The 2020 WWE draft was the fifteenth WWE draft produced by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE between the Raw and SmackDown brands. The draft occurred on the October 9th episode of Friday Night SmackDown on Fox and the October 12th episode of Raw on the USA Network.

Production

Background

The WWE Draft is an annual process used by WWE while a brand extension is in affect to refresh the rosters of their brand divisions, usually between their Raw and SmackDown brands. In 2019, the promotion held two drafts, the first in April and the second in October. The one in April 2019 had an untraditional drafting format, where drafting decisions were announced as having been made behind the scenes and drafted wrestlers simply appeared on the brand without a major reveal, while the one in October 2019 returned to a traditional draft format. The 2020 draft was officially announced during the Clash of Champions pay-per-view on September 27 and was scheduled to occur on the October 9 and 12 episodes of SmackDown and Raw, respectively.

During a media call for NXT TakeOver XXX on August 19, WWE executive and NXT head Triple H said that the 2020 draft would also involve the NXT brand, but the official announcement that occurred during Clash of Champions stated that this draft would only be between Raw and SmackDown. On September 30, during the NXT TakeOver 31 media call, Triple H stated that he did not know how or if NXT would be integrated into the draft. WWE's advertising just a couple days later still affirmed that the draft was only between Raw and SmackDown without involvement of NXT. Like previous drafts, wrestlers, including all champions, are eligible to be drafted to either Raw or SmackDown.

2020 draft rules

The rules for the 2020 WWE draft were revealed by Fox Sports on October 8, which are the same as the October 2019 draft. Over 60 male and female wrestlers, as well as individual tag teams and stables, including current champions, were placed into the 2020 drafting pools. Over 20 wrestlers were announced as being eligible to be drafted on the October 9 episode of SmackDown and more than 30 wrestlers will be eligible to be drafted on the October 12 episode of Raw.

The rules of the draft are as follows:

  • Due to the length of each show, for every two picks SmackDown gets, Raw receives three (as SmackDown is two hours and Raw is three).
  • Tag teams and stables will count as one pick unless FOX or USA, in conjunction with WWE, wants to specifically pick one wrestler from the group.
  • Any undrafted wrestlers will immediately (in kayfabe) be declared free agents and are able to sign with the brand of their choosing.

Selection

SmackDown

The following is the list of wrestlers and other personnel who were selected on the October 9th SmackDown.

Round 1
Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Drew McIntyre Male Superstar Then reigning WWE Champion
SmackDown Roman Reigns Male Superstar Then reigning WWE Universal Champion
Raw Asuka Female Superstar Then reigning WWE Raw Women's Champion
SmackDown Seth Rollins Male Superstar
Raw The Hurt Business Stable
Round 2
Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw A.J. Styles Male Superstar
SmackDown Sasha Banks Female Superstar
Raw Naomi Female Superstar
SmackDown Bianca Belair Female Superstar
Raw Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler Tag Team Then reigning WWE Women's Tag Team Champions
Round 3
Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Ricochet Male Superstar
SmackDown Jey Uso Male Superstar
Raw Mandy Rose Female Superstar
SmackDown Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio Tag Team
Raw The Miz & John Morrison Tag Team
Round 4
Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods Tag Team Then reigning WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions
SmackDown Big E Male Superstar
Raw Dana Brooke Female Superstar
SmackDown Otis Male Superstar
Raw Angel Garza Male Superstar

October 10th

Additional draft picks announced on WWE Talking Smack on October 10th.

Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Humberto Carrillo Male Superstar
Raw Tucker Male Superstar
Raw Drew Gulak Male Superstar
SmackDown Murphy Male Superstar
SmackDown Kalisto Male Superstar

Raw

The following is the list of wrestlers and other personnel who were selected on the October 12th Raw.

Round 1
Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw The Fiend Male Superstar
SmackDown Bayley Female Superstar Then reigning WWE SmackDown Women's Champion
Raw Randy Orton Male Superstar
SmackDown Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) Tag Team Then reigning WWE Raw Tag Team Champions
Raw Charlotte Flair Female Superstar
Round 2
Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Braun Strowman Male Superstar
SmackDown Daniel Bryan Male Superstar
Raw Matt Riddle Male Superstar
SmackDown Kevin Owens Male Superstar
Raw Jeff Hardy Male Superstar
Round 3
Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw RETRIBUTION Stable
SmackDown Lars Sullivan Male Superstar
Raw Keith Lee Male Superstar
SmackDown King Corbin Male Superstar
Raw Alexa Bliss Female Superstar
Round 4
Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Elias Male Superstar
SmackDown Sami Zayn Male Superstar Then reigning WWE Intercontinental Champion
Raw Lacey Evans Female Superstar
SmackDown Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura Tag Team
Raw Sheamus Male Superstar
Round 5
Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Nikki Cross Female Superstar
SmackDown Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode Tag Team
Raw R-Truth Male Superstar Then reigning WWE 24-7 Champion
SmackDown Apollo Crews Male Superstar
Raw Dabba-Kato Male Superstar
Round 6
Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Titus O'Neil Male Superstar
SmackDown Carmella Female Superstar
Raw Peyton Royce Female Superstar
SmackDown Aleister Black Male Superstar
Raw Akira Tozawa Male Superstar

October 12th

Additional draft picks announced on Raw Talk.

Round 7
Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Lana Female Superstar
SmackDown Natalya Female Superstar
Raw Riddick Moss Male Superstar
SmackDown The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan) Tag Team
Raw Arturo Ruas Male Superstar

October 12th

Additional draft picks announced on WWE social media.

Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado Tag Team
SmackDown Shorty G Male Superstar

See also

External links

WWE Draft
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