WWE Rumors: Vince McMahon to announce brand split on Payback?

WWE Rumors: Vince McMahon to announce brand split on Payback?

Shane McMahon has done a fantastic job running Monday Night Raw since WrestleMania 32 and it has kept The Authority out of our sight. However, Stephanie McMahon returned in this week’s episode of Raw in Hartford, Connecticut to confront his brother.

As recapped by WWE.com, Stephanie made a huge announcement saying that their father, Vince McMahon, will be making an appearance at WWE Payback 2016 this Sunday to make an important announcement. Mr. McMahon will decide which of his two children will be controlling Raw for good.

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Nonetheless, since Shane is still in control of Raw this week, he had her sister escorted by security and removed from the building. Now, rumors and speculations will appear here and there regarding Mr. McMahon’s huge decision.


One of those rumors will be a possible brand split with Shane gaining control of Raw and The Authority leading SmackDown or vice versa. Vince could also make a match between Shane-O-Mac and Stephanie’s husband, Triple H to determine the fate of Raw.

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According to Bleacher Report, the brand split has its pros and cons. Let’s take a look first at the pros including no more overexposure for stars like Roman Reigns and The New Day. The WWE could limit Reigns getting booed by the crowd by having him appear in just one show while they can protect The New Day by showing the less on television.

Another pro is that there will be a lot of storylines to make in case of a brand split. The WWE has its biggest roster in history and a good program will benefit all the underrated talents like Tyler Breeze, Stardust and Damien Sandow.

On the other hand, one of the cons will be Raw still being the priority over SmackDown since it’s always been the A-show. However, The Inquisitr noted that SmackDown being on the USA Network is a big factor in a possible brand split because the WWE will be forced to improve its quality.

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  • Aradhya Darshan

    Gone are the days when Smackdown used to be one of the best brands, and brand wars were immensely popular. Today, Smackdown is only treated as Raw’s bitch, and I really hate that. Smackdown needs to be relevant again, making it a separate brand would only be better for WWE.