Several top WWE stars advertised for post-brand split SmackDown

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Wednesday's revelation from the WWE that they would be moving SmackDown to Tuesday nights and, in doing so, would be making it live and reintroducing the brand split and  draft was quite the shock for the WWE Universe.

Already, there is much discussion about which Superstars will end up on what roster and what makes the most sense for their careers. The WWE will want both brands to be competitive and watchable, so some big moves could be coming.

Rumours have been flying around, including a belief that John Cena will headline SmackDown and Roman Reigns will be the first choice on RAW. Now there's a potential update, with numerous stars being advertised for a post-brand split SmackDown show.


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The post-SummerSlam episode of WWE SmackDown will be held at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut and the arena released new advertising for the show today, featuring several top stars.

Stating that the "New Era" of SmackDown is coming, the main featured wrestlers on the advert included AJ Styles, The New Day and the 'Swiss Superman' Cesaro.

Those aren't the only big names set for the post-brand split show in Connecticut. Other stars listed on the arena's website include Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn, Paige and Naomi.

The advertisement doesn't include John Cena or Roman Reigns, who will undoubtedly be the number one picks for both RAW and SmackDown.

Obviously, this has to be all be taken with a pinch of salt. This card is almost certainly subject to change, but it does give a good glimpse at what a brand split could look like.

The Split

While a fair few fans may be pessimistic about the split, this is genuinely a great chance for a lot of people on the WWE roster.

Newer superstars who have been brought up from NXT, like Baron Corbin and Apollo Crews, who have struggled in recent times to really get much television time and haven't had anything in the way of a storyline since getting the call-up could be set for a new lease of life.

The same is also true for already-established WWE stars who have simply fallen out of favour in recent months and whom there have been no feuds for. It would've been a huge opportunity for people like Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett to make their mark again, except they both decided to leave the company.

Other stars stuck in the mid-card like Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio could all now be legitimate world title contenders. All they need is some good writing and character development.

Hopefully, the WWE can learn from their mistakes from the last time they did a brand split, where SmackDown just became the 'B Show'. If they can make it legitimately interesting, like when Paul Heyman was in charge with the 'SmackDown Six', it has a chance at becoming a watchable and important show again.

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