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WWE Draft recap from inaugural SmackDown Live

Finn Balor built a strong following in NXT, and WWE Raw took notice. Balor was selected in the first round (fifth overall) by Raw during the inaugural WWE SmackDown Live show on Tuesday, July 19 on the USA Network.
Finn Balor built a strong following in NXT, and WWE Raw took notice. Balor was selected in the first round (fifth overall) by Raw during the inaugural WWE SmackDown Live show on Tuesday, July 19 on the USA Network. Photo By Jim Varsallone

During the inaugural SmackDown Live show on Tuesday, July 19 on the USA Network, the WWE Draft determined which WWE Superstars would compete on Monday Night Raw and which would compete on SmackDown Live.

In the first round of draft picks, Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and General Manager Mick Foley selected Seth Rollins, WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte and NXT’s Finn Bálor.

SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan chose WWE Champion Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles.

During the second round, WWE Superstar John Cena was selected for SmackDown Live, where he will return to his roots.

For complete WWE Draft results click here.

Click here for video of the first round of the WWE Draft.

Click here for video of John Cena’s reaction to being drafted to SmackDown Live.

Click here for a video of Seth Rollins’ reaction to being drafted as the No.1 overall pick.

Click here for a video of WWE Women’s Champ Charlotte’s reaction to being drafted to Raw.

Both Raw and SmackDown Live will now feature distinct casts, unique storylines and dedicated writing teams.

Raw, a three-hour program, is 8 p.m. ET Mondays live on the USA Network.

SmackDown Live, a two-hour show, is 8 p.m. ET Tuesdays live on the USA Network.

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