Chris Jericho’s latest run was arguably his best and definitely his most entertaining. While he may have been fantastic and thrived from the brand split onwards with Kevin Owens (a.k.a Jeri-KO), without it Jericho would still have thrived and been entertaining. Therefore Jericho gets recognition for his fantastic work in 2016 and the first part of 2017, but very little of that can be attributed to the brand split so does not merit him a place on the core list.
Since they won the tag titles the Uso’s have been utterly fantastic. They are the most entertaining they have ever been and are growing fantastically. Their promo’s are different and amazing. Their character change was a long time coming and is working to the fullest. While the Uso’s can attribute a lot of success to not being lost in a crowded division like they were previous to the brand split, they have only just in the past few months picked up steam and not in the full year since the brand split so get a mention for their fantastic work, but only an honourable one.
Baron CorbinThe current Mr. Money in the Bank is doing fantastic work and has done since his main roster debut. While his work has been good and has been improving on a weekly basis, sincer the brand split there has been very few amazingly noteworthy things to take out of Corbins time on Smackdown Live. His form on the build up to elimination chamber was fantastic, his elimination of Braun Strowman in the Royal Rumble likewise and of course his bMoney in the Bank briefcase are all Corbin really has other than a massively improved promo and in ring game. Therefore Corbin just misses out on a place on this list. He has not thrived like others but he certainly has improved and taken all opportunities with both hands.