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Live coverage: 2011 WWE Draft
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling




Join SLAM! Wrestling's Matt Bishop starting at 9 p.m. ET tonight for live coverage and instant analysis of tonight's edition of Monday Night Raw, which features the 2011 WWE Draft. Who's moving to Raw? Who's switching sides to go to Smackdown? Stay with us throughout tonight's two-hour show for instantaneous pick-by-pick coverage and analysis.

Refresh this page frequently for the latest updates starting at 9 p.m. ET.

For a preview of tonight's draft, check out Jon Waldman's piece from earlier today.

Monday Night Raw is now live with a battle royal with the winning brand receiving a draft pick.

The final four of the battle royal are Big Show and Kofi Kingston from Smackdown and Mason Ryan and Evan Bourne from Raw. Show eliminates Bourne and then Show and Kingston combine to eliminate Ryan, meaning Smackdown has earned a draft pick.

John Cena drafted to Smackdown.

Instant Analysis: In 2005, Cena was drafted from Smackdown to Raw as WWE Champion. Now, six years later, Cena has been drafted back to his original home. Obviously, this draft was done because Smackdown really had no top babyface star after Edge's retirement. Now, they've got one. It'll be interesting to see if Cena really just stays on Smackdown or if this'll stick. This is certainly the biggest shocker in the WWE Draft since both Cena and Batista switched places in 2005.

Update 9:38 p.m. ET: It's Eve Torres (Raw) against Layla (Smackdown) with a draft pick on the line.

That was quick. Eve quickly rolls up Layla to win the draft pick for Raw.

Rey Mysterio drafted to Raw

Instant Analysis: Well, this is interesting. I'd say having Mysterio on Raw previously was a failure and he was quickly shuttled back to Smackdown the following year. As Waldman pointed out in his preview, though, Mysterio is becoming more and more of a part-timer and thus less valuable to the brand. If he's being brought over to work behind the scenes with Sin Cara (or even in the ring), then this is a good move, as Sin Cara needs the help. This is definitely advantage Smackdown, though, still.

Update 9:50 p.m. ET: It's Kofi Kingston (Smackdown) vs. Sheamus (Raw) with another pick on the line.

Kingston wins with two Trouble in Paradise's.

Randy Orton drafted to Smackdown

Instant Analysis: Uh. Wow. I cannot fathom this. The top two babyfaces on Raw have been moved to Friday nights. Both Cena and Orton to Smackdown. Call me skeptical, but I can't see this sticking. I just cannot see both Cena and Orton permanently being on Smackdown right now. If WWE is going for the shock factor with this draft, they've certainly achieved it so far.

Update 10:16 p.m. ET: It's Randy Orton (Smackdown) vs. Dolph Ziggler (Raw)

Orton wins with the RKO, so Smackdown gets two draft picks.

Mark Henry drafted to Smackdown

Sin Cara drafted to Smackdown

Instant Analysis: Well, there goes the idea of Sin Cara working with Mysterio. Henry is really inconsequential either way. He can be good in a tag team, but with Smackdown having Big Show and Kane already, this doesn't make much sense. Maybe one of those two are moving? Cara going to Smackdown is probably a good decision, though, so he can be on the taped show while he learns the U.S./WWE style because we know there will be bumps along the road with that one.

Update 10:30 p.m. ET: Now we've got Rey Mysterio (Raw) vs. Wade Barrett (Smackdown) with two picks on the line.

Mysterio wins it with the 619 and a splash, so Raw earns two picks. These will be interesting.

Big Show drafted to Raw

Alberto Del Rio drafted to Raw

Instant Analysis: Can I call 'em or can I call 'em? And wow! Show going to Raw is not surprising in the least, but Del Rio to Raw is a huge selection, but it still leaves the Raw babyface side a bit lacking. Del Rio is the one to look at here. The title situation at Extreme Rules just got interesting. If Del Rio wins the World Heavyweight Championship, that belt comes to Raw. If The Miz retains the WWE Championship, that would mean both belts are on Raw. Will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

Update 10:45 p.m. ET: The final draft pick will be contested in a six-man tag team match as Raw's CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio and The Miz meet Smackdown's Mark Henry, Christian and John Cena.

The Raw team wins when Henry turns on his teammates.

John Cena drafted to Raw

Instant Analysis: Where should I begin. This is just incredibly stupid. Dumb dumb dumb. I don't see the point in having a draft if people can just be switched right back the same night. Cena going to Smackdown was actually something new and different from WWE. Now, it's same ol', same ol'. This just make no sense whatsoever. This was done simply to do it. There was no point. No payoff. Nothing. This was nothing but a waste of our time and makes the draft an even bigger joke than it already had become.

That's it for tonight, folks! Don't forget to join us at noon ET/9 a.m. PT Tuesday for live coverage of the Supplemental Draft.