The WWE Draft is an event which has been running since 2002 and is one of the most-talked about milestones in the professional wrestling calendar.
It’s the time when wrestlers move from one brand to another, shaking up the status quo and creating interesting storylines for fans to follow.
But what exactly is the WWE Draft, and how does it work? In this article, we’ll explain the format, where it takes place, and what changes it can bring about.
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How does the WWE Draft work?
The WWE Draft is an annual event in which competitors from the Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live programs are selected to switch shows.
This event is often used by the WWE to shake up storylines, create new ones and give Superstars a fresh start on either show.
It’s also an exciting spectacle for fans of professional wrestling as they get to see their favourite Superstars move to different brands.
WWE Draft format
The process of the WWE Draft generally consists of two parts: The first part focuses on drawing names out of a hat in order to determine who will stay on which shows, while the second part allows for trades and picks made by General Managers or Commissioners. During this section, Superstars can be traded back and forth between both shows or within their own brands.
WWE Draft fallout: Storylines and feuds
The WWE Draft often has major repercussions on the storylines and feuds in the ring. It gives both shows a fresh start and allows the brands to pick up some new talent they might not have had before, based on their ‘needs’ in storylines.
When is the next WWE Draft?
The date of the next WWE Draft has not yet officially been confirmed. However, reports have indicated the company will be looking to hold the next one after WrestleMania 39 in 2023.
With WrestleMania traditionally being when storylines finish, this would make sense from a creative point of view.
Wrestlemania takes place on April 1 and 2, 2023.