News broke earlier this week that WWE is planning on doing yet another brand split, and, on top of that, SmackDown will now be airing live on Tuesday nights on the USA Network. There are a ton of questions surrounding the upcoming split, one of which is which brand will Brock Lesnar be appearing on? Most are assuming that Lesnar will be a Raw star, but, according to the Wrestling Observer, that may not be the case.
Apparently, WWE is considering putting Brock Lesnar on SmackDown, which is the show that “The Beast” called home after the original brand split back in 2002.
Also, according to the Observer, John Cena will be the face of SmackDown. So, if Lesnar ends up on WWE’s Tuesday show, then they’ll be putting their two biggest stars on the same show. Of course, Lesnar will only be around part of the time while Cena will be on the show every single week, barring injury.
There’s also been an idea thrown around that would involve Lesnar as a floating free agent, where he would appear on both shows whenever booked. But, that doesn’t seem likely due to the infrequency of Lesnar’s appearances on WWE television.
If Lesnar does end up on SmackDown, that could reveal where Bray Wyatt will end up, as it’s expected that “The Beast” will continue his feud with the Wyatt Family that began back in January. The original plan was for Lesnar and Wyatt to wrestle each other at WrestleMania 32, but that plan ended up getting changed, and Lesnar wrestled Dean Ambrose in a somewhat underwhelming match instead.
Lesnar is expected to be back on WWE television at some point this summer, presumably in July, which is when the draft is rumored to be taking place, and “The Beast” will probably be one of the top three picks in that draft, behind guys like Roman Reigns and John Cena.
There’s a good chance that Lesnar will end up in the World Heavyweight Championship picture at some point this year, no matter which brand he ends up on. In fact, he may end up battling Bray Wyatt for the Championship at SummerSlam.
It’s been reported that the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns will end up being the face of Monday Night Raw, and it’s been well-known for quite some time now that WWE wants to do a Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar rematch, which ends in Reigns winning clean. But, if Lesnar ends up on SmackDown, and Reigns is the face of Raw, that match, at least for the time being, won’t be able to happen, unless WWE wants to break their brand exclusivity rule.
It’s pretty difficult to predict where anyone other than John Cena and Roman Reigns will end up once the brand-extension happens. Who knows? Maybe even John Cena and Roman Reigns’ brand could be changed before the split happens.
For now, there are only a few things that are supposedly set in stone – one of them is, as previously mentioned, which brand Reigns and Cena will be on, and the other one is who will be in the vacant World Heavyweight Championship match at SummerSlam, and one of the contenders for the Title may end up being Brock Lesnar.
It looks like, for now, WWE is going all-in with this brand-split, and they’re going to do everything possible to make both shows equal. They’ve been wanting to have SmackDown be on par with Raw for quite some time now, and if both Brock Lesnar and John Cena end up on the show, then they may have found a way to do just that.
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