WWE SmackDown results: 2024 WWE Draft begins

The 2024 WWE Draft kicked off with SmackDown hosting Night 1 and Raw concluding the event next week. Under the new leadership of Paul Levesque, there’s heightened interest in the draft, which now features revised rules. Champions cannot be drafted, with the exception of the WWE women’s tag team champions, the Kabuki Warriors. Notable champions like Cody Rhodes and Bayley on SmackDown, and Damian Priest and Becky Lynch on Raw, will remain on their respective brands.

The draft saw 16 picks made on tonight’s show (eight for SmackDown and eight for Raw). Tonight, SmackDown had the first overall selection. Raw will then pick first when the draft concludes on Monday. Draft pools have been established, limiting the available superstars each night, and NXT competitors are included. The new rosters will be effective the Monday following Backlash France, with the host brands getting the first pick on their respective nights.

During a backstage interview with Kayla Braxton on Friday’s WWE SmackDown, Reigns’ manager, Paul Heyman, revealed that Reigns has chosen to opt out of the 2024 WWE Draft and will not be making a return to the ring soon.

Heyman explained that Reigns decided to remove himself from the spotlight of the draft’s first round, as he has no plans to compete in the immediate future.

WWE Draft Round one

  • Bianca Belair drafted to SmackDown)
  • Jey Uso drafted to Raw
  • Carmelo Hayes drafted to SmackDown
  • Seth Rollins drafted to Raw

WWE Draft Round two

  • Randy Orton drafted to SmackDown
  • Bron Breakker drafted to Raw
  • Nia Jax drafted to SmackDown
  • Liv Morgan drafted to Raw

WWE Draft Round three

  • LA Knight drafted to SmackDown
  • Ricochet drafted to Raw
  • Solo Sikoa, Tama Tonga, and Paul Heyman drafted to SmackDown
  • Sheamus drafted to Raw

WWE Draft Round four

  • AJ Styles drafted to SmackDown
  • Chad Gable & Alpha Academy drafted to Raw
  • Andrade drafted to SmackDown
  • Kiana James from NXT drafted to Raw

Announced on social media after Smackdown

  • Baron Corbin drafted to Smackdown
  • Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn to drafted to Raw
  • The O.C. (Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson & Michin) drafted to Smackdown
  • Ivar drafted to Raw
  • Cedric Alexander & Ashante “Thee” Adonis drafted to Smackdown
  • Shayna Baszler drafted to Raw
  • Zoey Stark drafted to Raw

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