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.
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.
The following is the list of wrestlers and other personnel who were selected on the October 9th SmackDown.
|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|
|Raw||A.J. Styles||Male Superstar|
|SmackDown||Sasha Banks||Female Superstar|
|SmackDown||Bianca Belair||Female Superstar|
|Raw||Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler||Tag Team||Then reigning WWE Women's Tag Team Champions|
|SmackDown||Jey Uso||Male Superstar|
|Raw||Mandy Rose||Female Superstar|
|SmackDown||Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio||Tag Team|
|Raw||The Miz & John Morrison||Tag Team|
|Raw||Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods||Tag Team||Then reigning WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions|
|SmackDown||Big E||Male Superstar|
|Raw||Dana Brooke||Female Superstar|
|Raw||Angel Garza||Male Superstar|
Additional draft picks announced on WWE Talking Smack on October 10th.
|Raw||Humberto Carrillo||Male Superstar|
|Raw||Drew Gulak||Male Superstar|
The following is the list of wrestlers and other personnel who were selected on the October 12th Raw.
|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|
|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|
|SmackDown||Lars Sullivan||Male Superstar|
|Raw||Keith Lee||Male Superstar|
|SmackDown||King Corbin||Male Superstar|
|Raw||Alexa Bliss||Female Superstar|
|SmackDown||Sami Zayn||Male Superstar||Then reigning WWE Intercontinental Champion|
|Raw||Lacey Evans||Female Superstar|
|SmackDown||Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura||Tag Team|
|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||Titus O'Neil||Male Superstar|
|Raw||Peyton Royce||Female Superstar|
|SmackDown||Aleister Black||Male Superstar|
|Raw||Akira Tozawa||Male Superstar|
Additional draft picks announced on Raw Talk.
|Raw||Riddick Moss||Male Superstar|
|SmackDown||The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan)||Tag Team|
|Raw||Arturo Ruas||Male Superstar|
Additional draft picks announced on WWE social media.
|Raw||Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado||Tag Team|
|SmackDown||Shorty G||Male Superstar|
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