Last night, WWE concluded their 2020 draft on Monday Night Raw. Following our analysis of night 1 that you can find here, we are doing the same for the 8 rounds that took place last night either on or around Raw.
WWE Network Exclusive Round.
- Raw: Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado
- SmackDown: Shorty G
Analysis: The only news here is that like The New Day, Lucha House Party have been split by the draft. As they were on the path to splitsville anyway, this is not exactly news. Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado will make their Raw returns in the coming weeks. Both of these were free agent picks left over from Friday’s draft pool.
- Raw: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
- SmackDown: SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley
- Raw: Randy Orton
- SmackDown: Raw Tag Team Champions The Street Profits
- Raw: Charlotte Flair
Analyis: Whilst it was something of a surprise to see The Fiend as the top pick of the night, his move to Raw had been heavily speculated so the move itself was not a shock. He returns to the red brand after a year on Fox. The other mover here was The Street Profits. As Raw tag champions, their move to SmackDown was expected to balance their champions, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods moving the other way. The teams literally swapped belts on this show which was a logical, if lazy way of making the switch.
- Raw: Braun Strowman
- SmackDown: Daniel Bryan
- Raw: Matt Riddle
- SmackDown: Kevin Owens
- Raw: Jeff Hardy
Analysis: Some genuine shake up here. Raw took Braun Strowman (As predicted) but also Jeff Hardy and Matt Riddle. SmackDown retained Daniel Bryan (Come back soon DB!) and took Kevin Owens who, truth be told, could do with the fresh start.
- Raw: RETRIBUTION (Mustafa Ali, T-Bar, Mace, Slapjack, Reckoning)
- SmackDown: Lars Sullivan
- Raw: Keith Lee
- SmackDown: King Corbin
- Raw: Alexa Bliss
Analysis: Maybe Raw has collective Stockholm Syndrome, meaning they actually love being invaded. That is the only logical reason for them keeping RETRIBUTION. They also retained Keith Lee and took Alexa Bliss in a move that was fully expected once The Fiend’s move was confirmed. The SmackDown picks saw them take the returning Lars Sullivan from free agency and retain King Corbin. A largely uninspiring round.
- Raw: Elias
- SmackDown: Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn
- Raw: Lacey Evans
- SmackDown: Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro
- Raw: Sheamus
Analysis: Some interesting picks here a Raw picked the returning Elias who immediately turned heel (again) by attacking Jeff Hardy. Raw also took Lacey Evans and Sheamus in two solid picks. Smackdown meanwhile used this round to retain Intercontinental Champion, Sami Zayn and former tag champs Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro.
- Raw: Nikki Cross
- SmackDown: Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode
- Raw: The 24/7 Champion R-Truth
- SmackDown: Apollo Crews
- Raw: Dabba-Kato
Analysis: A few low key interesting moves here. Nikki Cross moves to Raw with Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode and Apollo Crews making the opposite journey back. Has anyone changed brands more than Roode over the last four years? Raw officially took Dabba-Kato and retained 24/7 Champion R-Truth.
- Raw: Titus O’Neil
- SmackDown: Carmella
- Raw: Peyton Royce
- SmackDown: Aleister Black
- Raw: Akira Tozawa
Analysis: In the final round to take place on Raw, Titus O’Neill kept his place on Raw and remains the only male superstar that took part in the 2016 brand split not to change brands or leave the company since. Raw also retained Akira Tozawa and Peyton Royce while SmackDown kept the soon to return Carmella. The only brand swap in this round was Aleister Black moving to SmackDown for the first time.
Round 7 (Announced on WWE Raw Talk)
- Raw: Lana
- SmackDown: Natalya
- Raw: Riddick Moss
- SmackDown: The Riott Squad
- Raw: Arturo Ruas
Analysis: SmackDown used this round to snare three female talent: Natalya, Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan. Raw meanwhile retained the new number one contender for their Women’s title, Lana as well as Riddick Moss and Arturo Ruas. Thrilling.