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WWE Supplemental Draft leaves intriguing changes to brands
SLAM! Wrestling's WWE Supplemental Draft Coverage
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


The World Wrestling Entertainment Supplemental Draft has now concluded. To find out who went where and to see analysis from SLAM!'s own prognosticator Jon Waldman, read on.

Pick #1 - To Raw - Brian Kendrick/Paul London
Jon's Thoughts - Well, it looks like the tag ranks indeed are going to be shifting to one show. The RoH duo should be instantly placed in the title hunt on Raw, while Smackdown is, for now, left with the champs (Deuce and Domino) and the Blue Bloods as the only long-running tag teams on the show.

Pick #2 - to Smackdown - Kenny Dykstra
Jon's Thoughts - And a team with a lot of potential is split...for now. Dykstra is the kind of heel that Smackdown desperately needs right now - one that can be built over a number of months and vie for the United States, and eventually Heavyweight gold. Dykstra has a huge upside and can definitely make an instant impact on Friday nights.

Pick #3 - to ECW - Viscera
Jon's Thoughts - Well, ECW needs a heel, and given that the majority of ECW wrestlers are "smaller", Vis could be a force. Still, the aura of this big man disappeared long ago and he has been a lower card entity for quite some time. Ditch the PJs and put someone like Tommy Dreamer on the shelf for a few months though, and Viscera could be reborn.

Pick #4 - To Raw - Sandman
Jon's Thoughts - Well, we are definitely getting an all-new ECW now. Sandman was one of two members of the Originals stable left on the show, and now moves to Monday nights. There are two schools of thought here - first, that with Mick Foley's return, a hardcore tag team could be an interesting duo in the title mix; and second, that Sandman will continue to be downplayed and relegated to Heat. Unfortunately, I get the feeling that the latter will be the case.

Pick #5 - To Smackdown - Hardcore Holly
Jon's Thoughts - And so, the ECW facelift continues. Holly isn't what you'd call a major move at this point, but he's a sturdy wrestler who can get the job done when he's not injured. He has been pushed near the main event in the past on both the face and heel sides, so he could be a decent build guy for a guy like Kenny Dykstra to go over en route to stardom.

Pick #6 - To ECW - The Miz
Jon's Thoughts - Well, a lot of ECW's pick ups over the draft could be described as "freak show". Miz isn't a freak like Boogeyman or Viscera, but he definitely dresses and acts a little left of centre. Miz could surprise some people and actually have a viable career in ECW, where he has a couple faces to feud with. I almost expect him to be slotted in against CM Punk immediately. Still, I will miss all of JBL's commentary at the reality star's expense.

Pick #7 - To Raw - Daivari
Jon's Thoughts - I'd really like to say that there's a spot on Raw for Daivari as a wrestler, but there really is not. Daivari's character in the ring has become so diluted and meaningless, having moved to Smackdown after parting with The Great Khali. He was good as a manager with the Indian giant, but Daivari has not had anything major since Muhammad Hassan left WWE. Expect to see Daivari almost exclusively on Heat from here on in.

Pick #8 - To Smackdown - The Major Brothers
Jon's Thoughts - This is one of the more sensible moves by WWE, when you consider that ECW has no true tag division. The loss of Kendrick and London earlier to Raw hurts Smackdown, but, if promoted properly, the Majors could very well become a strong duo on Smackdown, especially when you consider that they have had few appearances on ECW. Definitelty a couple fresh faces that can only help Friday night programming.

Pick #9 - To Raw - William Regal
Jon's Thoughts - Well, there goes another Smackdown tag team. You can't help but wonder if this will officially signal the end of Dave Taylor's brief return to the squared circle. Regal can certainly be an asset to Raw, both as a performer who can mix it up with some of the faces down the card, and also act as a trainer both to the women in WWE and the new recruits. What happened to the apparent order of Raw-Smackdown-ECW?

Pick #10 - To Smackdown - Victoria
Jon's Thoughts - Some will bemoan the fact that one of WWE's few tried-and-true women's wrestlers is now on Smackdown, where there is no Women's Title, it is actually a good move as Victoria now has a fresh set of faces to face. Heck, she could go over into the Cruiserweight Division and be someone that the fans perceive as a legitimate contender, unlike Jaqueline so many years ago.

Pick #11 - To Raw - Jillian Hall
Jon's Thoughts - Best move of the Supplemental Draft so far. Hall is most definitely a great wrestler (anyone who has seen her work in OVW will agree) and has built a personality that will ensure that she doesn't get lost in the shuffle. Plus, she's a strong heel character that, like Victoria on SD!, is a fresh face, something the Diva ranks on Raw is in deserpate need of.

Pick #12 - To Smackdown - Eugene
Jon's Thoughts - I'm dismayed that Eugene didn't go to ECW; he certainly would've fit in there. On Smackdown, Eugene will quickly get lost in the shuffle. I'm guessing the purpose here is to fill the void left by Scottie II Hottie's departure as a fan favourite who can be used for enhancement. Still, not a good pick for SD!.

ECW will have the last pick, and really, it's the last one of the Draft, so I'm expecting a significant name to move.

Pick #13 - To ECW - Johnny Nitro
Jon's Thoughs - While Nitro doesn't completely make up for ECW having fewer picks than the other brands, he is easily the steal of the WWE Draft. Nitro has been a star-in-wait for the last few months since he lost the Intercontinental Title and was in desperate need of new surroundings. The split from Melina means nothing since the two had not been together on WWE TV in some time, and now ECW has a cocky heel that they can build to be a legit contender for the Heavyweight Title.

Final Thoughts

Going into today's draft, there was no question that Smackdown took the most hits. After today, with the potential in Dykstra and the Majors, the brand doesn't look as bad as it did on Tuesday morning. Given that wrestling is SD!'s biggest strength, I can see a couple OVW recruits, namely Daniel Rodman, heading straight to Friday nights. The biggest casualty of this war, however, is the tag division, which is now weaker than it ever has been.

ECW is coming out looking more like a circus sideshow than it was just a couple weeks ago (which is saying a lot). The addition of Nitro will be strong, but ultimately ECW is in a holding pattern. Their roster remains the thinnest of the three, and I wouldn't be surprised if the brand is absorbed by Smackdown by this time next year.

Raw, overall, has the biggest gains, but today they were on par with Smackdown in terms of gains and losses. Their tag team division definitely got a boost with the addition of London and Kendrick, but the loss of Dykstra and Nitro will hurt. As said before, Hall will be a major addition to the Diva roster, so long as she's allowed to wrestle. Putting her up against Mickie James immediately is a must. The rest of the acquisitions and losses level out overall.

Thank you for staying with us through the afternoon, and keep checking SLAM! Wrestling for more information on the WWE roster as it becomes available.


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    Jon Waldman has been SLAM!'s Draft analyst since the initial brand split. Though he will not be attending the NHL Draft live this Friday, he is putting bets down on Patrick Kane going first overall.