WWE is desperate to do something about the down-going TV ratings for Raw and SmackDown in recent times and it seems there’s no better way to make things interesting than hosting a Draft. The creative team thinks a shakeup is needed to the product and they’re accordingly planning to do so, as per the recent updates.
Thus, WWE is planning to host another edition of draft between RAW and SmackDown, according to Dave Meltzer on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio. It was informed that originally 5 different dates were being considered for it. But the actual date might have been narrowed down to two possible dates in October.
Meltzer also informed that at one point, the draft was set to take place at some point in August. It could be shifted to September, as well. But the key part is that whenever the date may be, WWE will be holding another brand extension draft in the coming months.
According to Fightful, too, WWE had made plans for a draft in 2020, several times. But they are yet to pull the plug on them. They wanted to run it in June, but that didn’t happen.
The plan was then changed to August, and then to September. Now the idea has been shifted to October as it would mark the one-year anniversary of last year’s tradition where USA Network chose Raw superstars and FOX chose the SmackDown stars.
“A draft was originally set for the end of August, before being moved to September. After it was set for September, it was moved to October, then back and forth again. The original source that we heard the story from in June had noted WWE had informed some broadcast partners of both Draft plans and live event plans, the latter of which was nixed completely.”
WWE apparently also has “informed some broadcast partners of both Draft plans and live event plans, the latter of which was nixed completely.” it seems it’s none other than Vince McMahon who keeps on backing down from making the draft official, but the idea is getting nurtured.
If WWE chooses the draft to happen in October then it could set up the stage for Survivor Series where the pay-per-view’s theme is based on brand supremacy. There’s no word yet on if NXT stars will be included in this event. Last year, the Street Profits ended up on RAW from NXT as a part of the shakeup process.