WWE draft confirmed for second Smackdown episode on FOX
BREAKING: The destinies of WWE Superstars will be determined during a two-night WWE Draft taking place live on Friday Night #SmackDown on Oct. 11 on FOX and #Raw on Oct. 14 on USA Network. https://t.co/3JpJA9IPbf
— WWE (@WWE) September 15, 2019
It was announced during the NFL broadcast of Steelers vs Seahawks on FOX today that another WWE draft will be held on the October 11 episode of Smackdown and will continue the following Monday on Raw.
WWE is looking to completely separate the brands again once Smackdown moves to FOX, with different commentary teams as well as binning the “wildcard rule” that has been in effect over the past several months. Usually a draft is held after WrestleMania but this time WWE is doing it again to mix things up as WWE starts its most lucrative television deal in their history.
With a Smackdown 20th anniversary show on October 4 and a draft episode on October 11, WWE is preparing to start on a high on FOX. Typically, anniversary and draft shows bring in bigger numbers than usual. In the past, the draft starts on Raw and then continues on Smackdown but it will be the other way round this time around.
FOX has been heavily pushing Smackdown on their NFL broadcasts with repeated commercials and hosts mentioning WWE coming over multiple times during the game.