Update on WWE Announce Teams, News on Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss Draft Picks

Update on WWE Announce Teams, News on Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss Draft Picks

– A topic of discussion on social media coming out of last night’s WWE Draft edition of SmackDown was how Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss were drafted as singles wrestlers, not as a tag team.

The WWE rules noted that USA Network and FOX officials could select tag teams as one pick, unless they wanted to draft just one member of the team.

Fans weren’t the only ones discussing the Cross – Bliss picks as NXT Superstar Mansoor Al-Shehail also called out USA for the move, joking that the FOX Sports robot, Cleatus, gave them an advantage.

“No one told the room of USA executives tag teams could be drafted together? This is what happens when you don’t have a robot,” Mansoor wrote.

There has been some speculation on WWE splitting Cross and Bliss up, but Cross indicated on Twitter that they are staying together, as did Bliss in her post-show interview.

– It looks like Byron Saxton is now a permanent member of the WWE Main Event commentary team. Like last week, Saxton called this week’s episode with Dio Maddin and Mickie James, who is currently out of action with an injury. Saxton is apparently replacing Vic Joseph on Main Event. As seen below, he posted an Instagram photo with James and Maddin from this week’s Main Event tapings.

Saxton’s WWE status had been up in the air after Michael Cole and Corey Graves were named as the new SmackDown announce team. He had been calling the blue brand action with Graves and Tom Phillips each week. As noted, Tom is now calling the weekly WWE 205 Live show with Aiden English, and the weekly NXT UK show with Nigel McGuinness. Below is a look at the current WWE announce teams following the recent changes:

RAW: Vic Joseph, Dio Maddin, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler

SmackDown: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young in a supporting role

NXT: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix

NXT UK: Tom Phillips, Nigel McGuinness

205 Live: Tom Phillips, Aiden English

Main Event: Byron Saxton, Dio Maddin, Mickie James

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