FOX Sports issued the following details on this week’s WWE Draft, confirming how RAW and SmackDown will select their draft picks, as well as the involvement of several FOX Sports and USA Network personalities.
Over 70 Superstars, as well as tag teams, are eligible for selection in this year’s WWE Draft. SmackDown will draft 30 Superstars, and Raw will select another 41 Superstars; the ratio is due to RAW running three hours compared to two for SmackDown.
Tag teams will count as one pick unless FOX or USA Network specifically wants to pick only one Superstar from the team. It was also noted that any undrafted Superstars will immediately be declared free agents and able to sign with the brand of their choosing.
The list of celebrities that will be appearing is as follows:
Fourteen-time MLB All-Star and FOX analyst Alex Rodriguez, “Saturday Night Live’s” Michael Che and Colin Jost of “Weekend Update” segments, “Mr. Robot’s” Christian Slater, “NFL on FOX’s” Joe Buck and Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, and “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer are among the celebrities set to take part.
The WWE Draft will determine the rosters of Raw and SmackDown. It begins tomorrow on Friday Night SmackDown at 8 ET/5 PT on FOX and continues Monday on Raw at 8/7 C on USA Network.
Additional personalities scheduled to appear include:
Kevin Burkhardt and Frank Thomas — FOX MLB analysts
Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Tony Gonzalez — FOX NFL Sunday
Ronde Barber, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman and Daryl Johnston — FOX NFL analysts
Charissa Thompson, Michael Vick and Peter Schrager — FOX NFL Kickoff
Rob Stone, Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Urban Meyer — Big Noon Kickoff
Joel Klatt — FOX College Football analyst
Dulé Hill of USA’s “Psych” and “Suits”
James Roday of “Psych”
Marcus Lemonis of “The Profit”
Margaret Josephs and Melissa Gorga of “Real Housewives of New Jersey”
Rodney Harrison and Chris Simms — Football Night in America
Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Mustoe and Kyle Martino — Premier League Live
Earlier this afternoon, WWE revealed Seth Rollins would face off with Roman Reigns in an interpromotional match to determine which show gets the first overall pick of the draft. That match will also kickoff tomorrow night’s SmackDown broadcast, the first of two nights for this year’s draft.