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5 Raw vs SmackDown Live matches we actually want to see

Jul 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; WWE wrestlers of The New Day known as Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah (left) and Ettore Ewen (center) and Austin Watson (right) arrive on the red carpet for the 2016 ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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5. Shane McMahon vs Kurt Angle – We have seen it before, but a belly-to-belly from King of the Ring 2001 was so epic that we would love to see what they do 16 years later. The match itself would be fun, but this one is more about the story behind it. In fact, it is a logical follow-up to Survivor Series regardless of who wins between Team Raw and Team SmackDown Live.

Think about where the story goes as we await the inevitable full-time returns of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. What if SmackDown Live wins? Shane assembled the team that forced his sister to fire Kurt. Now, our Olympic hero has a taste for the mat and wants vengeance. What if Raw wins it? Shane has to watch his sister and the man who brutalized him 16 years ago celebrate their brand supremacy after a failed “Under Seige.” Shane has even more to prove to his father, now.

4. Chad Gable vs Jason Jordan – When this happens, let us hope there is an actual story behind it. All of the emotion and effort that went into their rise from NXT castaways to SmackDown Live tag champions vanished in a second with Kurt Angle’s “shocking” secret. Watch the fury with which Gable hits Jordan during the “Under Seige” segment.

Gable sees Jordan from 20 yards away and swarms him like a pitbull on crack. Not only are both exciting wrestlers, but there are strong personal issues that build all the way from Jordan’s resistance to join Gable in NXT. Then, Jordan left his partner in the dust as soon as his “father” came calling on the other brand. Why didn’t he ask Kurt to trade for Chad Gable, too? What if Shelton Benjamin and Kurt Angle get involved. There is something here, but we are not sure when or how this story is best told.

3. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Usos – Broken or not, this true war of brothers would tear any house down. The Hardy Compound vs. the Uso Penitentiary needs to happen when Jeff Hardy returns from injury. The Usos have never been more natural or dynamic or exciting than they are right now after the apex of their summer-long clash with the New Day. In the arguments of best family tag teams, we need to see this one before it is too late.

2. New Day vs The Shield – Few wrestlers tore down more houses this summer than the six men we expect to see clash next weekend. The New Day’s series with the Usos got better and better every time. From the first title change at WWE Battleground to the SummerSlam rematch to the finale within Hell In a Cell, the New Day is as hot as ever as an in-ring attraction. The Shield? Well, illness kept us from the reunion we craved, and now there is a personal issue after the screw job on Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

Both teams have a powerhouse in Big E against Roman. Both teams have an athletic freak in Kofi Kingston vs. Seth Rollins. Both teams have a wacky wildcard in Xavier Woods vs. Dean Ambrose. Make it happen because, at the end of the day, these are the two most-successful “factions” in the WWE Network era.

1. Asuka vs. Charlotte – There is nothing controversial or groundbreaking about wanting to see this match more than any potential cross-brand performance. Asuka and Charlotte are the two most dominant women’s wrestlers of the Diva’s Revolution, and we cannot wait to see them lock up in a meaningful way. Asuka vs. Charlotte is every bit as exciting as a “dream match” as the buzz that surrounded Finn Balor and AJ Styles as a cross-brand matchup at WWE TLC.

Both wrestlers are in their prime. Both were stars that stole show after show as developmental talents. Both should be women’s champions when they lock up. Forget Ronda Rousey, this is the clash of titans that really takes women’s wrestling to the same level. You want two women to main event a Big Four pay-per-view? These two can do it. Who better for Asuka to put a three-year undefeated streak on the line against? This should be the next generation’s version of Lita vs. Trish Stratus.

Sam Hellman spends his work hours as a college football and basketball writer with 247Sports on the CBS Sports network. A product of the Attitude Era, Hellman has been a life-long follower of professional wrestling and is proud to put his thoughts to print on the FRS Slam platform.

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