WWE Draft rules set, NXT talent count, which side has the first pick, whether teams can be split, and much more


WWE announced the following for the draft that will be held on Tuesday night.

-Raw has the first overall pick.

-For every two picks that Smackdown gets, Raw will receive three picks (due to Raw being a three-hour show).

-Tag teams count as one pick unless a brand specifically drafts a single member of the team.

-Six picks will be made from the NXT talent pool.

Powell’s POV: The names I’ve heard pop up the most in NXT talent discussions are Finn Balor (which is par for the course), American Alpha, and Bayley. WWE also released the full list of draft eligible talent at WWE.com. It’s interesting that Undertaker isn’t listed as draft eligible. Is it because he’s a limited part-timer? I’m sure there are more names I missed, but I also noticed that injured wrestlers Emma, Tamina, and Luke Harper are not draft eligible. The draft list shows New Day and The Social Outcasts as the trios that can be drafted as a unit. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows are listed as a team, while AJ Styles is a singles wrestler. Meanwhile, Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, and Erick Rowan are listed as singles wrestlers. I assume that once a team is drafted, a general manager can’t go back and pick one of the wrestlers from the selected team as a singles talent, but that is not specified.


Readers Comments (1)

  1. Not sure if this means anything but a week ago the card for my local event (Auckland, New Zealand) listed “The New Day vs. The Wyatt Family”, but it now lists “The New Day vs Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman and Erick Rowan”

    Same wrestlers, I know, but no longer being referred to as the Wyatts? Could that mean they are getting split up?

    Also, Titus is listed first in a match for the US Title vs Rusev. Doesn’t the champ always get listed first?

    I know these cards change all the time. But the Wyatt change could mean something.


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.