The Draft Revisited
The Draft Revisited
SmackDown going live on USA Network on a new night with distinct roster starting July 19
A SmackDown shakeup is about to completely reshape all of WWE. Beginning July 19, the second longest-running weekly episodic program in television history, SmackDown, will move from Thursday to Tuesday nights and air LIVE each and every week — for the first time ever — at 8/7 C on USA Network, the exclusive cable home to WWE’s marquee properties.
This bold move will have major ramifications for all of WWE and exemplify the New Era, as both Raw and SmackDown will each feature their own unique rosters and rivalries following an imminent Superstar draft.
"WWE's flagship programs will both leverage the incredible depth of our talent roster, distinct storylines and the unpredictable nature of live TV," WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon said. “This move will undoubtedly build more excitement and deepen engagement with our fans around th.e world.”
WWE’S DESTINY LIVE ON SMACKDOWN
NEW YORK and STAMFORD, CONN – June 20, 2016 – The destiny of all WWE Superstars will be determined on the first-ever live SmackDown on Tuesday, July 19 from 8-10 pm ET/PT on USA Network. A draft will be conducted by respective General Managers as to which talent will be chosen exclusively for Monday Night Raw® or SmackDown.
For the first time in history on back-to-back nights, these two distinctive brands (Monday Night Raw and Tuesday’s SmackDown) will compete with each other for television ratings, live events, and pay-per-views.
“This is an exciting new era for WWE in which we will yet again reinvent ourselves by creating a second night of compelling live television,” said Kevin Dunn, Executive Producer, WWE.
“We’re already hearing the excitement among WWE fans for SmackDown’s new live format, and our audiences are eagerly anticipating the live draft and what it means for their favorite Superstars,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
With 878 original episodes, SmackDown is the second longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. television history, only behind Monday Night Raw at 1,203 episodes.
Mr. McMahon revealed the Commissioners of Raw and SmackDown Live
Over the last month, former General Managers and power players attempted to maneuver themselves into the position of SmackDown Live commissioner. Each time, Shane and Stephanie McMahon sent them away, passive-aggressively attempting to install themselves as the frontrunner for the blue brand’s figurehead. Mr. McMahon doesn’t do passive-aggressive. He’s all about open competition, so The Chairman relieved Stephanie of her Raw duties to install her as SmackDown Live Commissioner, giving Shane sole control of Raw.
The competition between Shane and Stephanie has just begun in earnest, and if if the face-to-face confrontation between the McMahons was any indication, it’s about to escalate to a whole new level. Game on.
Draft rules revealed: Everything you need to know about the WWE Draft
With tonight's WWE Draft on the premiere of SmackDown Live on USA Network fast approaching, WWE.com answers the biggest questions of the WWE Universe with a breakdown of the official rules, regulations and procedures for one of the biggest nights in WWE history — including a major update that will change the face of NXT as well.
The rules for the WWE Draft are as follows:
All superstars will be drafted but the WWE Champion and WWE Womens Champion will be on both shows (Currently Dean Ambrose and Charlotte)
Raw has the first overall pick
Tag teams and stables count as one pick unless a Commissioner/General Manager specifically only wants one member of the team
Six draft picks will be made off the NXT roster
The list of current WWE Superstars eligible for the WWE Draft will be as follows:
Alberto Del Rio
Darren Young (w/ Bob Backlund)
Dean Ambrose – WWE Champion
Luke Harper *
Rusev (w/ Lana) – United States Champion
The Miz (w/ Maryse) – Intercontinental Champion
Breezango (Fandango and Tyler Breeze)
Enzo and Cass (Enzo Amore and Big Cass)
Gallows and Anderson (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson)
Golden Truth (Goldust and R-Truth)
Shining Stars (Epico and Primo)
Social Outcasts (Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel and Heath Slater)
The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor)
The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley)
The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) – Tag Team Champions
The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso)
The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch)
The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper)
The Club (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson)
Charlotte – WWE Women’s Champion