Notes on the WWE Draft and Raw season premiere

Jul 13, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

The WWE RAW season premiere is reportedly scheduled for the first week of October.

Current plans call for the RAW season premiere episode to air live on the USA Network on October 4, according to Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men podcast.

This will be the 30th season premiere for WWE’s flagship program.

On a related note, the WWE Draft is reportedly being delayed one month.

It was previously reported that the 2021 WWE Draft would begin with the August 30 RAW from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, and then wrap with the September 3 SmackDown from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.

In an update, Zarian now reports that the Draft will be held on either Friday, October 1 and Monday, October 4, or October 4 and Friday, October 8.

This means the October 4 RAW will be the season 30 premiere episode and Night 1 or Night 2 of the Draft.

WWE has not announced locations for the October shows yet, but it was recently noted that those dates will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned for more.

One Response

  1. Kyle Christie says:

    Having the draft in October then Survivor Series the following month is a bit dumb if you look at it from a kayfabe point of view. A bunch of people have been on Raw for a year, are fine there then they are switched to SD for a month and have to have this big loyalty to SD and love the show even though they’ve only been there a month. It’s just odd. It would be better if they did it in April / May time.
    I actually liked the Superstar Shakeup they did a few times. Just people changing shows unannounced, made for some cool surprises and a bit of unpredictability.

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