A new report has offered an update the future of the WWE brand split as numerous Superstars continue to appear on both brands.
WWE has enforced a brand split since July 2016, which has seen Superstars appear exclusively to either Monday Night Raw or Friday Night SmackDown. In general, there has been a draft once a year to shake up the rosters and call-up Superstars from NXT.
Traditionally inter-brand matches only took place at Survivor Series, Royal Rumble and WrestleMania. However, in recent months, Superstars have switched between brands on a regular basis. This was heightened in the run-up to WrestleMania 38 as The Bloodline and Brock Lesnar appeared on both Raw and SmackDown.
Following WrestleMania, with Roman Reigns now the Undisputed Universal Champion he has appeared on both brands, while The Usos and RK-Bro did the same in the lead up to their Unification Match on SmackDown. Even on the May 23rd episode of Raw, Sami Zayn wrestled on the show despite being a SmackDown star.
Now that the tag team division has only one set of champions, and Roman Reigns is the only World Champion, many fans have begun to wonder whether WWE have quietly ended the brand split without explicitly announcing it on television.
However, Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men Wrestling podcast, has reported that the company have no plans to end the brand split. Although, more Superstars are expected to jump between shows depending on storylines.
Despite this, it has also been suggested by Bryan Alvarez on Wrestling Observer Live that the split is “essentially done” as Superstars move between brands more frequently.
Spoke with WWE regarding the brand split this morning
WWE source stated that the brand split will not be ending.
— Andrew Zarian (@AndrewZarian) May 25, 2022
It has previously been noted that Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins and Cody Rhodes will be at the upcoming May 27th episode of SmackDown. WWE’s next Premium Live Event, Hell In A Cell is due to take place on June 5th.