Professional wrestling fans will want to circle two dates on their October calendars. The future placements of WWE’s Superstars will be determined during a two-night draft, which is taking place across two networks. The first draft is airing live on “Friday Night SmackDown” on FOX on October 11th, followed by the “Monday Night Raw” draft on October 14th on the USA Network.
According to WWE’s announcement, Superstars from Raw and SmackDown will appear throughout the night, along with personalities from FOX and NBCUniversal programming, where the company will announce select picks from each brand on the night of each event. The draft will determine the Superstars that compete for Raw and SmackDown, which feature distinct casts, unique storylines and dedicated writing teams.
The Friday Night SmackDown draft on October 11th will take place in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, while the Monday Night Raw draft on October 14th will take place at the Pepsi Center in Denver. It’s sure to be a sold-out event, as Raw and SmackDown are the two longest-running weekly episodic television shows in U.S. primetime history. We should remind fans that Raw will continue airing on the USA Network, but SmackDown is moving to FOX beginning Friday, October 4th.
FOX also announced a 20th Anniversary celebration of WWE’s Smackdown in October, but it will premiere before the big draft. That event is going live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on October 4th, and the network confirmed that WWE Superstars past and present will be on hand to celebrate with fans. The current list includes Kurt Angle, Lita, Mick Foley, Booker T, Hulk Hogan, Trish Stratus, Goldberg, Jerry Lawler, Mark Henry, Ric Flair, and Sting. The series began in 1999, and it’s all set to run 52 weeks a year for fans.
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