With less than an hour remaining until the WWE Draft, Justin McCarthy and I assume the GM roles and select our 20 superstars. The first night of the WWE Draft starts tonight on Smackdown while the second night will be on Monday Night Raw.

From WWE Twitter

Justin Mccarthy selected Raw while Brandon Chapman selected Smackdown.

RawSmackdown
Undisputed Era [NXT]Roman Reigns (Universal)
Drew McIntyre (WWE)Brock Lesnar
AJ StylesSeth Rollins
Asuka (Women’s)Randy Orton
Johnny Gargano (w/ Candice LeRae) [NXT]Charlotte 
Sami Zayn (Intercontinental)Heavy Machinery
Street Profits (Tag Team)Jey Uso
Keith LeeNew Day
Samoa JoeAlexa Bliss
Rey & Dominik MysterioBayley (Women’s)
Sonya DevilleSasha Banks
Chelsea Green (NXT)Hurt Business (US)
Toni Storm (NXT UK)Cesaro&Nakamura (Tag Team)
Grizzled Young Veterans (NXT UK)Apollo Crews
The Miz & John MorrisonRetribution 
Nikki CrossZiggler/Roode
NaomiSheamus
RicochetKing Corbin
Mandy RoseShayna/Nia Jax (Women’s Tag Team)

Smackdown Future Predictions

Based on this, you could see a few surprising call ups from NXT as they are trying to establish themselves on the main roster while we didn’t show it, you could see NXT also get involved and make some selections from the main roster. WWE has done a great job with NXT as they try and establish themselves as a standalone brand and not just developmental. However, AEW has destroyed them in the ratings as of late and a nice shake up will be nice to all 3 brands. After Hell in a Cell you could see numerous new feuds start up such as a potential Fiend vs Lesnar showdown if Lesnar gets drafted to Smackdown along with the Fiend. Another showdown could be Retribution with newly aligned Ali continuing their feud with the Hurt Business only on Smackdown to freshen Raw up.

Raw Future Predictions

Based on the selections, youth is the focal point of Raws future. What Smackdown had before the draft was young talent. Raw on the other hand was struggling with old veterans like Randy Orton trying to lead the red brand to the top of the WWE ratings. Raws number one pick may come to a shock to many. Undisputed Era has been at the top of NXT for a few years now. It is time for them to be called up, and there is no better time than right now for them to be called up. They can immediately be a top heel faction on Raw and have a impact right away. Along with Undisputed Era, NXT UK had a few call ups as well, with Smackdown drafting the stronger Women’s Division, Raw has to reach in this mock draft and grab talent from NXT UK. Toni Storm, the top womens talent in NXT UK and former NXT UK Women’s Champion, is the perfect talent for Raw to grab in this draft. It is a reach that they will draft her, but as the old saying goes, “Anything can happen in the WWE”.

Well, it all comes down to this, The WWE draft will start tonight on Friday Night Smackdown at 8 on Fox.