We made it!
Tonight, it’s Day 1 of the WWE Re-re-redraft! According to the reports, 30 “acts” will be taken tonight — 18 to Raw, 12 to SmackDown (since Raw’s a longer show). Now, this isn’t Day 1 of the Draft in the NFL sense; only about 40% of the roster is available here, meaning this and Raw are essentially two different drafts. Here’s who is eligible in tonight’s draft:
AJ Styles, Akira Tozawa, Alexa Bliss, Angelo Dawkins, Becky Lynch, Bo Dallas, Bobby Lashley, Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, Chad Gable, Curtis Axel, Dash Wilder, Drew Gulak, Drew McIntyre, EC3, Eric Young, Erik (Viking Raiders), Gran Metalik, Heath Slater, Humberto Carrillo, Ivar (Viking Raiders), Kalisto, Karl Anderson, Kevin Owens, Lacey Evans, Lince Dorado, Luke Gallows, Montez Ford, Natalya, Nikki Cross, Randy Orton, Ricochet, Roman Reigns, Sasha Banks, Scott Dawson, Sin Cara, Tamina.
Now, some wrestlers are pledged to groups: Bullet Club, Bliss/Cross, Viking Raiders, Revival, Street Profits, Lucha House Party, and B-Team are all listed in groups. If no splits occur, the 30th pick would be vacant as there’d be no one left, so expect some of these groups to go their separate ways. If individuals only are drafted, there would be EIGHT free agents; don’t expect that extreme either.
As with 2016, it appears that the draft picks will be in groups of five — 3 to Raw, 2 to SmackDown. I’m not entirely sure what order they’ll be drafted in within each set, and neither is anyone else: the first pick of the night (and probably of each set) will be decided by a match. If Seth Rollins defeats Roman Reigns, Raw goes first; if Reigns wins, SmackDown goes first. And if they end in a draw, Vince Russo’s in charge again.
The neatest twist is that both Fox and USA are being presented as controlling the draft. Fox even tweeted out a picture of their “War Room” with former 24/7 champion Rob Stone as their lead analyst! And yes, the silly football robot is in the room.
If you’re not interested in catching it live, there’s a lot on today! TBS has the start of the NL Championship Series as Washington visits St. Louis. ESPN is showing Virginia at Miami of Florida in ACC football; CBS Sports Network has Mountain West action as Colorado State faces New Mexico; ESPN2 is showing some World Series of Poker; and ESPNU has the deep DEEP cut of football as Lafayette faces Princeton!
Oh, and there may be some non-sports on, too. Who knows?
Enjoy the night, but keep it clean, folks!