WWE announces rules for this year’s draft, including how many will be drafted Friday and how many Monday, Raw gets more picks, what happens to undrafted wrestlers

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor



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WWE released details on the WWE Draft taking place this Friday on Smackdown and next Monday on Raw. The following is the press release issued to PWTorch and other media outlets today…


WWE DRAFT ON FOX + USA

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 10, 2019 – A star-studded celebrity lineup of Fox and NBCUniversal personalities including Alex Rodriguez, Michael Che, Colin Jost, Christian Slater, Troy Aikman, Joe Buck, and Jim Cramer will be part of the two-night WWE Draft airing live tomorrow on Friday Night Smackdown at 8 pm ET/PT on Fox and continuing this Monday, October 14 on Raw at 8/7c on USA Network.

For the first time, executives from Fox and USA Network have direct influence over the WWE Draft as it will determine the Superstars competing for either Raw or SmackDown.

Additional celebrities include: Fox MLB Analysts Kevin Burkhardt and Frank Thomas; Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Tony Gonzalez from F0x NFL Sunday; FOX NFL Analysts Ronde Barber, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman and Daryl Johnston; Big Noon Kickoff Analysts Rob Stone, Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Urban Meyer; F0x NFL Kickoff cast including Charissa Thompson, Michael Vick and Peter Schrager; F0x College Football Analyst Joel Klatt; as well as stars from NBCUniversal including Dulé Hill (Psych, Suits); James Roday (Psych); Marcus Lemonis (The Profit); Margaret Josephs and Melissa Gorga (Real Housewives of New Jersey); Football Night In America Analysts Rodney Harrison and Chris Simms; and Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Mustoe and Kyle Martino from Premier League Live.

WWE Draft Rules

  • More than 70 Superstars, including tag teams, have been placed into this year’s WWE Draft pool.
  • 30 Superstars will be eligible to be drafted tomorrow night while 41 Superstars will be eligible on Monday Night.
  • Since Friday Night Smackdown is a two-hour show and Monday Night Raw is a three-hour show, for every two Smackdown picks, Raw will get three.
  • Tag Teams will count as one pick unless Fox or USA Network specifically wants to pick one Superstar from the team.
  • Any undrafted Superstars will immediately be declared free agents and able to sign with the brand of their choosing.

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