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The WWE brand extension is a kayfabe division of WWE into distinct branches. WWE has promoted its core business of professional wrestling through such brands, named after their two major television shows Raw and SmackDown. The first brand extension began in April 2010 and ended in April 2016.

2010 brand extensionEdit

Pick # Brand (to) Pick # Employee
1 Raw 1 John Cena
2 SmackDown 1 The Undertaker
3 Raw 2 Triple H
4 SmackDown 2 Chris Jericho
5 Raw 3 Randy Orton
6 SmackDown 3 Edge
7 Raw 4 Batista
8 SmackDown 4 CM Punk
9 Raw 5 Maryse
10 SmackDown 5 Christian
11 Raw 6 The Miz
12 SmackDown 6 John Morrison and R-Truth
13 Raw 7 The Hart Dynasty
(Tyson Kidd and DH Smith)
14 SmackDown 7 Michelle McCool
15 Raw 8 Melina
16 SmackDown 8 Kane
17 Raw 9 Sheamus
18 SmackDown 9 Matt Hardy
19 Raw 10 Mark Henry
20 SmackDown 10 Rey Mysterio

2015 draftEdit

The 2015 draft took place in May. Eric Bischoff won a coin toss to receive the first pick for the Raw brand. Tag Teams could be drafted together as one pick (unless a general manager wanted only a single member from a tag team in their pick). Divas were not eligible to be drafted as the Divas Championship was a dual brand title.

Pick # Brand Brand pick # Superstar Notes
1 Raw 1 John Cena
2 SmackDown! 1 Randy Orton
3 Raw 2 Triple H
4 SmackDown! 2 The Undertaker
5 Raw 3 Sting
6 SmackDown! 3 The Rock
7 Raw 4 Brock Lesnar
8 SmackDown! 4 The Shield
(Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns)
9 Raw 5 CM Punk
10 SmackDown! 5 Chris Jericho
11 Raw 6 Edge
12 SmackDown! 6 Christian
13 Raw 7 Rob Van Dam
14 SmackDown! 7 Daniel Bryan
15 Raw 8 Kane
16 SmackDown! 8 Rey Mysterio
17 Raw 9 Batista
18 SmackDown! 9 Sheamus
19 Raw 10 Booker T and Goldust
20 SmackDown! 10 Alberto Del Rio
21 Raw 11 Bray Wyatt
22 SmackDown! 11 Luke Harper
23 Raw 12 Cody Rhodes
24 SmackDown! 12 Cesaro
25 Raw 13 Kofi Kingston
26 SmackDown! 13 JBL
27 Raw 14 Ryback
28 SmackDown! 14 Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd
29 Raw 15 Big Show
30 SmackDown! 15 Sami Zayn
31 Raw 16 Mark Henry
32 SmackDown! 16 The Great Khali
33 Raw 17 Bad News Barrett
34 SmackDown! 17 The Usos
(Jimmy and Jey Uso)
35 Raw 18 Fandango
36 SmackDown! 18 The Miz and Damien Sandow
37 Raw 19 Dolph Ziggler
38 SmackDown! 19 Corey Graves
39 Raw 20 The Prime Time Players
(Darren Young and Titus O'Neil)
40 SmackDown! 20 Rusev
41 Raw 21 Big E
42 SmackDown! 21 Neville
43 Raw 22 William Regal
44 SmackDown! 22 The Ascension
(Konnor and Viktor)
45 Raw 23 Xavier Woods
46 SmackDown! 23 Curtis Axel
47 Raw 24 Adam Rose
48 SmackDown! 24 Bo Dallas
49 Raw 25 Santino Marella and R-Truth
50 SmackDown! 25 Erick Rowan

2020 draftEdit

Background Edit

On the April 3 episode of Raw, Vince McMahon appointed Shane McMahon as the commissioner of SmackDown and Stephanie McMahon as the commissioner of Raw.

The rules of the draft were posted to WWE's website on the same night. They were the following:

  • Raw received the first overall draft pick.
  • For every two draft picks for SmackDown, Raw received three picks (due to Raw being a three hour show, while SmackDown is two hours).
  • Tag teams counted as one pick (unless a commissioner specifically only wanted a single member from the team as their pick).
  • Six draft picks had to be made from the NXT roster.

SmackDown Live Edit

The following is the list of wrestlers who were drafted on SmackDown Live.

Rnd. Pick # Brand Brand pick # Superstar Notes
1 1 Raw 1 Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman Universal Champion
1 2 SmackDown 1 The Undertaker WWE Champion
1 3 Raw 2 Seth Rollins
1 4 SmackDown 2 Dean Ambrose
1 5 Raw 3 Charlotte Flair
2 6 Raw 4 Roman Reigns
2 7 SmackDown 3 Asuka Women's Champion
2 8 Raw 5 John Cena
2 9 SmackDown 4 AJ Styes
2 10 Raw 6 The Bar
(Cesaro and Sheamus)
Tag Team Champions
3 11 Raw 7 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods)
3 12 SmackDown 5 Bray Wyatt
3 13 Raw 8 Sasha Banks
3 14 SmackDown 6 Becky Lynch
3 15 Raw 9 Chris Jericho
4 16 Raw 10 Sami Zayn Intercontinental Champion
4 17 SmackDown 7 Finn Bálor United States Champion
4 18 Raw 11 Samoa Joe Drafted from NXT
4 19 SmackDown 8 Randy Orton
4 20 Raw 12 Kevin Owens
5 21 Raw 13 The Hardy Boyz
(Jeff and Matt Hardy)
5 22 SmackDown 9 Hype Bros
(Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder)
5 23 Raw 14 The Miz with Maryse
5 24 SmackDown 10 Baron Corbin
5 25 Raw 15 The Miztourage
(Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel)
6 26 Raw 16 Nia Jax Drafted from NXT
6 27 SmackDown 11 Dolph Ziggler
6 28 Raw 17 The Club
(Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows)
6 29 SmackDown 12 American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
Drafted from NXT
6 30 Raw 18 Big Show

WWE Network Edit

The following is the list of wrestlers who were drafted on the "WWE Draft Center Live" special on the WWE Network.

Rnd. Pick # Brand Brand pick # Employee Notes
7 31 Raw 19 Neville
7 32 SmackDown 13 Alexa Bliss Drafted from NXT
7 33 Raw 20 Golden Truth
(Goldust and R-Truth)
7 34 SmackDown 14 The Usos
(Jey and Jimmy Uso)
7 35 Raw 21 Titus O'Neil
8 36 Raw 22 Elias Drafted from NXT
8 37 Smackdown 15 The Ascension
(Konnor and Viktor)
8 38 Raw 23 Braun Strowman
8 39 SmackDown 16 Luke Harper
8 40 Raw 24 Rusev with Lana
8 41 SmackDown 17 Bayley
9 42 Raw 25 Big Cass and Enzo Amore
9 43 SmackDown 18 Shinsuke Nakamura Drafted from NXT
9 44 Raw 26 Mickie James
9 45 SmackDown 19 Erick Rowan
9 46 Raw 27 Mark Henry
9 47 SmackDown 20 The Brian Kendrick
10 48 Raw 28 Emma
10 49 SmackDown 21 Paige
10 50 Raw 29 Natalya
10 51 SmackDown 22 Breezango
(Fandango and Tyler Breeze)
10 52 Raw 30 Tyson Kidd
10 53 SmackDown 23 Kane
11 54 Raw 31 Dana Brooke
11 55 SmackDown 24 Heath Slater and Rhyno
11 56 Raw 32 Darren Young
11 57 SmackDown 25 Mojo Rawley
11 58 Raw 33 Alicia Fox
11 59 Raw 34 Sin Cara

UndraftedEdit

Several wrestlers remained undrafted mainly due to injury or inactivity, most of which eventually went to a brand.

Employee Subsequent status
Aiden English SmackDown
Apollo Crews Raw
Carmella SmackDown
Curt Hawkins SmackDown
Kalisto SmackDown
Naomi SmackDown
Nikki Bella Raw
Tamina SmackDown
Tye Dillinger SmackDown

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