WWE Draft 2024: When, where, what to know for 'Raw' and 'SmackDown' roster shakeups

Get ready for the WWE roster to shake up with the 2024 WWE Draft set to take place this week and next.

The two-day event will bring massive changes to the "Monday Night Raw" and "Friday Night SmackDown" rosters, and it will have ramifications for the developmental NXT brand. All of WWE's on-air talent could be moved to other shows, which could shift the course of the company for the remainder of the calendar year. Big names could be moved, newcomers could be promoted and other surprises could be in store for the draft.

Here's what to know about the 2024 WWE Draft:

A sculpture of a wrestling belt stands in front of the WWE wrestling world headquarters on January 28, 2024 in Stamford, Connecticut.
A sculpture of a wrestling belt stands in front of the WWE wrestling world headquarters on January 28, 2024 in Stamford, Connecticut.

When is the 2024 WWE Draft?

The 2024 WWE Draft will take place Friday, April 26 and Monday, April 29.

Where will the 2024 WWE Draft take place?

The two-day event will begin on "Friday Night SmackDown" from Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The draft will conclude on "Monday Night Raw" from T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

How to watch 2024 WWE Draft

"Friday Night SmackDown" on April 26 will be broadcasted on Fox at 8 p.m. ET. "Monday Night Raw" on April 29 will be broadcasted on USA Network at 8 p.m. ET.

How does the WWE Draft work?

The draft will consist of "Raw" and "SmackDown" each making selections for who they want on their rosters, similar to professional sports leagues. Whichever brand a star is drafted by is the show that star will exclusively appear on for the remainder of the year.

On Friday, there will be four rounds with 16 total picks. "SmackDown" will pick first. On Monday, there will six round with 24 total picks. "Raw" will get the first pick.

The rosters will be locked on May 6 after Backlash.

Who is eligible for the 2024 WWE Draft?

All non-champion stars are eligible to be selected in the draft, including NXT personnel. The Women's Tag Team Champions are the only title holders eligible to be picked.

Current WWE champions

With no brand exclusive title, champions and their titles can be moved without the titles having to switch hands, unless they are in NXT. Here are the current champions on the main roster:

  • Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Cody Rhodes

  • World Heavyweight Championship: Damian Priest

  • WWE Women's Championship: Bayley

  • Women's World Championship: Becky Lynch

  • Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn

  • United States Championship: Logan Paul

  • WWE Tag Team Championship: Austin Theory and Grayson Waller (A-Town Down Under)

  • World Tag Team Championship: R-Truth and The Miz (The Awesome Truth)

  • WWE Women's Tag Team Championship: Asuka and Kairi Sane (Kabuki Warriors)

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: WWE Draft 2024: What to know for 'Raw' and 'SmackDown' roster shakeups