Five picks to be Raw's franchise player

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May 14, 2012

Raw franchise players

Matt Kemp, LeBron James, Aaron Rodgers and Sidney Crosby. Aside from being exceptional athletes and among the very best in their respective leagues, all four are true cornerstones: uber-talented stars that teams can build their entire franchises around for years to come. In the world of professional sports, they're called "franchise players."

In professional sports, not every team has a franchise player. In fact, some don't even have one legitimately elite star. But in sports-entertainment, there's no shortage of Superstars who could be considered flag-bearers for the Raw and SmackDown brands, and to a larger extent, WWE as a whole. has tackled the undeniably tough challenge of narrowing it down to five Superstars who best fit the role of a franchise player for Raw and SmackDown. These competitors are the linchpins of their respective brands, persistently commanding the attention of the WWE Universe while capturing the distinct energy of each brand's weekly TV show.

Click through to see our five picks, and then cast your vote in's poll to decide who ultimately deserves to be called the franchise player for Raw. 

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