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Big and small changes in WWE Supplemental Draft
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




WWE started off the supplemental draft with the biggest of them all: The Great Khali. Rarely seen over the past few months, the former world champ is moving to Raw. Ranjin Singh gets thrown in for good measure.

NICK TYLWALK: Fans seem to be confused by Khali switching shows since they thought he would be heading back to India. The only thing that interests me is seeing if they give him a comedy gimmick or use him seriously.

GREG OLIVER: Khali's time has passed and really this is just a shuffling of the deck. The writers seem determined to make him a comedy figure rather than a monster heel. After all, he was a monster for a while, and didn't exactly set the world on fire. To be honest, they probably could have cut him in the recent round of slashing and no one would have blinked an eye ... except maybe the movie producers out there who need a really, really, big, scary-looking guy.

JON WALDMAN: If Khali meant anything in WWE this would be big, but as is Khali hasn't had a meaningful program in months and is supposedly on hiatus. His character probably will have some sort of gimmick with Hornswoggle. Ugh.

The second pick is Chavo Guerrero to Smackdown. After all, how many times can one man lose to Hornswoggle.

NICK TYLWALK: Chavo going to Smackdown at least gets the Guerrero family in one place. Normally I would say he wouldn't make much of an impact, but the way Smackdown got the shaft in the first part of the draft, a vet like Chavo could actually end up in the title hunt.

GREG OLIVER: I like Chavo but all the stupidity on Raw over the last year with the leprechaun has ruined him for me. They need to repackage him -- and not as Kerwin White. Maybe teaming with someone like Primo to form a legit tag team will help.

NICK TYLWALK: They are taking about 15 minutes between picks. There is absolutely no reason for them to take so long between picks. It's not like this is a "real" draft!

JON WALDMAN: Only meaningful if they use Chavo.

The third pick is Cody Rhodes to Smackdown.

NICK TYLWALK: Just when you think no one of consequence will go in the supplemental draft, Smackdown gets Cody Rhodes. He may be ready for a true singles push on the show with less big names.

GREG OLIVER: Did Cody pee in someone's Corn Flakes? How does he not rate being moved on the main Raw show last night? Geez. For his career, it's a plus, in theory. But only if there is someone writing this stuff who believes in him, which I'm not so sure about.

JON WALDMAN: I'm not sure how I feel about this one. Cody's much weaker as a character than DiBiase and needs some support still to develop his persona. Hope he doesn't get lost in the shuffle.

The fourth pick is Natalya to Raw.

NICK TYLWALK: Natalya heads to Raw, so it appears she'll be used for something other than backup for the Hart Dynasty. WWE fans really haven't seen her actually wrestle much, and anything to help shake up the Diva situation on either show is always good.

GREG OLIVER: Again, if someone is on Raw in a feature spot, as Nattie was Monday night, shouldn't her moving brands be a main show deal, and not a web deal? I guess it'll be good for her, but it'll depend on plans for the rest of the Hart Dynasty. Getting separated from Tyson, her longtime boyfriend, will no doubt be a minor annoyance.

JON WALDMAN: The impact here isn't immediate, since the Harts will compete on both shows as champs. One can hope, though, that this means Natalya will get more in-ring action. There are a multitude of babyface divas on Raw, however, so unless Melina turns heel on her return, Nattie is going to be lost in the shuffle.

The fifth pick is Chris Masters to Smackdown.

NICK TYLWALK: Can't say I've been too impressed with anything they've done with Masters since his return to the WWE roster. I don't expect that to change, but like Rhodes, he'll at least have a chance to succeed on Smackdown.

GREG OLIVER: I spent a bit of time with Masters when he was up in Toronto in 2008 for our third Titans in Toronto dinner. He was the opposite of what I expected -- a nice guy, chatty, thrilled to meet the legends that were out. But that doesn't sell tickets, and nothing Creative has done with him the last while leads me to believe that will change either.

JON WALDMAN: Not a bad pick to move, but I haven't been wowed by anything Masters has done since his return. It will take more than dancing pecs to be effective on SD!

The sixth pick is Ezekiel Jackson to Raw.

NICK TYLWALK: Now there's someone who I DON'T expect to make an impact on his new show. Jackson has size, which is always a good thing in the WWE, but smart money says he'll simply be lost in the shuffle on Raw.

GREG OLIVER: Jackson's got the look at certain WWE folks fall in love with, even lacking the talent necessary -- at this moment -- to make it to the top. For an example of his career path, see the fifth pick, Chris Masters.

JON WALDMAN: Could be very good. Ezekiel has the potential to be a great powerhouse heel. This should also ensure that Shad keeps his spot on SD!

The seventh pick is Goldust to Raw.

NICK TYLWALK: Well, there goes the dream of Cody Rhodes teaming with his sibling! Goldust seems to be at his best as comic relief in the midst of more serious storylines, so having him on the A show makes some sense.

GREG OLIVER: Goldust still has some legs as a character, but less so in the PG world of WWE today. I don't expect him to be seen a lot, but he will be a valuable asset in the mix on Raw.

JON WALDMAN: I'm intrigued by this move. Every time I hear Goldust's name it's people saying how he's in the best shape of his life and how he should be getting a push. With the book now upcoming, a U.S. title chase isn't beyond the realm of possibility, but sadly, I think they're going to go to the fallback of freak factor with him, Hornswoggle and Khali.

The eighth pick is Hornswoggle to Smackdown.

NICK TYLWALK: I'm not even sure what to say about this pick. Obviously he's able to be used in any number of comedy angles... though they aren't always that funny.

GREG OLIVER: When a box of Lucky Charms and Cheech and Chong don't make me laugh, nothing will with the little guy. See ya.

JON WALDMAN: Tell me this is a bad dream. Hornswoggle was only mildly offensive in the guest host sketches, but now he threatens to actually do damage to Smackdown's roster. We're unfortunately now likely to see a Horny/Ziggler feud, which is just wrong on so many levels. Bad move WWE.

The ninth pick is Rosa Mendes to Smackdown.

NICK TYLWALK: There doesn't seem to be much point to swapping a second tier Diva between shows. Howard Finkel suggested the best role for her would be as a valet, but those spots are few and far between in the current WWE.

JON WALDMAN: Filler. Rosa could make a decent impact on Smackdown, but this is as much being done to fill out the Women's division there.

The tenth pick is The Hart Dynasty (Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith) to Raw.

NICK TYLWALK: Natalya didn't stay separated from the boys very long, eh? This feels right since the Dynasty has received such a big push in recent weeks, culminating in winning the titles. It would be even better if tag team wrestling in general got more time to shine on Raw.

JON WALDMAN: Really not much of an effect here other than keeping the boys and Nattie officially together. The tag team division is all around weak so hopefully we'll see some new pairs emerge soon from developmental.

The 11th and final pick is M.V.P. to Smackdown.

NICK TYLWALK: Well, it took three hours, but the WWE finally made a move that could end up shaking up the main event scene. M.V.P. has been on the verge of a big breakthrough, and on Friday nights it's easy to picture him in a starring role before too long.

JON WALDMAN: Fantastic move by WWE here. MVP should get a real chance to shine. I expect he'll be in the title mix for either the Intercontinental or World championships soon.

RELATED LINKS

  • April 26, 2010: RAW: Feeling a draft
  • April 26, 2010: Live Blog - 2010 WWE Draft Coverage
  • April 26, 2010: WWE 2010 Draft Preview: Who should move