WWE Announces 2019 Draft Rules for RAW and SmackDown, Celebrities to Help with Picks

WWE has announced several athletes and celebrities that will help announce the WWE Draft picks.

Stars announced for the Draft include WrestleMania 35 stars Michael Che and Colin Jost of SNL, NFL legend Troy Aikman, MLB legend Alex Rodriguez, actor Christian Slater, and many others.

WWE has also announced the official rules for the 2019 Draft. They noted that more than 70 Superstars will be eligible for selection. SmackDown will draft 30 Superstars while RAW will draft 41 Superstars. For every two picks SmackDown receives, RAW will receive three, because RAW is a three-hour show. Tag teams will count as one pick unless FOX or the USA Network specifically wants to pick only one Superstar from that team. WWE will declare any undrafted Superstars as free agents, and they will be able to sign with the brand of their choosing.

The 2019 WWE Draft will begin this Friday at SmackDown in Las Vegas. It will wrap on Monday’s RAW from Denver. You can read our latest backstage report on the Draft by clicking here.

As noted, Friday’s SmackDown will open with Roman Reigns vs. WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins with the winner receiving the first overall Draft pick for their brand. Reigns will be representing the blue team while Rollins will be representing the red team. The only match announced for RAW as of this writing is The Viking Raiders vs. RAW Tag Team Champions Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler, with the titles on the line.

Below is WWE’s full announcement on the rules and celebrities:

Star-studded celebrity lineup, including Alex Rodriguez, Michael Che and Colin Jost, to take part in WWE Draft

The stars will be out for the WWE Draft.

Fourteen-time MLB All-Star and FOX analyst Alex Rodriguez, “Saturday Night Live’s” Michael Che and Colin Jost of “Weekend Update” segments, “Mr. Robot’s” Christian Slater, “NFL on FOX’s” Joe Buck and Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, and “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer are among the celebrities set to take part.

The WWE Draft will determine the rosters of Raw and SmackDown. It begins tomorrow on Friday Night SmackDown at 8 ET/5 PT on FOX and continues Monday on Raw at 8/7 C on USA Network.

Additional personalities scheduled to appear include:

* Kevin Burkhardt and Frank Thomas — FOX MLB analysts

* Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Tony Gonzalez — FOX NFL Sunday

* Ronde Barber, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman and Daryl Johnston — FOX NFL analysts

* Charissa Thompson, Michael Vick and Peter Schrager — FOX NFL Kickoff

* Rob Stone, Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Urban Meyer — Big Noon Kickoff

* Joel Klatt — FOX College Football analyst

* Dulé Hill of USA’s “Psych” and “Suits”

* James Roday of “Psych”

* Marcus Lemonis of “The Profit”

* Margaret Josephs and Melissa Gorga of “Real Housewives of New Jersey”

* Rodney Harrison and Chris Simms — Football Night in America

* Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Mustoe and Kyle Martino — Premier League Live

Below is the full list of WWE Draft rules:

* Over 70 Superstars, as well as tag teams, are eligible for selection in this year’s WWE Draft

* SmackDown will draft 30 Superstars, and Raw will select another 41 Superstars

* Since SmackDown is a two-hour show and Raw is a three-hour show, for every two picks SmackDown makes, Raw will receive three

* Tag teams will count as one pick unless FOX or USA Network specifically wants to pick only one Superstar from the team

* Any undrafted Superstars will immediately be declared free agents and able to sign with the brand of their choosing

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