WWE Draft 2021 Reportedly Scheduled For Early October
The brand shift is on its way...
The dates have reportedly been confirmed for the 2021 WWE Draft.
According to Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men Podcast, this year's WWE Draft will be taking place across the first weekend of October. The first night will occur on Friday Night SmackDown on October 1, while the second will follow on Monday Night Raw on October 4.
WWE are yet to confirm that a 2021 Draft is officially happening, while details as to the format of the draft are also unknown.
The 2020 Draft was considered a complete reset of the Raw and SmackDown brands, with every single wrestler across WWE's two main rosters up for selection. In the past, WWE have undertaken 'Superstar Shake-Ups' which have led to different talent switching brand at 'random'.
It is also not yet known if NXT talent will be available in the 2021 Draft. In the first Draft of the modern era, in 2016, a number of NXT talent were permitted to be called up, but official selections in the main roster draft have been limited since.
It has previously been reported that the USA Network - the home of Monday Night Raw - was unhappy in the aftermath of this year's SummerSlam that Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar will both be performing predominately on SmackDown. WWE reportedly assured the USA Network that they plan to 'shuffle the deck' during the 2021 Draft.