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WWE attempts to explain Vince McMahon’s wild card rule

This week’s Monday Night Raw kicked off with Vince McMahon opening the show, to be joined by Smackdown Live superstars. This caused Vince to come up with an idea he called the Wild Card Rule.

Now Superstars from RAW and SmackDown can jump brands for one-week only whenever they want. This is certainly quite confusing, but WWE has tried to explain this rule.

They tried to make sense of this rule on their website. They went into detail which included the events that eventually led Vince McMahon making this decision.

It is noted that the Wild Card Rule is the first “officially sanctioned” blurring of the lines between RAW and Smackdown Live. This won’t include the four major pay-per-views since jumps between brands happen there often.

While there won’t be any more RAW Supershows or return to how things used to be prior to the brand split in 2016, but “there are some staggering implications to the rule depending on who decides to take advantage of it.”

Here is WWE’s explanation regarding the Wild Card Rule below.

Mr. McMahon’s new “Wild Card Rule” explained

The latest wrinkle in the ongoing Superstar Shake-up emerged this Monday on Raw when Mr. McMahon announced a new “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, with unauthorized jumps to be penalized by fines or even potential firing. The number of crossover Superstars was initially capped at three — WWE Champion Kofi Kingston, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns started things off by appearing on Raw this Monday — though Lars Sullivan evidently persuaded The Chairman to expand the limit to four.

Superstars crossing between Raw and SmackDown LIVE has, of course, occurred on rare occasion since the 2016 Brand Extension, but the “Wild Card Rule” is the first officially-sanctioned blurring of the lines between Team Red and Team Blue Superstars. (The exceptions before tonight had been Becky Lynch, who holds both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Titles, and The IIconics, who are eligible to appear on all brands as the free-floating WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions). And although this isn’t to say we’re about to go back to the days of Raw SuperShows or do away with the Brand Extension, there are some staggering implications to the rule depending on who decides to take advantage of it: The main event of the Wild Card’s maiden voyage was Raw’s first true WWE Championship Match since 2016, and AJ Styles has already openly speculated about getting some friends from SmackDown LIVE to back him up against Universal Champion Seth Rollins.

As always, it will take a while before the true impact of the “Wild Card Rule” is realized, but it’s sure to make things very, very interesting going forward. See which new matchups will be made possible by the “Wild Card Rule” by tuning in to Raw and SmackDown LIVE, Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7 C on USA Network.

It will be interesting to see how it ultimately affects the product.


  • Soulshroude

    No explanation needed. The owner of the company fired his head writer for stupid sh*t. Thus, he made an appearance himself to enforce stupid sh*t and named it a “poker” card rule. Blah, blah, blah… it won’t boost ratings, cause it has always been done with stars from one brand to always make appearances on other brands. It’s the same stuff, weekly. Old, tired and boring.

  • CC

    And lets face it, everyone thought TNA was gonna be the next big thing nearly 20 years ago and would take the fight to WWE.

    Until AEW actually gets a weekly TV show, and starts to establish itself, anyone proclaiming they are going to “hammer” WWE is fooling themselves.

    Even if they do start to gain ground, it is going to take years before they are even up to truly challenging WWE.
    WWE has multi million dollar deals with Fox and Saudi Arabia that will last years, and AEW currently has nothing concrete.

    And lets face it, in this day and age, why do people have to choose between one or the other? This is a technological age where the restrictions we had in the late 90s and early 2000s that really made the Monday night wars a thing, are no longer a factor.

  • Rinn13

    I’m no modern WWE fan, but that’s quite a lot of hype for a promotion that has literally done nothing yet. I wouldn’t count on AEW “hammering WWE into the ground” just yet, considering WWE is a billion dollar brand, that has been around for decades, and is known worldwide. Regardless of how dismal their product has been for years, they are still THE name in wrestling.

    And while AEW will almost certainly make a splash early on, it’s a highly contentious point to assume that they’re gonna show up and BEAT WWE in ratings, etc. Let’s believe that when we actually see it happen. Until then, AEW has nothing but hype going for them.

  • Stephen Edwards

    I strongly believe that WWE is in panic mode not so much over the dismal ratings as of late but because they can see the writing on the wall in regard to AEW. I think that top WWE brass know that AEW are going to absolutely hammer them into the ground and a lot of there roster will jump over to the promotion. AEW have an absolutely HUGE cheque-book and big names like brock lesnar would certainly be interested in negotiating a HUGE pay day with AEW along with other top names from WWE.

  • Wicka Steve

    I hope Vince dies soon. This is garbage. The rosters ain’t the problem, it’s the booking. We don’t need different faces, we don’t need new faces; we need the writing to be good for the people they have.

  • CC

    It is not interesting in the slightest. It is just a pointless exercise and will soon be forgotten.
    Lets just end the brand separation now and have done with it. You can still have people just work one show a week to make sure more people get TV time, but at least this way when someone does work both shows it is for an actual reason not just “oh this week we are gonna get this guy to make an appearance for no real reason”.