not have any certainty as to who will be in control of the flagship show in the future. This storyline appears to be building toward something very slowly, suggesting some sort of showdown will take place in the summer. If it does occur, this may result in the two parties assuming control of the respective brands, effectively repeating the 2002 brand split.
Vince McMahon recently teased that we may see a bigger active main roster than ever before. He claimed at a recent press conference that in the next 30 days this may happen. This, of course, brings many questions to the table, including the biggest of all – does this mean the arrival of Finn Balor soon?
With Vince admitting that the WWE is packed with superstars, this hints a potential brand split. Considering how large the roster is becoming, in particular, the Women’s division and the Tag-team division, WWE might need to bring forward this potential storyline angle in order to accommodate a larger roster.
This is especially likely if we also consider the fate of the upcoming Cruiserweight Classic tournament that WWE devised, hinting at a return of the Cruiserweight Championship to WWE.
Is a brand split coming soon?
Would you welcome back a brand split with Monday Night Raw going up against SmackDown? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!