WWE’s brand extension is not that far away, and when it arrives, it will properly issue in the so-called ‘New Era’ into the company with several changes happening to the landscape of the business.
Not only is SmackDown moving from Thursday nights to Tuesday nights and being broadcasted out live, but both Raw and SmackDown will each have their own rosters filled with superstars that are different from the other brand, making both shows unique.
As well as this, there are rumors there will be two WWE World Heavyweight Championships – one for each brand – as well as speculation for which superstar will go to which brand and if there will be some new faces on the main rosters, whether it be NXT call-ups or old faces returning.
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However, there hasn’t been any speculation into any sort of new pay-per-views or events as of yet, which might be a factor WWE looks to include into their programming to really make SmackDown and Raw their own individual shows. One Redditor by the name of Iamsnaven has a brilliant idea which the WWE could use in their programming.
They posted: “With all the talk of the upcoming brand split, it reminded me of an idea I always thought the WWE missed with the previous brand split.
“Every January we are treated to the Royal Rumble, whereas we all know the winner receives a shot at the World Title. I've always thought with a brand split they could do this again later in the year in the form of a King of The Ring Tournament.
“Instead of the classic 8 man tournament, the WWE could make it a 16 man tourney. 8 wrestlers representing Raw and 8 representing Smackdown would start on opposite sides of the bracket. This would ultimately lead to a brand vs brand King of The Ring finale. Not only do you give your show bragging rights, you also claim a shot at the World Title. (If a second title is introduced, the winner would be able to decide which title to challenge for, thus allowing a superstar to jump brands.).
“This PPV could be held in July, and the title shot could be held at the following PPV, Summerslam.”
This is a great idea as not only will it bring back competition between Raw and SmackDown, but it will also rejuvenate the King of the Ring tournament.
Yes, the WWE did bring back the tournament last year with Wade Barrett as the winner, but that felt rushed. Iamsnaven’s plan for the competition feels more planned out and longer in duration, which is a great benefit for not just the tournament’s heritage, but for the WWE Universe watching as well.
With the added incentive of the winner getting a shot at the World title of their choosing – Raw or SmackDown – more fans will be invested into watching the tournament unfold as it adds another layer of uncertainty to WWE programming.