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The WWE Draft, known as WWE Superstar Shake-up between 2017 and 2019, is the method used by WWE to allow the movement of its wrestlers between the Raw and SmackDown rosters; between 2006 and 2009, with the introduction of ECW as a new show, the trade process involved three different rosters.

The system, very similar to that of the draft lottery used in the NBA, was adopted for the first time in 2004 and continued annually until 2011, when the Raw and SmackDown rosters were reunified. In 2017, nine months after the second brand extension, the draft was restored under the name of Superstar Shake-up, only to return to the previous name starting from 2019.

On the April 7, 2023, episode of SmackDown, with unclear roster division, WWE executive Triple H announced the 2023 draft. It was scheduled for the April 28 and May 1 episodes of SmackDown and Raw, respectively. This subsequently repositioned the draft back in its traditional post-WrestleMania slot. Triple H revealed that every WWE wrestler from Raw and SmackDown would be eligible to be drafted, with select wrestlers from NXT also eligible.

While it is unclear about the future of the tag team titles, a new World Heavyweight Championship was introduced for the brand that did not draft Roman Reigns, who would keep his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. SmackDown drafted Reigns, thus the World Heavyweight Championship became exclusive to Raw.