After a hiatus of one year, the WWE Draft returned to action last night at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The WWE Draft 2023 kicked off with this week’s SmackDown. Apart from RAW and SmackDown superstars, the NXT fighters are also eligible this time to feature in the WWE Draft.
IPL 2023: Orange Cap Complete List of Batters with Most Runs, Check here
With big names like Roman Reigns and Cody Rhodes scheduled to be drafted, fifty per cent of the roster was up for grabs on Friday.
Triple H kicked off the show by announcing the first four picks of the night. Bloodline’s Roman Reigns, Solo Sikoa and Paul Heyman were picked by SmackDown. RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair will be seen on SmackDown. No.2 pick Cody Rhodes is headed to RAW. Becky Lynch, on the other hand, was selected by RAW.
The second round of the WWE Draft 2023 was headlined by the Street Profits. The Street Profits- Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins- kicked off their stint at SmackDown with a convincing win in a triple-threat fight.
In the penultimate round of the Draft, Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles, Michin, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson were selected by SmackDown. With Bobby Lashley’s move to SmackDown, WWE fans can certainly expect a renewed rivalry between The Dominator and Roman Reigns.
The final round of the WWE Draft 2023 was dominated by the NXT fighters.
WWE Draft 2023 Night One Results
Friday Night SmackDown
SmackDown – Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Solo Sikoa & Paul Heyman (The Bloodline)
Raw – Cody Rhodes
SmackDown – Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair
Raw – Becky Lynch
SmackDown – Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins (The Street Profits)
Raw – Intercontinentinental Champion Gunther, Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci (Imperium)
SmackDown – Edge
Raw – Matt Riddle
SmackDown – Bobby Lashley
Raw – Drew McIntyre
SmackDown – AJ Styles, Michin, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (The OC)
Raw – The Miz
SmackDown – Bayley, Dakota Kai & IYO SKY (Damage CTRL)
Raw – Shinsuke Nakamura
SmackDown – NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn
Raw – NXT Women’s Champion Indi Hartwell
This year’s WWE Draft will be a two-night affair. The second portion of the WWE Draft 2023 will take place on Monday Night Raw on May 1. The new roster will be in force following the completion of next month’s Backlash.