EXCLUSIVE: 2020 WWE Draft Pool And Rules
By Ryan Satin
FOX Sports has obtained the rules to this year’s WWE Draft, as well as the Superstar talent pools available for each night.
Just like last year, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon will preside over the WWE Draft to announce draft picks for Raw and SmackDown.
Meanwhile, executives at FOX and USA Network have been working with WWE Management over the past few weeks in regard to their preferences for draft picks.
Here’s what we have been told are the rules this year:
• More than 60 Male Superstars, Female Superstars and Tag Teams have been placed into The 2020 WWE Draft
• Since Friday Night SmackDown is a two-hour show and Monday Night RAW is a three-hour show, for every two picks SmackDown has, RAW will get three picks
• Tag Teams still count as one pick unless FOX or USA Network (in conjunction with WWE Officials) wants to pick one Superstar from the team
• Any undrafted Superstars will immediately be declared free agents and be able to "sign" with the brand of their choosing
And here are the draft pools:
The draft pools show night one is STACKED with big names, including Universal Champion Roman Reigns, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, Raw Women’s Champion Asuka, Seth Rollins, Sasha Banks and more.
Friday Draft Pool
Heavy Machinery (Otis & Tucker)
The Hurt Business (Lashley, Shelton Benjamin, Cedric Alexander and MVP)
Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado)
Rey & Dominik Mysterio
The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods)
Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax
RETRIBUTION with Mustafa Ali are included in the talent pool on night two and listed internally as having a sixth member named RETALIATION (which could be the name for Mercedes Martinez).
Other interesting Superstars in the pool include Dabba-Kato and Arturo Ruas from Raw Underground, Erik of The Viking Raiders (by himself) and Zelina Vega.
Monday Draft Pool
Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode
Erik (of The Viking Raiders)
The Miz & John Morrison
RETRIBUTION (Mustafa Ali, T-BAR, MACE, SLAPJACK, RECKONING & RETALIATION)
The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan)
Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro
The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
Now that the pools have been finalized, check back soon for our first FOX Sports Mock WWE Draft dropping prior to tomorrow night’s event.
And don’t forget to read "6 WWE Draft Moves That Need to Happen This Year" while waiting! Night one of the 2020 WWE Draft takes place tomorrow night on Friday Night SmackDown starting at 8 pm Eastern/7pm Central LIVE on FOX.