The WWE’s look is set to completely change with the upcoming WWE Draft 2019. The draft will be released on both the WWE rosters - SmackDown and Raw. The first draft will be released on SmackDown on Friday, October 11, 2019. And the second draft will release on Raw on Monday, October 14, 2019. Before the rosters change, the WWE announced some official rules for the SmackDown and Raw Drafts on Friday night.
Seth Rollins, who is a Raw superstar, will go up against SmackDown’s Roman Reigns. If the 'Universal Champion' wins the match, Raw will get the choice to pick the first wrestler from SmackDown’s Roster. SmackDown will be given the same advantage if Reigns win the match.
There are more than 70 Superstars (including Tag Teams) in the WWE currently and all have been placed in this year’s WWE Draft pool. However, only 30 Superstars are eligible to be drafted by SmackDown while the rest of the wrestlers will be eligible to get drafted on Monday Night Raw.
Who will go to #Raw on @USA_Network? Who will end up on @FOXTV’s Friday Night #SmackDown? https://t.co/wNpELtByip's staff has a few suggestions for the #WWEDraft that would make each brand must-see.— WWE (@WWE) October 10, 2019
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Tag teams were counted as one in past WWE Drafts, and it’s still the same rule this year, but if FOX or USA Network decide to pick one Superstar from the team, that may happen.
Superstars who would not be drafted, will immediately be declared as free agents and they would have a choice to go to either Raw or SmackDown.
Since SmackDown is a two-hour long show and Raw is a three-hour-long show, Raw will receive three picks for every two SmackDown gets. This way SmackDown will have 30 superstars in its team and almost 40 will be joining the Red band show.