The WWE Draft will always be an exciting time of the year, with fans tuning in to see which brand their favourite WWE stars are going to end up on. It also allows for some fresh match-ups and feuds, something that we know WWE is in dire need of right now.
Because WWE’s creative team clearly reads all of our feature pieces and uses them for inspiration, we’ve decided to save them some time and draw up a list ten fresh new match-ups that we want to see following the WWE Draft this year.
Before we get going, here’s just a little bit of housekeeping. For a match to qualify for this list, one of the participants needs to have swapped brands during the Draft.
Honourable Mention: Finn Balor vs. Andrade
The reason I’ve put this match as an honourable mention and not its own entry onto this list is that Andrade hasn’t actually gone back to NXT. He was unceremoniously left undrafted by either Raw or SmackDown, and is technically free to choose which brand he wants to go to.
It has been reported that Andrade will be going to Raw, which probably means this match won’t happen, but I’d love to see Andrade move back to NXT and immediately enter an NXT Championship feud with Finn Balor.
Andrade did some of his best work while NXT Champion between 2017-18, and a run down at the Capitol Wrestling Center could be exactly what the former La Sombra needs to remind fans, and most importantly WWE management, just how talented he is.
I think you’d be hard-pressed to find many people who wouldn’t be interested in seeing Finn Balor defend his NXT Championship against Andrade, making this match something that WWE surely must be considering if they swerve us and have Andrade move back to NXT.
10. Asuka vs. Nikki Cross
Since Bayley and Sasha Banks became SmackDown exclusive talent once again, Asuka’s Raw Women’s Championship reign has started to feel significantly less important. Since feuding with Bayley and Banks, Asuka has been stuck in meaningless storylines with the likes of Mickie James and Zelina Vega.
The Raw Women’s roster is significantly better off following the WWE Draft, picking up the likes of Naomi (we’ll get onto her later), Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, and the latter could be a fantastic opponent for Asuka over the coming weeks.
Asuka and Nikki Cross have history too, with the two female stars having a fantastic Last Woman Standing match on NXT TV in June 2017, with Cross and Asuka becoming the first women in WWE to compete in that match type.
It would be great to see WWE reignite that feud over the coming weeks/months on Monday Night Raw, potentially as we head towards the end of 2020.