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Breaking News: The official 2016 WWE Draft Rules

The WWE unveiled the official rules for the impending Brand Extension Draft taking place this Tuesday night when Smackdown goes live!


The WWE tonight unveiled the official rules for the impending Brand Extension Draft taking place this Tuesday night when Smackdown goes live for the first time in WWE history.

The rules for the Draft are as follows:

1. Raw gets the first overall pick

2. The two shows will get their picks in regards to the length of the shows. For example, since Raw is Three Hours long, and Smackdown is only Two, Raw get Three picks to every Smackdown Two.

3. All tag teams (as stated below) will count as one pick, unless the COO or General Manager wants only one of the team’s members.

4. The two shows will be allowed a combined total of SIX picks from the NXT roster.

This is the list of eligible Superstars for the Draft:
(Sourced directly from http://www.wwe.com/article/wwe-draft-rules-2016)

Male Superstars
• AJ Styles
• Alberto Del Rio
• Apollo Crews
• Baron Corbin
• Big Show
• Braun Strowman
• Bray Wyatt
• Brock Lesnar
• Cesaro
• Chris Jericho
• Darren Young (w/ Bob Backlund)
• Dean Ambrose – WWE Champion
• Demon Kane
• Dolph Ziggler
• Erick Rowan
• Jack Swagger
• John Cena
• Kalisto
• Kevin Owens
• Mark Henry
• Neville
• Randy Orton
• Roman Reigns
• Rusev (w/ Lana) – United States Champion
• Sami Zayn
• Seth Rollins
• Sheamus
• Sin Cara
• The Miz (w/ Maryse) – Intercontinental Champion
• Titus O’Neil
• Zack Ryder

Tag Teams
• Breezango (Fandango and Tyler Breeze)
• Enzo and Cass (Enzo Amore and Big Cass)
• Gallows and Anderson (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson)
• Golden Truth (Goldust and R-Truth)
• Shining Stars (Epico and Primo)
• Social Outcasts (Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel and Heath Slater)
• The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor)
• The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley)
• The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) – Tag Team Champions
• The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso)
• The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch)

Female Superstars
• Alicia Fox
• Becky Lynch
• Charlotte – WWE Women’s Champion
• Dana Brooke
• Eva Marie
• Naomi
• Natalya
• Paige
• Sasha Banks
• Summer Rae

Interestingly, the WWE have not listed The Club or the Wyatt Family as a tag team, which could have serious ramifications for the two factions. It also appears to be the end for the Lucha Dragons, as they are not listed as a Tag Team either.

They’ve also refused to name the eligible folk from NXT, but logic dictates it will more than likely be some of the following:

• Finn Balor
• Bayley
• American Alpha
• Samoa Joe
• Shinsuke Nakamura
• Alexa Bliss
• Hideo Itami
• The Revival (Dash/Dawson) 

So these are the official rules for the Brand Extension Draft, taking place this Tuesday. Make sure you tune in as we’ll have a live pick-by-pick report of the Draft.

Liam Shone

Liam is a WWE/Football writer for the site and supports the Oakland Raiders and Liverpool FC. He's been writing for Realsport since March 2016 and began a degree in Sports Journalism in September 2016 at Southampton Solent University.

Breaking News: The official 2016 WWE Draft Rules

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