2004 WWE Draft Lottery

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2004 WWE draft lottery
Triple H, who was drafted to SmackDown! and traded back to Raw in the draft lottery.
General information
SportProfessional wrestling
Date(s)March 22, 2004
LeagueWorld Wrestling Entertainment
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The 2004 World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) draft lottery, the second WWE draft, took place at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan on March 22. The draft took place live for two hours on WWE's television program, Raw on Spike TV.[1] Post-draft trades were announced on WWE's official website, WWE.com, until midnight on March 22.[2] There were twelve draft picks, with nineteen wrestlers overall switching between the promotion's two main brands: Raw and SmackDown!. During the draft lottery, the General manager of Raw, Eric Bischoff, and the General manager of SmackDown!, Paul Heyman, stood on opposite ends of the stage on the Raw set, where they drafted six wrestlers randomly via two machines. At the conclusion of the draft, the two GMs would then be allowed to trade anyone on the roster until Midnight EST, which was later extended until Tuesday night after Heyman resigned.[3] Every WWE star was eligible to be drafted, including injured wrestlers, commentators, champions, and general managers.[2]

The main event was a SmackDown! exclusive match, in which Eddie Guerrero defeated Triple H to retain the WWE Championship by disqualification after Christian attacked Guerrero resulting in a brawl between SmackDown! and Velocity wrestlers against Raw and Heat wrestlers.


The tagline for WrestleMania XX (that year's WrestleMania), was Where it all begins again.[4] To remain with the tagline, on the March 15, 2004 episode of Raw, the chairman of WWE, Vince McMahon, announced that it was time "for a new WWE" and that a draft lottery would take place the following week on Raw.[5] Both Raw and SmackDown! wrestlers would be present for the draft lottery, as McMahon announced that every wrestler was eligible to be drafted, including commentators, ring announcers, referees, injured wrestlers, champions and even general managers.[2][3]


Draft lottery[edit]

Pick No. Brand (to) Wrestler
(Real name)
Role Brand (from)
1 SmackDown! René Duprée
(René Goguen)
Male wrestler Raw
2 Raw Shelton Benjamin Male wrestler SmackDown!
3 SmackDown! Mark Jindrak Male wrestler Raw
4 Raw Nidia
(Nidia Guenard)
Female wrestler SmackDown!
5 SmackDown! Triple H1
(Paul Levesque)
Male wrestler Raw
6 Raw Rhyno
(Terry Gerin)
Male wrestler SmackDown!
7 SmackDown! Rob Van Dam
(Robert Szatkowski)
Male wrestler Raw
8 Raw Tajiri
(Yoshihiro Tajiri)
Male wrestler SmackDown!
9 SmackDown! Teddy Long Manager Raw
10 Raw Edge
(Adam Copeland)
Male wrestler SmackDown!
11 SmackDown! Spike Dudley
(Matt Hyson)
Male wrestler Raw
12 Raw Paul Heyman2 General manager SmackDown!

Post-draft trades[edit]

Pick No. Brand (to) Wrestler
(Real name)
Role Brand (from)
1 SmackDown! Male/female wrestlers Raw
2 Raw Male wrestlers SmackDown!
  • 1 – Triple H was traded back to Raw prior to his redebut on the SmackDown! brand.
  • 2 – Heyman resigned prior to his first appearance on the Raw brand.


After Paul Heyman was drafted from the SmackDown! brand to the Raw brand, he (kayfabe) quit the WWE, thus leaving the SmackDown! brand without a general manager.[1][3] Shortly after the draft, the WWE chairman, Vince McMahon announced that a new general manager had been appointed to the SmackDown! brand, and that he would conduct the supplemental trades with Raw general manager, Eric Bischoff. On the March 25, 2004 episode of SmackDown!, Kurt Angle came down to the ring and announced that he was the new SmackDown! General manager.[6]


  1. ^ a b Tylwalk, Nick (March 23, 2004). "RAW: Draft day an unpredictable night". SLAM! Wrestling. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "The 2004 WWE Draft Lottery". World Wrestling Entertainment. April 25, 2004. Archived from the original on May 17, 2022. Retrieved May 25, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "A Career Changing Night". World Wrestling Entertainment. March 24, 2004. Archived from the original on April 11, 2004. Retrieved May 25, 2008.
  4. ^ Powell, John. "WrestleMania XX bombs". SLAM! Wrestling. Archived from the original on July 14, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2008.
  5. ^ "Mr. McMahon Drops a Bombshell!". World Wrestling Entertainment. March 15, 2004. Archived from the original on March 26, 2004. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  6. ^ "The More Things Change..." World Wrestling Entertainment. March 25, 2004. Archived from the original on April 16, 2004. Retrieved 10 February 2023.