Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch: Ranking the five best WWE women's draft picks of 2021

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A number of top WWE stars have switched brands over the last four days as a result of the 2021 Draft.

The likes of Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins made big respective switches, along with several high-profile female wrestlers.

GiveMeSport Women has ranked the five best moves from the 2021 Draft.

#5. Xia Li (SmackDown)

Xia Li has made the step up from NXT to SmackDown after impressing on the black and gold brand.

She is the first Chinese wrestler to ever compete inside a WWE ring and she boasts an impressive background of combat sports.

Li's main roster debut was just two years ago, when she competed in the Royal Rumble 2019 match – lasting four minutes and 48 seconds before being defeated by Charlotte Flair.

The emergence of new talent is always exciting and Li's arrival will certainly be one to watch on Friday nights.

Xia Li

#4. Bianca Belair (Raw)

The much-adored SmackDown babyface has switched over to Monday Night Raw. She was selected as part of the red brand's first pick after retaining champion Big E.

Belair recently lost her SmackDown title to Becky Lynch, who returned following a 15-month hiatus to wreak havoc on the blue brand. 

The EST of WWE held her title for more than 100 days and her success saw her honoured with the key to her home county by the Mayor of Knox County.

Belair is an extremely likeable character and could become very successful on Raw as she prepares to make her return, after initially featuring for a short spell last year.

Bianca Belair

#3. Charlotte Flair (SmackDown)

The Queen takes her Raw Women's Championship title over to the blue brand after fighting hard to reclaim her place on the throne.

Flair is no stranger to SmackDown – having won the women's title on five occasions – so we can expect her to immediately be setting her sights on another belt.

This is a positive move for Flair, who had already played out back-to-back rivalries with Rhea Ripley, Nikki A.S.H, and Alexa Bliss in recent months.

The Queen has seemingly been in the middle of non-stop title action on Raw, so a change of scenery and a fresh challenge will keep both her and WWE fans on their toes.

Charlotte Flair

#2. Shayna Baszler (SmackDown)

Lone wolf Shayna Baszler is back after brutally dropping her partner and close ally Nia Jax.

Tensions were building between the two as the duo kept losing tag team matches over on Raw. Baszler then completely turned on her teammate, sabotaging Jax's red brand title attempt and then delivering a ruthless beatdown as the two faced each other two weeks ago.

Now back as an individual wrestler, The Queen of Spades has the opportunity to show what she's made of after her move to SmackDown.

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Baszler is one of the most villainous heels in WWE. Her merciless wrestling style and intimidating persona will really mix things up on the blue brand.

Plus, she will follow Charlotte Flair, who she was eager to challenge for a title match while they were on Raw together.

Shayna Baszler

#1. Becky Lynch (Raw)

The Draft move that really caught our attention was Becky Lynch to Monday Night Raw. 

Many fans expected The Man to return to WWE where she left off – as a much-loved red brand babyface. However, after a 15-month hiatus, the Irish star completed her comeback with a statement title win over Bianca Belair to claim her fourth SmackDown belt.

Lynch has also turned heel, which was a surprising switch up at first, but now all the pieces are starting to align.

Becky Lynch

With Flair and Baszler drafted onto SmackDown, Nia Jax left a shell of her former self, and Alexa Bliss out of action, there's space on the red brand for an alpha heel to make her entrance.

There are a number of potential storylines WWE could assign to The Man, which is what makes this move the most intriguing.

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