WWE issued a press release on Monday to announce the 2016 Draft will take place on the first-ever live episode of Smackdown on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from 8-10 PM ET on the USA Network. Not much was stated in regards to the format other than the General Mangers for each respective brands will conduct the draft. Kevin Dunn was quoted with this:
“This is an exciting new era for WWE in which we will yet again reinvent ourselves by creating a second night of compelling live television,” said Kevin Dunn, Executive Producer, WWE.
The company is pushing this as internal competition with Raw and Smackdown competing with each other for television ratings, live events and pay-per-views, indicating they will all be separate.
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