WWE has been using the Wild Card Rule since Vince McMahon thought of it on the morning before he unveiled it before the entire world. Now it looks like it will be going away in favor of a more traditional brand split.
Brad Shepard reported last night that his source in WWE called the Wild Card Rule “bullsh*t” and apparently, there is enough of an issue with it across the board so it will be going away for good.
Tom Colohue reports that WWE will be moving away from the Wild Card Rule after Summerslam. However, it will go quietly without much fanfare.
“They’re quietly wrapping up the wild card rule. No big announcement or anything. There’s a lot of people who want it to end. Companies, sponsors, management and talent. You don’t get another Lynch and Rousey moment without that Survivor Series format.”
The “Lynch and Rousey moment” he referenced doesn’t necessarily have to be The Man and the Baddest Woman On The Planet either. Because that analogy can involve anyone from opposite brands.
Therefore, if the company wants to truly present Survivor Series as the only event of the year when RAW and SmackDown collide, then the Wild Card Rule needs to become a thing of the past.
This makes perfect sense as well since RAW and SmackDown are about to be on different networks in October and Fox might not want to share Superstars who appear on the competing USA Network.