WWE dropped a bombshell yesterday when they announced that SmackDown would be moving from Thursday nights to Tuesday nights and it would be broadcasted out live rather than being pre-recorded.
With the move to broadcast SmackDown live, the company will be bringing back the brand split, and the concept that goes along with it, the WWE Draft. Fans haven't seen the WWE Draft since the brand split ended its nine-year run in the company back in 2011.
Between now and the date of the draft, the WWE Universe will be discussing which superstars on the roster will go where? Will there be any newcomers from NXT drafted? Is there going to be any old faces coming back? All these topics are bound to keep them occupied until the draft date, but when will that be?
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NoDQ has speculated an exact date for the draft, and it will actually take place before SmackDown goes live on July 19. They provided a little bit of Brock Lesnar news to go along with it as well.
They said: "The belief is that the WWE brand split draft is currently scheduled for the July 11th episode of RAW, which takes place in Detroit. Many talents have no idea what is going on or where they will end up in the Draft, according to sources.
"In what might make things even more interesting, Brock Lesnar is being advertised for the July 11th RAW."
So the date for WWE fans to keep in their diaries could be July 11 as not only could this be the date of the draft, but it could also be the date which The Beast Incarnate returns.
Lesnar hasn't appeared on WWE television since he defeated Dean Ambrose at WrestleMania 32 back in April this year, and it was first speculated that he wouldn't be back on programming until August 1 so that he could build up a match in time for SummerSlam.
However, the recent news from NoDQ suggests that the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion will be coming back earlier than that, which could mean that he might have a match at the Battleground pay-per-view, set to take place on July 24 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Whichever brand he is selected for, Lesnar will be a huge asset. He's a main eventer and hopefully he will be on television for a long run afterward and not just be a part-timer like he has been for feuds in the past.
He's likely to be in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture upon his return, but we'll have to wait until July 11 to find out which brand The Beast will be representing.
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