A press release from the WWE has announced that the brand draft will be returning in October. It will air on both Friday night Smackdown and Monday night Raw
WWE® DRAFT SET FOR FOX AND USA NETWORK ON OCTOBER 11 AND 14
STAMFORD, Conn. – September 15, 2019 – The destiny of WWE’s Superstars will be determined during a two-night draft taking place live on Friday Night SmackDown® on October 11 at 8 pm ET on the FOX broadcast network and Monday Night Raw® on October 14 at 8 pm ET on USA Network.
On both nights of the draft, Superstars from Raw and SmackDown will appear along with personalities from FOX and NBCUniversal programming who will announce select picks from each brand. The draft will determine the Superstars that compete for Raw and SmackDown, which feature distinct casts, unique storylines and dedicated writing teams.
Friday Night SmackDown on October 11 will emanate from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas while Monday Night Raw on October 14 will take place at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Raw and SmackDown are the #1 and #2 longest-running weekly episodic television shows in U.S. primetime history. The programs have aired more original episodes than The Simpsons, Gunsmoke, Lassie and Monday Night Football.
Raw will continue airing on USA Network while SmackDown moves to FOX beginning Friday, October 4.
QD – I have to admit that I’m having a bit of an issue with the WWE Draft returning. The WWE has spent time bouncing back and forth between having distinct brands and having all superstars on both brands. This Wild Card thing was supposed to be a certain number of superstars each week, but it totally trashed the separation of the brands. I know that FOX has stated that they want things to be done a certain way, but that’s absolutely the opposite from how they’ve done things for much of the summer, even though they knew FOX wanted things a certain way. The whole thing seems like a confusing mess, starting with moving Smackdown to Friday nights where it about failed previously. The whole thing seems like a total mess, and it’s all for that glorious dollar. McMahon cannot seem to see the forest for the trees these days.