The original WWE Brand Extension, which began in 2002, was one of the more polarizing times in WWE. Not just a war between Raw and Smackdown, it was a battle between fans who thought it was a great idea, and those who saw it as yet another thing WWE would inevitably mismanage and abandon. The split had its share of high and lows, but ultimately died a quiet death somewhere around 2010, as Smackdown and Raw stars began mingling freely on both shows once more. However, ever since it ended, there have been rumblings that WWE might be considering bringing it back, and even people saying that it might be a good idea. Then, in 2016, coinciding with WWE finally turning Smackdown into a live show, WWE announced that they would, in fact, be resurrecting the brand extension. Frankly, we’re not sure how we feel about resurrecting the brand extension, so we decided to take a look at it from both sides, and we assembled the following arguments both for and against WWE splitting their roster yet again.
10. Good Idea: Less Wear And Tear
The fact of the matter is that injuries have increased exponentially in WWE in recent years, and one of the major factors of that is the fact that since the brand split ended, many wrestlers are back to wrestling five days a week if they’re expected to appear on Raw and Smackdown. And if you don’t think that one extra day of work a week is a bad idea, ask any office worker if their quality of life would be better with a four day work week instead of five. And those are people who aren’t falling on their backs for a living! It may only be one factor of many, but by splitting the roster into two separate shows, almost everyone gets to wrestle one less day a week, and that can only help improve the overall health of every wrestler.