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WWE Draft: Rules and Superstar Pools Revealed

Published 10/09/2020, 10:37 AM EDT


WWE’s annual draft is upon us. Like every year, the draft will continue for two nights, beginning on SmackDown. Moreover, Stephanie McMahon will preside over both show’s drafts!

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Just a few hours ahead of the first draft night, WWE and Fox Network unveiled the rules and Superstar pools.

As reported by WWE’s official website, more than 60 wrestlers are included in the overall draft pool, with 25 from SmackDown and 39 from Raw. WWE is not breaking up any groups as the tag teams and factions are collectively considered as one. As Raw runs for three hours to SmackDown’s two, it will receive three selections for every two picks from SmackDown.

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NXT superstars are not included in the draft. It solidifies the fact that NXT is still considered a developmental roster despite several main roster stars.

The rules also state that any undrafted superstar will immediately be declared as a free agent. The Superstar(s) are free to sign with the brand of their choosing.

Read more – WWE NXT in Trouble! All The Superstars Who Were Injured During Recent Times

WWE Draft has a massive superstar pool

Taking a look at the draft pool, we can say the event can change the course of the shows. There are numerous heavyweights and champions in the pool, meaning anything can happen. WWE and Fox worked for weeks with Superstars to reach an agreement.

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The Friday night’s draft has the likes of WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, WWE Raw Women’s Champion Asuka, WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Women’s Tag Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler, The Hurt Business, Seth Rollins, Jey Uso, Mysterio duo, Mickie James and more.

On the second night, WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley, 24/7 Champion R-Truth, Raw Tag team champions Street Profits, RETRIBUTION (with Mustafa Ali), Randy Orton, Alexa Bliss, and Bray Wyatt are included in the talent pool. Other interesting Superstars in the pool include Dabba-Kato and Arturo Ruas from Raw Underground, Erik of The Viking Raiders (by himself), and Zelina Vega.

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WWE Draft was relaunched after SmackDown became a separate brand in 2016. The drafts not only help in shaking things up but also pave the way for new characters, feuds, and alliances. Last year, Brock Lesnar, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, and Roman Reigns got drafted. Needless to say, fans wait for SmackDown with baited breaths.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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