Daniel Bryan was employed by SmackDown Live after the Brand Split..

Reason why WWE chose to have Daniel Bryan on Raw

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Prior to WWE's Brand Split, many members of the WWE Universe felt that any crossover of talent between the two brands should be avoided at all costs.

Just a few weeks into the new set-up however, fans have already been angered by the appearance of several WWE superstars on their supposedly rival brand.

The most recent occurrence of this came about during last night's edition of Monday Night Raw when during a commercial break, SmackDown live employees AJ Styles and John Cena came out as they were originally scheduled to be at the taping.


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Although any appearance on the opposing brand would presumably be frowned upon by members of the WWE Universe, Daniel Bryan's time on Raw last night came with good reason.

As Cageside Seats has reported, SmackDown Live's General Manager D-Bry was brought in to boost ratings as the show was competing with viewers also watching the Olympics at the same time.

The 35-year-old cut a promo segment alongside Mick Foley, with many fans of professional wrestling holding back any major criticism surrounding him being part of his rival brand.

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Whilst it could be argued that Monday Night Raw's roster boasted enough talent to increase ratings, the reaction to Bryan's appearance was one of few positives to be taken away from last night's show.

With this in mind, perhaps those in charge at WWE as well as members of the WWE Universe should stay open to the idea of cross-over appearances being made between the brands, if it is for a reason which would benefit the company overall.

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