The biggest news of the week was, understandably, the WWE Draft. While we did get to see six picks from the NXT roster made, some reports are stating that there were different plans in mind initially. The most noticeable absence in the selections was former NXT Women’s Champion Bayley who has been expected to be called up since losing the championship to Asuka at NXT TakeOver: Dallas. There is still belief that she may be used as Sasha Banks’ partner at WWE Battleground, and they didn’t want to give that away by drafting her. There was also talk of bringing up Jason Jordan, but not Chad Gable. It’s unclear why, but apparently that plan changed as both members of American Alpha were drafted to SmackDown.
While the expectation going into the draft was that we’d eventually get a second World Championship, a belief fueled by the shift from calling their main title the “WWE World Heavyweight Championship” and simply reverting it to being the “WWE Championship,” more recent news indicates that WWE’s creative is still completely undecided on the situation. Even going into the draft, it was being reported that the company had not made a decision on any of the championships, including the secondary singles titles and Tag Team Titles.
More bad news for “The Beast Incarnate” seems to have surfaced. While Brock Lesnar has been dominating the media cycle since his victory over Mark Hunt and subsequent failed drug tests, now reports are stating that the situation may have even impacted his draft position. Initially, Lesnar was originally planned as the #1 Overall Draft Pick to go to Monday Night Raw. Instead, Seth Rollins was drafted #1 Overall by Raw and Dean Ambrose was the first selection by SmackDown. Brock Lesnar fell all the way to #8 Overall, a disappointing position for the former WWE Champion and UFC Heavyweight Champion.
Speaking of the draft, several former WWE superstars have reportedly been in talks with WWE to return. The main two names are Curt Hawkins, the former tag team partner of Zack Ryder, and former ECW Champion Rhyno. While Hawkins has been out of WWE for some time, Rhyno has made sparing appearances with NXT over the past few years and is a likely choice. Both are expected to go to the SmackDown brand, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Other names that have been mentioned are Tommy Dreamer and even former 3MB member Jinder Mahal.
As far as the already announced Cruiserweight Division is concerned, several of the competitors currently competing in the Cruiserweight Classic have already been in talks with WWE to sign future deals. PWTorch.com is reporting that Kota Ibushi and Gran Metalik have already signed deals to compete after the CWC concludes, and some reports are indicating that Cedric Alexander, Akira Tozawa, Tajiri, Johnny Gargano, and Tommaso Ciampa are all being considered for inclusion in the return of the Cruiserweight Division to Monday Night Raw.