Following last night's pay-per-view, Raw's WWE Clash of Champions, both brands have had their first independent PPVs since the WWE draft back in July.
SmackDown held WWE Backlash and the event generally received rave reviews. Raw's WWE Clash of Champions featured a lot of strong in-ring action, but the booking left a lot to be desired.
However, the direction of the latter show could have been drastically different is a rumour reported by NODQ.com is to be believed.
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NODQ.com relayed an online rumour that suggested the WWE originally intended for the WWE Clash of the Champions event to be a dual brand event that would feature Raw Champions vs. SmackDown Champions.
Obviously, that plan did not come to fruition. If it had, we would have seen WWE Universal champion Kevin Owens square off with WWE champion AJ Styles.
Other matches would have included Intercontinental champion The Miz battling then-United States champion Rusev, Raw's Women's champion Charlotte facing SmackDown's Women's champion Becky Lynch as well as a tag-team showdown with Raw champions The New Day and Smackdown's top pair, Heath Slater and Rhyno.
With WWE having four dual branded events a year — Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series - they apparently don't feel that they need any additional events to feature all superstars within the company outside of the so-called “big four” events.
The report also states that if WWE was to do an event like this, ideally, the Survivor Series show would be the company’s choice to hold such matches.
There is no denying that bouts like the aforementioned matches would be a tremendous watch, but would the company really allow one brand to reign supreme over the other?