WWE hasn't officially announced it yet, but it's been said that there will be another draft on the Oct. 11 and 14 episodes of SmackDown Live and Monday Night Raw, respectively.
John Pollock of POST Wrestling was first to confirm the news about the draft. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported last week that there was "a concept" about changing up the rosters.
Of course, WWE already had a Superstar Shake-up back in April, so some might be wondering why they're changing up the rosters just six months later. Well, Eric Bischoff's new role as Executive Director of SmackDown Live is a key reason why.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News), explained that with WWE holding the draft, Raw Executive Director Paul Heyman will be able to "get a few of the guys he wants," while Bischoff can "figure out who he wants." Interestingly, Meltzer also said there's a "running" joke backstage about Bischoff not being familiar with the wrestling talents.
But as Meltzer noted, the draft will allow the legendary wrestling executive to get an idea of which superstars he'd like to build his brand around. While Heyman has been involved aplenty on Raw, Bischoff apparently hasn't been inserted into his new role yet.
It makes sense for WWE to hold another draft amid a series of major changes. NXT is moving to Wednesday night broadcasts at USA Network - while SmackDown will move to Fridays under Fox Sports. SmackDown especially could use some more star power on its roster, since they'll have the difficult task of bringing in strong ratings on the Friday night "death slot."
What Will Happen At The Draft?
The Observer has noted that there won't be "major changes" through the WWE draft, but everybody knows that Vince McMahon loves to spice things up at the last minute. Fox will most certainly want as many big names as possible for SmackDown, so it wouldn't be a surprise if they landed some of Raw's top superstars here. But we're just going to have to be patient and see how it plays out over time.