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WWE Draft 2016 Brand Split Results & Roster Breakdown

Posted by Anthony Mango Tuesday, July 19, 2016
The structure of WWE is about to change, as a new brand extension is going to be in effect with the split between Raw and SmackDown. Every superstar will be eligible for the 2016 WWE Draft to end up on Shane McMahon or Stephanie McMahon's shows.

All of this will be taking place as SmackDown goes live tonight (July 19, 2016) coming to you from the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Stay tuned as we will be updating you with the results!

Nothing really to report on the pre-show, but there will be what basically translates to a supplemental draft after SmackDown goes off the air, broadcast on the WWE Network, so we'll be covering that as well in this post.

RAW DRAFTS: Seth Rollins
- Makes sense, as he may win the championship tonight.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Dean Ambrose
- Again, this makes sense. Why wouldn't you want the current champion?

RAW DRAFTS: Charlotte
- This is a good way to add credibility to the Women's Championship for not being drafted too late into the game.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: AJ Styles
- Big name who we all kind of thought would be going over to SmackDown.

RAW DRAFTS: Finn Balor
- Wow...big move. That boosts Finn Balor's credibility up massively, as well as NXT's.

RAW DRAFTS: Roman Reigns
- Chorus of boos...they definitely need to turn this guy heel and Seth Rollins babyface.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: John Cena
- He went further down the line than I thought he would, but I was expecting him to go to SmackDown.

RAW DRAFTS: Brock Lesnar
- C'mon. We knew he'd be on Raw. No surprises here.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Randy Orton
- There goes an extended feud between Orton and Lesnar, right? Also, I'm kind of shocked that Orton and Cena and Ambrose are all on the same show.

RAW DRAFTS: The New Day
- Very glad to see them all drafted as a unit!

RAW DRAFTS: Sami Zayn
- I didn't expect him to come up until a few more draft picks, and I thought he was a guarantee for SmackDown.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Bray Wyatt
- Interesting that they officially aren't acknowledging The Wyatt Family as a unit.

RAW DRAFTS: Sasha Banks
- She didn't get her wish, as she was hoping for SmackDown.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Becky Lynch
- Possibly the primary babyface for the women on SmackDown?

RAW DRAFTS: Chris Jericho
- Honestly, I forgot about Jericho. It's kind of weird how Raw is filled with heels and has both Jericho and Lesnar, who won't necessarily be around all the time.

RAW DRAFTS: Rusev w/ Lana
- So, The Miz is going next, right?

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: The Miz w/ Maryse
- Told ya.

RAW DRAFTS: Kevin Owens
- Give him the belt.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Baron Corbin
- Much earlier than I had anticipated, but he kind of balances out Rusev as a brute midcarder.

RAW DRAFTS: Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady
- Why are The New Day and Enzo and Big Cass on Raw together? That's a mistake that I'm not fond of. I think it's going to bite them in the ass in the long run.

RAW DRAFTS: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
- The Club splits up? I really hope Finn Balor doesn't take his place, as Raw needs babyfaces badly.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: American Alpha
- Yessss!

RAW DRAFTS: Big Show
- Remember when I said I forgot about Chris Jericho? Even more when it comes to Big Show, but I like him, so okay.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Dolph Ziggler
- Definitely called this one a few weeks back.

RAW DRAFTS: Nia Jax
- WTF??? She's not even ready to be wrestling in NXT! Why is she coming to Raw???

RAW DRAFTS: Neville
- So many injured stars weren't eligible, but Stephanie just said that he's returning to action, so that's a good thing.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Natalya
- Bleh. I'm not sure I like the idea of these feuds that are currently going on continuing even longer. We'll need variety, not repetition on these shows.

RAW DRAFTS: Cesaro
- Took them long enough, right? Also, I'm going to assume Apollo Crews is the next pick for SmackDown or at least somewhere down the line, to balance this out.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Alberto Del Rio
- Ewwwww lol. You guys know how I feel about Del Rio and Sheamus (where's he at on this list, by the way?)

RAW DRAFTS: Sheamus
- Oh, there he is. Remember how I said a few days ago that Sheamus and Del Rio balance each other out? Called it.

NOTE: That is the final televised pick, but the WWE Network is going to continue doing the rest of the roster, so keep checking this post out!

RAW DRAFTS: The Golden Truth
- It's a little lame that this supplemental draft is coming off more like the lottery, but oh well. How is The Golden Truth being drafted before Apollo Crews and such?

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: The Usos
- Another team not being split up, which is good.

RAW DRAFTS: Titus O'Neil
- Booker likes this pick. I'm meh about it. Titus has less of an upside in my mind than I think WWE values him to be.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Kane
- It's good that he and Big Show are on different shows.

RAW DRAFTS: Paige
- She's going to turn heel and babyface over and over again.

RAW DRAFTS: Darren Young
- Seriously?

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Kalisto
- This should have been Zack Ryder.

RAW DRAFTS: Sin Cara
- WWE spoiled this one yesterday.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Naomi
- Please push her instead of Natalya!

RAW DRAFTS: Jack Swagger
- He should have been on SmackDown to counterbalance Titus O'Neil, but okay.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: The Ascension
- Why did SmackDown get a random pick here?

RAW DRAFTS: The Dudley Boyz
- Glad they aren't split up.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Zack Ryder
- Took them long enough for someone who was supposed to be considered to take a step up, right?

RAW DRAFTS: Summer Rae
- Hm...curious...

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Apollo Crews
- Speaking of taking long enough. Goddamn.

RAW DRAFTS: Mark Henry
- Sure, why not? I like Mark Henry a lot, but he is kind of a non-player at the moment.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Alexa Bliss
- WOW. I didn't expect her to come up once they brought Nia Jax into the mix.

RAW DRAFTS: Braun Strowman
- He isn't on the same brand as Bray Wyatt. Interesting.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Breezango
- I'll echo what I've been saying for a lot of tag teams in that I'm very happy they are sticking together.

RAW DRAFTS: Bo Dallas
- Uh oh...

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Eva Marie
- They really should have brought Bayley up.

RAW DRAFTS: The Shining Stars
- Bring in Carlito, or I won't care.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: The Vaudevillains
- They kind of balance out The Shining Stars. Okay.

RAW DRAFTS: Alicia Fox
- Give or take.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Erick Rowan
- Future legend.

RAW DRAFTS: Dana Brooke
- Sure.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Mojo Rawley
- WTF?????

RAW DRAFTS: Curtis Axel
- There's 2 members of The Social Outcasts. Heath Slater must be going to SmackDown.

SMACKDOWN DRAFTS: Carmella
- Not on the same show as Enzo and Cass?

NOTE: Heath Slater and several injured stars were not drafted.

RAW ROSTER: SMACKDOWN ROSTER:
Seth Rollins Dean Ambrose
Charlotte AJ Styles
Finn Balor John Cena
Roman Reigns Randy Orton
Brock Lesnar Bray Wyatt
The New Day Becky Lynch
Sami Zayn The Miz w/ Maryse
Sasha Banks Baron Corbin
Chris Jericho American Alpha
Rusev w/ Lana Dolph Ziggler
Kevin Owens Natalya
Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady Alberto Del Rio
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows The Usos
Nia Jax Kane
Neville Kalisto
Cesaro Naomi
Sheamus The Ascension
The Golden Truth Zack Ryder
Titus O'Neil Apollo Crews
Paige Alexa Bliss
Darren Young Breezango
Sin Cara Eva Marie
Jack Swagger The Vaudevillains
The Dudley Boyz Erick Rowan
Summer Rae Mojo Rawley
Mark Henry Carmella
Braun Strowman n/a
Bo Dallas n/a
The Shining Stars n/a
Alicia Fox n/a
Dana Brooke n/a
Curtis Axel n/a

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS YEAR'S WWE DRAFT?
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