FORBES: WWE Is Planning A Huge Change For Raw And SmackDown


vince_mcmahon - EditedWWE may be pulling the plug on one of its most controversial booking decisions.

According to freelance reporter Tom Colohue (h/t Sportskeeda), WWE is expected to phase out the “Wild Card” rule following SummerSlam:

“With Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff now in place as Executive Directors, a number of WWE superstars have been told that the Wildcard Rule will be ‘quietly wrapping up’ after SummerSlam.” — Tom Colohue

WWE instituted the rule shortly after WrestleMania, a result of pressure from TV executives from both FOX and USA Network, who reportedly weren’t impressed with WWE’s TV product of its struggling ratings for both Raw and SmackDown. Initially, the Wild Card rule was described by WWE itself as a way to allow a handful of main roster superstars to crossover to the other brand each week. The rule instantly came under fire by critics who pointed out that the Wild Card rule came right after WWE’s annual version of the NFL Draft, the “Superstar Shakeup,” which was supposed to refresh the rosters but keep them separate. Like Seth Rollins pointed out, however, the rule quickly “muddled things up.”

Of course, it didn’t take long for WWE to ignore its own sub-rules associated with the Wild Card rule, and as of late, WWE has… Read More HERE

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