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When Will Smackdown Introduce New Titles?

While Smackdown may have ended up with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Intercontinental Championship as a result of the Draft, every other title in the company is now the exclusive property of the Raw brand. This is a noticeable problem for the women and tag teams of Smackdown, who currently have no prize to fight over. Smackdown GM Daniel Bryan assured fans as part of a radio interview that the blue brand will introduce both a Women’s and Tag Team titles into the mix, however, he did not offer a time frame for when those titles might become a part of Smackdown.

According to reports, while this is indeed the plan, WWE has no intention of introducing either a Women’s or Tag Team Championship for Smackdown until after SummerSlam at the earliest. The feeling is, allegedly, that they don’t want to shoehorn introducing two new titles into the build for SummerSlam, which already has a large number of marquee matches planned. On one hand, we see their point, but that does mean that crowd favorites like Becky Lynch and American Alpha are left without any real direction for the next month, with a distinct possibility that SummerSlam might be heavily slanted towards Raw matches. The fact that WWE is already promoting Backlash, the first Smackdown-only PPV, heavily, even before SummerSlam takes place, also suggests that Smackdown will be focused more on building towards that show than SummerSlam, outside of a couple of top matches.

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle is an avid wrestling and film fan. He's been writing about WWE, movies, and video games for Goliath since 2015.