With the long-awaited date very nearly upon us, pickings have been slim for those in search of details on the WWE Draft. Over the weekend, though, the WWE provided us with a list of rules to shed a little more light on the matter.
Notable talking points include the fact that Raw will get three picks for every two of SmackDown, due to the lengths of the shows. Tag teams will also count as a single pick—unless for some reason the General Manager doesn’t necessarily want both guys—and we’ll see a total quota of six NXT stars called up to the main roster.
On top of all that, we were also given a list of those who’ll be eligible for selection in the Draft at Tuesday’s SmackDown. And while it included most of the expected suspects, there were some notable absentees to report.
I think you know where this one’s going; so let’s delve into the who, the what, and the why of some of these glaring omissions from the WWE’s list of potential Draft picks.
10. Triple H
Arguably one of the most notable omissions was that of
We know he’s no longer a full-time performer, but then again neither is Brock Lesnar, and he was very much featured on the list as a possible name to be drafted.
And besides—part-time performer or not—given the prominent role he played at this year’s WrestleMania, it seems silly to think we’re suddenly supposed to forget that Triple H even exists.
This continues a presumably intentional trend whereby the Game has remained off of WWE television since his defeat at WrestleMania. You’d assume that means they’ve got a big comeback planned for somewhere down the line and don’t want to ruin that by having Draft let the cat out of the bag prematurely.
Still, if we’re supposed to be taking this thing seriously at all, surely he’ll need a show to be signed to if he ever wants to make a return?
Ultimately, it looks like they’ll be using his position within the company as a storyline to get them out of jail here. That or he could be in line to be named as Stephanie’s General Manager of Raw…