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WWE Smackdown/Raw Brand Split Coming Soon? Cena Out Till July and Bryan Replaced

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The Wrestling Observer is reporting that the rumored WWE brand split that was apparently planned to take place after WrestleMania 32 may actually become a reality due to new promotional material that has been created for the USA Network recently that has led to new speculation about the split actually happening.

According to the report, WWE’s marketing department recently produced new USA Network graphics for both Raw and SmackDown. The graphic for Raw features John Cena, Kevin Owens, Bray Wyatt, Alberto Del Rio, Charlotte, and Nikki Bella as the show’s “top stars,” while the “top stars” for the SmackDown graphic are Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, The New Day, Dolph Ziggler, and Paige


The Wrestling Observer is reporting that John Cena may actually be out of action until sometime in July, meaning not only will he miss in-ring action at WrestleMania 32, but also Payback, Extreme Rules, and Money in the Bank. However, the report also notes that Cena has returned from injury sooner than expected before, so that is also always a possibility.

It has been announced that WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels will be replacing Daniel Bryan at the WrestleMania Axxess Sunday VIP Signing. As previously reported, Bryan has been pulled from not only Axxess, but all future WWE live events. A WWE spokesperson stated that Bryan had requested time off, which was granted.

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