Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 38 to unify the WWE and Universal Championships. Reigns then ordered The Usos to bring together the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championships. Many fans assume this means that the end of the controversial WWE brand split could be coming soon.
At this time the brand split seems to be safe. Despite Monday Night Raw not having a world champion, WWE isn’t expected to merge the blue and red brands. There has been plenty of crossover, but the rosters are set to remain separate for now.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter addressed the brand split question in his most recent daily update. There is currently no plan to bring Raw and SmackDown together. Of course, things could change on a single Vince McMahon whim.
“Roman Reigns is scheduled to headline WrestleMania Backlash even though they don’t seem to have started a program for him. Also, regarding rumors of brand mergers because of the singles title merger and the tag title merger, right now they are not merging rosters. Of course Vince could decide something different five minutes from now but as of right now nobody has heard anything discussed in that direction.”
Roman Reigns will be the sole men’s world champion at least until WrestleMania Backlash. Time will tell who Reigns will defend the unified championships against. If the Uso’s can capture the Raw tag titles from RK-Bro, Raw will be without a world champion and men’s tag team champions.
It remains to be seen how WWE plans on dealing with the unbalanced roster. USA Network is probably none too happy about the prospect of all the company’s major men’s championships going to Fox. WWE will eventually have to address the issue, but for now, the brand split will stay.
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