WWE are officially re-drafting the SmackDown and Raw rosters next month

WWE will be re-drafting the rosters next month

The worst-kept current secret in WWE has finally been outed.

Next month the SmackDown and Monday Night Raw rosters will be re-drafted, over three years after the brand split returned.

After SmackDown returned to live broadcasting on Tuesday nights in 2016, the decision was made to give both brands unique rosters after being joined together for five years.

Daniel Bryan and Mick Foley were appointed General Managers with Shane and Stephanie McMahon both commissioners, but in late 2018 the authority figures were phased out, with Shane being the most present of the McMahons on TV.

And not long after the Superstar Shake-up earlier this year, Vince McMahon brought the 'Wild Card Rule' into effect, which saw a certain amount of superstars eligible to appear on both brands.

With the announcement of SmackDown Live moving to the FOX network this October though, it brought complications to that ruling, but that seems to have been figured out now with another draft.

It's unclear whether or not champions will be eligible, but the new draft could see previously outcasted superstars chance to shine.

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With no on-air brand-specific authority figures though, it looks like there's going to be a very unique method of who picks the superstars.

In a statement from WWE, they revealed that representatives from FOX and NBCUniversal - who own USA Network which Raw is shown on - will announce the draft picks throughout the night, the first one being on the October 11 edition of SmackDown.

That's one week after the blue brand debuts on FOX, and five nights after the October pay-per-view Hell In A Cell.

The draft will then continue on Raw four nights later on October 15, then we will presumably see no more roster-hopping until the next Superstar Shake-up in April 2020.

It's certainly an interesting time to be a WWE fan, with NXT's debut on USA Network this week and an upcoming draft, and with Clash Of Champions coming tonight, we may be in for more big stories.

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