June 23, 2008
Countdown to the WWE Draft
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff
World Wrestling Entertainment is getting set to "shake things up."
Yes, in just a few short hours, the WWE Draft will take place and, like we have seen on a nearly annual basis, a wide variety of wrestlers, both headliners and curtain jerkers, are going to be changing their addresses, or, at least their business cards.
So to honour this occasion, SLAM! Wrestling's equivalent of Gord Miller, Pierre Maguire, Bob McKenzie and James Duthie (we'll leave it to you to figure out who's who), Brian Elliott, Matt Mackinder, Andy McNamara and Jon Waldman all took their turns on predicting who would be moving from Raw, Smackdown and ECW.
If you're wondering why my predictions seem a little obvious, it's because
that's what I expect - and I think we'll all have to have some sort of medical
treatment if Triple H in particular is drafted to Smackdown (let's not even
Raw - Umaga needs to go to Friday nights where even less people will care whether
or not he wins or loses. When he came in two years ago (as Umaga), he was this
unstoppable, flabby Samoan who didn't speak except for the occasional "Samoa!"
and I think he only says that because it's tattooed on his gut.
Smackdown! - Batista really needs a shake up and a change of atmosphere just
might do the trick. The Animal goes back to the flagship show RAW.
ECW - While CM Punk would be an obvious choice, there seems to be a bit of a movement towards the smaller, sleeker guys showing up on Tuesday nights, with Evan Bourne debuting and Kofi Kingston continuing to get a push. Thus, I'm betting that Kane will move to Raw for his final year or so in the squared circle. The dynamic of ECW running with the Raw group on the road will allow him to finish his run with the belt, while also pushing the feud with Big Show as what will likely be his final tilt.
Smackdown! - To most, moving MVP to ECW would be seen as a step down, but to me it's a step up. MVP can go to the show and cut his teeth as a main eventer, while also getting some exposure on the Raw tour. Plus, it makes storyline sense - Teddy Long was the one who originally signed MVP, so for Porter to move to be with a GM that would appreciate him and his talents is a no-brainer.
Wild Card - The tease of an announcer moving shows has to be done, so I'd expect Mike Adamle to be moved to Raw. If done right, Adamle's, ahem, less-than-stellar commentary could be well-hidden next to Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler. This would also leave open a spot on the ECW commenting team, which to me would be the perfect training ground for Josh Matthews.