WWEÂ® TO HOLD HISTORIC DRAFT
Celebrity Appearances Lined Up for Special Three-Hour RAWÂ® on June 11
STAMFORD, Conn., June 6, 2007 â<80>” With the official 2007 draft season underway, World Wrestling EntertainmentÂ® is ready to shake the foundations of the sports entertainment world when it holds its own WWE talent draft on a special three-hour edition of Monday Night RAW (USA, 8 p.m. ET/7C) on June 11. The live broadcast will be accompanied by a special Mr. McMahon Appreciation Night with television appearances by Steve-O from JACKASS, Jesse Ventura, Gene Okerlund, Bobby Heenan and Mick Foley, among several other notables.
â<80><9c>With the 2007 draft comes an unprecedented occasion in WWE history where each Superstar across all three of our programs is subject to being placed on another roster,â<80> said Stephanie McMahon Levesque, Executive Vice President, Talent and Creative Writing. â<80><9c>No one will be safe this evening. This is what makes it so exciting to witness, as viewers will see some of their favorites being traded to a different roster, making for a thrilling dynamic in the months ahead.â<80>
All WWE Superstars and Divas from WWEâ<80><99>s highly rated prime time television programs â<80>” RAW (regularly at 9 p.m. ET/8 C), Friday Night SmackDownÂ® (CW 8 p.m. ET/7C) and ECWÂ®: Extreme Championship Wrestlingâ”¢ (SCI FI, 10 p.m. ET/9C) â<80>” will participate in the draft. With this yearâ<80><99>s draft being the first to feature all three WWE brands, there are sure to be some major talent roster changes.
The talent draft is a historical fan favorite. The first draft was held on March 25, 2002, when WWE decided to create two distinct brands, each with its own talent rosters and self-contained storylines within their respective television programs: Monday Night RAW and Friday Night SmackDown. That first draft pitted Vince McMahon, drafting for SmackDown, against WWE Legend Ric FlairÂ®, who then managed the RAW brand. It featured some of WWEâ<80><99>s most well-known Superstars, such as The RockÂ®, Triple HÂ®, UndertakerÂ® and current World Heavyweight Champion EdgeÂ®.
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