WWE Brand Split 2016: 20 Top Draft Picks For Raw And Smackdown
19. Raw #1 Pick: Brock Lesnar
Stephanie McMahon will not be happy about Shane immediately taking the WWE World Heavyweight Champion off the board. She will have to answer in a big way. She's going to do that with a man once known as The Next Big Thing, Brock Lesnar.
Remember that Raw and Smackdown will be competing for ratings, even in storylines actually used on television. Lesnar moves the ratings needle more than anyone and that will be especially true coming off of his upcoming appearance at UFC 200.
Lesnar is committed to a WWE match at SummerSlam. Stephanie is going to want the buildup for that match playing out on Mondays instead of Tuesdays. She will take Brock with her first pick to guarantee that happens.