2019 WWE Draft results: SmackDown and Raw rosters, rules, format, pools of superstars
Breaking down every detail of the WWE Draft between SmackDown (Fox) and Raw (USA Network)
In what is being billed as a true brand split that will give WWE's two main shows -- SmackDown and Raw -- completely different looks, the WWE Draft will be held over two days. It began with SmackDown on Friday, Oct. 11 and continues with Raw on Monday, Oct. 14. While prior drafts have often been promoted as SmackDown vs. Raw, this year's draft -- the first true one since 2016 -- is being marketed as Fox vs. USA Network.
As far as as how the draft will go down, WWE is doing its best to treat it like real sports. That means not only a formal draft process but also analysis of the picks as they happen and a preset draft pool. However, unlike most professional sports drafts, this pool of superstars is being split nearly in half with only superstars available each day. The reason? All the main event superstars would be chosen on the first night on SmackDown, leaving slim pickings and less reason to tune into Raw to see which superstars go to which brand. While it may be confusing, it is actually a smart decision.
Keep on reading for the official WWE Draft rules along with the latest results and the pool of superstars available on Raw this upcoming Monday night.
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WWE Draft format, rules
- Pool: 71 superstars -- 30 on Friday, 41 on Monday
- Picks: For every two SmackDown picks, Raw will get three
- Tag teams: Count as one pick, but teams can be split up
- Free agents: All undrafted superstars can sign with either brand
WWE Draft results: Day 1 (Friday)
Raw earned the first selection when Seth Rollins defeated Roman Reigns by disqualification due to interference from "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
Becky Lynch (c)
The O.C. (AJ Styles [c], Good Brothers)
"The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
The Revival (c)
Lucha House Party
Undrafted free agents: Cesaro, Chad Gable, Humberto Carillo, Akira Tozawa
Superstars eligible to be drafted on Monday, Oct. 14
- Men (26): Seth Rollins (c), Brock Lesnar (c), Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn (c), Titus O'Neil, Aleister Black, Daniel Bryan, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, The Miz, Ali, King Corbin, Elias, Samoa Joe, Rusev, Cedric Alexander, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth, Apollo Crews, Andrade, Jinder Mahal, Buddy Murphy, Mojo Rawley, No Way Jose, Shelton Benjamin, Drake Maverick
- Women (12): Charlotte Flair (c), Bayley, Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane [c]), Carmella, Liv Morgan, Dana Brooke, The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce), Sarah Logan, Fire & Desire (Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville)
- Teams (5): Dolph Ziggler & Bobby Roode (c), New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods), AOP (Akam & Rezar), Heavy Machinery (Tucker & Otis), Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder
- Notable listed: Street Profits, Humberto Carrillo, Drew Gulak, Akira Tozawa, Drake Maverick
- Notable unlisted: The Usos, Jeff & Matt Hardy, Sheamus, Lio Rush (c), Zelina Vega, Naomi, Lars Sullivan, Lana, Mike & Maria Kanellis, Nia Jax, Mickie James Ruby Riott, Alicia Fox, The Ascension, The Colons
- Part-time / likely ineligible: Cain Velasquez, John Cena, Ronda Rousey, The Undertaker
Celebrities joining the show
- Fox Sports: Alex Rodriguez, Troy Aiman, Joe Buck, Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas, Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Tony Gonzalez, Ronde Barber, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman, Daryl Johnson, Rob Stone, Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Urban Meyer, Charissa Thompson, Michael Vick, Peter Schrager, Joel Klatt
- NBCUniversal: Michael Che, Colin Jost, Christian Slater, Jim Cramer, Dule Hill, James Roady, Marcus Lemonis, Margaret Josephs, Melissa Gorga, Rodney Harrison, Chris Simms, Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Mustone, Kyle Martino
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