WWE Draft 2021: Night 1
Updated: Oct 14, 2021
The first night of the 2021 WWE draft has officially passed. Many stars found their spots solidified while other big names have found new homes with enormous future implications. Here are the top draft pick highlights for who will be switching brands in 3-week's time following the Crown Jewel pay-per-view.
The number 1 selection of the night and the only star on this list not moving brands, The Tribal Chief himself will remain on top of the blue brand for the foreseeable future. Roman has been the highlight of SmackDown for two years now and has been untouchable. Having beaten every top face in the division, it will be exciting to see what new names step up to the plate to collide with the Universal Champion.
The 2nd draft pick of the night and the first for Raw was the new WWE Champion, which makes sense. It was pretty much assumed that he would be switching brands considering Raw wouldn't have a champion otherwise. The draft kicked off by solidifying the boundaries between shows and champions. The big man will now fight officially on top of the Monday night show for the foreseeable future.
The Queen will be moving to the blue brand to face a whole new crop of talent in the coming weeks. This was a surprise, considering she is the current Raw Women's Champion. Charlotte may be heading into an angle with the current SmackDown Women's Champion, Becky Lynch, and company, considering how SmackDown ended this week.
I feel it's more likely that the 2nd generation star may be dropping her title soon, or Becky may be moving to Raw. If the latter happens, we'll likely see the two champions swap belts like the New Day and Street Profits did last year.
The EST looks to be moving away from the blue brand title picture after Crown Jewel. It could be Bianca to swap titles with Charlotte, though. Perhaps she will be going to Raw empty-handed but will chase a current adversary who has yet to be drafted?
The Scottish Terminator has landed on SmackDown just as many have predicted. He will most definitely be setting his sights on the Tribal Chief. The man said so himself. This would be a continuation of their brief feud from last year's Survivor Series. Remember, their previous match ended on controversial terms, and Drew stated that Roman hadn't seen the last of him.
The New Day (Kofi And Woods)
In a rather disappointing pick, the positivity trio was separated once again. In my last Raw Takes article, I had predicted that the newly reunited team would be facing the freshly reformed Hurt Business beyond Survivor Series.
Instead, it looks like Big E will be meeting them alone, should his rivalry with Bobby Lashley go further. On the plus side, imagine them reigniting their fantastic feud with the Usos. Or, we may see the due team up with Drew to fight the Bloodline in the near future.
The Rated-R Superstar has been drafted to Raw. I am not going to lie, I didn't see Edge as being eligible for drafting. Sure, he has been on SmackDown most of the year.
But being a part-timer, I figured he would go wherever he pleases. Nonetheless, some exciting new dream match possibilities are now on the table. Imagine him and Big E squaring up for the gold.
This is a significant change in scenery for the charismatic enigma. Following Hardy's outpouring of fan support to be featured better, WWE has given him a fresh start with fresh faces.
Jeff recently said that a dream match of his is against Roman for the title. As an angle, Roman may want to bury the legendary underdog for good if he tries to step in his way. Personally, I want to see this feud before we see Roman and Drew face off.
Hit Row And Austin Theory
Theory is no stranger to Raw, having temporarily been on the red brand in allegiance to Rollins before being sent back to NXT. The young star has a wealth of potential and is destined for great things in his second foray on the main roster.
Hit Row is a surprising draft pick. They are currently still locked in an angle, and Isaiah "Swerve" Scott is still the North American Champion. Although the stable will likely be wrapping things up on NXT in the coming weeks, imagine if they continue to work with both brands. WWE may want superstars going between shows to bring attention to their newly rebranded developmental program.
From here, we await night 2 of the draft on Raw. Who is safe? Who will be drafted next? We'll have to wait until Monday to find out.
Dakota Mayes is our resident WWE expert at The Pyrrhic. Be sure to keep on top of all the latest in news, previews, and reviews in the world of professional wrestling right here with Dakota at thepyrrhic.com.
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