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Full WWE Draft Results & Analysis

Check out a full list of WWE Draft Picks! Which teams stayed together? Which NXT superstars were picked? Who got left out?

The first ever edition of SmackDown Live has finally come and gone, and along with it the 2016 WWE Draft. Here are the full results of the WWE Draft, as well as some analysis and notable points about how things have turned out. 

Full List of Draft Picks

#1Monday Night RawSeth Rollins
#2SmackDown LiveDean Ambrose
#3Monday Night RawCharlotte
#4SmackDown LiveAJ Styles
#5Monday Night RawFinn Balor
#6Monday Night RawRoman Reigns
#7 SmackDown LiveJohn Cena
#8Monday Night RawBrock Lesnar
#9SmackDown LiveRandy Orton
#10Monday Night RawThe New Day
#11Monday Night RawSami Zayn
#12SmackDown LiveBray Wyatt
#13Monday Night RawSasha Banks
#14SmackDown LiveBecky Lynch
#15Monday Night RawChris Jericho
#16Monday Night RawRusev (w/ Lana)
#17SmackDown LiveThe Miz (w/ Maryse)
#18Monday Night RawKevin Owens
#19SmackDown LiveBaron Corbin
#20Monday Night RawEnzo & Big Cass
#21Monday Night RawGallows & Anderson
#22SmackDown LiveAmerican Alpha
#23Monday Night RawThe Big Show
#24SmackDown LiveDolph Ziggler
#25Monday Night RawNia Jax
#26Monday Night RawNeville
#27SmackDown LiveNatalya
#28Monday Night RawCesaro
#29SmackDown LiveAlberto Del Rio
#30Monday Night RawSheamus
#31Monday Night RawGolden Truth
#32SmackDown LiveThe Usos
#33Monday Night RawTitus O’Neil
#34SmackDown LiveDemon Kane
#35Monday Night RawPaige
#36Monday Night RawDarren Young (w/ Bob Backlund)
#37SmackDown LiveKalisto
#38Monday Night RawSin Cara
#39SmackDown LiveNaomi
#40Monday Night RawJack Swagger
#41SmackDown LiveThe Ascension
#42Monday Night RawThe Dudley Boyz
#43SmackDown LiveZack Ryder
#44Monday Night RawSummer Rae
#45SmackDown LiveApollo Crews
#46Monday Night RawMark Henry
#47SmackDown LiveAlexa Bliss
#48Monday Night RawBraun Strowman
#49SmackDown LiveBreezango
#50Monday Night RawBo Dallas
#51SmackDownEva Marie
#52Monday Night RawThe Shining Stars
#53SmackDown LiveThe Vaudevillains
#54Monday Night RawAlicia Fox
#55SmackDown LiveErick Rowan
#56Monday Night RawDana Brooke
#57SmackDown LiveMojo Rawley
#58Monday Night RawCurtis Axel
#59SmackDown LiveCarmella

Notable Selections & Results

One of the big worries going into the draft was which teams or groups would find themselves split up. While many remained intact, a few were not so lucky. To start, AJ Styles wound up on SmackDown while Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson were drafted to Raw. Gallows & Anderson will be joined by longtime friend and fellow former Bullet Club member Finn Balor. 

The Wyatt Family was listed separately within the draft and not considered a unit, which added to the possibility that they’d end up on different shows. Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowen wound up on SmackDown, but the behemoth Braun Strowman was drafted to Monday Night Raw. How will Strowman fit into the picture on Raw without the leader of The Wyatt Family to keep him on task? 

Going into the draft, the rules stipulated that six picks would be made from the NXT roster. We got exactly that many, but they weren’t all ones that were expected. The first NXT pick came at fifth overall as Raw selected Finn Balor. Raw also acquired Nia Jax, an unorthadox and dominant female competitor who will be an immediate threat to WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte. 

On SmackDown, there were several NXT superstars who found a new home. This began with the acquisition of the hottest tag team in NXT, American Alpha. During the later picks which took place on the WWE Network, SmackDown added Alexa Bliss and Carmella to their women’s division. Mojo Rawley was also drafted, and finds himself on the same brand as Zack Ryder, potentially prompting a reunion of The Hype Bros on a bigger stage. 

In relation to the secondary championships, The Miz and the Intercontinental Championship are now on SmackDown while United States Champion Rusev was drafted to Raw. Interestingly, their challengers were both drafted to opposite brands. Darren Young was drafted to Raw while Zack Ryder was drafted to SmackDown. At Battleground, both secondary championships could end up switching to the other brand based on the outcome of those matches. 

On the note of championships, the WWE Women’s Championship has gone to Monday Night Raw along with the WWE Tag Team Championships. There has been no word as of yet if the champions will float between brands or if SmackDown will introduce their own version of either title. As for the WWE Championship, Dean Ambrose was able to retain against Seth Rollins and take the championship to SmackDown, but that could change at Battleground as he’ll defend against Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, both now Raw superstars. 

One last note, the WWE released a list of Eligible Superstars prior to the draft. The numbers added up well, and in the end they covered all their bases. Every single superstar listed as eligible was drafted, and exactly six picks were made from the NXT roster. Oh, except for Heath Slater. No one picked Heath Slater. Seriously.

Patches Chance

Yo, Patches Chance here. I'm the Content Editor for the WWE section here at RealSport. In my past, I majored in English Literature at the University of Houston. I'm a former referee with the Doomsday Wrestling promotion. I've been an avid fan for over fifteen years and have written about wrestling for over a decade. I'm also a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and have been a featured columnist for WhatTheBuc. Edge will always be my favorite, but Shinsuke Nakamura is the best thing in wrestling today.

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