The first option, and honestly the most likely number one pick of them all, is “The Tribal Chief” and reigning Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Champions are most likely to end up the number one picks as precedent suggests the titles will come with them, and no one is hotter right now than Roman Reigns.
That’s not because he took his shirt off at Clash of Champions, but I can’t say that’s hurting his chances. Reigns has got to be the most valuable commodity for either brand and whoever has the benefit of the number one pick needs to take him or the other brand will.
Since the 2016 WWE Draft, we’ve seen either Raw or SmackDown make the decision to draft someone from the WWE NXT brand to their show. That may very well continue this year, and while moving the NXT Champion himself is unlikely, choosing the longest-reigning NXT Champion in history could make a big impact.
Not only would this be a huge acquisition for either Raw or SmackDown, but this choice would simultaneously challenge and elevate Adam Cole wherever he lands. It would be huge to be legitimized as a number one pick, and it could mean he’ll have to find his way without The Undisputed Era at his side.
While her being the reigning Raw Women’s Champion certainly lends itself to the logic behind selecting Asuka, there’s no denying the roll “The Empress of Tomorrow” has been on in recent months. On top of having solid championship reigns, Asuka has proven herself one of the most consistent performers on the roster.
Whether she leaves with the victory or not, the fans never lose when Asuka is in the ring. That makes her an important possibility for either brand when it comes to choosing a number one pick.