Last night during the Clash of Champions pay-per-view, WWE confirmed that a Draft will take place next month. The event will start on the Friday 9 episode of SmackDown, and culminate a few days later on the Monday 12 episode of Raw.
Apart from a few random switches over the last few months, like AJ Styles moving to SmackDown after WrestleMania and Mandy Rose switching to Raw just a few weeks ago, this will be the first time that we can see major roster chances since SmackDown moved to FOX in October last year.
With the draft kicking off in just under two weeks time, we’ve decided to list the ten Superstars who should switch brands next month, either because they can fill a hole on another brand, or because they are currently treading water on the show they are on.
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10. Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez To SmackDown
Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez are doing some great work in NXT right now, but due to the sheer shortage of women’s tag teams on the main roster, their time with the black and gold brand is probably numbered.
Not only would Dakota Kai make a fantastic immediate challenger for a babyface Sasha Banks, should she beat Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but the duo of Kai and Raquel would also be a great choice to dethrone Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax as the Women’s Tag Team Champions.
Gonzalez also seems incredibly suited to the main roster. Raquel has shown great improvements over recent months in the ring, and standing at over 6ft tall, she seems like someone that Vince McMahon would love to have in his women’s division.
Over the next week or so in NXT, or even at TakeOver this weekend, I’d have Raquel Gonzalez finish her feud with Rhea Ripley, allowing her and Dakota to move up to the main roster as part of the upcoming draft.
9. Matt Riddle to Raw
As we’ll get onto later in this piece, Raw is probably going to lose some of its top babyfaces in the draft next month, so in return I think that former NXT Tag Team Champion Matt Riddle should move over to the red brand.
Since his arrival on the main roster earlier this Summer, Riddle hasn’t really done much of note, and currently seems eternally trapped in a feud with King Corbin. Despite only being on SmackDown for a few months, he’s already in need of a change of scenery.
I’d have Riddle move over to Raw, setting up the possibility for feuds with Seth Rollins and Randy Orton, the latter of whom he has history with from the men’s Survivor Series match in November of last year.
With SmackDown clearly pushing Big E and Bray Wyatt as babyfaces, there isn’t much room for Matt Riddle to also move up the card. A move to Raw could be exactly what the “Original Bro” needs to meet his potential.