As the WWE Draft looms closer, anticipation builds, particularly with a renewed spotlight on NXT’s involvement in the event across WWE programming.

Recent speculation has revolved around the potential for main roster talent to transition to NXT as part of the draft. Insights from sources close to NXT’s creative process, including Fightful Select’s Corey Brennan, suggest that such moves are not merely hypothetical. The recent appearances of The Final Testament and Ivar on NXT signal a deliberate effort to pave the way for other main roster stars to join NXT, aligning with WWE’s renewed push to establish NXT as a formidable third brand within the company.

The upcoming weeks of NXT programming will be dedicated to the draft, culminating at Spring Breakin’. However, uncertainty regarding the specifics of which NXT talents might ascend to the main roster. Despite discussions, NXT head Shawn Michaels reportedly remains uncertain about who will be drafted. Nonetheless, names like Carmelo Hayes and Ilja Dragunov are rumored to be strong contenders for RAW or SmackDown, with Roxanne Perez’s fate still hanging in the balance despite teasing on television.

Beyond potential main roster moves to NXT, discussions also center around NXT talents possibly transitioning to RAW or SmackDown. Tony D’Angelo’s Family and Baron Corbin have emerged as potential candidates for such shifts.


Scheduled during the week of the NFL draft, WWE aims to capitalize on the “draft fever” as in previous years. Regarding the draft’s structure, it appears WWE is open to input, particularly from media partners like CW and Netflix. However, with the latter partnership still in the works for next year’s draft, immediate concerns remain focused on current strategies.

As the WWE Draft unfolds, the landscape of WWE’s roster is set to undergo significant changes. With speculation rife and possibilities abound, what surprises and shake-ups do you anticipate? Share your thoughts and predictions in the comments below as we eagerly await the draft’s revelations.

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