5 most shocking moments in the history of the WWE Draft

  • The most shocking and surprising moments in the history of the WWE Draft
Pratyay Ghosh
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Modified 13 Jul 2016, 18:37 IST
John Cena brought Hustle, Loyalty and Respect to Raw in 2005.

With less than a week to go till the Brand Extension and WWE Draft on SmackDown Live on July 19th, it’s time to look at the the last time Raw and SmackDown were separate entries. 

The last time the brands were separate, it started off well but eventually did not work out because anyone who picked up steam on SmackDown eventually got drafted to Raw and with the eventual intermingling of the rosters through the Raw and SmackDown super shows, the whole point of the brand split was eventually lost.

With the 2016 brand split and WWE draft, WWE has to make sure that they stick to their guns and are in it for the long run. 

Even though the first brand split eventually fizzled out, the WWE draft has provided us with some truly shocking moments over the years and at the beginning was a great concept. In this article, I look at the 5 most shocking moments in WWE draft history.

#5 Batista surprises JBL

The Animal was unleashed on SmackDown in 2005.

On the 2005 edition of the WWE Draft, which saw SmackDown left without a champion, a six-way elimination match played out which was won by JBL. However, after the match, in a cruel shock to JBL, it was announced that he was only the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Chamionship as Batista had just been drafted to SmackDown.

Batista then made his way down to the ring to confront his new challenger and held the championship belt above his head. Batista and JBL ended up having several matches over the championship in the following months, with Batista leaving the ring with the gold each and every time.

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Published 13 Jul 2016, 18:26 IST
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