WWE Smackdown and RAW are Splitting Up, Games Too?
After over ten years of being together, WWE Smackdown and RAW are splitting up. For as long as many of us can remember the two have been united under the “Smackdown vs RAW” banner, but through a brand extension by the WWE that seems to be coming to an end.
The brand appears to have come hot on the heels of a sharp drop in live TV viewership figures for both of the shows.
The shake-up is affecting a lot of the WWE’s live broadcast scheduling. USA Network, which previously aired taped episodes of Smackdown on Thursdays, will now be recording the events live on Tuesdays. The network also aired WWE’s RAW events on Mondays.
Now, since Smackdown and RAW are splitting up, we have no idea of what will be happening with Smackdown and RAW’s former managers, Stephanie and Shane MacMahon, the two children of Vince MacMahon that co-manage RAW.
The split of Smackdown and RAW will mean that some of the WWE’s wrestlers will be limited to exclusively appearing at one or the other. WWE has said that soon a “draft” will be aired that shows which wrestlers are going to which network.
There are also questions regarding the WWE Championships, and whether the fact that Smackdown and Raw are splitting up means that each show will have its own separate championship. The WWE had already retired its Heavyweight Championship belt back in December of 2013, after a final championship match between its then-holder Randy Orton and WWE Champion John Cena.
Whatever this means for the WWE hopefully the federation will keep going and bringing entertainment to the millions of wrestling fans all around the world. While the internet is probably sick of John Cena memes by this point I doubt that they’re actually tired of the WWE itself, as the wide variety of games would attest to.