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
|#1||Monday Night Raw||Seth Rollins|
|#2||SmackDown Live||Dean Ambrose|
|#3||Monday Night Raw||Charlotte|
|#4||SmackDown Live||AJ Styles|
|#5||Monday Night Raw||Finn Balor|
|#6||Monday Night Raw||Roman Reigns|
|#7||SmackDown Live||John Cena|
|#8||Monday Night Raw||Brock Lesnar|
|#9||SmackDown Live||Randy Orton|
|#10||Monday Night Raw||The New Day|
|#11||Monday Night Raw||Sami Zayn|
|#12||SmackDown Live||Bray Wyatt|
|#13||Monday Night Raw||Sasha Banks|
|#14||SmackDown Live||Becky Lynch|
|#15||Monday Night Raw||Chris Jericho|
|#16||Monday Night Raw||Rusev (w/ Lana)|
|#17||SmackDown Live||The Miz (w/ Maryse)|
|#18||Monday Night Raw||Kevin Owens|
|#19||SmackDown Live||Baron Corbin|
|#20||Monday Night Raw||Enzo & Big Cass|
|#21||Monday Night Raw||Gallows & Anderson|
|#22||SmackDown Live||American Alpha|
|#23||Monday Night Raw||The Big Show|
|#24||SmackDown Live||Dolph Ziggler|
|#25||Monday Night Raw||Nia Jax|
|#26||Monday Night Raw||Neville|
|#28||Monday Night Raw||Cesaro|
|#29||SmackDown Live||Alberto Del Rio|
|#30||Monday Night Raw||Sheamus|
|#31||Monday Night Raw||Golden Truth|
|#32||SmackDown Live||The Usos|
|#33||Monday Night Raw||Titus O’Neil|
|#34||SmackDown Live||Demon Kane|
|#35||Monday Night Raw||Paige|
|#36||Monday Night Raw||Darren Young (w/ Bob Backlund)|
|#38||Monday Night Raw||Sin Cara|
|#40||Monday Night Raw||Jack Swagger|
|#41||SmackDown Live||The Ascension|
|#42||Monday Night Raw||The Dudley Boyz|
|#43||SmackDown Live||Zack Ryder|
|#44||Monday Night Raw||Summer Rae|
|#45||SmackDown Live||Apollo Crews|
|#46||Monday Night Raw||Mark Henry|
|#47||SmackDown Live||Alexa Bliss|
|#48||Monday Night Raw||Braun Strowman|
|#50||Monday Night Raw||Bo Dallas|
|#52||Monday Night Raw||The Shining Stars|
|#53||SmackDown Live||The Vaudevillains|
|#54||Monday Night Raw||Alicia Fox|
|#55||SmackDown Live||Erick Rowan|
|#56||Monday Night Raw||Dana Brooke|
|#57||SmackDown Live||Mojo Rawley|
|#58||Monday Night Raw||Curtis Axel|
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.