The 2021 WWE Draft It officially kicked off on this week’s Friday Night SmackDown when WWE’s top two brands rocked their respective rosters. While many of the top stars from each show were selected to stay, several big names moved in as well. WWE confirmed that the selections will not go into effect until the day after Crown Jewel on October 22, which means that the stories leading up to Saudi Arabia’s pay-per-view will be able to continue undisturbed.
You can see the full results of the first night of the 2021 WWE Draft in the list below. Which show do you think had the best night? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Roman Reigns to SmackDown
“The Tribal Chief” was officially chosen as the first overall draft pick. Reigns has been the mainstay of the SmackDown brand for several years and has held the WWE Universal Championship for over a year.
2. Big E to Raw
Technically, E was transferred to Raw several weeks ago when he cashed in Money in the Bank to become WWE Champion, but Friday’s selection makes it official.
3. Charlotte Flair to SmackDown
The current Raw Women’s Champion was recruited for the Blue Mark with the third overall pick. “The Queen” has previously held the SmackDown Women’s Championship five times, but has not held that particular title since 2019.
4. Bianca Belair to Raw
Rather than immediately send Becky Lynch to Raw to give the show a reigning Women’s Champion, the Red Brand decided to select “The EST.” Belair will still challenge Lynch and Sasha Banks to a SmackDown women’s title match on Jewel in the crown.
5. Drew McIntyre to SmackDown
The two-time WWE Champion was selected with the first pick of the second round and quickly cut a promotion behind the scenes saying that he will pursue the WWE Universal Championship.
6. RK-Bro to Raw
Riddle and Randy Orton will stay on Raw as Raw Tag Team Champions. Orton reportedly was not cleared to compete on last week’s Raw, but WWE has yet to confirm that “The Viper” has some sort of serious injury.
7. Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods to SmackDown
Just weeks after The New Day reunited on Raw, WWE once again divided the group by sending Kingston and Woods back to the Blue Brand while Big E remains on Raw.
8. From edge to raw
“The Rated-R Superstar” was technically a free agent since he returned, but this selection officially moves to the WWE Hall of Fame to Monday night raw.
10. Rhea Ripley and Nikki ASH to Raw
The fact that Rhea Ripley and Nikki ASH are WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions means that they are free to float between brands regardless, but this choice means that they will stick with Raw when they end up losing the tag team titles.
11. Hit Row for SmackDown
The first NXT calls for the 2021 Draft took place in the third round when the Hit Row faction of NXT – North American NXT Champion Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Top Dolla, Ashonte “Thee” Adonis and B-FAB – were selected. for the Blue Mark. The group has been working together since May, but quickly became one of the most popular acts on NXT.
12. Keith Lee to Raw
Days after Lee debuted with his new personality and the nickname “Bearcat,” the former NXT Champion was chosen to stay on Raw.
13. Naomi to SmackDown
Much to the dismay of Sonya Deville, the former SmackDown Women’s Champion is back at the Blue Mark.
14. Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio to Raw
The Mysterios return to Raw a year after being recruited for SmackDown last year. The two became the first father-son duo to win tag team gold in WWE history earlier this year.
15. Jeff Hardy to SmackDown
The former WWE Champion is heading to SmackDown after spending the last year almost exclusively on the Raw undercard.
16. Austin to Raw Theory
This technically marks NXT’s Theory’s second call-up to the Red Brand, as he was previously promoted last year to begin teaming up with Angel Garza and Andrade. Once he was transferred, he became a member of The Way, but had been absent from the group for the past few months.
Brock Lesnar as a free agent
“The Beast” officially announced in a backstage promotion that, thanks to Paul Heyman, he would be recruited by either brand and remain a free agent for the next year. This infuriated Reigns, who demanded that Heyman go to Raw and make sure The Usos remained on the SmackDown roster. He then told Jimmy and Jey that if Heyman failed, they had to “leave him for dead.”