Original WWE Draft plans had Brock Lesnar being the first pick

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The WWE Draft took place on Tuesday night on SmackDown Live and it set the future of the WWE in stone.

Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar and Finn Balor were the big picks for Monday Night Raw, while SmackDown is spearheaded by Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles and John Cena as they look to prove they are more than just the WWE's 'B Show.'

However, Seth Rollins being the first overall pick in the Draft wasn't the original plan, which was revealed last night.


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According to a report from Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the WWE Creative team's first plan for the big draft had Brock Lesnar going first overall to Monday Night Raw.

On the back of a very impressive win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200, Lesnar cemented himself as a legitimate fighter and superstar, and the WWE wanted to capitalise on that by making him the number one selection by Stephanie McMahon.

However, those plans were scuppered when Lesnar failed not one, but two drugs tests before and after his fight. 

With Lesnar now facing a more than likely two-year suspension from the UFC after taking an illegal substance, the WWE needed to take him out of the spotlight. And they did just that by having him taken 8th overall, still ending up on Raw.

"WWE wanted to use Lesnar’s win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 for publicity, then Ambrose as WWE Champion would have been the second pick (and first overall) for Smackdown."

Unfortunately, Lesnar scuppered those plans with his suspension. 

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