WWE: New details revealed about upcoming SmackDown brand split

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The WWE shocked everyone this week with their announcement of the huge changes that were coming to the company and SmackDown in particular.

The show is now moving to Tuesday nights and will be broadcast live all over the world, with a brand split and draft coming the next month or so to decide which WWE superstars will be appearing on which shows.

That isn't the only thing that will be changing in the WWE, with several other alterations to the current product being planned and implemented from July 19 onwards.


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According to respected wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer, who was appearing on Wrestling Observer Live, the WWE is already planning some dual-brand episodes of RAW through next year's WrestleMania.

Apparently, the promotion is working on two big episodes of RAW for the night after SummerSlam and the night after WrestleMania. The two episodes will likely be the only times members of both the RAW and SmackDown rosters will be on the same TV show.

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While these do sound like they could be good episodes, it does also indicate that Monday Night RAW is being treated like the 'A Show' again, which is something the WWE have to stop doing when they go through brand splits.

Meltzer went on to add that, thankfully, wrestlers from both shows will participate at all pay-per-view events and there won't be split PPV's for each brand.

Observer Live also reported that there will be two announce teams for all PPVs. Just like during the previous roster split, RAW announcers will be on hand to call RAW talents' matches, and SmackDown talents' matches will have their own announcers.

Corey Graves took to his Twitter account last night to hint that he could become SmackDown's lead colour commentator alongside the play-by-play of Mauro Ranallo.

Ranallo is the best commentator in the WWE right now, sorry Michael Cole, while Graves is light years ahead of JBL and Byron Saxton in the secondary role. A teaming up of the two has been the dreams of IWC fans for months now and they could finally be getting it.

As has previously been reported, it is expected that Stephanie McMahon will run one show while Shane McMahon runs the other and both are expected to start off as babyface characters. John Cena and Roman Reigns will also be the likely number one picks of each show, but it's not known who is going where, with Cena being rumoured for SmackDown.

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