The draft was announced by Shane McMahon on the May 28, 2007 episode of Raw from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, and was promoted as the "first ever tri-branded draft". Besides the promoted draft, the show was billed as "Mr. McMahon Appreciation Night", a tribute of appreciation to the WWE Chairman, Vince McMahon.
The Draft Lottery is a concept used by WWE to improve its weekly television ratings of Raw, SmackDown! and ECW'. The WWE yet again used the concept in 2007, to improve its television ratings. The 2007 WWE Draft was the first official draft lottery to take place in WWE since the 2005 WWE Draft Lottery.
During the program, representatives from the Raw, ECW, and SmackDown brands were involved in matches that determined which brand received a draft pick. Overall, there were 9 matches, Both SmackDown! and Raw got four while ECW got two.
|1||Raw: John Cena vs. SmackDown!: Edge||Singles match for 1 draft pick||SmackDown!: Edge|
|2||ECW: CM Punk vs. Raw: Carlito||Singles match for 1 draft pick||ECW: CM Punk|
|3||Raw: Umaga vs. ECW: Balls Mahoney||Singles match for 1 draft pick||Raw: Umaga|
|4||ECW: Bobby Lashley vs. SmackDown!: Chris Benoit||Singles match for 1 draft pick||ECW: Bobby Lashley|
|5||SmackDown!: Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Raw: Santino Marella||Singles match for 1 draft pick||SmackDown!: Montel Vontavious Porter|
|6||ECW: Snitsky vs. SmackDown!: The Miz||Singles match for 1 draft pick||SmackDown!: The Miz1|
|7||SmackDown!: Kristal Marshall vs. Raw: Candice Michelle||Singles match for 1 draft pick||Raw: Candice Michelle|
|8||SmackDown!: Batista vs. ECW: Elijah Burke vs. Raw: Jeff Hardy||Triple Threat match for 1 draft pick||SmackDown!: Batista|
|9||Raw: Randy Orton, Johnny Nitro, Eugene, Kenny Dykstra, and Viscera vs. SmackDown: Chris Masters, Mark Henry, Chavo Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, and William Regal vs. ECW: Tommy Dreamer, The Sandman, Marcus Cor Von, Kevin Thorn, and Matt Striker||Tri-branded 15-man Battle royal for 2 draft picks||Raw: Randy Orton|
|Pick #||Brand (to)|| Employee|
|1||SmackDown!||The Great Khali and Ranjin Singh2|
(Dalip Singh and Dave Kapoor)
|3||Raw||King Booker and Queen Sharmell2|
(Booker Huffman and Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman)
|Male wrestler and Diva||SmackDown!|
|4||ECW||Chris Benoit||Male wrestler||SmackDown!|
|Pick #||Brand (to)|| Employee |
|11||Raw||Paul London and Brian Kendrick4||Male tag team||SmackDown!|
(Nelson Frazier, Jr.)
|18||SmackDown!||Brett and Brian Major4|
(Matthew Cardona and Brian Myers)
|Male tag team||ECW|
(Lisa Marie Varon)
|21||Raw||Jillian Hall |
- 1 - The referee reversed his decision to give The Miz the win due to Snitsky ignoring the referee whilst attacking The Miz.
- 2 - This person was drafted alongside the drafted wrestler.
- 3 - Bobby Lashley was stripped of the ECW title after being drafted to Raw, rendering the title vacant.
- 4 - Both members of the tag team were drafted in unison.
- 5 - Viscera would debut on the July 10 episode of ECW repackaged as Big Daddy V.
- 6 - Hardcore Holly made his redebut on Raw rather than SmackDown!.
- 7 - Weeks after his ECW debut, Johnny Nitro would repackage himself as John Morrison.
The 2007 Draft Lottery provided WWE's three brands with new superstars, allowing for new storylines and rivalries. Television ratings for WWE increased, as Raw, SmackDown!, and ECW became the most watched programs on their respective television networks in the summer of 2007. Four months after the draft, on October 16, 2007, it was announced that ECW and SmackDown! would have a talent exchange that would allow superstars from their respective brands to compete on either brand.
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- ↑ Starr, Noah (2007-05-28). "The last stand before One Night Stand". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/archive/05282007/. Retrieved 2007-12-22.
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- ↑ "Appreciating Mr.McMahon". WWE. 2007-06-11. http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/archive/06112007/articles/speakers. Retrieved 2007-12-22.
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- ↑ "Partnership Forming?". WWE. 2007-08-16. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/archive/10162007/articles/partnershipforming. Retrieved 2008-01-12.