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The Truth: The WWE Draft, Who Goes?

by Amish Patel - February 14, 2011

Aside from WrestleMania, another event around this time happens every year is the annual WWE Draft. Provided there isn’t a complete wipe out of the brands all together, there seems no reason there wouldn’t be another edition of the draft this year, so let’s take a look at a few of the potential names on the move.

Alberto Del Rio:

this was the first name that came to mind when I thought about who might be drafted, the makings are all there. A fast rising star with loads of potential, exactly the perfect candidate for creative to move from Smackdown to Raw. (after all we have seen this before)  The only thing potentially holding Del Rio back from moving, IMO, would be him winning the WHC. While I think he very well may come out on top at WM, I’m not sure I see the WWE moving their WHC over to Raw again.  This was a big move back in 05 when Cena was drafted but right now Del Rio seems to be carrying the Smackdown brand and I am not sure the powers that be would want to rip that away from Friday nights just yet. Then again…they do love Raw.

Daniel Bryan:

Huge Bryan Daniel fan just like Alex Riley (woops)  I just don’t see him sticking around on Raw. WWE tried to put him in a storyline to…u know what I m not even sure what they were trying to do. Bottom line he is a more understated guy who is more about the wrestling than the showmanship and believe me WWE needs a few guys like this. In the past they have mainly kept those men on Smackdown and in this case I see no exception. So fully expect Daniel Bryan to be on the move come draft day.

R Truth:

there always seems to be at least one guy who travels back and forth a year later. Jericho the last year, or Mysterio before that and IMO this years candidate will be R Truth. I am a big R Truth fan and feel he is still being underused but right now his character really isn’t going anywhere so a change may be in the works. WWE has always wanted minority stars on Smackdown in the past, I believe due to UPN, so maybe this won’t have as much an influence as it did in the past now that they have changed networks. In either case I see R Truth returning to Friday nights.

Ezekiel Jackson:

Okay I just thought it would be funny since he got drafted to Raw last year, never really wrestled then before you knew it he was back on Smackdown. Potential record setter this year?

Drew McIntyre:

now this one I can really see happening. He along with Del Rio were the first two guys that came to mind about being drafted. Both men are stars on the rise and especially if Del Rio does stay put, you can certainly count on seeing Drew McIntyre and his cool ass theme song ( btw I hope that’s not on your list Bingo) on Monday nights this spring.

Sheamus:

as big a star as Sheamus has become, this one depends a lot on McIntyre and Del Rio. If one or especially both men come to Monday nights, Smackdown will be in desperate need of a younger dominant heel and Sheamus defines that. He has already feuded with Cena, Orton and Morrison, so provided he has a brief encounter with the returning Triple H… anyone? Then it would make sense for Sheamus to become one of the dominant heels on Friday nights.

Those are some of the bigger names that very well could be on the move, in closing I ll add a few more potential draftees along with a quick reason why.

Alex Riley - if they decided to move him up, or more so that they want the Miz to stand on his own.

Big Show – he seems to go back and forth so much between heel and face as well as brands, we could expect him to end up on Monday nights. If WWE does consider him a big star (no pun intended) that’s where he ll wind up.

Ted Dibiase – it doesn’t seem the whole Monday Night Raw thing worked out, so old Teddy could be on the move to Friday nights, where his talents might be better suited.

Cody Rhodes – I’d like to see him and Dibiase on the same show for storyline potential, but if WWE is as high on him as I am, then Vince will find him a spot on the A show.

Jay Uso - they have been together long enough according to creative, it’s probably time for a split. (Please Be Wrong)

The Great Khali - because they are simply running out of ideas.

Jack Swagger - it might be time for a call to the big leagues to see how well he can perform. (I’m thinking very well)

Dolph Ziggler - he has been getting a ton of air time lately and like Swagger, he may be ready for a call to the majors.

So those are my thoughts, if I left any out, or you have some of your own, lets hear em!

  • Jeff

    You guys make some good points. Jason I agree Edge probly should turn heel, Im just not sure they would take Orton or Cena away from Raw at this point, although SD does not a major face to help carry the brand.

    Thanks for the post Hunter, def think Rhodes and McIntyre should end up on Raw, and Sheamus is in need of a long title run and SD might be the place.

    Rusty good point about Nexus, I think you might see one switch from each group to throw a swerve into things. And something needs to be done with R Truth, totally underused.

    Sam the only one of your picks I see for sure staying is Mason Ryan. Dont think hes built up enough yet. But good picks on Layla, Reks, Tatsu, JTG they could all go. I agree with Kane too, exactly same idea as the Big Show, right on with that.

  • http://www.wrestling-edge,com Sam Peters

    I reckon moving to Raw in this years main draft will be

    Kane- Just like you mention with Big Show, Kane always seems to be moving from one show to the next

    Drew McIntyre- Because i reckon if Vince still calls him the Special one, then he would want him on the A-Show

    Big Show- Same reason as Kane

    Tyler Reks- Seemed like he would get a chance on Smackdown but has slowly faded out, but i could see him making an impact on Raw

    Layla- This could be where they finally split up Laycool, and would do Layla well to be on Raw away from McCool

    Moving to Smackdown in the Main Draft will be

    Tyson Kidd- was meant to start getting a little push on Raw, maybe this could continue on Smackdown where they could give him a full chance to see how it goes

    Evan Bourne- Smackdown dont have many Face stars that are well liked by the WWE Universe, so i reckon a move to Smackdown can be great for Evan Bourne

    Ted DiBiase- Would be better off at Smackdown because he is lost in the shuffle on Raw, and this could give Ted the chance to show his true potential

    Alicia Fox- Swap with Layla and will give her chance to face different Divas

    Husky Harris- With him getting Punted by Orton, i could see this ending up as a potential Move to Smackdown to start his own Singles Career

    Moving to Raw in the Supplemental Draft

    JTG- they always move Jobbers from one show to the other and this is one i could see moving

    Hornswoggle-As painful for me to call him a WWE superstar, i can see him being moved over to join in Comedy Sketches with Santino Marella

    Rosa Mendes- Not really used, but this way can join in any Comedy Sketches they decide to use

    Trent Barreta- Could be a suprise move to Raw and mid-card talent if used right

    Moving to Smackdown in the Supplemental Draft

    Yoshi Tatsu- Could be a good move to go to Smackdown and fued with maybe someone like Chavo

    Darren Young- Lost in the pack on Raw ever since being kicked out of the Nexus

    Mason Ryan- I think he is ready enough to go on by himself, he will do well with the Nexus storyline but then he needs to go onto the Singles Career

    Zack Ryder- Woo Woo Woo You Know It….could be a good Mid-carder on Smackdown, and also could potenially end up against or reuniting with Curt Hawkins

  • RUSTY

    id be happy for sheamus to go to smackdown.
    r truth to smackdown, hes hardly utilised on raw.

    before i would have said this was the perfect opportunity to split the nexus up, but now that the corre is on smackdown i dont really know who will go which way.

  • Hunter

    Enjoyed the read! Firstly, I do kind of agree about Del Rio but then again the WWE try to keep it’s hispanic stars on SD so for that reason I think he’ll stay.

    Completely agree re Cody Rhodes and Mcintyre though. Think both should AND will make the jump to Raw. Allows both to feud with the John Morrisons R-Truth(who I think will stay). Sheamus to SD would allow him to become the biggest heel on that show and with a nice title run- possibly the company!

  • Jason

    Yer… i do agree with some to most of them i just think its time to see randy orton or even john cena back to smackdown since if people are right that the promos are for the undertaker to return to wwe on the raw brand, i just think smackdown just needs another top face to feud with edge or the corre group, because i see after WM27 edge will return as a heel

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