Between SmackDown premiering on FOX, NXT moving to the USA Network and Raw celebrating a "season premiere" (for whatever that's worth), it was only appropriate that WWE held a proper draft to remind viewers who belongs to what brand.
After all, the Wild Card Rule, which has been around since May, and has done nothing but water down the Brand Split the Superstars worked hard to establish in 2016 and beyond. Let the record show we've already had one pseudo-draft this year in the Superstar Shake-Up, so it remains to be seen how this upcoming draft will be any different (if at all).
In fact, fans know next to nothing about how it is going to work aside from the fact that it kicks off this Friday night on SmackDown and continues next week on Raw. As exceptional of a job as WWE has done in promoting the anticipated event, there are way more questions than answers as far as how it will affect champions, who will be making the picks, and so on.
Your guess is as good as anyone's when it comes to what the rules of this draft actually are - though we do at least know who is eligible. Nevertheless, we probably won't learn the full details until it actually happens. It doesn't hurt to speculate in the meantime.
Since 2008, Graham has been a diehard pro wrestling fan and, in 2010, he combined his passions for WWE and writing when he joined Bleacher Report. Equipped with a master's in journalism, Graham has contributed to WhatCulture, FanSided's Daily DDT, Sports Betting Dime, and GateHouse Media. Along the way, he has conducted interviews with wrestling superstars like Chris Jericho, Edge, Goldberg, Christian, Diamond Dallas Page, Jim Ross, Adam Cole, Tessa Blanchard, Ryback, and Nick Aldis among others.