WWE 2016: Civil War
The WWE has been on a steady decline for almost 5 years now. Ratings are plummeting, but their roster remains bloated. WWE sees this as an opportunity to take advantage of it being a household name and finally shake some things ups. WWE announced that on July 19th, there would be a WWE Draft to create a rejuvenated Brand Extension, with each brand being run by a McMahon. Stephanie controlled Raw while Smackdown belonged to Shane.
Both McMahons would act as Commissioners to their shows, with it being agreed upon that they would each assign a General Manager to act under them, where the GM will be able to have the same powers as the Commissioners, but the Commissioners have the ability to overrule and set any rule theyd like regardless of GMs wishes. This was made in kayfabe to have a suitable power structure, whereas, in the reality of the situation, it was to allow Stephanie and Shane to not need to be at every episode while still having an on-air authority figure. The two General Managers will be announced at the Draft, after the initial 10 draft picks that will be made by each commissioner.
The draft event starts at 12 noon eastern time, before the first live Smackdown ever that would happen that night. This is to allow the commissioners to make clear who they are grabbing first, while also letting any undrafted stars make a point to why they should be drafted during the supplemental draft after Smackdown on the WWE Network. This is the New Era of competition in Professional Wrestling. This is WWEs Civil War!
Coming Later Today... The Official WWE Draft!