WWE Brand Split 2016 Rumors & Predictions: Fantasy Mock Draft 2.0 [VIDEO]

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Jul 13, 2016 03:00 PM EDT
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The WWE Draft and subsequent brand extension is less than a week away.

This Tuesday, the WWE will officially split its roster into two different brands. Shane McMahon will oversee "SmackDown," which will now air live on Tuesdays, while Stephanie McMahon will be in control of "RAW."

Both McMahon siblings are each supposed to select general managers for their respective brands this Monday night, on the eve of the WWE Draft.

We've already done a preliminary Draft, but here is our updated version 2.0 for the split with our rosters.

Monday Night RAW

Commissioner: Stephanie McMahon

GM: Mick Foley

Champions: The Miz (Intercontinental); The New Day (Tag)
Note: Charlotte will be drafted to 'SmackDown,' setting up the need to create a new belt for RAW.   

No. 1 Pick (non-champion): Seth Rollins

Surprise Returns (no particular order):

1) Kurt Angle
2) Tommy Dreamer
3) Rhyno
4) Tajiri
5) Bill Goldberg (part-time)
6) Lita (part-time) 

The Rest (no particular order)

1) Roman Reigns
2) Chris Jericho
3) Sami Zayn
4) Sheamus
5) Cesaro
6) Kane
7) Kevin Owens
8) Jack Swagger
9) Titus O'Neil
10) Summer Rae
11) Eva Marie
12) Alicia Fox
13) Tamina
14) Naomi
15) The Club (drafted away from AJ Styles)
16) Vaudevillians (drafted separately)
17) Big Show
18) Golden Truth (drafted separately)
19) Tyler Breeze
20) Neville
21) Braun Strowman
22) Erick Rowan
23) Bobby Roode (from NXT)
24) Heath Slater
25) Kalisto (split from Sin Cara)
26) D'von Dudley (split from Bubba Ray)
27) Dana Brooke
28) Emma (injured)
29) Alberto Del Rio
30) Brock Lesnar (part-time)  

Overview: With Stephanie at the helm, "RAW" will have some marquee players such as Cena, Reigns and Ambrose, while the likes of Zayn, Owens and Cesaro will finally get a chance to shine with the rosters a little thinner. Given Reigns' suspension, he doesn't deserve to carry a show, thus he will be featured on the same show as Cena.


Comissioner: Shane McMahon

GM: Daniel Bryan

Champions: Dean Ambrose (World); Rusev (United States) & Lana; Charlotte (Women's)
Note: New Tag Team Champions will need to be crowned. 

No. 1 pick (non-champion): John Cena

Surprise Returns (no particular order)

1) Rob Van Dam
2) The Undertaker (part-time)
3) Trish Stratus (part-time)
4) MVP
5) Carlito
6) AJ Lee

The Rest (no particular order)

1) AJ Styles (separated from The Club)
2) Randy Orton
3) Bray Wyatt (separated from The Wyatt Family)
4) American Alpha (from NXT)
5) Alexa Bliss (from NXT)
6) Becky Lynch
7) Paige
8) Enzo Amore
9) Colin Cassady
10) Bully Ray (split from D'Von)
11) Dolph Ziggler
12) Apollo Crews
13) Shining Stars (drafted separately)
14) Usos (drafted separatey)
15) Zack Ryder
16) Darren Young
17) Fandango (split from Tyler Breeze)
18) The Ascension (drafted separately)
19) Sasha Banks
20) Natalya
21) Nikki Bella
22) Sin Cara (split from Kalisto)
23) Shinsuke Nakamura (drafted from NXT)
24) Baron Corbin
25) Finn Balor (from NXT)
26) Carmella (from NXT)
27) Mark Henry
28) Luke Harper (injured) 

Overview: With Shane in charge, "SmackDown" will be a breeding ground for new talent, which is why most NXT stars and tag wrestlers should end up on this brand. Also, the WWE made such a big habit out of making "RAW" the superior brand in the past, so in order to generate interest for "SmackDown," having more talent on the Blue Brand is needed. It will also be the home of the better women's wrestlers on the roster.

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