DON'T MOCK ME: WWE DRAFT EXPLAINER & PROJECTIONS

by BROCK KOLLER

Finn Balor/ Twitter

Finn Balor/ Twitter

Tonight is the WWE Draft.

For the first time since 2011, WWE Superstars will be plucked from the roster and selected for one of two destinations: Monday Night Raw or Smackdown Live.

There’s a lot happening tonight on one two-hour episode of professional wrestling. Let's go through it all: 

First – Smackdown, which has been a taped show since its UPN premiere in 1999, is now a live broadcast, just like its big brother Raw.

Second- Smackdown, which has been on either Thursday or Friday nights since its inception, is now on Tuesdays – and as stated above it is now live.

Third – The main event of tonight's first live Tuesday Smackdown will see a WWE Championship match between the WWE Champion Dean Ambrose and his former friend, now bitter enemy Seth Rollins after their title match Monday night ended in controversy.

Fourth – This is the final WWE show before Sunday’s special event known as Battleground which will see a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship between Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns – all former (or current) champions and at one time – members of the faction known as The Shield.

Fifth – The aforementioned WWE Draft.

Last week, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced his children – Stephanie McMahon and Shane McMahon would each helm a show of their own as commissioner. Steph is the Commissioner of Raw. Shane is the Commissioner of Smackdown.

Last night, both Stephanie and Shane announced their General Managers for their respective shows – also called brands. Steph chose former WWE champion and WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley as Raw GM. Shane chose former WWE Champion and the leader of the Yes Movement, the recently retired Daniel Bryan as Smackdown GM.

Now tonight, Steph and Mick will choose Superstars for their Raw roster. Shane and Daniel will do the same for Smackdown.

Raw gets the first pick. Since Raw is a three-hour show, as opposed to Smackdown’s two hours, Raw gets three picks for every two Smackdown picks. Tag teams can either be selected together or split up. And there will be six selections from the WWE “developmental” league NXT.

So who should be the first pick? No question about it. Stephanie and Mick should choose the WWE Champion Dean Ambrose. He’s the champion! However, because Stephanie is anti-Dean, and has been an advocate of Seth Rollins for years, and claimed he really won the title on Raw, I think the first pick will be Seth Rollins.

So Raw gets Seth Rollins. Would only make sense for Smackdown to choose Dean Ambrose. And just like that – the Shield is broken up. Which kind of makes sense as to why WWE chose Battleground as the setting for the long awaited Shield Triple Threat and not its more well-known Summerslam event in August.

But how will the rest of the rosters look like at the end of the draft?

Here are my guesses for the Top 10 on each brand:

Raw

1.       Seth Rollins

2.       Roman Reigns

3.       Randy Orton

4.       Sasha Banks

5.       Finn Balor

6.       Kevin Owens

7.       The Wyatt Family

8.       The Miz

9.       Shinsuke Nakamura

10.   Enzo & Cass

Smackdown

1.       Dean Ambrose

2.       John Cena

3.       AJ Styles

4.       The Club

5.       Brock Lesnar

6.       Charlotte

7.       Sami Zayn

8.       The New Day

9.       Bailey

10.   American Alpha

Then again – is Samoa Joe or Austin Aries going to make the switch? Are commentators going to get swapped? Who knows what is going to happen? As a wrestling fan, I just can’t wait to see it unfold.

Tonight. Live.