News Did Raw or SmackDown get the better of the 2020 WWE Draft?

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The picks are in, and most of the free agents have “signed”. So it’s time to talk about whether Raw or SmackDown ended up with the better looking roster in the Oct. 9 & 12 WWE Draft.

Here’s where things stand...


Raw


Men:

  • Drew McIntyre
  • The Hurt Business (MVP, Bobby Lashley, Shelton Benjamin, Cedric Alexander)
  • AJ Styles
  • Ricochet
  • The Miz
  • John Morrison
  • Kofi Kingston
  • Xavier Woods
  • Angel Garza
  • Humberto Carrillo
  • Tucker
  • Drew Gulak
  • Lince Dorado
  • Gran Metalik
  • Bray Wyatt
  • Randy Orton
  • Braun Strowman
  • Matt Riddle
  • Jeff Hardy
  • RETRIBUTION (Mustafa Ali, T-Bar, Mace & Slapjack)
  • Keith Lee
  • Elias
  • Sheamus
  • R-Truth
  • Dabba-Kato
  • Titus O’Neil
  • Akira Tozawa
  • Riddick Moss
  • Arturo Ruas
  • Erik

Women:

  • Asuka
  • Naomi
  • Shayna Baszler
  • Nia Jax
  • Mandy Rose
  • Dana Brooke
  • Charlotte Flair
  • RETRIBUTION (Reckoning & Retaliation (?))
  • Alexa Bliss
  • Lacey Evans
  • Nikki Cross
  • Peyton Royce
  • Lana

SmackDown


Men:

  • Roman Reigns
  • Seth Rollins
  • Jey Uso
  • Rey Mysterio
  • Dominik Mysterio
  • Big E
  • Otis
  • Murphy
  • Kalisto
  • Street Profits
  • Daniel Bryan
  • Kevin Owens
  • Lars Sullivan
  • Baron Corbin
  • Sami Zayn
  • Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Cesaro
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Robert Roode
  • Apollo Crews
  • Aleister Black

Women:

  • Sasha Banks
  • Bianca Belair
  • Bayley
  • Carmella
  • Natalya
  • Liv Morgan
  • Ruby Riott
  • Zelina Vega
  • Tamina
  • Billie Kay


There’s enough talent spread around that both shows should be fine - if they utilize it well.

My knee-jerk reaction was to say that SmackDown is too top heavy. But the brand is currently telling one of my favorite stories of the year with Jey Uso, someone I honestly never considered as a viable singles star a month ago. If creative comes up with the right scenarios, who’s to say we couldn’t be just as invested in any member of either roster just as quickly?

Overall, as disillusioned as I am with the Draft concept, I’d say WWE did a fine job balancing talent on the two shows. Especially when you factor in Raw’s longer runtime, and allowing for the continuation of current storylines (some I’m happy to see continue, others... less so).

So help us pick a winner, Cagesiders. And let us know why you think the red or blue brand came out on top in the comments below.



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