WWE are preparing themselves for the brand split which takes place on Tuesday during SmackDown LIVE, and they have released further information about the Draft and how it will work.
With the Draft taking place on the first edition of SmackDown Live, WWE have stated four important rules and how the procedure will work.
Not only have they revealed how the picks will take place, they have also revealed the knock-on effect the Draft will have on Tag Teams and also members of NXT.
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According to WWE.com, the rules for the WWE Draft are as follows:
- Raw has the first overall pick
- For every two picks SmackDown has, Raw will have three due to the show being an hour longer
- Tag Teams count as one pick, unless only one member is specifically wanted
- Six picks will be made from the NXT roster
This means the Draft could have serious implications on the Tag Teams currently on the main roster, and also how NXT will look like in the next few months given the fact some of their current talent will be promoted to either Raw or SmackDown.
The WWE Draft was first used back in 2002, but it wasn't officially implemented and used until 2004. It then ran up until 2011, before it was terminated and the two brands played host to all talent on the roster.
Memorable moments from previous Drafts include the night when the face of WWE John Cena was drafted twice. He started the show as a Raw superstar, but was then drafted to SmackDown, before being drafted back to Raw at the end of the night.
The Draft will take place on SmackDown Live on Tuesday.