Hello, fellow Bleachers! It's been a couple months since I have been inspired to write, but I am back and as opinionated as ever!
I want to introduce a new debate inspiring series that I will be calling "A or B." In this week's edition, we will look at the WWE's Brand Extension. With it seemingly coming to an end, are the championships short to follow?
When the WWE purchased the smoldering ashes of WCW in 2001, they had acquired a huge roster of superstars that they wanted to use. After the debacle that was the Invasion angle ended they realized that there were too many superstars and not enough airtime.
At that time WWE decided to enact the Brand Extension, effectively making RAW and Smackdown! their own WWE and WCW so to speak with superstars appearing on one of the two shows exclusively. Along with that came the splitting of the Undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Championship back into the WWE Championship and what came to be known as the World Heavyweight Championship. Effectively each brand could operate as its own entity without need of a title or talent from the other brand. Inter-brand competition was kept to a minimum with the exception of the "big four" events in the WWE.
This has worked for quite some time, but now with acting COO Triple H's announcement of RAW Supershow and Super Smackdown!, this has more or less ended the brand extension, however I believe this is a bad idea.
With the WWE locker room being as bloated as it is right now, not enough of the guys are getting national TV airtime as it is. Drew McIntyre is seen just wandering around backstage, John Morrison gets eliminated in a few minutes out of an eight-man tag match on last weeks RAW, and IWC darling Zack Ryder gets crow barred into a tag match with Jerry Lawler?
I know I should be thankful that some of the oft ignored guys are getting airtime period, but is that what this has truly come down to with the abundance of talent that each show has to offer?
I don't believe that ending the brand extension will do any of the wasted talent in the back any favors. This coupled with the fact that ending the Brand Extension may unify the all of the championships again I believe spells peril for anyone outside of CM Punk, John Cena and Randy Orton.
There is really a shortage of main event talent as is outside of the three mentioned above. I don't really think talented guys like Christian, Sheamus, The Miz, or Alberto Del Rio are really taken seriously among the WWE brass as credible champions. (Myself included on Del Rio.)
If they would split the shows back into separate entities similar to the way it was at the beginning of the Brand Extension I believe that could help build talent of the future and lead to less "future endeavors." This change coupled with leaning more toward the "wrestling" and less toward the "entertainment" side of things could really help grow WWE's talent and ensure that people will stick around for a while.
As much as I am not a fan of Alberto Del-Rio, I have to say it is refreshing to see the WWE title on someone who is not John Cena. If Del-Rio can get a clean win over Cena (a guy can dream, can't he?) and feud with some other upper-mid card talent we can get some prestige back into that title as well as build some of the lesser used upper-mid carders.
Being that Mark Henry's career may be winding down soon, give him a clean win over Orton and have him be the destructive force he has been built into over the past couple months and make it mean something when someone stops the freight train.
Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes are both credible performers who can put on some great matches with the likes of guys like Drew McIntyre, and John Morrison. Clear out some of the BS "entertainment" mess and lets get to what we are really tuned in for! Gripping storylines and action packed WRESTLING!
But what do I know really? I'm just a "fat computer mark" behind a keyboard, right?
So what do you guys think? Are you fans of keeping the brands and titles separate, or are you a fan of the Supershow format and the unification of the championship titles once again?
Until next time, I'm Merlot Williams, and that's my opinion.