The WWE draft is set to begin on tonight's episode of SmackDown Live, and there are plenty of details you'll want to familiarize yourself with before it all begins.
For starters, WWE announced that Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will square off to determine which brand receives the first overall pick. WWE.com also revealed the list of superstars that are eligible to be selected in the draft, which you can view here.
BREAKING: @WWERollins (representing #RAW) will face @WWERomanReigns (representing #SmackDown) in the opening match of Friday Night #SmackDown on @FOXTV for the rights to the first overall pick in the #WWEDraft!https://t.co/7ZpBcJzHLB— WWE (@WWE) October 10, 2019
Finally, WWE.com also revealed the rules for the draft. The Raw brand will end up with 41 superstars, while SmackDown Live will come away with 30. The WWE press release also outlined that with Raw running an hour longer, the flagship program will make three selections "for every two picks" made by SmackDown.
Any tag team selected will also count as "one selection," unless Fox and USA Network decide they only want one wrestler from the tag team. And finally, any wrestler that isn't selected to Raw nor SmackDown will be free to sign with either brand following the draft.
There are plenty of celebrities that will be in attendance for the show as well. This includes NFL Fox broadcasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, former MLB MVP Alex Rodriguez plus Colin Jost and Michael Che from Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, and many more.
Who Will Stay And Who Will Go?
It's also been reported that WWE superstars are unsure of which brand they'll end up on, so the company is simply keeping everything in suspense. It was also reported by WrestleVotes that Raw Executive Director Paul Heyman "fought for" Aleister Black and Bray Wyatt, while Fox wants to keep Reigns and Charlotte Flair.
And of course, it's quite obvious that Brock Lesnar (WWE Champion) and Seth Rollins (Universal Champion) will appear on different brands. Ditto for Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch and the aforementioned Charlotte, who carries the SmackDown Women's Championship. Other than that, it's really anybody's guess how the entire draft will play out.