WWE has unloaded a plethora of information regarding the WWE Draft ahead of it’s scheduled kickoff on SmackDown this Friday. The format for the draft will be similar to that of other sporting events. Representatives and celebrities from FOX and NBC Universal, who owns USA Network, will show up on SmackDown and RAW to make the picks for their respective network’s brand. The first draft pick on Friday night will be decided in a match between former Shield brothers Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. With Rollins representing RAW and Reigns representing SmackDown. From there on out, the draft will follow the rules laid out on WWE’s official website. They’re as follows:
- Over 70 Superstars, as well as tag teams, are eligible for selection in this year’s WWE Draft
- SmackDown will draft 30 Superstars, and Raw will select another 41 Superstars
- Since SmackDown is a two-hour show and Raw is a three-hour show, for every two picks SmackDown makes, Raw will receive three
- Tag teams will count as one pick unless FOX or USA Network specifically wants to pick only one Superstar from the team
- Any undrafted Superstars will immediately be declared free agents and able to sign with the brand of their choosing
There will be “Draft Pools” for each night. This means certain superstars will be available to draft during SmackDown, then the rest will be available during the following RAW. The Draft Pools released by WWE are as follows:
SmackDown’s Draft Pool: Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns, The O.C. (United States Champion AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson), “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton, Sasha Banks, Ricochet, Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley, Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, Lacey Evans, The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar), SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder), Natalya, The Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins), Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado), Cesaro, Kevin Owens, Humberto Carrillo, Akira Tozawa, Sin Cara, Eric Young, EC3, Chad Gable, Heath Slater, Drew Gulak, The B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel), Tamina
RAW’s Draft Pool: Universal Champion Seth Rollins, WWE Champion Brock Lesnar, SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, Titus O’Neil, Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura (with Sami Zayn), Aleister Black, The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E & Xavier Woods), Daniel Bryan, Bayley, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, The Miz, Ali, King Corbin, Elias, Raw Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane), Rusev, Cedric Alexander, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth, Carmella, AOP (Akam & Rezar), Heavy Machinery (Tucker & Otis), Apollo Crews, Andrade, Liv Morgan, Jinder Mahal, Buddy Murphy, Mojo Rawley, No Way José, Dana Brooke, Shelton Benjamin, Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder, The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce), Sarah Logan, Fire & Desire (Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville), Drake Maverick
There are two things worth noting through all of this information. The Street Profits, Humberto Carrillo, and Drew Gulak are all currently assigned to the NXT/205 Live brands. This would indicate that all four of these individuals will now be moving on from NXT starting this Friday. Harper and Rowan are also not listed as a tag team in the Draft Pools. This would indicate WWE has no intention of keeping them a tag team following their loss at Hell In A Cell.
Stay tuned to Wrestle Royalty as we update with any new information that may come out ahead of this Friday’s WWE Draft on SmackDown.