On May 25th, 2016, the WWE announced that SmackDown will become a live show on Tuesday nights and will feature its own distinctive roster starting on July 19th, 2016. A few months have passed since that announcement and the speculation and anticipation for its execution has only increased as the time drew near. There were a multitude of rumors, reports, and even mock drafts circulating in anticipation for the return of the WWE Draft and by default, the Brand Extension. Some rumors were saying the Big Gold Belt was making a comeback, others were saying that former WWE superstars were coming back, and there was even a rumor that the Women’s Division would be unique to one show. Regardless of what fans thought of these rumors, they were all waiting for the WWE to reveal the rules of the brand split and the rosters they would feature. And while we still have some time before the rosters are revealed, the WWE has released a few rules in regards to how the Brand Split will operate.
There are only four current rules as well as an eligibility list, but all of it reveals some major implications based on what they state as well as what they do not state. Some of these facts are major news that will greatly benefit some of the talent currently on the WWE roster while others are somewhat unfortunate to hear.
So, to break it all down, this article will look at the 15 biggest takeaways form the WWE Draft Rules.
15. Raw Will Remain Three Hours
For anyone hoping that the WWE would reveal that Raw would revert back to two hours, those hopes have now been crushed by the WWE officially. Though most fans assumed Raw would remain the three-hour show it has been since 2012, some fans were genuinely hoping that the WWE would go back to being two hours so that the show would be easier to watch.
But according to the rules posted on WWE.com, only SmackDown will be two hours while Raw will remain three. Now on one hand, this means the WWE can continue to make major profits through advertising revenue on Raw, but on the other hand this comes at the dismay of the majority, if not all, of the WWE fanbase. The entire concept of the brand split was that the two brands were in some form of competition, but how can that be when one show is clearly longer than the other and could potentially have more stars?
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