The 5 most shocking WWE Draft picks

#5 Mr. McMahon drafts The Rock to SmackDown: March 25, 2002

WWE ventured into uncharted territory in the wake of WrestleMania X8, when the roster was split into two separate brands, Raw and SmackDown, and divided by way of the first-ever WWE Draft lottery. With Mr. McMahon selecting Superstars for his SmackDown locker room while his WWE co-owner Ric Flair chose the roster for Monday Night Raw, it was The Chairman who would get the first draft pick. Who better to lead the blue brand into a bold, new era than “The Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment”?

When The Rock was named as the first pick in the 2002 WWE Draft, the raucous Penn State University crowd came unglued, and so did The People’s Champ. Not exactly a fan of Mr. McMahon’s managerial style at the time, The Great One led the denizens of Nittany Lion country in a chant describing The Chairman. It might have rhymed with “glass bowl.”

The Brahma Bull’s move to “his” show set the tone for future WWE Drafts, when a Superstar’s reaction to their brand alignment would become just as exciting as the anticipation beforehand.

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