For the long term good. The WWE is currently in the middle of its second Brand Split, meaning Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live are different shows with distinct rosters and champions. It’s the closest thing to competition WWE has in the wrestling business because no one is really close to them. Some fans aren’t thrilled with the concept, but that might be changing soon.

According to Wrestling Observer Live, WWE is considering ending the Brand Split for the sake of raising the ratings on SmackDown Live. Earlier this year WWE signed a billion dollar deal with FOX to air the show on Friday nights. However, if the ratings aren’t high enough, there is a fear that FOX might back out on the deal. The worst case scenario however might be WWE being sent to air on FOX Sports1 instead of the entire deal being canceled.

If you don’t remember the Brand Split, here’s how the recent one got started.

Who went to Raw and SmackDown Live the first round of the WWE Draft?: SmackDown Live, July 19, 2016

Opinion: Well really, this isn’t all that surprising. The rules are going to completely change once WWE is on FOX and you have to imagine that was always going to be the case. With the amount of money that they’re pumping into WWE, it’s not like WWE can exactly say no to them. If that means getting every top star they have on SmackDown Live and bridging the two shows together again, so be it.

Do you want the Brand Split to end? If not, who should be the top stars on both shows? Let’s get to it.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2003 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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