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The 2023 WWE draft was the seventeenth WWE draft produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) between the Raw and SmackDown brands. The draft occurred on the April 28th episode of SmackDown on Fox and the May 1st episode of Raw on the USA Network.

Production

Background

The WWE Draft is a process used by World Wrestling Entertainment (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 nontraditional 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 occurred on the October 9 and 12 episodes of SmackDown and Raw, respectively.

For the 2023 WWE draft the new rosters would go into effect after Backlash, beginning with the May 8th episode of Raw.

Selection

SmackDown

The following is the list of wrestlers and other personnel who were selected on the April 28th SmackDown.

Round 1
Selected by Employee Role Notes
SmackDown Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa Male Superstars Roman Reigns was then WWE Champion and Universal Champion
Raw Cody Rhodes Male Superstar
SmackDown Bianca Belair Female Superstar Then RAW Women's Champion
Raw Becky Lynch Female Superstar
Round 2
SmackDown The Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins) Tag Team
Raw Imperium (Gunther, Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci) Stable Gunther was then WWE Intercontinental Champion
SmackDown Edge Male Superstar
Raw Matt Riddle Male Superstar
Round 3
SmackDown Bobby Lashley Male Superstar
Raw Drew McIntyre Male Superstar
SmackDown The O.C. (A.J. Styles, Mia Yim, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson) Stable
Raw The Miz Male Superstar
Round 4
SmackDown Damage CTRL (Bayley, IYO SKY & Dakota Kai) Stable
Raw Shinsuke Nakamura Male Superstar
SmackDown Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn Tag Team Drafted from NXT
Then NXT Women's Tag Team Champions
Raw Indi Hartwell Female Superstar Drafted from NXT
Then NXT Women's Champion

SmackDown LowDown

Additional draft picks announced on The SmackDown LowDown on April 29th.

Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw The Viking Raiders (Erik, Ivar & Valhalla) Stable
Raw Dexter Lumis Male Superstar
Raw Candice LeRae Female Superstar
Raw Maximum Male Models (Mace, Mansoor & Maxxine Dupri) Stable
Raw Natalya Female Superstar
Raw Apollo Crews Male Superstar Drafted from NXT
Raw Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville Tag Team
Raw Zoey Stark Female Superstar Drafted from NXT
Raw JD McDonagh Male Superstar Drafted from NXT
SmackDown Hit Row (Ashante Adonis, Top Dolla & B-FAB) Stable
SmackDown Lacey Evans Female Superstar

Raw

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

Round 1
Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Rhea Ripley Female Superstar Then WWE SmackDown Women's Champion
SmackDown Austin Theory Male Superstar Then WWE United States Champion
Raw Seth Rollins Male Superstar
SmackDown Charlotte Flair Female Superstar
Round 2
Raw Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn Tag Team Then WWE Raw Tag Team Champions & WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions
SmackDown The Usos (Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso) Tag Team
Raw The Judgment Day (Finn Bálor, Damian Priest & Dominik Mysterio) Stable
SmackDown Latino World Order (Rey Mysterio, Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro, Joaquin Wilde & Zelina Vega) Stable
Round 3
Raw Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez Tag Team Then WWE Women's Tag Team Champions
SmackDown Asuka Female Superstar
Raw The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) Tag Team
SmackDown The Brawling Brutes (Sheamus, Butch & Ridge Holland) Stable
Round 4
Raw Trish Stratus Female Superstar
SmackDown Karrion Kross (w/Scarlett) Male Superstar
Raw Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler Tag Team
SmackDown LA Knight Male Superstar
Round 5
Raw Ricochet & Braun Strowman Tag Team
SmackDown Shotzi Female Superstar
Raw Bronson Reed Male Superstar
SmackDown Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince & Kit Wilson) Tag Team Drafted from NXT
Round 6
Raw Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis) Tag Team
SmackDown Rick Boogs Male Superstar
Raw Kayden Carter & Katana Chance Tag Team Drafted from NXT
SmackDown Cameron Grimes Male wrestler Drafted from NXT

Raw Talk

Additional draft picks announced on Raw Talk after Raw.

Selected by Employee Role Notes
Raw Los Lotharios (Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo) Tag Team
Raw Dana Brooke Female Superstar
Raw Nikki Cross Female Superstar
Raw Indus Sher (Jinder Mahal, Veer & Sanga) Stable Drafted from NXT
Raw Emma Female Superstar
Raw Johnny Gargano Male Superstar
Raw Odyssey Jones Male Superstar Drafted from NXT
Raw Xia Li Female Superstar
Raw Riddick Moss Male Superstar
Raw Piper Niven Female Superstar
Raw Tegan Nox Female Superstar
Raw Akira Tozawa Male Superstar
SmackDown Grayson Waller Male Superstar Drafted from NXT
SmackDown Tamina Female Superstar

Free agents

As a result of not being drafted, the following wrestlers became free agents:

See also

External links

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