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WWE draft reportedly scheduled for August or September
WWE reportedly has plans in place for the 2022 WWE Draft to take place at the end of the summer.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling observation bulletin (h/t Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc), there was talk of holding the draft in August the day after SummerSlam on July 30.
The August date may not be set in stone, as Ringside News’ H Jenkins reported that the draft was scheduled to be held in September.
On September 3, WWE is hosting a stadium show called Clash at Cardiff Castle, Wales, so holding the draft in September would likely make this pay-per-view the last big event with current Raw rosters and SmackDown.
The 2021 WWE Draft took place in October, so whether WWE does the 2022 Draft in August or September, it will have waited about a year between drafts.
In recent months, there has been speculation as to whether WWE intends to pursue the brand split in the future.
The main reason for the confusion is the fact that Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania 38 to retain the Universal Championship and win the WWE Championship, giving WWE an undisputed World Champion.
Not having separate world titles was seen as a sign that WWE might be looking to make a change, but WWE gave no clear indication that the brand split was likely to end.
If a 2022 WWE Draft is held, it would likely indicate that WWE is committed to moving the brand split forward.
Big E provides neck injury update
Former WWE Champion Big E provided an update on his health on Friday after breaking his neck in March.
Big E took to Twitter to say that although his C1 vertebra isn’t healing as quickly as hoped, he remains hopeful he can avoid fusion surgery:
During a match between Big E and Kofi Kingston against Sheamus and Ridge Holland on the March 11 episode of SmackDown, Big E took an airborne belly-to-belly suplex from Holland outside the ring on the floor.
Big E was never fully spun and landed on his head causing a neck injury. Big E was stretched out during a spooky scene.
At the time, Big E provided positive updates, noting that he could move his extremities and shouldn’t need surgery despite fracturing his C1 and C6 vertebrae:
Ettore “Big E” Ewen @WWEBigE
Ettore “Big E” Ewen @WWEBigE
Big E has since received an outpouring of support from wrestling cast members, as well as fans around the world.
All signs pointed to a full New Day reunion for a match against Sheamus, Holland and Butch at WrestleMania 38, but with Big E out, it was just Kofi and Xavier Woods against Sheamus and Holland instead.
No timeline has been provided for Big E’s potential return to the ring, but there’s no doubt he’ll have a ton of people on his side if and when he does return.
WWE is working on an RPG video game
WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon announced Thursday that WWE is developing a new role-playing video game.
According to Bhupen Dange from ThirstyForNews.com, the announcement was made as part of WWE’s first quarter 2022 earnings call.
For the past few years, WWE has primarily focused on the WWE 2K Series in the video game space, which aims to be as true to reality as possible.
There was no WWE 2K21 due to significant bug issues with WWE 2K20, but the franchise’s return with WWE 2K22 received largely positive reviews.
An RPG would be well outside WWE’s usual wheelhouse, but it could go a long way in attracting an even wider audience to WWE’s video game offerings, especially given the popularity of RPG franchises like Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft and others.
Role-playing games allow players to make choices that impact the path of play, giving an even greater sense of influence and control than is found in a typical video game.
McMahon did not provide any additional information regarding the WWE RPG game in terms of a release date or if it will be available on consoles.
Either way, the mere mention of a WWE RPG game is an exciting prospect for wrestling fans and gamers alike.
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