WWE Draft 2024: Two NXT Talents Reportedly "Locked" for WWE Raw or Friday Night SmackDown

Two WWE NXT stars are reportedly a "lock" to join the main roster during the WWE Draft.
A look at the WWE Monday Night Raw arena during a match.
A look at the WWE Monday Night Raw arena during a match. / (via WWE)

A couple of huge names on the WWE NXT brand are reportedly shoo-ins to make the main roster soon.

WWE is preparing for its draft, which will begin on the April 26th episode of Friday Night SmackDown. It will continue on the April 29th edition of Monday Night Raw. WWE has been heavily teasing the possibility of NXT stars making the jump to either the red or blue brand.

A recent report has revealed which two emerging talents are destined for the main roster once the draft has wrapped up.

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Fightful Select's Corey Brennan reports that current NXT Champion Ilja Dragunov and Carmelo Hayes are being described as "locks" to land on either Raw or SmackDown. The news probably doesn't come as a surprise to hardcore fans. After all, Hayes has already had his run with NXT gold, and Dragunov is a seasoned veteran who has long been ready for the bright lights.

Ilija Dragunov and Carmelo Hayes stare down before their WWE NXT Championship match.
Ilija Dragunov and Carmelo Hayes stare down before their WWE NXT Championship match. / (via WWE)

WWE has been teasing the likes of NXT Women's Champion Roxanne Perez making the jump with a recent appearance on Raw. There's no word on whether or not WWE wants Roxanne to continue developing her heel persona on NXT TV before she ultimately makes the jump. Perez could very well have to wait another time, but nothing has been set in stone on that front.

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