Since the return of the brand split in 2016 there have been very few constants on each brand as the yearly draft normally allows for most talent to get fresh starts. However, some talent has mostly remained on one brand or the other, dodging the fresh start the draft allows yearly. Two names that come to mind are Baron Corbin and Shinsuke Nakamura. Corbin had just debuted earlier in the year when the brand split returned and was still making a name for himself on the main roster. Once he was officially a member of Smackdown Live the push began for Corbin quickly moving to upper mid-card status as a way to help fill out the Smackdown Live roster.
Unfortunately, Corbin wasn't able to put everything together for a variety of reasons, namely the booking that was incredibly stop and start. Corbin's big moment came winning Mr. Money in the Bank in 2017 only to join the list of names that weren't able to successfully cash in the case for a World Title reign. Fact is, WWE showed Corbin wasn't someone they wanted to invest in fully, otherwise he wouldn't have failed with the briefcase cash in. Losing to John Cena in their one-sided rivalry was the final nail in the coffin for Corbin, and now he is a respected member of the roster. Corbin is looked at as someone that talent need to get through to become a credible member of the roster, similar to the spot that Dolph Ziggler once occupied.
It was surreal at one point to think that the former IWGP World Champion Shinsuke Nakamura was under the WWE banner. Nakamura made the jump with Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, and AJ Styles following Wrestling Kingdom in 2016. The night after Wrestlemania 33, we saw the main roster debut of Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura's debut on the main roster was one of the most anticipated debuts in recent memory. Unfortunately, much like Corbin, it took a long time for Shinsuke to find his footing on the main roster. Some might say that Nakamura has actually never found his footing on the roster thus far.
After five years on the blue brand, I think it's time for either Nakamura or Corbin to switch brands and get a fresh start. Taking some ideas into consideration, mainly the fact these two are currently feuding, only one of them should swap brands. Even though Nakamura still has some untapped potential on Smackdown I think he would benefit more from a fresh start especially considering Lashley is WWE Champion and this would give him a fresh and unexpected new challenger.
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