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John Cena, the first draftee in the 2005 WWE Draft

The 2005 World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Draft Lottery took place over a three week period in June. There were ten draft picks and an eleven-person trade conducted between the promotion's two brands: Raw and SmackDown!, where twenty-two superstars were drafted and traded overall.[1] The draft took place on WWE's two hour television programs, Raw, which aired on Spike TV, and SmackDown!, which aired on UPN.[2] Post-draft trades were announced on WWE's official website, WWE.com.[1][3] The draft picks were announced each Monday on Raw and each Thursday on SmackDown! from June 6 to June 30.[2] Each draftee was drafted at random.[2] Every superstar from Raw and SmackDown! was eligible to be drafted, including divas, announcers, commentators, and general managers.[2]

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Background

On the April 18, 2005 episode of Raw, Mr.McMahon, the WWE Chairman, announced that a Draft Lottery would take place the following month in May.[4] On the May 16, 2005 episode of Raw however, McMahon announced that the draft would take place in June over a one month period.[5] Following the announcement, he made note that there were no exceptions from the draft, including the injured and the champions.[5]

Superstar selections

Draft lottery

Pick # Brand (to) Employee
(Real name)[1]
Role Brand (from)
1 Raw John Cena Male wrestler SmackDown!
2 SmackDown! Chris Benoit Male wrestler Raw
3 Raw Kurt Angle Male wrestler SmackDown!
4 SmackDown! Randy Orton Male wrestler Raw
5 Raw Carlito
(Carly Colón)
Male Wrestler SmackDown!
6 SmackDown! Muhammad Hassan and Daivari
(Mark Copani and Shawn Daivari)
Male wrestler Raw
7 Raw The Big Show
(Paul Wight)
Male wrestler SmackDown!
8 Raw Rob Van Dam
(Robert Szatkowski)
Male wrestler SmackDown!
9 SmackDown! Christian
(Jason Reso)
Male wrestler Raw
10 SmackDown! Batista
(David Bautista)
Male wrestler Raw

Post-draft trades

Pick # Brand (to) Employee
(Real name)[2]
Role Brand (from)
1 Raw Mark Jindrak1
René Duprée
(René Goguen)
Danny Basham
(Daniel Hollie)
Kenzo Suzuki2
Hiroko2
(Hiroko Suzuki)
Chavo Guerrero3
(Salvador Guerrero IV)
Male wrestlers/Diva SmackDown!
SmackDown! William Regal
(Darren Matthews)
Candice Michelle
(Candice Michelle Beckman-Ehrlich)
Sylvain Grenier
Simon Dean
(Mike Bucci)
Stevie Richards
(Michael Manna)
Male wrestlers/Diva Raw
  • 1 - Jindrak made only one appearance on Raw.
  • 2 - These people were released from their contracts prior to their redebut on Raw.
  • 3 - Guerrero made his redebut on the July 7 edition of Raw repackaged as Kerwin White.

Aftermath

After John Cena was drafted to Raw, along with the WWE Championship, SmackDown! was left without a World Heavyweight Championship for the remainder of the month of June.[6] On the June 23, 2005 episode of SmackDown!, General Manager, Theodore Long, announced a new World Championship for the SmackDown brand, called the SmackDown! Championship.[6][7] The new champion would have been determined in a six-man elimination match between The Undertaker, Muhammad Hassan, Christian, Booker T, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Chris Benoit, which Layfield won on the June 30, 2005 episode of SmackDown!.[8][9] After Layfield won the match, Long announced that the SmackDown! Championship was not needed because the then-World Heavyweight Champion, Batista, had been drafted to SmackDown!.[8][9]

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