The following are notes on some talent who were not drafted to either Raw or Smackdown, as per the Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
— John Cena, Undertaker and Bill Goldberg will be “used as needed”, although the thinking is that Goldberg will probably be on Raw more often than not since Paul Heyman is behind him.
— Cain Velasquez was not drafted but is expected to remain with Rey Mysterio until the end of the month. However, his opponent for Crown Jewel - Brock Lesnar - is on Smackdown. The likely thought process is that WWE doesn’t want to acknowledge him on either brand until after the match with Lesnar at which time they will figure out what to do with him.
— Maria Kanellis is likely to remain on Raw since her pregnancy storyline - if it continues - is a Paul Heyman idea. Even though her husband Mike asked for his release, Maria has gone on record to confirm that she has not followed him in asking for her release. Lana will also be remaining on Raw as part of the Bobby Lashley-Rusev angle.
— Injured stars were also not drafted. Lars Sullivan is still out for several more months, Nia Jax is still recovering from knee surgery, Ruby Riott is out after double shoulder surgery and Sheamus is battling spinal stenosis. Ember Moon is also injured and not expected back anytime soon. However, with Smackdown needing a singles female babyface, she will probably end up there.
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