Sunday, September 15, 2019

WWE Draft Confirmed For October 11th and 14th (UPDATED)

WWE Draft Confirmed For October 11th and 14th
Reports began surfacing earlier this month of a WWE Draft taking place in October as SmackDown makes its way to FOX on Friday, October 4.

During FOX’s NFL coverage, it was announced that there would be a draft on the October 11th episode of Friday Night SmackDown. The draft will conclude on the October 14th episode of Monday Night Raw on USA.

As previously noted, the plan is to do a hard split of the rosters so they will eliminate the “Wild Card Rule” and the announcers will be exclusive to their respective brands. In other words, Corey Graves will only work on one show.

The plan is to get across to fans that SmackDown is no longer the “B” show so you can expect that roster to be stacked. The Draft will be more sports-like because of FOX’s influence.

There are already photos out that may be an indication on some top names that are moving from Raw to SmackDown. Click here if you don’t mind the spoiler news.

Update:

The WWE releases the following press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WWE® DRAFT SET FOR FOX AND USA NETWORK ON OCTOBER 11 AND 14


STAMFORD, Conn. – September 15, 2019 – The destiny of WWE’s Superstars will be determined during a two-night draft taking place live on Friday Night SmackDown® on October 11 at 8 pm ET on the FOX broadcast network and Monday Night Raw® on October 14 at 8 pm ET on USA Network.

On both nights of the draft, Superstars from Raw and SmackDown will appear along with personalities from FOX and NBCUniversal programming who will announce select picks from each brand. The draft will determine the Superstars that compete for Raw and SmackDown, which feature distinct casts, unique storylines and dedicated writing teams.

Friday Night SmackDown on October 11 will emanate from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas while Monday Night Raw on October 14 will take place at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Raw and SmackDown are the #1 and #2 longest-running weekly episodic television shows in U.S. primetime history. The programs have aired more original episodes than The Simpsons, Gunsmoke, Lassie and Monday Night Football.

Raw will continue airing on USA Network while SmackDown moves to FOX beginning Friday, October 4.

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