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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

RulesEdit

  • Raw receives the first overall pick.
  • Tag teams counted as one pick (unless a commissioner/general manager specifically only wanted a single member from the team as their pick).
  • The first round consisted of every eligible male superstar.
  • The Universal, WWE and NXT Champions could not be drafted.
  • Round two consisted of only female superstars.
  • The Women's Champion could be drafted to either Raw or SmackDown
  • Round three consisted of tag teams.
  • The Tag Team Champions could also be drafted to either Raw or SmackDown.
  • General managers have 72 hours for post-draft trades.

Round 1Edit

Pick # Brand Brand pick # Superstar Notes
1 Raw 1 Roman Reigns
2 SmackDown 1 Seth Rollins
3 NXT 1 AJ Styles
4 Raw 2 John Cena
5 SmackDown 2 Bray Wyatt Member of the Wyatt Family
6 NXT 2 Shinsuke Nakamura
7 Raw 3 Dean Ambrose
8 SmackDown 3 Baron Corbin
9 NXT 3 Samoa Joe
10 Raw 4 Kevin Owens
11 SmackDown 4 Braun Strowman Member of the Wyatt Family
12 NXT 4 The Miz
13 Raw 5 Chris Jericho
14 SmackDown 5 Randy Orton
15 NXT 5 Dolph Ziggler
16 Raw 6 Sami Zayn Intercontinental Champion
17 SmackDown 6 Finn Bálor United States Champion
18 NXT 6 Rusev
19 Raw 7 Luke Harper Member of the Wyatt Family
20 SmackDown 7 Fandango Member of Breezango
21 NXT 7 Eric Young Member of SAnitY
22 Raw 8 Noam Dar
23 SmackDown 8 The Brian Kendrick
24 NXT 8 Neville
25 Raw 9 Roderick Strong
26 SmackDown 9 Big Cass
27 NXT 9 Tye Dillinger
28 Raw 10 Johnny Gargano
29 SmackDown 10 Apollo Crews
30 NXT 10 Jinder Mahal
31 Raw 11 Jason Jordan
32 SmackDown 11 Tyler Breeze Member of Breezango
33 NXT 11 Hideo Itami
34 Raw 12 Kane
35 SmackDown 12 Big Show
36 NXT 12 Jack Gallagher
37 Raw 13 Chad Gable
38 SmackDown 13 Rich Swann
39 NXT 13 Akira Tozawa
40 Raw 14 Cedric Alexander
41 SmackDown 14 Kalisto
42 NXT 14 Tommaso Ciampa
43 Raw 15 Curt Hawkins
44 SmackDown 15 Erick Rowan Member of the Wyatt Family
45 NXT 15 Kassius Ohno
46 Raw 16 Aiden English
47 SmackDown 16 Titus O'Neil
48 NXT 16 TJ Perkins
49 Raw 17 Sin Cara
50 SmackDown 17 Enzo Amore
51 NXT 17 Goldust
52 Raw 18 Gran Metalik
53 SmackDown 18 Darren Young
54 NXT 18 R-Truth
55 Raw 19 Tyson Kidd
56 SmackDown 19 No Way Jose

Round 2Edit

Pick # Brand Brand pick # Superstar Notes
1 Raw 1 Alexa Bliss
2 SmackDown 1 Asuka Women's Champion
3 NXT 1 Becky Lynch
4 Raw 2 Maryse
5 SmackDown 2 Nikki Cross Member of SAnitY
6 NXT 2 Nia Jax
7 Raw 3 Carmella
8 SmackDown 3 Charlotte Flair
9 NXT 3 Ember Moon
10 Raw 4 Sasha Banks
11 SmackDown 4 Paige
12 NXT 4 Bayley
13 Raw 5 Peyton Royce Member of the Iconic Duo
14 SmackDown 5 Billie Kay Member of the Iconic Duo
15 NXT 5 Brie Bella Member of the Bella Twins
16 Raw 6 Emma
17 SmackDown 6 Mickie James
18 NXT 6 Nikki Bella Member of the Bella Twins
19 Raw 7 Alicia Fox
20 SmackDown 7 Natalya
21 NXT 7 Dana Brooke

Round 3Edit

Pick # Brand Brand pick # Team Notes
1 Raw 1 The Bar
(Sheamus and Cesaro)
Tag Team Champions
2 SmackDown 1 SAnitY
(Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain and Sawyer Fulton)
3 NXT 1 The Usos
(Jimmy and Jey Uso)
4 Raw 2 The Club
(Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson)
5 SmackDown 2 The Authors of Pain
(Akam and Rezar)
6 NXT 2 TM-61
(Nick Miller and Shane Thorne)
7 Raw 3 The New Day
(Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods)
8 SmackDown 3 The Ascension
(Konnor and Viktor)
9 NXT 3 The Miztourage
(Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel)
10 Raw 4 Heath Slater and Rhyno
11 SmackDown 4 The Hype Bros
(Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley)

Free agentsEdit

Employee Signed for
Batista SmackDown
Booker T N/A
Christian Raw
Daniel Bryan NXT
Eddie Guerrero NXT
Edge Raw
Epico Colon N/A
Goldberg N/A
Ivory N/A
Jacqueline NXT
Kurt Angle SmackDown
Lita SmackDown
Mark Henry N/A
Naomi N/A
Primo Colon N/A
Rob Van Dam SmackDown
Shawn Michaels NXT
Steve Austin NXT
Sting SmackDown
Tamina N/A
The Rock Raw
Triple H Raw
Trish Stratus Raw

Post-draft tradesEdit

Brand (to) Employee Brand (from)
Raw Braun Strowman SmackDown
SmackDown Christian Raw
SmackDown Curt Hawkins Raw
NXT Johnny Gargano Raw
SmackDown Luke Harper Raw
NXT Peyton Royce Raw
Raw The Miz NXT

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