WWE is holding another draft and it will start tonight on SmackDown. The company has a lot of options, but they are still working out details at this point. NXT will be a part of the event tonight and many fans are expected fresh faces. Who should they expect is the bigger question.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dakota Kai, Aliyah, and Xia Li are all expected to be a part of the 2021 WWE Draft. There are different reasons for wanting each star, but Xia Li’s country was extra motivation for WWE to bring her up very soon.

Those in the company were of the belief Dakota Kai, Aliyah and Xia Li were the leading candidates among the women, particularly because WWE wants a legitimate Chinese star in the market after the success UFC had in that market when Zhang Weili became a champion.

It was noted that they have all worked dark matches prior to WWE events. Dakota Kai also disappeared from Raquel Gonzalez’s storyline after she lost an NXT Women’s Title match, so that could have been her way of exiting the black and gold brand.

Austin Theory has also worked dark matches in recent memory. He made reference to “running away” when he was last seen on NXT television. That could have been an inside joke to imply that his main roster call-up came around.

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