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5 Superstars who have remained on the same brand since the 2016 WWE Draft

Divesh Merani
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
08 Oct 2019, 16:08 IST

Only a handful have remained on one show.
Only a handful have remained on one show.

Ever since the brand split returned in 2016, RAW and SmackDown have had their separate rosters. The initial Superstars on each brand were decided through the WWE Draft. Since then, there have been three post-WrestleMania Superstar Shakeups.

Various Superstars moved from RAW and SmackDown, with some going back and forth over the years, but there have been a few who did not alter their weekly television homes even once. Among the initial draftees in 2016, only a select few have been stuck to a single brand.

Of course, this could all change and some of these Superstars could move over during the upcoming WWE Draft, but as of present time, they have remained loyal to one show, even if the infamous Wildcard Rule threatened to ruin everything.

There may be more, but here are five WWE Superstars who have remained on the same brand since the return of the brand split in 2016.

Note: Only Superstars who were drafted in July 2016 are applicable.


#5 Carmella (SmackDown)

She really has held her own.
She really has held her own.

Carmella was actually the final pick of the WWE Draft in 2016, coming up from NXT. She made her debut on the Blue Brand as a babyface, but received little crowd reaction. Fortunately, WWE turned Carmella heel shortly thereafter and she continually progressed as a performer. Her partnership with James Ellsworth was entertaining at times, even leading to a victory in the first (and second) ever Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match.

'Mella held the briefcase for close to ten months, before cashing in on Charlotte Flair to win the SmackDown Women's Championship. The ensuing reign may not have been one of the greatest in history, but it was a testament to the improvement that Carmella had shown since getting drafted to the Blue Brand in 2016.

More recently, she has been teaming with R-Truth and they have gone on a fabulously entertaining run together. The pair are now the heart of WWE's main source of comedy, the 24/7 Championship picture. Carmella, along with R-Truth, run around from show to show, but it must not be forgotten that she is actually still officially part of SmackDown's roster.

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