My Raw and Smackdown Roster Predictions

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For those who missed my previous message on the topic, the brand split is happening this summer. Given the number of underutilized talent on their large roster, it’s a good time to split the brand again. What I missed was Smackdown will mostly highlight the Superstars of The New Era. That makes the division a bit easier to figure out.

Here are my predictions for who will go to each show. The fun part of doing these predictions is seeing how they match what actually happens. I actually worked on this throughout much of the month. I decided to post this now that Teddy Long and Kane have made their presence known and felt.

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Shane McMahon and Kane will be the Co-GMs of RAW.

Superstars

  • Randy Orton
  • Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman)
  • The New Day
  • Kane
  • Rusev
  • Lana
  • Sheamus
  • Apollo Crews
  • The Big Show
  • Alberto Del Rio
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Baron Corbin
  • Bray Wyatt
  • Braun Stroman
  • The Dudley Boys
  • Enzo Amore
  • Big Cass
  • Titus O’Neil
  • Jack Swagger
  • Becky Lynch
  • Summer Rae
  • Zack Ryder
  • The Miz
  • Goldust
  • R-Truth
  • Paige
  • Naomi
  • Tamina
  • Primo
  • Epico
  • Bo Dallas
  • Curtis Axel
  • Health Slater

 

Titles

  • World Heavyweight Championship
  • Intercontinental Championship
  • Hardcore Championship (currently retired)

 

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Teddie Long and Stephanie McMahon will be the Co-GMs of Smackdown.

Superstars

  • John Cena
  • AJ Styles
  • Luke Gallows
  • Karl Anderson
  • The Undertaker
  • Mark Henry
  • Roman Reigns
  • Dean Ambrose
  • Seth Rollins
  • Kevin Owens
  • Sami Zahn
  • Finn Balor
  • The Usos
  • Charlotte (Current Women’s Champion)
  • Emma
  • Natalya
  • Sasha Banks
  • Luke Harper
  • Eric Rowan
  • Chris Jericho
  • Randy Orton
  • The Vaudevillains
  • Darren Young (/w Bob Backlund)
  • Caesaro
  • Fandango
  • Tyler Breeze
  • Kalisto
  • Sin Cara
  • David Otunga

 

Titles

  • WWE Championship (currently retired)
  • United States Championship
  • Cruiserweight Championship (currently retired)

 

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…It goes without saying they’re gonna have to bring back the three retired titles for the brand split. They have the right talent to bring back the Hardcore Championship as well. I don’t see the Announcers’ tables changing. I’m fine if the GM choices are flipped by the way.

A few websites reported the Intercontinental Championship will stay with RAW while the US Championship will go to Smackdown last week. Several sources also announced AJ Styles and John Cena will likely go to Smackdown so AJ can have a Championship run. Roman Reigns (current WWE Champion), Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are also expected to go to Smackdown to help anchor the brand as an established superstar.

Presumably, Reigns will lose the title because of the brand split if the Money in the Bank contract winner doesn;’t cash in the same night. I also expect Randy Orton to be back in time for thr brand split. Orton was the first WWE Superstar to hold the unified Champion when he and Cena were the Champions of RAW and Smackdown.

I did not put The Rock on either roster because who who he is: Smackdown is HIS show when he was an active WWE Superstar. When he makes appearances, it will be cross-brand just like it was during the first brand split.

Finally, I gave RAW a slightly bigger roster since most of the NXT’s new talent will likely debut on Smackdown or at a PPV event instead. Speaking of PPV events, WWE announced over the weekend there will be two PPVs a month after the brand split. They can certainly afford it so…yeah.

 

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My Raw and Smackdown Roster Predictions

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