The WWE draft came and went Tuesday night. While much of it went as expected, there were a few things that raised eyebrows among the WWE Universe.
Things started off as expected, with Rollins going to RAW, and Dean Ambrose becoming Smackdown's first pick.
However, from there it didn't quite go as people expected. Many thought RAW would become the home for the bigger shows, while Smackdown became the home for the younger up-and-coming stars. However, it went in almost the opposite direction.
While Smackdown got AJ Styles, they followed it up with John Cena and Randy Orton, while RAW ended up getting Charlotte and Sasha Banks for the women, The New Day and Enzo and Cass for the tag division, plus the likes of Kevin Owens, Cesaro and Sami Zayn. Plus, they made the biggest NXT pick, taking Finn Balor (who it seems may pair with Gallows and Anderson, who were also drafted to RAW).
Other than Cena, most of the biggest draws ended up on RAW, which is not the best sign if they wanted to make the brands somewhat equal. Even if you assume the tag and women's champions will be floating, most of the top competitors are on RAW, seemingly making it the dominant brand.
This isn't the death-knell to Smackdown that some people are making it out to be, but it is disappointing when it seemed like they might try to position Smackdown as close to an equal to RAW.
The other surprise came with the NXT picks. Six NXT picks were made, and while, as predicted, Finn Balor and American Alpha were selected, Bayley was not. This doesn't mean that Bayley won't be coming up soon, but it caught some people by surprise, especially with Sasha having a mystery partner on Sunday at Battleground.
The other NXT picks made were Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, and University of Maryland's own Mojo Rawley. The one thing I really liked here was Finn Balor being the 5th overall pick in the draft. While overall, the order of the picks didn't seem to matter, having Balor be picked in the first wave of picks was important to make people realize that he's a legitimate player immediately.
As with any draft, in any sport, it's impossible to say what will happen. With good writing, Smackdown could end up being just as good as RAW, if not better. We'll just have to wait and see.
The full draft picks:
The New Day
Enzo and Cass
Gallows and Anderson
The Big Show
The Golden Truth
The Dudley Boyz
The Shining Stars
Alberto Del Rio
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