The WWE Draft began in earnest on SmackDown on the 1st of October with a new report now shedding light on when WWE Superstars found out where they’d end up.
SmackDown kicked off proceedings with the first pick in the 2021 Draft and they made sure the Head Of The Table on the blue brand remained occupied as they picked WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Raw in turn made sure to guarantee the WWE Championship stayed put as they drafted Big E.
With only certain WWE Superstars eligible to be picked on Friday night’s show, SmackDown then plucked the Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, with Bianca Belair heading in the opposite direction to the red brand.
The second round was kicked off with SmackDown picking former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre before Raw held onto their Tag Team Champions by drafting RK-Bro. The New Day found themselves split once more as Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods head to SmackDown with WWE Hall Of Famer Edge going to Raw.
Round three of the Draft saw Happy Corbin and his sidekick Madcap Moss staying put on SmackDown, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nikki A.S.H and Rhea Ripley were then drafted by Raw. Hit Row were the first picks from NXT 2.0 as the four-piece group was drafted by SmackDown and Keith ‘Bearcat’ Lee stays put on Raw.
The final round of picks on SmackDown was kicked off with the blue brand picking former SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi. Raw followed up by drafting Rey and Dominik Mysterio before SmackDown picked Jeff Hardy. The final pick on Friday night went to Raw and they plucked The Way’s Austin Theory from NXT 2.0.
Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com has now reported that WWE Superstars were told where they were being drafted to shortly before the announcements were made. Johnson followed up saying that there were no surprises for talents as they knew their future “by the time the show went on the air.”