April 26, 2011
Live coverage: 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Join SLAM! Wrestling's Matt Bishop and Jon Waldman starting at noon ET tonight for live coverage and instant analysis of today's 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft. Last night on Raw, the main players were featured and today, the others take centre stage. Who's moving to Raw? Who's switching sides to go to Smackdown? Stay with us throughout the day for instantaneous pick-by-pick coverage and analysis.
In case you missed who switched sides during Raw on Monday, you can read our recap and analysis of the draft proceedings here.
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We are now underway!
The first pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Daniel Bryan to Smackdown.
Bishop's Analysis: Solid pick. Bryan was becoming lost in the shuffle on Raw after losing the United States Championship (and even before that, really). Bryan had some serious momentum coming off his string of matches against Dolph Ziggler in October. We'll see if a move to Friday nights, where the matches are usually a bit longer, will pay off for one of the best wrestlers in the world.
Waldman's Analysis: Fantastic move. Bryan moves to an environment which has more emphasis on wrestling than characters. Look for him to get into the Intercontinental Title picture quickly.
The second pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Jack Swagger to Raw.
Bishop's Analysis: If used correctly, Swagger can be a big threat to the world title. He's a very gifted athlete and a very solid wrestler. With The Miz as champion on Raw, it'll be interesting to see how Swagger is used. Will he get a big feud off the bat or will he be stuck wrestling the likes of the Big Show again (and we know how great that one turned out last year). Looking forward to seeing Swagger hopefully get a fresh start on Raw.
Waldman's Analysis: Looks like Michael Cole will be permanently on Raw. Swagger fits in nicely as a heel here, but I'm worried about a face turn for him.
The third pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... The Great Khali and Ranjin Singh to Smackdown.
Bishop's Analysis: Khali is slowly becoming a part-time performer who can't really hold up physically anymore, so this move, on the surface, doesn't appear to have much impact.
Waldman's Analysis: Absolutely meaningless. Khali is more part-time than Undertaker these days. Khali needs to turn heel and dump the useless Singh.
The fourth pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Jimmy Uso to Smackdown.
Bishop's Analysis: Um. OK. Unless they're going to bring Jey over to, this is interesting. You know, you can break up tag teams, and we've seen it happen before, both successfully and unsuccessfully, but breaking up a brother duo who are twins? Well, that spells doom for one of them, I think. Uso can be an interesting choice if given the amount of time.
Waldman's Analysis: And WWE is splitting up the Usos because... Look for re-packaging ahead.
The fifth pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Kelly Kelly to Raw.
Bishop's Analysis: This is a good move. Kelly Kelly is, in a way, the face of the Divas division and having her on Raw will help increase her exposure. While not the greatest wrestler, she is adequate by the standards of today and is a good choice to be champion.
Waldman's Analysis: As predicted, though WWE wasted the opportunity for her to get the pop on-stage. Look for a couple Divas to move to SD! In return.
The sixth pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... JTG to Raw.
Bishop's Analysis: I have to assume to this is just random mid-card shuffling. JTG has been a solid hand but hasn't gotten much traction. He'll probably continue to perform on Superstars, just against Raw talent.
Waldman's Analysis: Interesting move. JTG has the charisma but he was much better in a tag team.
The seventh pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Alicia Fox to Smackdown.
Bishop's Analysis: This one also doesn't seem to have much meaning behind it. Fox has been completely off the radar as of late, but who knows, maybe she can ascend and become the undefined champion of the divas.
Waldman's Analysis: Kelly Kelly for Alicia isn't exactly a fair trade. I imagine WWE is moving her to give her more space to be a regular on TV once her sister completes her tenure on Tough Enough.
The eighth pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... William Regal to Smackdown.
Bishop's Analysis: Regal is on the downside of his career and isn't wrestling much anymore. Having him on Smackdown will be good for the younger talent, as he can help mentor them, work with them on the road and even participate in the occasional television match. Regal is always good.
Waldman's Analysis: Great move. Regal vs. Bryan will be a great program and be given the time it deserves on SD! (I can hope, can't I?)
The ninth pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Yoshi Tatsu to Smackdown.
Bishop's Analysis: I was scratching my head when they moved Tatsu to Raw in the first place following ECW's demise. He is one of the most underrated wrestlers in the company and I'm hoping going to Smackdown will giving him a chance to shine. As someone who watches him on NXT every week now, he's capable of acting and playing a fun role in addition to his outstanding work in the ring. He's a real exciting performer and I hope to see him get a real chance at something more than Superstars on Smackdown.
Waldman's Analysis: Tatsu moving to Raw made no sense. Look for him to turn heel and feud with Sin Cara.
The 10th pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Drew McIntyre to Raw.
Bishop's Analysis: McIntyre is another one who badly needed a change of scenery. He went from being "The Chosen One" to not even having a spot on WrestleMania. He has talent, that's for certain, but can he put it all together on Raw?
Waldman's Analysis: Fantastic move. As I said in my preview, a Drew/Triple H feud would be fantastic. I suspect, though, that he'll be turning face soon.
The 11th pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Natalya to Smackdown.
Bishop's Analysis: Here's another person that has been lost in the shuffle. Hopefully she gets a fresh start on Smackdown. She's a heck of a wrestler and deserves better.
Waldman's Analysis: The final nail in the coffin for DH Smith, methinks. Nat fills the void on SD left open by Kelly Kelly.
The 12th pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Curt Hawkins to Raw.
Bishop's Analysis: Hawkins has been treading water as a Superstars mainstay for Smackdown. I don't see him going anywhere on Raw, either.
Waldman's Analysis: Great move. Hawkins has the stuff to get the job done. The only question is whether the Edgeheads will reunite.
The 13th pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Chris Masters to Raw.
Bishop's Analysis: Oh boy. Now if only Tyler Reks gets drafted to Raw as well so these two can continue their best of 3,000 series on Superstars.
Waldman's Analysis: Masters hasn't meant a lot to me in a while, but someone in WWE likes him. Maybe he'll get in the US title picture if he's lucky.
The 14th pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Jey Uso to Smackdown.
Bishop's Analysis: Well, can't say I didn't see this one coming. You don't break up twin brothers. The Usos have limited upside on Smackdown. We all know tag team wrestling is dead in WWE. This isn't going to change that, obviously.
The 15th pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Kofi Kingston to Raw.
Bishop's Analysis: I don't really know what to say about this one. Kingston had a ton of momentum at the beginning of the year but that fizzled so badly he was losing to Ezekiel Jackson. I don't really know what a move to Raw is going to accomplish if they keep booking him the same way. He's a guy who can really get over, but not if WWE keeps pulling the plug on him.
Waldman's Analysis: Kofi's a wandering minstrel at this point. Fans love him but he doesn't fit anywhere. He's feeling really stale...
The 16th pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Ted DiBiase to Smackdown.
Bishop's Analysis: I don't think anybody has floundered as much in the past year as Ted DiBiase. He needs a reboot in a big, big way. DiBiase is not clicking right now and has been reduced to a complete jobber. Hopefully the move to Smackdown will help.
Waldman's Analysis: Good move. DiBiase can be easily repackaged here, and hopefully be given some time to shine.
The 17th pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Tyson Kidd to Smackdown.
Bishop's Analysis: Another under-appreciated worker who doesn't get his just due. I just don't see things changing for him on Smackdown, though. But he'll probably continue to have fun matches on Superstars, so that's good, I suppose.
Waldman's Analysis: Yup. DH Smith is definitely done. Ty should be paired fairly quickly with Daniel Bryan, and I wouldn't be surprised if Natalya turns heel to be paired with him again.
The 18th pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Tamina to Smackdown.
Bishop's Analysis: Well, this breaks her up from Santino Marella (for now, anyway). Does she go back with the Usos or forge her own path?
Waldman's Analysis: I think we're seeing future considerations coming soon for Jey. Splitting Tamina from Santino is an interesting move...
The 19th pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Tyler Reks to Raw.
Bishop's Analysis: Let the best of 3,000 series continue!
Waldman's Analysis: WWE may actually be trying to salvage Reks' career. He has the tools to be a good big-man, but he may end up in the same stream as Mike Knox and Snitsky before him.
The 20th pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Alex Riley to Smackdown.
Bishop's Analysis: A-Ry gets broken up from The Miz. That's a shame.
Waldman's Analysis: Again, this one should've been on the show last night. The picture of Miz and his bromance saying farewell would've been priceless.
The 21st pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Beth Phoenix to Raw.
Bishop's Analysis: Is Phoenix moving to Raw to feud with Kharma? Regardless, Phoenix is an asset no matter where she lands.
Waldman's Analysis: Basic switch of Nat and Beth has gone down. Not surprised by any stretch of the imagination here.
The 22nd pick of the 2011 WWE Supplemental Draft is ... Sheamus to Smackdown.
Bishop's Analysis: The United States Champion moves to Smackdown. This is crazy. So Smackdown now has the U.S. and Intercontinental champions. Unification possible here?
Waldman's Analysis: Um... the hell? So Smackdown becomes Raw and Raw becomes Smackdown, at least title-wise? If Barrett doesn't move I'll be shocked.
That's it! More than four hours long and 22 picks, but we have reached an end. Finally.