2016 WWE Draft Results
WWE proceeded to switch things up as they held the 2016 WWE Draft on Smackdown first Live episode this year which was made in light of Smackdown’s shift to live Tuesday night programming.
This year’s WWE Draft ran a bit differently, as Raw had the distinct rules advantage on the onset. For every 2 Smackdown Live draft picks, there will be 3 Raw draft picks in return, due to Raw being a three hour show. Furthermore, 6 NXT superstars and/or tag teams will be called up to the main roster. The draft was preceded with Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley representing the red show, while the blue show was represented by Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan.
As was expected though, Raw’s first pick ended up being The Architect, Seth Rollins. The blue team countered by picking current WWE Champion Dean Ambrose. At the end of it all, 3 tag team stables have been broken, and there was even one superstar who was left out undrafted.
Here are the results for this year’s draft:
The commentary team was also shaken up as well. Monday Nights will now be spearheaded by Michael Cole, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves, while Tuesdays will be handled by Mauro Ranallo, John Bradshaw Layfield, and David Otunga. WWE Superstars and Main Event will be handled by Tom Phillips, with assistance from Graves (on Superstars) and Otunga (on Main Event). The Kickoff Panels will now be spearheaded by five-time WCW Champion Booker T, and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler.
Noticeably, Heath Slater was not drafted to either brand, however WWE.com is currently running a story where Slater might make a tour in the indies, presumably to those indies WWE has ties with (which is currently includes EVOLVE and Revolution Pro, among others). Some of the bigger name NXT stars are also noticeably not included in the draft, leading credence to the rumors that these names (like NXT champion Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, NXT Women’s Champion Asuka, and Austin Aries) will be staying with NXT for a while for the promotion’s main event scene. Former NXT women’s champion Bayley is currently rumored to be Sasha Banks’ mystery tag team partner for her tag match at WWE Battleground against Charlotte and Dana Brooke. Thefanboyseo will be having a preview of the upcoming PPV event in the coming days.
Did you like how the roster was split in this year’s WWE Draft? We here are certainly optimistic of what the future lies. Furthermore, we might see one set of these superstars come September in the WWE Live in Manila event.