So that’s how it is going. Over the next four days, WWE will be running its annual Draft. The two night event will see wrestlers moving from Monday Night Raw to SmackDown and vice versa, with NXT possibly thrown in for a bonus. This can be the kind of thing that changes WWE for a long time to come and the show always makes for an interesting night. Now we know how things might be going.
The WWE Draft has been taking place on and off since 2002, with some huge moments taking place throughout the years. Most of the time, you never know who is going to go where and that can make for some very interesting situations. You can often guess who is going to be going to another show, but now we know who could be going somewhere on both nights.
WWE has released the rules for the Draft, which will take place on both Friday’s SmackDown and Monday’s Monday Night Raw. Like last year, the wrestlers will be divided into two pools, with wrestlers only being able to drafted on a certain night. SmackDown will receive two picks for every three Monday Night Raw picks and any tag teams will count as one pick, unless FOX or USA agree to split them up. Any wrestlers who are not chosen are instantly free agents and can sign with either show.
Here are the pools:
Friday: Asuka, Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair, Dana Brooke, Humberto Carrillo, Elias, Angel Garza, Drew Gulak, Heavy Machinery (Otis & Tucker), The Hurt Business (Bobby Lashley, Shelton Benjamin, Cedric Alexander and MVP), Mickie James, Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado), Drew McIntyre, Murphy, Rey & Dominik Mysterio, Naomi, The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods), Roman Reigns, Ricochet, Seth Rollins, Mandy Rose, Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax, Shorty G, AJ Styles, Jey Uso
Monday: Andrade, Bayley, Aleister Black, Alexa Bliss, Daniel Bryan, Carmella, King Corbin, Apollo Crews, Nikki Cross, Dabba-Kato, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, Erik (of The Viking Raiders), Lacey Evans, Charlotte Flair, Jeff Hardy, Billie Kay, Lana, Keith Lee, The Miz & John Morrison, Riddick Moss, Natalya, Titus O’Neil, Randy Orton, Kevin Owens, R-Truth, RETRIBUTION (Mustafa Ali, T-BAR, MACE, SLAPJACK, RECKONING & RETALIATION), Matt Riddle, The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan), Peyton Royce, Arturo Ruas, Sheamus, Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro, The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford), Braun Strowman, Tamina, Akira Tozawa, Zelina Vega, Bray Wyatt, Sami Zayn
The Draft has been a big deal over the years. Check out some of its bigger moments:
Opinion: I can always go for a Draft, though I’m almost scared to see some of the moves made this year. WWE has so many talented wrestlers available that they could mix things up in several different ways. Some of these are going to be a lot different than others and WWE could certainly make some decisions that will not play out all that well. It will certainly be interesting though, and that’s what WWE needs right now.
What are you expecting from the Draft? Who should go where? Let us know in the comments below.
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