WWE announce SmackDown will be live and a new brand split

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Can you hear that noise? It's the sound of hundreds and thousands of WWE fans cheering across the world.

This is after it was revealed that the WWE are making some huge changes to their programming, that will affect pretty much every single fan of the professional wrestling promotion.

The news was first broken by a report from Variety, with the WWE confirming the news just minutes later. It is official: SmackDown is going to be live on Tuesday nights and there will be a new brand split. 


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"Smackdown, which moved to the NBCUniversal-owned outlet from sister Syfy in January, will be broadcast live for two hours every week starting Tuesday, July 19, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., resulting in five hours of live WWE programming on the network each week," the report from Variety read. 

That's 8-10 in the United States, which means that WWE fans in the UK will have to set their recording devices for 1am, like it normally is for Monday Night Raw.

Vince McMahon was quoted in the WWE's official statement, saying that the move will see fans provided with an even better WWE Universe.

“WWE’s flagship programs will both leverage the incredible depth of our talent roster, distinct storylines and the unpredictable nature of live TV. This move will undoubtedly build more excitement and deepen engagement with our fans around the world.” - Vince McMahon

The WWE also confirmed a brand split in their article on the changes, stating that a Draft will occur before the July 19th start show. 

"This bold move will have major ramifications for all of WWE and exemplify the New Era, as both Raw and SmackDown will each feature their own unique rosters and rivalries following an imminent Superstar draft."

On top of this, the WWE released this video of Shane and Stephanie McMahon announcing the move, which made it seem like one of them is going to become SmackDown General Manager with the other becoming the RAW General Manager.

Hopefully, the WWE can learn from their mistakes of previous brand splits. In the past, they have treated RAW like the A show and SmackDown as the B show. Fingers crossed they don't make that mistake again. 

However, this looks like it could be great for both fans and wrestlers, with more chances coming for those talents stuck in the mid-card struggling to get TV time.

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