Bully Ray Shares Thoughts on WWE Draft and Potential AEW Roster Division

Bully Ray shares worries about potential AEW roster split.

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Bully Ray Shares Thoughts on WWE Draft and Potential AEW Roster Division

The highly-anticipated 2023 WWE Draft recently took place, spanning from April 28 to May 1. However, despite the significant shake-up, several wrestlers from "WWE Raw" and "WWE SmackDown" have continued to appear on both shows, blurring the lines of brand exclusivity.

Meanwhile, in All Elite Wrestling (AEW), Tony Khan's promotion has seemingly divided its roster into two distinct groups with the introduction of "AEW Collision" last month. WWE Hall of Famer Bully Ray has now shared his thoughts on these brand splits.

During an appearance on SiriusXM's "Busted Open Radio" show, Bully Ray didn't hold back in assessing the WWE Draft. He dismissed it as mere programming for the sake of programming. According to Ray, the draft is unlikely to be strictly adhered to by WWE, as they have no real incentive to maintain its integrity.

From his perspective, the draft primarily affects the mid-card and lower-tier talent, while the main eventers and established stars remain exempt from its constraints.

Bully Ray's Concerns Over AEW Roster Division

Turning his attention to AEW, Ray expressed concern about the potential division of the roster between "Dynamite" and "Collision." He suggested that such a split could negatively impact AEW's Saturday night programming.

Ray emphasized his hope that AEW wouldn't restrict certain wrestlers to only one show, as it could hinder the exciting face-offs fans crave. He specifically mentioned dream matches like CM Punk facing off against "Hangman" Adam Page or sharing the ring with the likes of Matt, Nick Jackson, and Kenny Omega.

Ray felt these encounters could captivate audiences and should not be missed. Drawing a parallel to his time in ECW, Ray highlighted that if ECW had been in a similar position with a Saturday night slot and the intense hatred between two wrestlers, it would have undoubtedly culminated in a riveting confrontation center stage.

Bully Ray's comments underscore his skepticism toward the WWE Draft's lasting impact and his hope that AEW doesn't impose strict roster divisions, which could hinder the organic development of compelling storylines and fan-favorite matchups.

As the wrestling landscape continues to evolve, it remains to be seen how both WWE and AEW will navigate their respective roster structures to maximize fan engagement and deliver memorable in-ring encounters.

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