The first 20 picks of the 2019 WWE draft have taken place on SmackDown. Here are the 12 Superstars drafted to Raw, and the eight who will now call SmackDown home.
For the first time in more than three years, WWE is staging a draft. This one has a different feel than any other that has come before it. That's because SmackDown is taking the initiative. The two-day event started tonight on FOX, and will conclude this coming Monday on Raw. Raw also got the first pick of the draft after Seth Rollins won SmackDown's opening match by DQ.
Thus began the first round of picks. Since Raw has an extra hour to fill each week, Team Red received an extra pick each round. Raw selected Becky Lynch with the first overall pick, and then added The OC, and Drew McIntyre with its other two first-rounders. Meanwhile, SmackDown chose the man who cost them the first pick, Bray Wyatt, and the man he got disqualified, Roman Reigns.
Raw kicked off round two of Friday night's picks by bringing Randy Orton to Monday nights. They followed that pick up with Ricochet, and then Bobby Lashley. We wonder if Lana will be coming with him? As for Team Blue, FOX executives used their two second-round picks on Sasha Banks and Braun Strowman. That second one likely means an appearance or two from Tyson Fury on the blue brand too. Good business.
Onto round three, and Raw opted for Alexa Bliss, Kevin Owens, and Natalya. Meanwhile, SmackDown went with Lacey Evans and The Revival. It was made clear in the draft rules that execs could pick tag teams unless they specifically wanted one Superstar from a certain team. That begs the question, why did Raw pick Bliss and Nikki Cross separately? Cross, along with Street Profits and The Viking Raiders, was Raw's final live picks of the night.
SmackDown used its own final two picks to bulk up the roster in more ways than one, choosing Heavy Machinery and Lucha House Party. There were 10 unselected Superstars from the available pool, which means they will likely have their homes revealed later tonight/over the weekend on WWE.com and social media. Plus, there are still plenty of big names currently brandless who will discover their fates this Monday on Raw.