Roman Reigns endorses brand split while discussing WWE Smackdown’s move to USA Network

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns addressed WWE Smackdown’s move to USA Network during an interview with Dan Gelston of the AP. “I wish I could say (USA) makes a huge difference and it’s a super positive move and everyone’s so pumped about it,” Reigns said. “But as a competitor, all I need is the ropes and hopefully people show up in the arena. From a wrestling standpoint, not too much has changed for us.”

Reigns also chimed in on the possibility of splitting the Raw and Smackdown brands. “It’s been seen and proven that a split brand, it can work. It can create really cool storylines,” Reigns said. Read the full interview at

Powell’s POV: I wouldn’t say the last brand split proved definitely that it can be a successful formula. In fact, I agree with author Gelston, who wrote that it had mixed success. Could it work today? Perhaps if WWE is willing to call up a lot of talent from NXT or follows through on the rumored free agent signings. Still, it seems like it would be even more difficult to produce a three-hour weekly show with less star power. The champions could float between the brands and that would help, but it seems like it’s more trouble than it’s worth. Smackdown moves to USA Network tonight at 7:00 p.m. CT so be sure to change your DVR settings. Join Jake Barnett for live coverage as the show airs.



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