WWE releases draft rules and superstar pools for SmackDown and Raw

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WWE's Draft gets underway on Friday Night SmackDown this week and in preparation, WWE has released a draft pool to revealed exactly when superstars can be drafted.

The 2019 WWE Draft will begin tonight on SmackDown on Fox, and both SmackDown and Monday Night Raw will be selecting superstars for their respective brands.

WWE has released pools and rules for the draft in order to clarify and give fans an insight as to what's to come on SmackDown and Raw over the next few days.

The rules state that more than seventy superstars, including tag teams, have been placed into this year’s draft pool. SmackDown will pick 30 superstars, while Raw will pick 41 superstars.

For every two SmackDown picks, Raw will get three (since Friday Night SmackDown is a two-hour show and Monday Night Raw is a three-hour show), and tag teams will count as one pick unless Fox or USA Network specifically wants to pick one superstar from the team.

Finally, any undrafted superstars will immediately be declared free agents and able to sign with the brand of their choosing.

The preliminary draft pools have been released as well to determine and designate which WWE superstars are available for selection each night. 

SmackDown Draft Pool

Tonight on SmackDown, these superstars are available for selection:

  • Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch
  • Roman Reigns
  • The O.C. (United States Champion AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson)
  • "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
  • Drew McIntyre
  • Randy Orton
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  • Sasha Banks
  • Ricochet
  • Braun Strowman
  • Bobby Lashley
  • Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
  • Lacey Evans
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  • The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
  • SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder)
  • Natalya
  • The Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins)
  • Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado)
  • Cesaro
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  • Kevin Owens
  • Humberto Carrillo
  • Akira Tozawa
  • Sin Cara
  • Eric Young
  • EC3
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  • Chad Gable
  • Heath Slater
  • Drew Gulak
  • The B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel)
  • Tamina

Raw Draft Pool

On Raw on Monday, these superstars will be available for selection:

  • Universal Champion Seth Rollins
  • WWE Champion Brock Lesnar
  • SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair
  • Titus O'Neil
  • Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura (with Sami Zayn)
  • Aleister Black
  • The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E & Xavier Woods)
  • Daniel Bryan
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  • Bayley
  • Luke Harper
  • Erick Rowan
  • The Miz
  • Ali
  • King Corbin
  • Elias
  • Raw Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Bobby Roode
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  • Samoa Joe
  • WWE Women's Tag Team Champions The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane)
  • Rusev
  • Cedric Alexander
  • Rey Mysterio
  • R-Truth
  • Carmella
  • AOP (Akam & Rezar)
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  • Heavy Machinery (Tucker & Otis)
  • Apollo Crews
  • Andrade
  • Liv Morgan
  • Jinder Mahal
  • Buddy Murphy
  • Mojo Rawley
  • No Way Jose
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  • Dana Brooke
  • Shelton Benjamin
  • Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder
  • The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce)
  • Sarah Logan
  • Fire & Desire (Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville)
  • Drake Maverick

Several Fox (SmackDown) and NBC (Raw) celebrities are expected to make appearances through the draft process as well.

It has been reported that Paul Heyman has been fighting for Bray Wyatt to stay on Raw, and for Aleister Black to join the brand.

On the flip side, Fox officials are said to be high on Roman Reigns and Charlotte Flair being a part of SmackDown.

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It will be interesting to see if any of the undrafted superstars decide to go to NXT once they are free agents instead of signing with either Raw or SmackDown.

Fans will be hoping the draft ushers in a new era in WWE and bring an end to the Wild Card rule, allowing superstars that have been buried on the roster for the past few months an opportunity to shine once more.

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