It looks like the days of the wildcard rule will soon be over in WWE. Plans are reportedly being discussed for a draft later in the year to make more permanent rosters once SmackDown moves to Friday nights.
The report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that while major changes aren’t expected, there will still be a few strategic moves across the rosters later this year.
Right now there is a concept of another draft type of thing to build permanent Raw and Smackdown rosters. What we were originally told is that they wouldn’t be making major changes, but some changes, but this is Vince. Everything is being kept quiet and USA and FOX will be the first to know when the concept is decided.
WWE last held a draft, I mean, a Superstar Shake-Up in April of this year following WrestleMania 35, but to be honest there wasn’t a lot of point as Vince then decided upon the Wildcard rule, in which a number of stars from either Raw or SmackDown could appear on the other brand.
While the rule has been used less and less, now and then you’ll get a commentator suddenly deciding that the rule is back in place when a Raw star randomly turns up on SmackDown.
Fans love a draft, particularly when it’s called a draft, so it’s sure to pop ratings.
Hopefully it’ll be a classic “winner of match wins draft pick for his/her brand”, because there was a lot more drama in those than just people turning up on a different brand and saying “I’m here now, I guess”.