As WWE gears up for SmackDown’s highly anticipated move to FOX this October, the company is reportedly looking to keep both brands split.
Dave Meltzer noted in the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, “The plan right now is to go back to split rosters in October. There may be some minor crossover, but at least the idea is that it won’t be like it is now.”
The reason to move back to split rosters is due to RAW behind under Paul Heyman, and SmackDown being under Eric Bischoff. This will play out on television with storylines remaining on one show, and not crossing over on both programs like it is now.
“Nothing is decided but the belief is that the current rosters will largely stay in place.” Meltzer states. “There may be a few minor changes right before the move of guys switching brands, but there is thought there will only be a few and the current rosters will be largely what Raw and Smackdown will each have.”
Back in May, WWE instituted a “Wild Card Rule” in which a limited number of Superstars from Raw or SmackDown would be invited to cross brand lines for one-night-only appearances. WWE failed to follow its own rules, and did not remain consistent in only allowing four wrestlers to appear on opposite brands. Penalties for unauthorized jumps were announced as fines or even potential firings. This was not enforced, and WWE quietly stopped mentioning the rule all together.
Changes To Original Survivor Series Plans, Current WWE Universal Championship Match
WWE Survivor Series is approaching, and WWE has yet to announce a Universal Championship match.
This up-coming Friday on SmackDown, Daniel Bryan is set to appear on MizTV to give his thoughts on the attack from Bray Wyatt on last week’s episode.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, one plan originally had Bray Wyatt vs. The Miz at Survivor Series, with the angle beginning on MizTv the day after the Crown Jewel event. That angle was scrapped due to the traffic incident which held most of the roster overseas.
The current plan has Bray Wyatt defending the WWE Universal Championship against Daniel Bryan at the Survivor Series pay-per-view.
At one point, there was talk to have Daniel Bryan in the Triple Threat Match against AJ Styles and Roderick Strong. This would mean Daniel Bryan would defeat Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship. Those plans have since been scrapped, and now Daniel Bryan is scheduled to work against Wyatt for the Universal Championship.
WWE Survivor Series – Current Match Card
- WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio
- WWE Universal Championship: Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan (Not Announced)
- Becky Lynch (RAW) vs. Bayley (SmackDown) vs. Shayna Baszler (NXT)
- The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar) (RAW) vs. The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingson) (SmackDown) vs. The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) (NXT)
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles vs. Roderick Strong
- Team Raw (TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA) vs. Team SmackDown (Sasha Banks, Carmella, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, and TBA) vs. Team NXT (TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA)
- Team Raw (Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Ricochet, Randy Orton, and Drew McIntyre) vs. Team SmackDown (Roman Reigns, King Corbin, Braun Strowman, Mustafa Ali & Shorty G) vs. Team NXT (TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA)
Backstage Reaction To CM Punk’s Return To WWE Programming
Multiple WWE Stars Give Thoughts On CM Punk’s Return
CM Punk made a surprise return to WWE programming this past Tuesday at the tail end of WWE Backstage on FS1.
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful has received thoughts on the matter from numerous talent backstage.
Fightful Select reports that a longtime WWE name told them they have known CM Punk for a long time, and have not personally had any issues with him, despite hearing stories of him burning bridges. They indicated that if WWE doesn’t find a way to include him any Survivor Series festivities during the 4-day run in Chicago, they have “royally fucked up”.
Another top star indicated they would love to work with CM Punk in any fashion, whether that be inside or outside the ring. They stated, “someone like that, you can have a great story with, and where there’s a great story, the fans are happy and there’s (money), so I’m happy.”
One high level member of the WWE roster didn’t seem to care for CM Punk, stating “I have zero time for that guy. So no thoughts, no.”.
Almost everyone who responded feels that CM Punk will once again step back inside the squared circle.
CM Punk signed a deal with FOX to be a contributor for WWE Backstage on FS1. He has not currently signed to any deal with WWE.
Mia Yim and Aliyah Both Suffer Broken Noses During NXT Television
Two NXT stars suffered broken noses during last night’s NXT on USA episode.
Aliyah was busted open following a kick from Xia Li during last night’s episode of NXT on USA. She later confirmed she suffered a broken nose. NXT’s injury report also indicates she may have an orbital floor fracture as well.
— BOUJEÉ Aliyah (@WWE_Aliyah) November 14, 2019
Mia Yim suffered a nasal fracture following a ladder hitting her face during her match with Xia Li. NXT’s injury report also indicates she may have injured ribs as well.
— The HBIC (@MiaYim) November 14, 2019