Who won the 2020 WWE Draft, Raw or SmackDown? It’s not an easy answer, especially since Raw got more draft picks.
Since Raw is a three-hour show and SmackDown is a two-hour show, the 2020 WWE Draft was inherently going to be unbalanced. As Sashi Brown or pretty much anyone with a rudimentary understanding of mathematics and probability would tell you, more draft picks equals more chances of success.
Except in WWE, it’s a little more complicated than that. Unlike the NFL, for example, there isn’t a set 53-man roster. Raw has more picks, but there are also more opportunities to draft or sign undrafted free agents they can’t use appropriately. They have a bigger roster due to the simple fact that they have one more hour to work with, but, as we’ve seen over the past couple of years, that doesn’t necessarily mean they get the most out of their roster.
SmackDown, on the other hand, can focus on highlighting their best performers and build a show around them. And my goodness, do they have some incredible talent.
Keeping Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Roman Reigns was a huge priority for SmackDown, and they got it done. Sasha and Bayley can have one of the best feuds in WWE history if it’s done right. Seriously, they have done it before in NXT, and they can do it again on SmackDown.
Roman Reigns helps make SmackDown WWE Draft winners
Reigns is already involved in WWE’s best feud in terms of quality, as he has another Universal Title match scheduled at Hell in a Cell. He’s the biggest star in the company, and he knows it. Getting him second overall after Raw went for Drew McIntyre is a massive win.
But SmackDown also added top-tier talent from Raw. Bianca Belair can win the world title as soon as Sasha and Bayley have told their story, as she has serious top star potential. Everyone who has watched WWE closely for the last two years understands her quality.
Kevin Owens is another guy who can be positioned as a top babyface star. Same with Daniel Bryan and Big E, though Bryan and Owens have also been excellent heels.
And finally, Seth Rollins may have been the second-best pick in the entire draft after Bianca. Rollins and Reigns on the same brand is a license to print money, and having them as the top male stars with Sasha and Bayley as the top female stars really shows you the kind of top-end talent SmackDown has built.
Raw added star talent through the WWE Draft, but SmackDown did more with fewer picks
Throw in the likes of Aleister Black, the Mysterios, and the Street Profits, and SmackDown did very well for themselves considering Raw had 1.5 times the number of picks.
Raw added star talent of their own, highlighting the quality of the roster. Their women’s division is filled with big names, such as Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, and Asuka. The Fiend, Randy Orton, Keith Lee, and Drew McIntyre are all major stars.
Yet when comparing quality to quantity, it’s hard to pick against SmackDown. They look like the winners of the WWE Draft for their combination of big-name superstars like Roman and Sasha, as well as up-and-comers with massive potential like Bianca and Aleister.