WWE is set to introduce a ruling that will allow for some crossover between Raw and SmackDown, which comes at a time when numbers have significantly declined on both shows.
POST Wrestling was informed that the ruling will be introduced on tonight’s episode of Raw with the hope that it will be a simpler version of last year’s ill-fated Wild Card rule.
Details of the specifics of the ruling were not made clear to us but it’s expected to keep talent crossovers to a minimum throughout the year.
One source indicated that this idea came at the request of the networks. Last week, Raw hit its lowest mark in modern history with 1,686,000 viewers while Friday Night SmackDown has recorded its three lowest figures since launching on Fox over the past three weeks.
We have also been told that the status of the Intercontinental championship will be addressed this week. The current champion Sami Zayn has not been present at recent shows at the WWE Performance Center.
Zayn won the Intercontinental title on March 8th at the Elimination Chamber show in a 3-on-1 handicap match pinning champion Braun Strowman. Zayn last appeared at the WrestleMania 36 tapings where he defended the title against Daniel Bryan on the first night that aired April 4th and was taped the week prior.