WWE Draft 2016
July 19, 2016
Watch: WWE Network
The 2016 WWE Draft has come and gone; and after all the anticipation, we’re finally able to see what Raw and Smackdown will look like going forward. We now know who made up the NXT Six, which Superstar didn’t get the call from a GM, and which championships will be defended on which show. So, which side is more appealing to you?
— Voices of Wrestling (@voiceswrestling) July 20, 2016
- Heath Slater did not get drafted. Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel of #SocialOutcasts were both chosen individually by Raw.
- The NXT Six were revealed as Finn Bálor, American Alpha, Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss, Mojo Rawley, and Carmella
- Both brands drafted tag teams and female Superstars, making it more likely new championships are coming to each brand.
- AJ Styles, John Cena, Randy Orton and Dean Ambrose appear to be the top level male Superstars on Smackdown.
- Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Brock Lesnar were drafted to lead Raw.
- Each brand selected cruiserweight Superstars, the most surprising of which was Kalisto chosen by Smackdown.
- We did not find out who Sasha Banks’ mystery partner for WWE Battleground will be on Smackdown.
- Raw selected the US Champion Rusev, while Smackdown selected the Intercontinental Champion The Miz. However, each challenger for those championships at WWE Battleground were selected by the opposite brand of the champion. Meaning, the titles could switch shows on Sunday.
- Raw has 42 talents on its roster after the Draft.
- Smackdown has 32 talents on its roster after the Draft.
The New Day
Rusev w/ Lana
Enzo & Big Cass
Gallows & Anderson
Darren Young w/ Bob Backlund
The Dudley Boyz
The Miz w/ Maryse
Alberto Del Rio