It looks like the recent mayhem created within the WWE Universe as a result of the 2019 WWE Draft two-night special was completely due to the company’s new television rights agreement with FOX.
WWE’s original plan was never to hold a “draft” before the FOX launch and instead simply move forward with the rosters that were created as a result of the Superstar Shakeup last spring, reports Dave Meltzer in the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter at F4WOnline.com.
However, it appears that the decision was made to promote the draft as a way to push up viewership and ratings, especially following the FOX debut with the goal being to try and minimize the viewership draft from the first show.
As far as RAW on the USA Network is concerned, ratings aren’t that important because WWE programming blows away everything else on the channel.
On FOX there is more of an urgency on the numbers due to the network’s expectations and the competition within the network in terms of other programming drawing significant numbers, forcing WWE to draw at a certain level to earn the enormous sum of money that was included with the deal.
Basically put, all of the chaos and mayhem created by the 2019 WWE Draft specials were completely done as a result of WWE scrambling for ideas to draw big numbers coming out of the gate on the FOX network.
We will keep you posted right here at eWrestling.com as more news coming out of this year’s 2019 WWE Draft special continues to surface!
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