Monday Night Raw: Seth Rollins, Charlotte, Finn Balor, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, The New Day, Sami Zayn, Sasha Banks, Chris Jericho, Rusev w/ Lana, Kevin Owens, Enzo & Cass, Gallows & Anderson, Big Show, Nia Jax, Neville, Cesaro, Sheamus, Golden Truth, Titus O’Neil, Paige, Darren Young, Sin Cara, Jack Swagger, Dudley Boyz, Summer Rae, Mark Henry, Braun Strowman, Bo Dallas, Shining Stars, Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke, Curtis Axel
SmackDown! Live: Dean Ambrose, A.J. Styles, John Cena, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Becky Lynch, The Miz, Baron Corbin, American Alpha, Dolph Ziggler, Natalya, Alberto Del Rio, The Usos, Kane, Kalisto, Naomi, The Ascension, Zack Ryder, Apollo Crews, Alexa Bliss, Breezango, Eva Marie, The Vaudevillains, Erick Rowan, Mojo Rawley, Carmella
Well, there it is, a look at both rosters following the first SmackDown! Live and the one-hour WWE Network draft. I'm going to break down what I love, what I hate and what surprised me the most.
Raw Love: We have Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar, Finn Balor, The New Day, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Chris Jericho, Cesaro, Neville, Enzo and Cass, and, of course, Roman Reigns as the highlights.
It's weird to imagine Raw without its mainstay of more than a decade in John Cena, but the timing is more than right. Seth Rollins is the face, well, not that kind of face but you know what I mean. There is a perfect mix of guys worthy of a chance at the top in Finn, KO, Sami Zayn and Cesaro, and then Brock and Roman to top it off. It's an extremely deep roster with veterans like The Dudleyz, Sheamus and don't even get me started on the teasing of The Balor Club.
If Raw moves forward with that plan, we're all winners here. The opportunities are limitless.
SmackDown Love: Dean, AJ, Cena and Randy Orton, whether part- or full-time, is a solid nucleus to build on. I went in hoping Cena would go to SmackDown! and that's exactly what happens. He and Orton, while not the future, are an excellent foundation to build upon.
Hate: There's not a lot to hate, especially this early on, but I look at this roster and it kind of falls flat. Especially in the Women's Division. Alicia Fox, Summer Rae and Eva Marie are in over Bayley.
The timing was right. It was one of those things that was made too much sense. I'm sorry, but there is no room for Summer and Eva on the main roster especially when WWE is trying to showcase the Women's Revolution.
This is not how you accomplish this. It leaves an absolute terrible taste in my mouth as it comes down to the simple fact that Bayley and Asuka are two of the best performers on the Roster, and not just on the NXT Roster. It's nothing against Nia, Carmella or Alexa, but this was a chance to move Asuka and Bayley up and to let two or three of those aforementioned names more time to shine with a belt in their hands in NXT.
Surprises: The Hype Brothers -- Ryder and Mojo -- getting the main roster call. Kane being drafted as a wrestler and not getting a managerial or "backstage" job. Kevin Owens getting drafted so late. Braun going solo with Luke Harper still on the shelf.
Now, I know in the grand scheme of things draft position means nothing but this is a guy that should have been a Top 10 pick.
Overall, this is all major speculation but I feel a major ball was dropped in moving the Women's Division forward. Eva Marie is not how you showcase a Women's Revolution or whatever, that's more of a step back than anything and sends a backwards message.
Other than that, I'd say the main surprise was the complete randomness in the supposed "ransacking" of the NXT Roster. It's rare for WWE to recognize that it has something good and to not mess it up, so color this Smark surprised, I suppose.