In any sport, everyone loves to make mock drafts, whether it be for upcoming entry drafts, All-Star teams, expansion franchises, or just random thought experiments that attempt to change past events. This time, it’s fans of pro wrestling who get a chance to mess with the careers of their favorite WWE Superstars, thanks to the resurrection of the Brand Extension. The real Draft goes down on the first live episode of Smackdown on July 19th, but before that happens, we thought we’d take a stab at filling out our picks for the first handful of roster spots on both Smackdown and Raw.
For the purposes of our draft (since WWE hadn`t released any rules of their own when we did this), we chose an alternating draft, and we’ll be doing the top 10 picks for each brand. Every titleholder, including the WWE Champion, is available, tag teams count as two people, and commentators/managers/non-wrestling personalities are not eligible to be drafted. In addition, nobody currently in NXT who hasn’t debuted on the main roster will be drafted, because we think they’ll instead make debuts on different brands in the coming weeks. We also didn`t bother drafting part-time wrestlers like Brock Lesnar or The Undertaker, since they`re just going to show up wherever they want to anyway.
In order to determine the order of drafting, we flipped a coin, and Smackdown won, which is probably the only time they’ll win anything of importance during however long the brand split lasts. To the podiums!
1. Smackdown – Dean Ambrose
Well, you have to draft the WWE Champion first over all, no matter who it is, right? You’d look pretty stupid if you were the brand that didn’t have a World title, because then you have to invent a title, and unless you come up with a great angle to determine the first champion, you’re already coming from behind. Or you could hand the new champion a World title out of a suitcase, you know, whatever you want to do. In any event, Dean Ambrose will almost certainly be WWE Champion (barring an unexpected and illogical loss to Seth Rollins on the Raw immediately before the Draft), and as tempting as some of the talent out the might be, you just have to go with the Champion.