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WWE 2010 Draft Preview: Who should move
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


Could Evan Bourne be headed for bigger and better things on Smackdown? Photo by Mike Mastrandrea


Tonight is the WWE Draft, and as Vince McMahon says, it's time once again to shake things up.

Say what you want about how superstars and divas openly floating between the two brands, but the adherence to these rules has been pretty stiff for midcarders, the ones who truly benefit from the annual roster shuffle.

So with that in mind, myself, Mark Xamin, and Greg Oliver took our best guesses as to who would be moving, selecting three male and one female competitors from each brand.

From Raw to Smackdown

The sad reality here is that a lot of superstars could benefit from a change of scenery. My first pick is actually likely not on most fans' radars, but it's Evan Bourne. Bourne has floundered on Raw after being moved way too quickly from ECW. Bourne has all the talent in the world to really get over as a babyface, but he needs the in-ring focused environment that Smackdown offers to really show off his stuff to the WWE fanbase.

Pick number two is the one that we're most likely to see move: Randy Orton. The Viper has really done some amazing stuff on Raw, but it's time to move him away from Legacy. There are some really good program opportunities on Friday nights, especially with Chris Jericho.

My final guys pick is Kofi Kingston. Kofi has been on Raw seemingly forever, and a change of scenery and some fresh feuds, would certainly help elevate Kingston back to the realm of legit Heavyweight title contender.

On the Women's side, I'd actually like to see Kelly Kelly move to Smackdown. She's been in WWE long enough that she should have some decent moves in her repertoire and work a decent match.

Mark's picks: Sheamus, MVP, Randy Orton and Maryse

Greg's picks: I think Cody Rhodes has to go, just to see whether he has what it takes to mean anything as a singles guy, whereas Ted DiBiase Jr. is already there. It'll seem meaningless, but Carlito switches and gets a (small) chance to climb the ladder again and see if he has any passion left. And they usually like to break up a tag team for the suspense or something, so let's move Mark Henry too. On the Diva end of things, not that it matters, but Alicia Fox switches brands.


From Smackdown to Raw

The first pick definitely has to be Edge. The Rated R Superstar's been on Smackdown too long and has worn out all possible opponents there. Moving to Raw gives him the chance to mix it up not only with newer superstars like Sheamus, but also potentially get back into the title picture.

My second choice is R-Truth. Truth's character feels like a bit of a misfit on Smackdown, being more character than competitor. Truth certainly also has some good heel foes to work with on Raw, so I'm expecting him to switch.

My last pick is Shad Gaspard. Shad's an okay competitor but he needs space to grow as a heel, and the only way he'll truly be able to do that is by being completely separate from former tag partner JTG.

For the Divas, the roster is pretty thin right now so there aren't a lot of bodies to move, so I'm expecting that it will be Vickie Guerrero moving to Raw. This could mean more of a commissioner on the Monday night brand, giving more order to the brand than the haphazardness of the guest hosts.

Mark's picks: Chris Jericho, Jack Swagger, CM Punk, Serena

Greg's picks: There's usually one champ that switches, so I'll take Drew McIntyre to go to Raw and get a chance to work with some new people. John Morrison would be an excellent candidate too, since he needs some more exposure before they can push him to the moon. And, since they've been appearing anyway, let's make it official and move the whole Hart Dynasty to Raw.

Stay tuned to SLAM! Wrestling tonight for live coverage and instant analysis of the WWE Draft during Monday Night Raw.