The new WWE Draft was meant to start on Friday Night Smackdown and end on Monday Night Raw, but it seems there are still some loose ends being tied up. There had been vague talk since Friday about a “blockbuster trade” that was coming, and that seems to have happened on last night’s preview episode of WWE Backstage, but of course it wasn’t exactly the blockbuster that was promised, especially since the “trade” only went in one direction.
As announced by @WWE COO @TripleH on @WWE Backstage, @AlexaBliss_WWE & @NikkiCrossWWE have been traded to @WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
In exchange #RAW will get future draft pick considerations. pic.twitter.com/DiZGFbloyy
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) October 16, 2019
As Triple H himself announced on Backstage, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, who were previously drafted to Raw separately, despite being a tag team and therefore eligible to be drafted together, have now been traded to Smackdown. In return, Raw has been promised “future draft pick considerations.” Considering the draft’s over, it’s hard to say what that means exactly. Maybe when and if Ronda Rousey returns to WWE, Raw will be empowered to claim her? On the other hand, it just as likely means that WWE realized they’d barely given Smackdown a women’s roster (especially with Sasha Banks currently injured, and they needed to add some women without taking anyone away.
Meanwhile, 411Mania points out that the IIconics, who’ve been missing from TV lately and weren’t drafted on screen at all, have been moved to the Raw roster on WWE.com. There are also graphics circulating that say Sarah Logan and Dana Brooke are on RAW and Fire & Desire (Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville) are on Smackdown, but WWE has yet to confirm any of that.