I’m going to get shit for this one, but oh well. The simple facts of the matter is that the WWE doesn’t have the depth they’ve had in the past.
“BUT BUT BUT! DA INDIES!” you shout, like a mentally challenged gopher on a golf course. or Simon Miller. Yes, it’s true, the WWE has a lot of indy talent that the diehards are swooning over. However, the main stream isn’t. Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins are ratings poison. Jinder Mahal? Never should of been world champion. Part of the reason these three are given such a push is simple; lack of depth. The stars aren’t nearly as talented as in years past and most of that has to do with mediocre promo guys. Who’s the top promo guy on RAW? Enzo Amore? Really?
On SmackDown, it’s John Cena, but after that who? Shane McMahon? The WWE is in trouble in that regard, because most of the great talkers are never given a shot and the truly gifted workers don’t have the ability to cut promos.
Remember this, Stone Cold was a shell of himself during his most profitable run, while the WWE lost money with Bret Hart as champion. In ring talent is irrelevant compared to captivating personality. If you’re able to cut amazing promos, you’re able to do more than the best in ring workers ever could. That’s part of the issue here, the WWE doesn’t have the depth anymore, yet they’re spread across a thousand shows. So what do we do?
Let’s just flat out admit some stuff. Firstly, the women are fine, but they’re too spread out and aren’t deep enough to support two independent divisions. Secondly, 205Live or another other special-division show isn’t working. It makes it feel like it’s beneath the rest of the brands, and feels like a punishment, with no room for growth. NXT? It shouldn’t be a third brand. With the fact the WWE is struggling to create new stars that weren’t made in GFW or ROH, one would stand to reason that no top name should still be on the show anymore.
Also, the only ‘division’ that should have it’s own show is the Women’s division, however in doing so you’d need to remove them from the other shows. Why? Because why watch the women’s only show if you can just watch the top names on RAW or SmackDown. Same issue with 205Live. Most people don’t care enough to watch the show because they see these stars on RAW every week. Hell, the title just changed hands on RAW. Why bother watching 205Live then? So if you want an all women’s show, this is the only way to make it work. Exclusivity.
So since that’s likely not going to happen, no more 3rd hour on Tuesday.
So firstly, lets just be blunt here. The women’s division isn’t deep enough and is too thin to exist on two brands. There’s only 18 women on the WWE roster, and when you’re being honest, truly honest with yourself, only five of them are “top stars”. Bliss, Bayley, Banks, Charlotte and Naomi. The Bella’s are reality darlings, Paige is in limbo, Dana Brooke, Lana and Carmella still need time and others like Tamina, Natalya and Mickie are jobbers. So you don’t have a full roster worth having. And if we agree that there’s a lot of “talent” on the guy’s side that shouldn’t be on the show or still in NXT, you need to replace those men somehow. Considering the problem isn’t obtaining in ring workers, but great talkers, it makes more sense to bring the women in to fill those spots. There’s not enough available men who captivate with promos. So on a three hour RAW, the combined division would work really well. You bump up from maybe two matches a week to three, and you have a good 30-45 minutes of dedicated matches and promos for the women. “But Chad,” you say. “The WWE would never risk angering their female fans!” Well….they have, will and easily could. But here’s the thing, I’m not consolidating the women onto one show to anger the women or reduce their exposure, but to amplify it.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I give you the WWE Women’s Tag Team Division! Think about this, with the 18 women, (twenty with call ups), you can now start a real tag team division worth talking about. You can pair Tamina and Nia as the super monsters, The Bella’s could reunite for a shot at tag team gold, Natalya can work with Lana and help her grow. Becky Lynch is tailor made for this kind of division. She’s not going to leap frog Charlotte, Naomi, Sasha, Bayley (maybe Bayley) or Bliss, so you can have Lynch be the corner stone of the tag team division. Plus, having only one women’s title, and now the women’s tag team title, allows you to reduce the number of title changes, and allow the belt to gain more prestige while the top stars carry the strap for longer period of times.
As for the call ups, Asuak, cus duh, and Nikki Cross to pair with Becky Lynch and others once you factor in those sent down…
So what happens with the Cruiserweights? Well, they go to SmackDown, of course! Sure, we rework the division, and we ditch the purple colors too. We reshape the division to fit the new SmackDown era.
First let’s confirm who we’re returning by looking at the roster and deciding who should stay and go. The champion, Akira Tozawa is a lock. He’s charismatic, exciting and adds a unique style. The Brian Kendrick gives you name value, but only if you bring back Paul London, which seems unlikely. So maybe move Kendrick to NXT as a trainer.
Ariya Daivari isn’t that dynamic, so unless the pair him with his brother Shawn Daivari, there’s no reason to retain him either. Now, London and Kendrick and The Daivari’s would be great for either RAW or SmackDown tag team divisions though, just saying.
Mustafa Ali is another guy who really doesn’t pop, same with TJP and Tony Nese. So I’d release all three of them. Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik are borderline at best for retaining.
Drew Gulak is a good enough hand to justify keeping around as a jobber of sorts. Cedrick Alexander is in the same boat, a jobber to the stars of sorts with Sin Cara joining them in the same ranks.
Neville, Noam Dar, Jack Gallagher,and Rich Swan though are locks. Joining them will be Chad Gable, Kalisto, Johnny Gargano, and Enzo Amaore. I’d also like to throw in Aiden English and Sami Zayn. We’ll just say they ‘cut the weight’ to make it into the division. Also, ideally I’d like to add Finn Balor to the division on occasion, as well as James Ellsworth.
There are other top names that could pop in, like Hideo Itami, Aleister Black, Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reily, Roderic Stong, and Oney Lorcan.
Now the difference between the 205Live era, and the new SmackDown era is this; guys like Zayn, Balor, and others wouldn’t be relegated to the Cruiserweight Division, but would simply be able to bolster the prestige of the title much like NJPW and GFW have done with the Light Heavyweight and X-Division Championships respectively .
As for the top talents, NXT shouldn’t have major names on it. The talent who need the time should dominate the show. That means Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish, Eric Young, Hideo Itami, Kassius Ohno, and Bobby Roode are all coming up, alongside Asuka.
I’d put Bobby Roode, Drew Galloway, Eric Young and Kassius Ohno on RAW, while Roderick Strong, Hideo Itami go to SmackDown.
I know what you’re thinking “What about guys like Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reily?” They do need work in my opinion. Roderick Strong is complete, he is who he is. O’Reilly and Cole have room to improve. O’Reilly can improve his mic work, while Cole can gain muscle mass. So why bring them up so soon? The rest of the NXT roster needs more time. Guys like Aleister Black needs more time to develop his character and learn to cut great promos. I’m not saying anyone in NXT is considered “bad” but I think they’re not finished products. Either they need to improve their game to a degree, or they haven’t reached their fullest potential despite how good they already are.
Here’s the truth about RAW, they are lacking in top name talent. Yes, indy fans are gaga for Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Samoa Joe, but outside of Joe, we know the other two don’t work as top guys. Brock Lesnar would be ideal but he’s allegedly on his way out, and if that wasn’t the issue, his part time status is. Braun Strowman is over to a degree, but only really due to the disdain fans have for Roman Reigns push. Strowman is not a great worker, he’s generic, he’s one dimensional on the mic and his look is more trailer-park-chique than super impressive.
Roman’s not the answer either.
So a shake up of sorts needs to happen. Finn Balor has been relegated to mid card status since his return, so forcing him into the main event scene now feels weak. And the sad thing is, half of the fucking roster is former World Champions. Fourteen of the wrestlers on RAW have held World Championship Gold. It really does feel like the World Titles mean shit in the company when some many people have held them.
So let’s realign the top of the card. It should be noted, that I am “releasing” talent who have outlived their usefulness.
Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins are staying on RAW, but not as singles acts because they don’t work as single stars. Samoa Joe stays on the brand gets inserted into the main event scene. Brock Lesnar stays until his contract is up, but is used to put over other stars. We also put The Miz back into the main event scene just for some new match-ups. I’m moving Braun over to SmackDown where as a giant he’d stand out, and have better matches with the ‘workers’. I’m also moving Finn Balor to SmackDown too, in order to bump up the Cruiserweight Championship.
In the upper mid card, I’m sending Matt Hardy to SmackDown to pursue a solo run as a heel, but ultimately I’ll end up releasing him due to the fact he wrestles worse than Terry Funk at 73. Jeff stays on RAW to be built back up in the main event scene against Miz and Joe.
Cesaro goes to SmackDown as well, but is reunited with Kassius Ohno. The Club Brothers (Anderson/Gallows) and The Revival stay on RAW with The Shield and a united Bo Dallas/Bray Wyatt tag team. The division would be built round the new Wyatt tag team (with Bo now being known as Dallas Wyatt). You’d feature Bray as a wrecking ball, and Dallas as a technical join manipulator. Their contrasting and violent style will fit in with the bruising tag teams.
Apollo Crews should be sent to SmackDown in exchange for Zack Ryder. Ryder and Hawkins can reform their tag team, and Crews and Mojo can unite in a new one as well. Their new team would be a new, high energy Road Warriors kind of tag team. Face paint, short squash matches, big moves.
Curtis Axel, Elias Sampson, Goldust, Heath Slater, Jason Jordan, R-Truth, Rhyno, and Titus O’Neil are all fine where they’re at.
To fill the Intercontinental void though, Bobby Roode is getting called up, and winning the belt his first night on the brand. Joining him in the Intercontinental scene is NXT call up’s Eric Young and Drew Galloway. I’ll add Sheamus to the list of mid card title contenders, as NXT isn’t deep enough for me to call up everyone and just fire the main roster guys I don’t like….
To fill out the ranks of RAW we need some jobber talent. So I’m pairing Metalik and Lince Dorado into a tag team to get eaten alive. Cedrick Alexander will become an undercard singles wrestler, while Daivari, Ali and Kendrick will be used in either tag teams or single stuff.
As for Paige, Darren Young, Big Cass, TJP, Tony Nese? Nese and TJP are charisma vacuums, Paige is a head-case and Cass is as good as he’ll ever be, so cut em all. In regards to Darren Young, and I’m sorry to say this, but he’s not talented enough to warrant a spot to anymore. He’s very generic in the ring, and doesn’t have the personality fans gravitate towards. Perhaps in the right tag team Young can succeed, but he didn’t get over with the Nexus, or really with O’Neil. He didn’t get over as a singles star, or even with Backlund. The thing is though, fans want to like him, they just aren’t being given much to care about from him.
Let’s hop over to SmackDown.
The main event scene is pretty obvious there, as it’s AJ Styles on top, with Randy Orton as well. However, I’d send both Orton and John Cena over to RAW at this point in their careers. Orton would be great in the mid card, and let’s be honest, if Joe doesn’t work as a main eventer, it’s not the worse idea to start building up to 16x vs. 16x in Orton and Cena. Rounding out the main event scene then will be Rusev, Kevin Owens, the recently added Braun Strowman and Matt Hardy, as well as (on occasion) Finn Balor.
The upper mid card scene would feature Hardy, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho, Mike Bennett, Kofi Kingston and Tye Dillinger. Now I’m not splitting up the New Day, but letting them go off and take on other opportunities as well as their tag team goals. Xavier Woods would be fun to see in the Cruiserweight Division every once in a while, Big E would be prominent in the mid card title scene, as well as well as Kofi, but Kofi adds the extra element to be included in the main event scene on select occasions.
The tag team scene would feature Harper and Rowan, along with Cesaro and Ohno, The Ascension, The Uso’s, and The Fashion Police. Now here’s where it gets tricky. Jinder Mahal has proven many things and none good. He’s in trouble in my eyes as being retained. The Singh brothers though have value, so they’ll be sent back down to NXT. Baron Corbin though? Gone.
As for the Cruiserweights? This will be Finn Balor’s division. He’ll be joined by Akira Tozawa, Drew Gulack, Gentlemen Jack Gallagher, Neville, Noam Dar, Rich Swann, Sami Zayn, James Ellsworth and Enzo Amaore. I might bring up Bobby Fish to round the SmackDown roster now, but more likely later. However, I would bring up Roderick Strong for the division.
The reason for Balor, Zayn, and Enzo being added to the division is simple; if you’re going to do it, do it right. The original Cruiserweight Division featured so many popular stars, like Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, Juventud Guerrera, Eddie Guerrero. Why not feature Balor, Zayn and Enzo? All three could lead the division with Tozawa, Neville and Swann. Some call up’s and some influx of different talent could make this division as good as the one from WCW, if not better.
That leaves us with NXT and the unassigned talents.
NXT can be a touring brand with a network show, that’s fine; but it should never be more than a developmental brand. This is where young up and comers need to go. Where newbies, and young wrestlers who aren’t used to the lifestyle go to learn. So no more 35+ year old workers. No more genuine headlines. I don’t care if NXT can’t sell out the Barclays without them. It’s a developmental brand. Tough shit.
So at the top, you’re going to need young talent fans want to see, but still need improvement. NXT lucked into them with the likes of Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly. Cole is as big as Ricochet was, a decade ago, so needs more muscle mass. O’Reilly needs to improve his mic game. They’re both in NXT, they’re both young, they have the built-in history. There’s your next top feud. Others who need time for various reasons include Aleistar Black, Johnny Gargano, No Way Jose, Andrade Almas, and Oney Lorcan. The women’s division was gutted to make room for the RAW roster, but you still have Aliyah, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Dakota Kai, Abbey Laith (Kimber Lee), Lacey Evans, Sage Beckett (Andrea), and Sarah Logan (Mary Dobson). So they can lose some of their women now. Plus they’ll be rejoined by Lana, Dana Brooke and Carmella. Plus I’d have Zelina Vega start wrestling as well, as she’s trained and very talented.
As for the under card for men, you have Chad Lail (Gunner) but he’s too old to be in NXT at 35, so call him up to RAW. Start highlightig Axel Dieter Jr, as well as Tino Sabbatelli. Lio Rush should be on the roster as soon as possible, as well as Pete Dunn and Tyler Bate. I’d also keep Alexander Wolfe, The Street Profits, Heavy Machinery, The Velveteen Dream, Tommaso Ciampa, Killian Dane, Sawyer Fulton and TM-61 to round out the roster.
Shelton Benjamin and Trent Seven should be arranged to RAW and SmackDown respectively.
And yes, I’d cut all plans for the U.K. show, and re-assign any other talent under contract to NXT stateside, or grant them their release.
Now there’s a few talent I’ve not really talked about yet, Jinder Mahal, Bobby Fish, Paul Ellering, and Tokar and Rezar. …Err…I mean Akam and Rezar, the Authors of Pain. Ellering will be placed on SmackDown and be placed with Mojo Rawley and Apollo Crews as their manager. Bobby Fish will be held off a month or two and assigned to the brand that needs him the most, while Jinder Mahal ultimately goes to RAW to compete for the Intercontinental Championship against his former 3MB partners. The Authors of Pain though? They’re too dangerous, too green, and are too risky, so they’re gone.
That just leaves us with the announcers and authority figures. So, firstly, let’s just assume the McMahons are a packaged deal and I can’t throw them out.
Stephanie McMahon and Triple H remain on RAW with Kurt Angle as their G.M. However, with Daniel Bryan’s departure only months away, I’d either cut him or let him sit out the length of his contract, and contact someone else to come in opposite Shane McMahon. Ideally I’d have that person be Sting, but in the off chance he’s unable to, I’d call up William Regal to be the new GM of SmackDown. However, since he’d be a straight laced character, I’d bring in Bob Backlund to be his counter balance.
As for announcing? (This only applies to the English commentary on the weekly shows). I’m shaking shit up severely. Firstly, let’s pretend that out right firing Michael Cole isn’t going to be justifiable. So we’re going to promote him off the desk. For both shows we’re doing two man booths, one ring announcer, one backstage interviewer. That’s it.
So the booth for RAW will be Tom Phillips, and Nigel McGuinness. The ring announcer will be Greg Hamilton and the backstage interviewer will be Dasha Fuentes.
On SmackDown, the announcers will be Mauro Ranallo (on a new deal, but one that allows him to work boxing/MMA as well), with Corey Graves besides him. Kayla Braxton will sever as the ring announcer while Mike Rome is the backstage personality.
“But Chad, there’s so many other…” FIRED. “But some of them are..” SO FIRED. Except…except for one. However, Booker T, Byron Saxton, JoJo, David Otunga, JBL, all gone. Bye bye. Ok, maybe not Booker. But he’s getting reassigned.
But no Rene Young. Why not you ask? Because she’s going to be the special commentator for a special show.
Instead of doing a second show of the minor talents from RAW and Smackdown (like Main Event), why not a duel show that features the division specific talent only? It’ll be impossible to feature the dozen plus crusierweights and the 20+ women each week on RAW and SmackDown, so why not do a second show, that airs the same night as NXT, that features matches from the Women and Cruiserweight divisions? That show, which would be taped before RAW and before SmackDown, would air on Wednesdays in a block with NXT, where NXT would end their show each week by throwing it to Rene Young. The idea would be that it feels like both show are happening live.
Now, if NXT ever does go live, or get a second hour, this would be the thing to do: Back in the 90’s the WWE didn’t have Monday Night RAW, they had RAW is War and then Warzone. Both were part of the two hour RAW, but were different. So if NXT goes live, why not do the first hour as NXT and the second hour as the Cruiserweight/Women’s division show? Either way, whether it’s taped before RAW and SmackDown’s or taped with NXT, that’s Rene Young’s show. Eventually the idea would be to see her work RAW or SmackDown. While she’s not filming her show, she’ll continue on the Network and conduct Network exclusive interviews and such.
*It should be noted if Booker won’t take this gig, then I’ll give it Byron Saxton*.
So we go to NXT now, with Peter Rosenberg getting the chance to try his hand at play by play. If he fails, then whatever. But I like his chemistry with Core Graves and want to work up to that pairing on SmackDown eventually. Should he fail, this is Rene’s job until a replacement is found. His color analyst is Percy Watson. While Watson failed as a WWE wrestler, he’s got amazing abilities on the mic and this is the perfect place for him. Christy St. Cloud will be NXT’s ring announcer while Cathy Kelly will serve as the backstage interviewer. As for the G.M.? I’d say Booker T works here. With the talent not being as noteworthy, it helps to have a Hall of Famer there to draw some casual fans in.
Here’s the breakdown by brand:
The Shield, Brock Lesnar, The Miz, Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy, The Revival, The Club Brothers, The Wyatts, Hawkins/Ryder, Big Show, Curtis Axel, Elias, Goldust, Heath Slater, Jason Jordan, R-Truth, Rhyno, Titus O’Neil, Bobby Roode, Eric Young, Drew Galloway, Sheamus, Metalik, Lince Dorado, Randy Orton, John Cena, Chad Lail, Shelton Benjamin, Jinder Mahal, The Brian Kendrick, Mustafa Ali, Ariya Daivari
– Women: (20)
Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, Bayley, Emma, Mickie James, Nia Jax, Sasha Banks, Summer Rae, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Natalya, Nikki and Brie Bella, Tamina, Asuka, Billie Kay, Ember Moon, Nikki Cross, Peyton Royce, Ruby Riot
Authority and Announcers:
Co-Commissioners Triple H and Stephanie
G.M. Kurt Angle
Play by Play Announcer Tom Phillips
Color Analyst Nigel McGuinness
Ring Announcer Greg Hamilton
Backstage Interviewer Dasha Fuentes
Braun Strowman, Matt Hardy, Cesaro/Kassius Ohno, Mojo/Crews, AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Rusev, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho, The New Day, Mike Bennett, Tye Dillinger, Harper/Rowan, The Ascension, The Uso’s, The Fashion Police, Trent Seven
Maria Kanellis, Paul Ellering,
– Cruiserweights: (13)
Finn Balor, Chad Gable, Akira Tozawa, Drew Gulack, Gentlemen Jack Gallagher, Neville, Noam Dar, Rich Swann, Sami Zayn, James Ellsworth, Roderick Strong
Authority and Announcers:
Commissioner Shane McMahon
G.M. William Regal
Assistant G.M. Bob Backlund
Play by Play ANnouncer Mauro Ranallo
Color Analyst Corey Graves
Ring Announcer Kayla Braxtonn
Backstage Interviewer Mike Rome
NXT Roster: 37
– Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reily, Aleistar Black, Johnny Gargano, No Way Jose, Andrade Almas, Oney Lorcan, Aliyah, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Dakota Kai, Abbey Laith (Kimber Lee), Lacey Evans, Sage Beckett (Andrea), Sarah Logan (Mary Dobson), Axel Dieter Jr, Tino Sabbatelli, Lio Rush, Pete Dunn, Tyler Bate, Alexander Wolfe, The Street Profits, Heavy Machinery, The Velveteen Dream, Tommaso Ciampa, Killian Dane, Sawyer Fulton, TM-61, Dana Brooke, Carmella, Lana, The Singhs
Authority and Announcers:
G.M. Booker T
Play by Play Announcer Peter Rosenberg
Colory Analyst Percy Watson.
Ring Announcer Christy St. Cloud
Backstage Interviewer Cathy Kelly
NXT Call Ups:
– Bobby Roode, Eric Young, Drew Galloway, Kassius Ohno, Hideo Itami, Asuka, Billie Kay, Ember Moon, Nikki Cross, Peyton Royce, Ruby Riot, Roderick Strong,
NXT Send Downs:
– Dana Brooke, Carmella, Lana, The Singhs,
– Paige, Darren Young, Big Cass, TJP, Tony Nese, Baron Corbin, Sin Cara, Wesley Blake, Buddy Murphy, Authors of Pain, Daniel Bryan, Byron Saxton, JoJo, David Otunga, JBL
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
For RAW, I think you need to go heavy with the GFW talent at top. Samoa Joe should unseat Brock Lesnar and not drop the belt for a long while. As for the Intercontinental, Bobby Roode again, debuts and wins the title. However, Jinder Mahal, Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre (Galloway) are all involved in teh scene. Eventually Slater would go over, if only for a day.
For the tag team scene, the Wyatts make a lot of sense, and gives others an opponent to chase. If booked right, (as monsters who win relatively fast), then they’ll be your top heels easily.
The Women’s Championship is going to be Naomi vs. Bliss to unify, then Bliss vs. Charlotte heading into WrestleMania. As for the Women’s tag team titles, you then put the next top 16 talents in a tournament of eight teams. The only teams that I want to see are Tamina/Nia who are destined to squash their way to the finals, and Lynch and Cross. (Just spit balling, Nikki Cross is going to need a name change if they are paired up….) Asuka won’t be in the tournament long, as her partner (Sasha Banks) gets pinned causing Asuka to attack her and start a feud with her. Asuka won’t lose a match until she finally squares off with Charlotte, whenever that ends up being.
Ideally I’d like Naomi’s team (with Ruby Riot) or Nia and Tamina to win the belts first. The Bella’s would be the WrestleMania show down opponents regardless.
SmackDown’s easier, AJ Styles is champion, fuck all to everyone else. Kevin Owens and Matt Hardy will line up against him and even Braun will be in his wheel house, but Rusev will be the one to unseat him AFTER WrestleMania.
The New Day (Woods/Kofi) will run with the belts for a while longer, while Big E and Mike Bennett engage in the United States title feud, with Big E chasing
Bennett’s championship. Apollo Crews will be renamed Uhaa and Mojo will drop the Rawley, so they’ll just be Mojo and Uhaa and be called Hype Nation with Paul Ellering. As for Nakamura, he’ll be in the U.S. title scene for a while, but will always just miss on winning the belt. He won’t lose, but Bennett will keep getting counted out or DQ’ed.
Finn Balor wins the Cruiserweight title from Tozawa, and then engages in feuds with Neville and Zayn before squaring off with Hideo Itami at WrestleMania (on the main card).
Despite the team debuting on NXT, I’d still move Fish to the main roster relatively quickly and have Adam Cole debut and defeat McIntyre. Cole will then engage in a feud with Kyle O’Reilly based off of the old Nature Boy/American Dream class warfare.
TM-61, who’ll just be called The Mighty, will win the belts and engage in a feud with Axel Dieter Jr and Tino Sabbatelli, before moving onto The Street Profits and eventually The Singhs.
The women’s division will need a shot in the arm after losing Asuka and so many top names. Lana, Dana Brooke, Liv Morgan or Mandy Rose are all eligible but I’d feel better giving it to Sage Beckett/Andrea, so the faces have someone to chase and try and tear down.
So this is how I’d reshuffle things, and steer the roster and booking through WrestleMania (at least with the major angles). It may not be fore everyone, but this is the best way to streamline the roster, and start building younger stars, and making both shows the best.