Finn Balor becomes the first of seven NXT stars drafted on Smackdown

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Tonight saw the WWE Draft return and the twos sides between RAW ad Smackdown prepare to see a big change arise.

It was promoted before the show that six NXT stars would be getting drafted and entering the main roster.

A curveball thrown

Although only six were being promised to be drafted, it turned out that seven members of the NXT roster would be making the move up.


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It all started with the fifth pick overall when RAW make a big statement by drafting former NXT Champion Finn Balor.

Balor confirmed via his Twitter page several days ago that he would be entering the draft but very few people expected him to be taken quite so highly.

He was the first name from NXT taken and there would be some more of their biggest stars brought to either RAW or Smackdown.

We would then have to wait until the 22nd pick overall for Smackdown Commissioner and General Manager to draft highly rated tag team American Alpha.

The first woman drafted from NXT wouldn't be the NXT Women's Champion Asuka or Bayley, but it would in fact be Nia Jax who went to RAW.

Alexa Bliss, Eva Marie and Carmella would also all hear their name called during the draft as all three ended up on Smackdown.

The final NXT name called was that of Mojo Rawley - the long time NXT tag team partner to the former Intercontinental Champion Zack Ryder.

Ryder was also drafted to Smackdown and you would have to assume that if his attempt at winning the US Championship this Sunday at Battleground should fall through, he may once again link up with his former partner.

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