The WWE announced on Wednesday morning that the brand extension is coming back and there will be WWE draft to determine the superstars who will be joining Monday Night Raw and SmackDown. According to the latest WWE rumors, the WWE draft is scheduled to take place on July 11, 2016 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
As mentioned in a previous report, the New Era of the WWE will see changes on SmackDown. The weekly show will now air live on Tuesdays starting July 19 on the USA Network.
Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer (h/t Wrestling Inc.) confirmed in his report that the WWE draft will happen on July 11. It is an episode of Raw and the reason that date was chosen because July 4 is Independence Day which usually has very few viewers.
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Alvarez also mentioned that another reason why that date was chosen is to give the creative team more time to determine which superstars will be assigned to Raw and SmackDown. The talents themselves have no clue in which brand they will end up.
It should be noted that the brand split was being discussed for the past several weeks and the decision was made just before Extreme Rules last Sunday. WWE chairman Vince McMahon is reportedly excited on the brand extension and there are already many storyline ideas for both shows.
The WWE is also looking to call up more superstars from NXT in the next couple of months. And to maintain the level of entertainment in the developmental, the company is also interested in signing wrestlers from different promotions such as TNA, Ring of Honor, Evolve, Lucha Underground and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
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The last WWE draft happened on April 25, 2011 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The first pick was John Cena, who got drafted by SmackDown. Other stars who changed brands in the 2011 draft were Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Mark Henry, Big Show and Alberto Del Rio.
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