Rebooking The 2002 WWE Brand Extension Draft

Taking another look at the original brand extension.


This week, WWE announced that starting in July, Raw and Smackdown will each have their own unique rosters, in addition to Smackdown going live each Tuesday. 

This will mark the first time since 2011 that the rosters will be separate. When the rosters will separate this July, there may possibly (almost certainly) be a superstar draft and, with this in mind, let's take a look at the initial brand extension in 2002. The draft left a lot to be desired, it must be said. 

Many of the big WWE stars weren't eligible to be drafted because they were either free agents (Steve Austin), wrestling in the main event for the championship (Chris Jericho & Triple H), or yet to return to WWE (Eddie Guerrero & Shawn Michaels). Instead, we had people like Kane, Big Show, Booker T, The Dudleys, Rikishi, and Lita of all people as part of the draft. 

It was actually pretty terrible.

With the wonderful gift of hindsight, let's take another look at the initial brand extension draft, re-booking how the draft should have went. 

The first thing to do is to get rid of most of the ridiculous rules that wouldn't allow big stars to get drafted. The only rule that we will keep in place is that the WWE Champion (Triple H) and the Women's Champion (Jazz) are immune from drafting. Otherwise, all superstars that were on the WWE roster by King of the Ring 2002 are eligible. 

Let's get into it!


Justin has been writing about professional wrestling for more than 15 years. A lifelong WWE fan, he also is a big fan of Ring of Honor.