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As reported earlier, WWE Draft will be back in due course making major changes on the roster. There will be swipes for superstars between Raw and SmackDown Live. Additionally, NXT might also play a major role since they will be importing fresh talents to the main roster. Latest reports have suggested spoilers on which superstars can end up landing on the opposite brand.
Speculations have already begun that several WWE RAW Superstars will possibly be moving to SmackDown Live brand in the upcoming WWE Draft. As seen in the photos below, Fox and WWE reportedly hired production company Two Birds Films to work on a SmackDown promotional video. It released during SummerSlam weekend in Toronto last month.
FOX did a photoshoot with WWE superstars over Summerslam weekend in Toronto. I'm not sure if this indicates any of these wrestlers moving to SmackDown on FOX.
Photo Credit: Two Birds Films pic.twitter.com/OMKCnKvCli
— HeelByNature.com (@HeelByNatureYT) September 7, 2019
As per this, several superstars took part in this to promote SmackDown Live’s arrival on FOX. Randy Orton, Mandy Rose, Rey Mysterio, The Miz, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Alexa Bliss and RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch were part of this meaning they must be moving to the blue brand via this upcoming WWE Draft.
Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, The Miz and Rey Mysterio took part in a photo shoot for FOX's move to SmackDown. It's possible these talents could be on that brand after the draft. pic.twitter.com/8fLrqg23vo
— Ringside News (@ringsidenews_) September 7, 2019
It’s interesting to note that Randy Orton and Mandy Rose are the two only superstars from SmackDown whereas Lynch, Miz, Mysterio, and Bliss are currently featured on the Raw roster. Amongst them, Lynch and Bliss made regular appearances on the blue brand since they are champions.
Since the next WWE Draft is going to be a lot harder, the general thought is that the above-mentioned names will be only exclusive to the blue brand only. But it’s also possible that these stars make some promotional appearances on the show instead of joining their roster, permanently. They might just continue to be a part of Raw. As for The Miz, wrestlingINC.com offered the following reason why he may not switch brand, for now,
“Some consider a Miz move to Friday nights unlikely because “Miz & Mrs.” airs on the USA Network, and is scheduled to return to the line-up in early 2020 as the 20-episode second season begins. There’s been no word yet on if “Miz & Mrs.” will be moved to Mondays or Wednesdays to air after RAW or WWE NXT, but it seems likely.”
As of now, the plans for WWE Draft is to begin the process on Friday, October 11 SmackDown from Las Vegas and then end it on the October 14 RAW from Denver. The roster exclusivity will be the key part of this switch for each show that goes for Superstars, announcers, storylines and every other aspect. The rivalry between the two brands will be alive again in time for Survivor Series 2019.