With this year’s official WWE Draft now complete, it appears that there could have been some very different outcomes which could have changed the first round in particular.
The first night of the Draft took place on Friday night SmackDown on 1st October, with the first overall pick being Universal Champion Roman Reigns. This is the third year in a row where ‘The Tribal Chief’ has been the top pick, with Raw following up shortly after by selecting WWE Champion Big E.
It now seems like, according to a new report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider, these first picks could have been very different. Whilst many would expect both title holders to be the first picks, there was a discussion that Bobby Lashley may have been the first pick by the red brand rather than Big E. Whilst he may well have still ended up on Raw, it would have left some jeopardy as the Draft continued. Whilst this may have meant that Big E ended up with his New Day teammates who were moved to SmackDown, the idea was seemingly nixed at some point on Friday when the decision was made to reform The Hurt Business with Bobby Lashley a part of the group.
According to Johnson’s report, there were also discussions around splitting up The Street Profits. It was apparently at one point a plan for Montez Ford to join his wife Bianca Belair in a move to Raw, whilst Angelo Dawkins would stay where he was on SmackDown. In the end it was a case where all three were drafted by the red brand. In contrast, former RETRIBUTION members T-Bar and MACE were separated, with the former staying on Raw whilst MACE ended up with the blue brand.