Shane McMahon’s return to WWE on Monday Night RAW has brought about rumors that the Attitude Era and the brand split could also be coming back. If the brand split does return, it could make for an interesting war between Monday Night RAW and SmackDown, but where would that leave NXT? One rumor going around is that Triple H could end up taking his baby (NXT) and leading an invasion of the main roster.
It’s not guaranteed to happen, but there have been a number of hints already dropped that the brand split could be coming back after WrestleMania 32.
On Monday night, Shane McMahon told his father that he wanted control of Monday Night RAW. In an interesting comeback, Vince McMahon said that the person that controls RAW pretty much controls all of WWE. That was when Shane was put into a Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker, and if he wins, he gets control of RAW.
That’s when the rumors started of the brand split returning.
This Ticketmaster listing is pretty interesting after last night. Guessing it’s probably a mistake, but still! pic.twitter.com/kACIJyN0Ht
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) February 23, 2016
Ticketmaster has since fixed that “error” or “glitch” saying “Monday Night RAW vs. WWE,” but they weren’t the only ones. AXS.com still has the preview for that event reading as such, and it’s for an event that takes place after WrestleMania 32 and the night after Extreme Rules.
Could it mean that RAW and SmackDown will be opposing brands once again?
The way things seemed in the opening segment on Monday Night RAW, it appears as if Shane McMahon could end up controlling RAW which would leave Stephanie McMahon (and maybe Vince) controlling SmackDown. This is all hypothetical at this point, though.
Should those things happen though, one has to wonder what would happen with NXT?
Former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas appeared on the latest weekly episode of the BS with CSR podcast, which is hosted by Shane Shoemaker and Blake Mitchamore. He’s in favor of the brand split, or brand extension, and thinks it would work very well.
Korderas was then asked about how NXT could play into all of this, and he had a very interesting idea and theory.
“What if Shane was to gain control of the WWE by controlling Monday Night RAW. Could we see Triple H go away and regroup by leading an invasion of NXT? That would allow NXT talent to be seen on RAW and in front of the good portion of the WWE universe that never sees them.”
Now, there is a very interesting theory, and one that could breathe a ton of new life into a WWE product that has seen stock prices fall and ratings drop.
Triple H could lose the WWE Title to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 32, see the brand split happen, The Authority lose control of Monday Night RAW, and not know what to do. He could disappear for a while and then return a month or two later with the roster of NXT and begin an invasion.
It’s well known that Triple H has been hugely instrumental in the build-up and development of NXT, and he’s also a big reason stars like Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Bayley, Samoa Joe, Hideo Itami, Finn Balor, and Austin Aries have been signed.
No-one can dare say that NXT would be inferior or at a disadvantage trying to take on WWE.
The roster is incredibly strong right now in both singles competitors, women’s wrestlers, and tag teams. If NXT were to invade WWE, there are also plenty of former NXT stars who could defect from the main roster and join their old stomping grounds.
- Kevin Owens
- Seth Rollins
- Becky Lynch
- Sasha Banks
- The Ascension
- Curtis Axel
- Bray Wyatt
- Adam Rose
- Big E
- Bo Dallas
- Luke Harper
- Erick Rowan
- The Lucha Dragons
If even half of those stars defected from WWE to join an NXT invasion, then it could seriously hurt the main roster.
Currently, this NXT invasion of WWE is nothing more than theory and a bunch of rumors. In order for it to happen, Shane McMahon would first need to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32 and take control of RAW. From that point, a lot would need to be put in place for this to work.
The Wrestling Observer reports that Shane McMahon is only set to be around and in WWE through WrestleMania as a “short-term performer.” That remains to be seen, and is still some time off, so it could also change.
Depending on what happens at WrestleMania 32, and if there is indeed a brand split in WWE, an invasion by NXT would be a very interesting twist. Perhaps the 2001 WCW/ECW invasion’s mistakes could be corrected this time around, and Shane McMahon could be met with an opposition led by Triple H.
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