WWE Raw & Smackdown Depth Charts – heel/face break down, including NXT stars already atop divisions


WWE Draft - July 19, 2016 (c) WWE.com

– Based on WWE’s Draft order, NXT star Finn Balor has suddenly found himself atop the babyface side of the ledger on the Raw brand.

Raw’s first two picks were heels, Seth Rollins and Women’s champion Charlotte, followed by Balor as the first of six NXT picks.

Balor is ahead of Roman Reigns, who is set to return WWE TV following a suspension that will add fuel to the fire of his detractors. Next is Sami Zayn, who has potential to break out, but has not been treated like a Top 3 face.

After a run of heels filling out the middle of the show, the Raw face roster is soft, although Cesaro was way under-valued in the Draft.

On the heel side of Raw, Rollins tops the list, followed by Brock Lesnar, who could go either way when he returns to WWE TV opposite Randy Orton. Then, Chris Jericho, U.S. champion Rusev, and Kevin Owens give Raw a solid core heel trio.

– On the Smackdown side, there is a clear Big Six of WWE champion Dean Ambrose & John Cena in the face category and A.J. Styles, Randy Orton (like Brock, could go either way), Bray Wyatt, and IC champion The Miz on the heel side.

The middle part of the roster is a concern, though, unless WWE actually does something with the likes of Dolph Ziggler, Apollo Crews, Kane, Zack Ryder, Kalisto, and Alberto Del Rio.

The Smackdown tag division is interesting, as the belts are not on Smackdown. Therefore, the division does not seem like a priority.

Like Finn Balor on Raw, American Alpha has found themselves sitting atop the face side of the Smackdown tag division. Their chief heel competition? The Ascension, Breezango, and The Vaudevillians. It’s entirely possible American Alpha ends up in a feud with singles wrestlers paired up as a tag team.

– The Women’s division on Raw includes Sasha Banks as the clear face opposite Women’s champion Charlotte. Nia Jax is a wild card heel who could go at it alone, or form a super-faction with Charlotte and Dana Brooke.

Just below Sasha is Paige, who is another wild card depending on how WWE utilizes her in storylines.

On Smackdown, Becky Lynch has been tasked with carrying the Women’s roster, which, like the tag division, does not have access to the title.

Therefore, the Women’s division feels secondary with the Becky-Natalya feud continuing along with Naomi, who has been off TV for a while, Eva Marie, and two NXT call-ups, Alexa Bliss and Carmella.

WWE Raw Depth Chart - 2016 Draft

OVERALL
PICK
FACE ROSTEROVERALL
PICK
HEEL ROSTER
17 TOTAL FACES16 TOTAL HEELS
#5Finn Balor#1Seth Rollins
#6Roman Reigns
(default face)
#8Brock Lesnar
(assumed heel)
#11Sami Zayn#15Chris Jericho
#16U.S. champion Rusev
(w/Lana)
#18Kevin Owens
#23Big Show
(default face)
#26Neville
#28Cesaro#30Sheamus
#33Titus O'Neil
#36Darren Young
(w/Bob Backlund)
#38Sin Cara
#40Jack Swagger
#46Mark Henry
(could turn heel)
#48Braun Strowman
#50Bo Dallas
#58Curtis Axel
OVERALL
PICK
FACE TAG TEAMSOVERALL PICKHEEL TAG TEAMS
#10Tag champs New Day
(Big E. & Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods)
#20Enzo Amore & Big Cass#21The Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows)
#31Golden Truth (R-Truth & Goldust)#42The Dudleys (Bubba Ray & Devon)
#52Shining Stars (Epico & Primo)
OVERALL
PICK
FACE WOMENOVERALL
PICK
HEEL WOMEN
#8Sasha Banks#3Women's champion Charlotte
#35Paige#25Nia Jax
#54Alicia Fox#44Summer Rae
#56Dana Brooke

WWE Smackdown Depth Chart - 2016 Draft

OVERALL
PICK
FACE ROSTEROVERALL
PICK
HEEL ROSTER
13 TOTAL FACES13 TOTAL HEELS
#2WWE champion
Dean Ambrose
#4A.J. Styles
#7John Cena#9Randy Orton
(default heel)
#12Bray Wyatt
#17IC champion The Miz
(w/Maryse)
#19Baron Corbin
#24Dolph Ziggler#29Alberto Del Rio
#34Kane
(could be heel)
#37Kalisto
#43Zack Ryder
#45Apollo Crews#55Erick Rowan
#57Mojo Rawley
OVERALL
PICK
FACE TAG TEAMSOVERALL PICKHEEL TAG TEAMS
#22American Alpha
(Jason Jordan & Chad Gable)
#32The Usos
(Jimmy & Jey Uso)
#41The Ascension
(Konnor & Viktor)
#49Tyler Breeze &
Fandango
#53The Vaudevillians
(Aiden English &
Simon Gotch)
OVERALL
PICK
FACE WOMENOVERALL
PICK
HEEL WOMEN
#14Becky Lynch#27Natalya
#39Naomi
(default face)
#47Alexa Bliss
#51Eva Marie
#59Carmella

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