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WWE last week announced a brand-to-brand invitation, and that has led to some unexpected matches on Raw and SmackDown.
WWE champion Drew McIntyre will face King Corbin in the Raw edition on Monday, while NXT female champion Charlotte Flair will face SmackDown’s partner, Bayley, on Friday.
With so many talents in both brands, there are many possibilities for matches that are rarely or never seen before.
As brand-to-brand invitations continue to play, here are three potential matches that WWE wants to see on Raw.
Asuka vs Sasha Banks
Asuka won the Raw woman champion last week as her prize for winning Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match after Becky Lynch resigned because of her pregnancy. As a result, The Empress of Tomorrow is now the face of the women’s division of the red brand.
It can be said that Bayley holds the same role in Smackdown because he is a champion, but Sasha Banks is probably a star who is even bigger than her friends after playing an important role in holding her title as long as she has it.
WWE is building tensions between Bayley and Banks, and reached another level at SmackDown last Friday when Charlotte Flair called The Legit Boss as a role model errand boy and challenged him to defend himself and his best interests.
A great way to advance problems between Bayley and Banks while also providing fans with interesting battles will make them appear on Raw to disrupt Asuka during the promo segment.
The empress can challenge the Smackdown title to the match only for the champion to throw the Boss under the bus and force her to fight for him.
Asuka and Banks had faced each other in a single match only once before, and that happened two years ago on Raw. The match was fantastic and made fans want more, but a rematch hasn’t happened to date.
Doing Asuka vs. Banks will achieve several goals, including highlighting The Boss and allowing him to have a great match with one of the best in the business. Also, Raw card holders can score big wins to add credibility during his reign, perhaps by interfering with Bayley’s interference.
An alternative option could be Bayley and Banks face Asuka and Kairi Sane in a tag team match because The Kabuki Warriors are technically still one unit.
The match will have the potential to become the best female tag team in WWE history if given enough time, and a number of storylines can also be played in it.
Seth Rollins vs. Jeff Hardy
Seth Rollins has established himself as the upper heel in Raw, and now it is Jeff Hardy returning to SmackDown, he became one of the top blue babyfaces of the brand that moved forward.
Clearly there are some similarities between the two men in terms of their in-ring style, and a contest between them is often discussed among fans as a dream match between Superstar which reaches its peak in a different era.
Both Rollins and Hardy are multi-time world champions at WWE. The latter hasn’t held a world title at the company since 2009, while the first was a universal champion only last year before dropping it to “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt.
Rollins will lose WWE champion Drew McIntyre at Money in Bank, and he needs a few wins to get back on track. Meanwhile, Hardy is in the midst of competition with Sheamus.
The Monday Night Messiah’s actions, including gouging Rey Mysterio’s eyes with the corner of the ring ladder last week, could make him a target for someone like Hardy from the perspective of the storyline.
Charismatic Enigma seems to respect Mysterio deeply, and defending the honor of his veteran colleagues will be a good way to explain the match. This will also be the first meeting since Rollins and Hardy have never had a single match.
The Rollins vs Hardy match can be branched into several angles as well, as Sheamus intervenes to advance his dispute with Hardy or Murphy to interfere on Rollins’ behalf, which can lead to another unique fight on Hardy vs. Murphy.
Street Profits vs. New Day
Tag wrestling is not always the main focus at WWE, but there is no question that the company offers some talented tandem in all its brands.
The two best ones are The Street Profits and New Day, and they happen to each hold the Raw Tag Team and SmackDown Championship.
New Day has been pure entertainment in the five years they have been together and have proven themselves as a WWE companion team. They also enjoyed tons of success with eight championships.
Street Profits are still quite new to the main list, but they have made their mark with fiery promos and a pleasant backstage segment. They also did not take long to win the Baku Mark Team Championship after previously holding the NXT title.
Perhaps the biggest argument in favor of The Street Profits vs. New Day is the fact that Montez Ford, Angelo Dawkins, Kofi Kingston and Big E can put together a great promo segment to set the stage for a match.
Actual in-ring action can be very good too because all four Superstars are impressive athletes with the ability to tell interesting stories through matches.
Street Profits vs New Day is perhaps the biggest potential tag team’s dream match at WWE today, and brand-to-brand invitations can make it happen.
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