A new report has claimed that some WWE Superstars didn’t find out that they would be switching brands during the recent WWE Draft until their names were called.
The latest edition of the WWE Draft took place across the October 1st edition of SmackDown and the October 4th episode of Monday Night Raw. While Universal Champion Roman Reigns and The Bloodline are staying on SmackDown and WWE Champion Big E will be remaining on Raw, the women’s division saw numerous big name stars on the move.
Bianca Belair was drafted to Raw along with SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, while Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair is heading to SmackDown.
A new report from Fightful Select has now lifted the lid on the backstage mechanics of the draft. The report notes that select talent were told on Thursday that they would be switching brands the following evening on SmackDown. Those calls were made by a mix of Vince McMahon and talent relations. However, other talent were left in limbo over their immediate future.
“There were numerous people stuck in limbo between NXT and WWE who learned various things. Some weren’t told until after the draft started that they wouldn’t be drafted, some learned as their names were called, and others were prepared for TV.”
The report closes by saying that the majority of names on who moved on Raw weren’t aware of plans when the show began. Although there were exceptions. Once the first round happened, many expected to move, but some of those that didn’t, weren’t told that would be the case.
The report comes after it was noted that those within NXT weren’t told about call-ups from the brand.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer notes that the decision to move Hit Row was taken days in advance. Although those within NXT were seemingly unaware of that the faction would be leaving the brand.