Draft Fallout: 8 Raw Wrestlers That Will Thrive And 7 That Will Fail

So the anticipation is finally over. The WWE Draft of “the New Era” has been completed with unique rosters being set for both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live, as the draft set the tone for the future of the company very well. The Draft did have some surprises here and there with some NXT superstars getting their main roster calls, as well as both brands having a variety of talent to choose from. Raw got more picks because of it being 3 hours, and won the battle of the brands with an arguably more talented roster as Stephanie and Mick Foley made full use of their power to reap the absolute best for their brand.

Monday Night Raw currently has the Women’s Champion Charlotte, Tag Team Champions The New Day and US Champion Rusev. With both of Raw’s top dogs in Rollins and Reigns competing for the WWE Championship at Battleground, one can presume that it won’t be long before WWE’s most coveted prize is on the red brand. Not only did Raw pick the current main eventers in Rollins and Reigns but also balanced out the future pretty well, adding the likes of Finn Balor (who has the skills of being a future world champion), the exciting Enzo and Cass and also an amazing Divas Division. With Stephanie McMahon also announcing a Cruiserweight Division that's just around the corner, one can expect a lot of entertainment from this star-studded brand.

But the Raw roster is absolutely stacked, meaning that every man or woman will have to give their utmost best to even survive at the pinnacle of the company. With so many superstars but so little opportunity left, everyone will have to put in impressive performances week in, week out in order to woo creative into pushing them further upwards. But the array of talent Monday Night Raw possesses includes some who will absolutely thrive at the prospect of fighting their way to the top, while some others might get lost in the pack. Let’s take a look at 8 Raw Wrestlers who will thrive in the brand and 7 who will fail.


16 Neville

15 Enzo & Cass

14 Cesaro

@wwecesaro is officially part of the #RAW roster! #WWEDraft

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13 Rusev

12 Sasha Banks

#RAW just got LEGIT! #WWEDraft @sashabankswwe

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11 Finn Balor

From #NXT to #Raw! @wwebalor is ready to take over Monday night! #WWEDraft

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10 Kevin Owens

The prizefighter #KevinOwens gets drafted by #RAW! #WWEDraft

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9 Seth Rollins

@wwerollins gets drafted first overall to #RAW! #WWEDraft

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7 Jack Swagger

#JackSwagger gets drafted to #RAW! #WWEDraft

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6 Paige

@realpaigewwe is coming to #RAW! #WWEDraft

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5 Titus O’Neil

@titusoneilwwe brings his strength to the #RAW roster! #WWEDraft

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4 The Dudley Boyz

The #DudleyBoyz are bringing the tables to #RAW! #WWEDraft

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3 Sheamus

@wwesheamus gets drafted by #RAW! #WWEDraft

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2 Sami Zayn

#SamiZayn gets drafted by #Raw! #WWEDraft

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1 Braun Strowman

#BraunStrowman is heading to #RAW! #WWEDraft

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Braun Strowman’s debut was quite terrorizing, as the absolute monster of a man came to destroy the duo of Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. Introduced as the “black sheep” of the Wyatt Family, Strowman let Bray do the talking for him while he destroyed bodies in the ring. He impressed Vince so much at first that creative had great things planned for Strowman, with a match against Brock Lesnar even considered for the near future. But Strowman was still pretty raw and slow in the ring as Vince saw the flaws in his brawny superstar and put down all plans for him, letting him destroy people for Bray. Strowman is quite the terrifying character but now that he is drafted away from Bray(drafted to Smackdown) and has ended up alone in Monday Night Raw, it isnt’ sure where he goes from here. Strowman has no compelling mic-skills which is a mandatory asset in the field of Sports-entertainment and is very limited inside the ring, wrestling mostly in tag matches for short durations. WWE has transitioned from their love for Brawny, Monstrous men to more agile superstars and the lack of pace in Strowman might make him suffer in Raw as he has no story-line potential without Bray either. Strowman might wither into nothingness soon enough because of his incapability to make for interesting matches or promos on his own, and might terribly fail on his own at the competitive environment of Raw.

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