Much like Night 1, I largely enjoyed the moves that were made on Night 2 of the 2020 WWE Draft, but the execution left a bit to be desired. Don't get me wrong, I don't at all miss the days of the Superstar Shakeup, which was horribly done and never made any sense with how it was handled, but the Draft could absolutely be better as far as its execution is concerned.
That means bringing back general managers to explain who's making these picks and why. And no, showing Adam Pearce in the back with the draft cards in his hand isn't an actual explanation. Additionally, the lack of logic continued with Raw drafting RETRIBUTION (a group that has done nothing but create chaos since the summer), swapping the tag titles because the belts are brand-specific, and certain stars getting drafted way later than they should have.
Otherwise, I was largely satisfied with the results of Night 2 and hope the brands can benefit from the fresh faces and feuds. All in all, it was definitely eventful, though I almost feel like too many people moved, to the point where we're going to be seeing some of the same matches in a few cases. Hopefully these picks pan out and the Superstars who switched shows can get the reset they've needed.
Here's my full analysis of each round and who went where, as well as where I think the few Superstars who went undrafted will wind up.
I may be in the minority on this, but I enjoyed Night 1 of the 2020 WWE Draft overall. For whatever reason, I wasn't as pumped as I normally am for Draft day going in, but that might be because WWE has had so many Superstars inexplicably switch shows this year that it almost rendered the Draft irrelevant. Despite that, I liked most of the moves that were made on Night 1, but it wasn't without its flaws.
While I appreciate that we didn't get shots of the USA Network and FOX "executives" feigning excitement backstage in the "war rooms" over landing The Lucha House Party and Natalya, we still have no idea who is making these picks. I realize Stephanie McMahon is the one announcing them, but without general managers, the Draft concept gets a bit more confusing. Yes, there's Adam Pearce, but his role has never been properly explained, so I doubt anyone cares whether he's involved in the drafting process storyline-wise.
Nonetheless, Night 1 provided some surprising moments as well as moves most of us expected. Here's my full analysis of each round and who went where, as well as where I think the few Superstars who went undrafted will wind up. I'll have a full recap of the Night 2 results up early next week as well.
It's rare WWE releases Superstars on Sunday, but here we are. It has been reported for weeks that WWE could soon be granting releases for those they don't see as being too valuable (such as Shawn Spears/Tye Dillinger and KENTA/Hideo Itami earlier this year), and that was exactly what happened over the weekend. In the span of one hour, WWE announced that Luke Harper, Sin Cara and The Ascension had been released from the promotion.
Harper and Cara publicly requested their releases on their Twitter pages, whereas it was pretty obvious that The Ascension wanted out as well considering they haven't been on WWE TV since April. Either way, it was nice to see them all get what they wanted, especially in time for the holiday season.
There's no word on whether they will have a 90-day no-compete clause to adhere to, unless their contracts just so happened to expire simultaneously. I assume none of them are able to sign anywhere until at least March 2020, but nonetheless, here is my instant reaction to and analysis of each departure.
Night 2 of the 2019 WWE Draft went down on this week's Raw, and although I thought Night 1 went relatively well, it definitely had its fair share of issues with the company practically spoiling who was going where with their preliminary draft pools on the website being the original lineups. While that wasn't a problem with Night 2, I was not a fan of the order of the draft picks on the whole. Jinder Mahal and Akira Tozawa getting picked ahead of stars such as The Miz, Samoa Joe, King Corbin and Rey Mysterio was comical.
Originally, I thought the shots of the FOX and USA Network "executives" were a nice touch, but seeing them react so excited over landing R-Truth exposed how stupid it really was. The Draft also left me and many others with more questions than answers regarding "free agents," how certain championship will work and be defended, and when the rules of the Brand Extension will actually go into effect again. I've heard Friday, but then again, Crown Jewel will be a thing in October and that's set to feature inter-promotional matches. In other words, there's a ton more this company still needs to figure out.
Nevertheless, here are the full results from Night 2 of the 2019 WWE Draft and my analysis of each pick.