Unless you've been living under a rock for the past several days, or spending way too much time partying with RVD, then you've probably heard that the WWE, for the foreseeable future, has decided to merge the rosters on Raw and SmackDown into one "supershow".
Now, I have been an ardent supporter of this move for the past several years, as it's my firm belief that, due to the retirement or abdication of key main-eventers (like Batista, Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels), and the fact that main eventers like The Undertaker, Kane, The Big Show and Rey Mysterio continue to break down due to the wear on their bodies in the twilight of their careers, the WWE just doesn't have a strong enough roster to warrant having two shows with separate rosters.
That fact, I believe, was playing out in the declining ratings, along with tepid and insipid booking on the part of the WWE creative team playing a role, as well.
I believe that all the best talent needs to be on one roster.
I also believe that having less television time for stars will light a fire under wrestlers to get what TV time is available to them, under the mighty shovels of dirt John Cena and Randy Orton will be throwing on them.
Wrestlers who have been complacent before will start speaking up to the Creative Team about booking ideas, perhaps. Wrestlers who might have coasted through matches may start giving 100 percent effort. Talents who may just have been handed a script and coasted through it, may now suggest revisions and put more emotion in to it. Overall, making the shows a better product.
Whether this is true or not will play itself out over time.
However, for those opposed to the Brand Extension finally coming to an end, there is one point over which all their fears hover: More Cena and Orton, less mid-card talent getting to shine.
And that is absolutely correct.
There will be blood in this war the WWE wages with stagnant ratings.
My opinion on it is—The WWE needs to right the sinking ship now, before it's too late. And that is far more important than John Morrison getting face time. A 1.9 in the ratings for SmackDown is a far more pressing issue to address than making sure that Ted Dibiase shows his face.
For the time being, there will be disappearing acts.
This article is going to take a look at those men and women who are going to be disappearing off your television screen.
But not to worry, if these projections are correct, you probably won't be missing much.