Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe are set to do battle once again, but strangely the match will be headlining two SmackDown Live house shows.
This latest manifestation of the WWE Draft is not the first time Vince McMahon had a crack at having two separate and unique rosters. On and off since 2002, WWE tried to make the idea a success and they keep encountering the same annoying pitfall, not keeping the rosters exactly what it says above, unique. After a little over one year on from the roster being split in two once again, it seems that is are in danger of making the same mistake all over again.
At two SmackDown Live branded house shows, one this weekend in Detroit and another in Florida on Aug. 12, 2017, Raw Superstars Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar are set to square off, presumably in both nights' main events. The two behemoths battled in a fantastic match at the Raw pay-per-view Great Balls Of Fire earlier this month, and clearly, WWE wants to make more money out of the match up. What's odd is that they've chosen to stage the matches on the blue brand's territory.
PWInsider reported the news that the Universal Champion and his last challenger would perform on a couple of SmackDown Live cards. The first show will be the final WWE show at Joe Louis Arena and the second in Tampa, Florida. While the first date is stacked it does only include SmackDown Live Superstars outside of Joe and Brock.
Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe are set to step inside the ring together once again following these two dates in SummerSlam's main event, although on that night they'll be joined by fellow Raw Superstars Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman. General Manager Kurt Angle made the match up after Strowman interfered in a number one contender match between the other two challengers, causing it to result in a no contest.
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Announcing John Cena as a free agent who can move freely between both Raw and SmackDown Live has already muddied the waters somewhat when it comes to the roster split. Now, these Joe versus Lesnar main events will only make matters worse. The idea of a draft in WWE can be a great one if the rosters and shows are left to function separately from one another, but constantly mixing of the two brands will only water down the idea and bring WWE back to square one.