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The 2021 WWE draft was the sixteenth WWE draft produced by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE between the Raw and SmackDown brands. The draft occurred on the October 1st episode of Friday Night SmackDown on Fox and the October 4th 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 occured on the October 9 and 12 episodes of SmackDown and Raw, respectively. On October 1, WWE confirmed that the NXT brand would particiapte in the draft and that the moves from the draft would go into effect on October 22.

Selection

Night 1: SmackDown (October 1)

The following is the list of wrestlers and other personnel who were selected on the October 1st SmackDown.

There were four rounds of draft picks during Night One of the 2021 draft. WWE officials Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville announced the draft picks for each.

Round 1
Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Big E Male wrestler Then WWE Champion
SmackDown Roman Reigns Male wrestler Then Universal Champion
Raw Bianca Belair Female wrestler
SmackDown Charlotte Flair Female wrestler Then RAW Women's Champion
Round 2
Raw RK-Bro
(Randy Orton & Riddle)
Tag Team The Raw Tag Team Champions
SmackDown Drew McIntyre Male wrestler
Raw Edge Male wrestler Hall of Famer
SmackDown The New Day
(Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods)
Tag Team
Round 3
Raw Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H. Tag Team Then Women's Tag Team Champions
SmackDown Happy Corbin & Madcap Moss Tag Team
Raw Keith "Bearcat" Lee Male wrestler
SmackDown Hit Row
(Isaiah Scott
Ashante Adonis
Top Dolla
B-FAB)
Intergender stable Then NXT North American Champion (Scott)
Round 4
Raw Rey & Dominik Mysterio Tag Team
SmackDown Naomi Female wrestler
Raw Austin Theory Male wrestler
SmackDown Jeff Hardy Male wrestler

October 2nd

Additional draft picks announced on WWE Talking Smack & social media on October 2nd.

Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Reggie Male Superstar Then WWE 24/7 Champion
Raw Akira Tozawa Male Superstar
Raw Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis) Tag Team
Raw Apollo Crews & Commander Azeez Tag Team
Raw Doudrop Female Superstar
Raw Drake Maverick Male Superstar
Raw John Morrison Male Superstar
Raw T-Bar Male Superstar
Raw Nia Jax Female Superstar
Raw R-Truth Male Superstar
Raw Zelina Vega Female Superstar
SmackDown Mustafa Ali & Mansoor Tag Team
SmackDown Toni Storm Female Superstar
SmackDown Aliyah Female Superstar
SmackDown Drew Gulak Male Superstar
SmackDown Mace Male Superstar

Night 2: Raw (October 4)

The following is the list of wrestlers and other personnel who were selected on the October 4th Raw.

There were four rounds of draft picks during Night One of the 2021 draft. WWE officials Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville announced the draft picks for each.

Round 1
Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Becky Lynch Female Superstar Then WWE SmackDown Women's Champion
SmackDown The Usos
(Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso)
Tag team Then WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions
Raw Bobby Lashley Male Superstar
SmackDown Sasha Banks Female Superstar
Round 2
Raw Seth Rollins Male Superstar
SmackDown Shinsuke Nakamura Male Superstar Then Intercontinental Champion
Raw Damian Priest Male Superstar Then United States Champion
SmackDown Sheamus Male Superstar
Round 3
Raw A.J. Styles & Omos Tag Team
SmackDown Shayna Baszler Female Superstar
Raw Kevin Owens Male Superstar
SmackDown Xia Li Female Superstar
Round 4
Raw Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins) Tag Team
SmackDown The Viking Raiders
(Erik & Ivar)
Tag team
Raw Finn Bálor Male Superstar
SmackDown Ricochet Male Superstar
Round 5
Raw Karrion Kross Male Superstar
SmackDown Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo Tag Team
Raw Alexa Bliss Female Superstar
SmackDown Cesaro Male Superstar
Round 6
Raw Carmella Female Superstar
SmackDown Ridge Holland Male Superstar
Raw Gable Steveson Male Superstar
SmackDown Sami Zayn Male Superstar

October 4th

Additional draft picks announced on Raw Talk & social media on October 4th.

Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Liv Morgan Female superstar
Raw Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin Tag team
Raw Dana Brooke Female superstar
Raw The Dirty Dawgs
(Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode)
Tag team
Raw Jaxson Ryker Male superstar
Raw Mia Yim Female superstar
Raw The Miz Male superstar
Raw Tamina Female superstar
Raw Tegan Nox Female superstar
Raw Veer Male superstar
SmackDown Natalya Female superstar
SmackDown Jinder Mahal & Shanky Tag team
SmackDown Shotzi Female superstar

Free agents

Several wrestlers were made free agents due to injury, inactivity, or not being drafted during their draft pool. The chart is organized by date.

Wrestler(s) Pre-draft brand Reason for not being drafted Subsequent status Date Notes
Brock Lesnar Raw (left in April 2020) Chose to be a free agent Free agent October 1st, 2021 Returned to WWE at Summerslam 2021, appearing on SmackDown however never officially joined the brand.
Bayley SmackDown Injury Free agent

Aftermath

During night 1 of the Draft, Brock Lesnar, who after returning to WWE at SummerSlam appeared exclusively on the SmackDown program but never officially joined that brand, declared himself a free agent who was able to appear for any of WWE's brands.

See also

External links

WWE Draft
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