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WWE draft 2019: Who were the winners and losers on the annual roster reshuffle? | WWE News 1

Raw and SmackDown made their choices of 61 WWE superstars as the firm’s annual model was accomplished.

The draft was staged in a brand new presentation model which featured Stephanie McMahon asserting the picks 5 at a time and with ‘conflict rooms’ representing the respective United States broadcast companions reacting as the choice course of unfolded.

The crimson model went first on each Friday and Monday night time and additionally gained three names for each two for SmackDown by advantage of their longer present length.

But did these benefits imply Raw got here out on high of the annual roster refresh? We have a look…

Men’s division:

Raw: Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton, Ricochet, Bobby Lashley, Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, Andrade, Rusev, Aleister Black, Cedric Alexander, Humberto Carillo, Erick Rowan, Buddy Murphy, Jinder Mahal, R-Truth, Samoa Joe, Akira Tozawa, Shelton Benjamin, Rey Mysterio, Titus O’Neil, EC3, Eric Young, Sin Cara

SmackDown: Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, Brock Lesnar, Daniel Bryan, Shinsuke Nakamura, Ali, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, The Miz, Baron Corbin, Chad Gable, Elias, Apollo Crews, Drew Gulak, Heath Slater

SmackDown picked up arguably the greatest identify in WWE at present by bagging Brock Lesnar and in addition they took the hottest ‘sports activities leisure’ commodity by touchdown Bray Wyatt.

That deal will presumably embody his fabled Fiend, and their acquisition of Roman Reigns provides SmackDown a ready-packaged program ought to they want one for Wyatt’s macabre creation.

Daniel Bryan and Braun Strowman are main-event stage gamers, with Baron Corbin additionally in that blend now, and they will additionally name upon high-quality in-ring performers resembling Ali and Chad Gable to fill out their playing cards.

Raw has a particular edge by way of numbers and will due to this fact be capable of take in any accidents higher than SmackDown and in addition they have some massive weapons, together with Universal champion Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe and Randy Orton, who nearly definitely has a run or two left in him in the most important occasion.

They even have loads of WWE’s up-and-coming expertise on board, notably Andrade, Aleister Black and a person the firm is alleged to be very excessive on: Humberto Carillo.

But the win most likely has to go to SmackDown by a really slender, however Brock-shaped, margin.

Winners: SmackDown

Women’s division

Raw: Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, Natalya, Charlotte Flair, Kabuki Warriors, Liv Morgan

SmackDown: Sasha Banks, Bayley, Lacey Evans, Carmella, Tamina

One of the most meme-friendly moments of the draft was the shot WWE aired of the Raw ‘conflict room’ reacting excitedly to the acquisition of Natalya however whereas these high-fives were met with some mirth by followers, it’s onerous to argue in opposition to something apart from a giant draft win for the crimson staff.

SmackDown have a retooled Bayley – who was the speak of the fan neighborhood all weekend after absolutely cementing her heel flip with a ruthless slashing of the ‘Bayley buddies’ – and Sasha Banks, who has reminded everybody of her high quality since returning however is now out with an harm.

Raw have the primary girl in the enterprise (and the #1 choose on this draft) in Becky Lynch, plus a ready-made opponent for her in Charlotte Flair, plus the very good Kabuki Warriors and the ever-popular Alexa Bliss.

The Friday night time crew will nearly definitely closely plunder the free company pool – which incorporates opponents resembling Mandy Rose and Naomi – and there may be some NXT call-ups so as to add some new blood to each divisions.

Winners: Raw

Tag-team division

Raw: The OC (AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows), The Viking Raiders, Street Profits

SmackDown: The Revival, Lucha House Party, Heavy Machinery, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, The B Team

The duos division is an attention-grabbing space for evaluation, with SmackDown once more most likely getting the higher of the picks.

Several groups stay in the free agent pool: AOP, Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder, the long-lost pairings of The Ascension and The Colons, plus the most likely now inactive Hardys are all and not using a house.

But the massive names in there are The New Day and The Usos, and their ‘unassigned’ standing may see them float between each manufacturers.

In phrases of the precise recognized picks, it is a lot of a muchness. The Revival are a robust staff however balanced out by the Viking Raiders, for instance, and each manufacturers have an up-and-coming staff in Heavy Machinery and Street Profits.

Winners: Draw


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