When the first WWE Draft was introduced in 2002, a few rules were implemented to keep things in line and simple for fans to follow. The main one being was that all champions were able to crossover into both shows, but after they lost the title, they were eligible for the Draft. Also, the first time around, SmackDown! had the first round pick. Obviously, there was no NXT at the time, and there have been more than a few rumors circulating on who could be called up with the impending Draft coming Tuesday night.
Well, WWE has now discussed the rules involved with the draft and all of those eligible as well as where the champions go, and if tag teams can be broken up.
- 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/General Manager specifically only wants one member of the team
- Six draft picks will be made off the NXT roster
Off the bat, there are a few things fans are going to notice. One being that Roman Reigns is eligible, but missing is Ryback, who might not even be coming back to the company when the smoke clears.
Now the six coming from NXT is a crapshoot, but the best bets would be Bayley, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe (who is NXT Champion, but could still be possible to drop the title), and longshot would be Shinsuke Nakamura, who in the minds of some, is already more over than most of the main roster.
What do you readers think? Who do you think will be the possible new faces of Raw, SmackDown!, and even NXT?