It’s been a week and a half since the Raw/Smackdown draft. I don’t know if there are any rules with regards to moving or shaking the roster going forward. I said it in my last article that I hope the split will work out well. Then I thought about it and wondered implementing a few rules to make this better. So I thought of three things that would help keep the Raw vs. Smackdown competition fresh and better. In order to do so, we need to treat two brands as two completely independent separate wrestling entities. The two competing factions will try to outdo one another; i.e. the Monday Night Wars but not that in depth.
- Allow champions to crossover to the other roster for one time title matches – Remember back in the 80’s when Ric Flair and Harley Race were NWA world champions? These matches were reported in Pro Wrestling Illustrated or The Wrestler magazines; matches like Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich. It won’t carry the weight like that match but I’m using this as an example. Flair, Race, AWA Champions Nick Bockwinkel & Verne Gagne would headline cards against Mid-South, World Class Championship, and UWF superstars. Think about it, headline a pay per view, where Dean Ambrose would challenge Finn Balor or Sami Zayn or Chris Jericho for his heavyweight title. Do the same with the tag team, Intercontinental, and United States champions. You can have Rusev vs. Bray Wyatt, or Kalisto vs. Apollo Crews, or The New Day vs. The Usos. The champs can take a quick break from their current feuds to cross over and challenge someone else.
- Trading Wrestlers – Forgive me if this has been done before. If you treat Raw and Smackdown as two separate entities they will try to improve their rosters. How do professional sports do this? One way is trading players. Here, trade wrestlers. You already have general managers for both brands with Raw’s Mick Foley & Smackdown’s Daniel Bryan. Unlike in professional sports where you don’t hear the detailed discussions between the GM’s you can do that here. Backstage segments can show Foley and Bryan discussing trade offers throwing names back and forth. Take it a step further and listen in on discussions with their respective bosses Stephanie McMahon and Shane McMahon.
- Acquire NXT call ups based on brand performance – An up and coming NXT superstar is ready for the WWE. Who will acquire the rights of this talent? Well, the brand that’s performing better (i.e. ratings) wins the rights to that wrestler. The better the brand is performing the better chance they have of acquiring the wrestler. Or do you go the other way and have the struggling brand have dibs to that individual so they can make their product better? Will this lead to deliberate tanking to get a hotly pursued talent?
And why am I suggesting this? Simple, to avoid the stale feuds that we had to suffer through that led to low ratings. Remember the days of thousands of John Cena vs. Randy Orton matches? Unfortunately I do. It’s not their fault. They did have great matches in the past but enough was enough! These three suggestions should keep the action fresh and intriguing.