Greetings! Since it will be a huge event, the draft will be detailed in this main post. This will include every draft pick made to see where everyone lands in the WWE between Raw, Smackdown, and any NXT moves. Trades will also be covered if they occur.
Note that details are still scant at the time of the original post so look below for UPDATES as they become available. So here is what is known so far (based on information from WWE TV or sources that are the same ones used in the Behind the Scenes Thread):
-Stephanie McMahon is the Commission of Raw while Shane McMahon is the Commissioner of Smackdown Live. They will have a chance to choose their General Managers (GMs) on the Raw preceding the Draft on July 18.
-Anyone is eligible to be drafted, even NXT talent as call ups, but no news yet if talent can be sent down to NXT via the draft itself. Also it is not known yet whether Commissioners or GMs take turns picking (like sports drafts) after determining who will pick first or if like the last draft done if the show matches will result in a show winning a pick somehow, but the pick being a random roulette pick. It might even be something totally different. At this time the commentary has hinted some part time talent such as Brock Lesnar and the Undertaker are also fair game to pick, but not others yet like The Rock. Talent who are injured or soon to be coming back from injury (e.g. Randy Orton, Neville, Luke Harper) are eligible to be drafted.
There is also no word as of yet how many picks will be done on Smackdown on July 19, but there will be a pre-show and post-show on the WWE Network and online, while during Smackdown the second screen experience is back on the WWE Network to gage reactions to every pick as they happen from those chosen and the locker room.
-At this time tag teams can be broken up but some managers might be negotiated as a package deal if you pick their wrestler (e.g. Paul Heyman, Maryse, Bob Backlund, Lana).
-There is no word yet how people with championships can be drafted if at all. There is talk of either some titles being able to allow their holder to go between both shows (like the WWE Championship, Women's Championship and WWE Tag Team Championships) or be distinct to only 1 brand. Also there might be some returns of old titles such as a second World Title.
-Battleground will be the last non-big 4 PPV to be duel-branded. The big 4 of SummerSlam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania will remain duel-branded and for now there are sore reporting having seen a list of PPVs where at least until the end of the year each brand would get a PPV per month, for a grand total of 20 PPVs.
UPDATE: At http://www.wwe.com/article/wwe-draft-rules-2016 the WWE posted the rules to the draft.
-Raw has the first overall pick.
-Since SmackDown Live is a two-hour show and Raw is three hours, for every two picks SmackDown Live receives, Raw will receive three picks.
-Tag teams count as one pick unless a Commissioner and/or General Manager specifically only wants one member of the team.
-Six draft picks will be made off the NXT roster.
-Note how if a wrestler has a manager that the manager counts with that wrestler as one pick.
-The Raw GM is Mick Foley, and the Smackdown GM is Daniel Bryan.
The list of current WWE Superstars eligible for the WWE Draft will be as follows:
Alberto Del Rio
Darren Young (w/ Bob Backlund)
Dean Ambrose – WWE Champion
Rusev (w/ Lana) – United States Champion
The Miz (w/ Maryse) – Intercontinental Champion
Breezango (Fandango and Tyler Breeze)
Enzo and Cass (Enzo Amore and Big Cass)
Gallows and Anderson (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson)
Golden Truth (Goldust and R-Truth)
Shining Stars (Epico and Primo)
Social Outcasts (Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel and Heath Slater)
The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor)
The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley)
The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) – Tag Team Champions
The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso)
The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch)
Charlotte – WWE Women’s Champion
Tune back and check below for all of the picks and trades!
1. Seth Rollins
2. Charlotte - Women's Champion
3. Finn Balor (from NXT)
4. Roman Reigns
5. Brock Lesnar
6. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) – Tag Team Champions
7. Sami Zayn
8. Sasha Banks
9. Chris Jericho
10. Rusev (w/ Lana) - United States Champion
11. Kevin Owens
12. Enzo and Cass (Enzo Amore and Big Cass)
13. Gallows and Anderson (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson)
14. Big Show
15. Nia Jax (from NXT)
END OF TELEVISED PICKS
19. Golden Truth (Goldust and R-Truth)
20. Titus O'Neil
22. Darren Young (w/ Bob Backlund)
23. Sin Cara
24. Jack Swagger
25. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley)
26. Summer Rae
27. Mark Henry
28. Braun Strowman
29. Bo Dallas
30. Shining Stars (Epico and Primo)
31. Alicia Fox
32. Dana Brooke
33. Curtis Axel
1. Dean Ambrose - WWE Champion
2. AJ Styles
3. John Cena
4. Randy Orton
5. Bray Wyatt
6. Becky Lynch
7. The Miz (w/ Maryse) - Intercontinental Champion
8. Baron Corbin
9. American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable from NXT)
10. Dolph Ziggler
12. Alberto Del Rio
END OF TELEVISED PICKS
13. The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso)
14. Demon Kane
17. The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor)
18. Zack Ryder
19. Apollo Crews
20. Alexa Bliss (from NXT)
21. Breezango (Fandango and Tyler Breeze)
22. Eva Marie
23. The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch)
24. Erick Rowan
25. Mojo Rawley (from NXT)
26. Carmella (from NXT)
Other news during SmackDown Live:
-John Cena right after the show would appear live on Sportscentre on ESPN at 10PM EST.
-Heath Slater the only WWE superstar not drafted, and they pointed that out at the end.
-The WWE also announced new commentary teams for both shows with Michael Cole, Corey Graves, & Byron Saxton calling Raw and Mauro Ranallo, JBL, & David Otunga calling SmackDown. Jerry Lawler had been doing color commentary for SmackDown but is no longer listed for either show. Tom Phillips will be calling NXT every week with Graves and doing Superstars each week with Otunga.
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