WWE is preparing for another Draft, which will get started on the April 28th episode of SmackDown and finish up on the May 1st episode of Monday Night Raw. Draft time always brings out new rumors, and stories about WWE going back to an old pay-per-view model are building steam.
WWE is going for a hard brand split this time around for the WWE draft. Ringside News exclusively reported a major reason for this is their television networks.
Several outlets are reporting that WWE is considering going back to split brand pay-per-views once again. With a hard brand split in the pipeline, that seems like a logical next step. While they are discussing this, nothing is planned right now.
Ringside News reached out to ask about the company’s rumored plan to start up split brand pay-per-views once again. We were told that the idea has been discussed, but not in great detail. A tenured member of the WWE creative team assured us that a decision on the matter is “not even close right now.”
WWE has a lot of choices when they are considering the future of their television shows. Split brand pay-per-views did work for a bit of time, and they arguably have the firepower on their rosters to pull them off again. That doesn’t mean they are going to jump headfirst into the idea right now.
Speaking of the 2023 WWE Draft, Ringside News exclusively reported a couple of weeks ago that Vince McMahon has had no say in the 2023 Draft at that time. Then again, it’s still his company, so Mr. McMahon could always swoop in whenever he wants and switch things up. We also exclusively reported that the 2023 WWE Draft had no bearing on Vince McMahon’s return to the company. Also, USA Network wants Roman Reigns far more than they want a new World Heavyweight Title belt on their show.
We will have to see how things shake out when the 2023 WWE Draft is behind us. If WWE does start up split brand pay-per-views in the future, it is not a decision they have landed on at this time.
The 2023 WWE Draft is certainly going to be a newsworthy time for fans, no matter what they do. For more on this, and every other story in the pro wrestling world, stay tuned with us here at Ringside News.
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