It’s been three weeks since Sheamus annihilated Triple-H at Extreme Rules, and things couldn’t be better. In the annual WWE Draft, scheduled on a special 3-hour April 26th edition of Monday Night RAW, RAW once again ransacked SmackDown of its star power.
Sure, RAW was kind enough to give SmackDown such prominent stars as Big Show, Christian, Cody Rhodes, MVP, and Kofi Kingston, but they also dumped the dead weight of Chris Masters, Chavo Guerrero, Hornswoggle, and Rosa Mendes. In this year’s draft, RAW made out like a bandit by securing big named talents in Chris Jericho, Edge, John Morrison, and all three members of The Hart Dynasty.
At the end of the 3-hour draft show, RAW left everyone speechless when an unsuspecting Edge speared Randy Orton in the midst of a triple-threat contender’s match for John Cena’s WWE Title. Edge returned at the 2010 Royal Rumble to begin a feud, as a babyface, against Chris Jericho. It was shocking to see Edge revert back to a heel in just a matter of months. However, with the campaign between Edge and Jericho having concluded at Extreme Rules, in favor of Edge, Edge had to calculate his next step on a new brand. Edge’s spear to Randy Orton is the start of the Age of Conspiracy in a TV-PG rated world that is now the WWE. Edge has always prided himself as being The Rated-R Superstar, and controversy has always been his forte. Now, a storyline between Randy Orton and Edge has culminated into the main-event storyline on Monday Nights.
Ted DiBiase, following off WrestleMania, has gained possession of his father’s Million Dollar Belt, and has decided to pattern his life similar to his father, “The Million Dollar Man.” DiBiase is in search of a “Virgil” to carry his bags and do what he says, while paying them a large sum of money. His first attempt was towards Carlito, but after being rejected, set his sights on R-Truth. Obviously, there were some racial undertones as the young rich white boy wanted to be just like his daddy by hiring a black servant. Truth mocked DiBiase by speaking in a southern twang, ultimately slapping him in the face for trying to buy R-Truth, “Truth don’t play that!” On the May 10th edition of RAW, R-Truth was ambushed in his match with William Regal by the newly reformed Colons (Carlito and Primo) who were paid off by Ted DiBiase in an act of revenge. Later that night, Truth cost DiBiase a 2-on-1 handicap match when he intimidated DiBiase back into the ring where he was then RKO’d by Randy Orton. This program between DiBiase and R-Truth is a great way to start things off. Because of past dealings with Randy Orton, DiBiase is guaranteed to find himself in the main-event scene a few times, and because Truth has current dealings with DiBiase, he’ll find himself closer to the main-event scene. Plus, with the involvement of Carlito and Primo, now both heels, this campaign can prove stimulating to all four superstars.
As for the prior Jericho-Edge feud, no hard feelings. Jericho and The Miz have decided to join forces, as the better halves of the Unified Tag Teams with The Big Show. Jeri-Miz or Miz-icho have not only decided to become a tag team, but already have their first crack at The Hart Dynasty’s Unified Tag Team titles at the following pay-per-view Over the Limit. The Miz’s move to RAW, via last year’s draft, started out rocky with the failed plain of being put over by John Cena, but found his stride by becoming the United States Champion. Miz’s ego and mike skills only increased when he later defeated D-X to become Unified Tag Champs with Big Show. However, with Show now on SmackDown, it looks like Chris Jericho taking Miz under his wing is the best thing to ever happen for his career. Be prepared for “Awesome!” and “The Best in the World” to take the tag team division to the next level, and provide The Hart Dynasty the opposition it most desperately needs.
But not all things can be made better with Triple-H’s absence because John Cena is still the WWE Champion. Yet, while being beaten down by both Sheamus and Batista, Mark Henry, a.k.a. Kool-Aid Man, came to the rescue. It was great to see Mark Henry throw himself in with 3-former WWE Champions, but the Kool-Aid Man has got to lose some serious weight.
And finally, Evan Bourne picking up a win over Zack Ryder. Bourne looked pretty good on RAW after defeating Ryder and walking out with the lovely Gail Kim. The split between Ryder and Mendes due to the draft has caused Ryder to find his next girl friend between Alicia Fox and Gail Kim. But after Gail thwarted Alicia’s plans to sabotage Bourne’s Shooting Star Press, it looks like the ladies have picked their men. Sure, Gail Kim is way out of Evan Bourne’s league, but maybe the Asian hottie will insight much needed confidence and lead to more victories on Monday Nights.
Triple-H has always been the glory hog of Monday Nights, making a big stink about being stuck on Friday Nights back in 2008 via the Draft. Much like WCW’s nWo and Goldberg, Triple-H steals away all the spot lights and doesn’t allow any of the other superstars to shine. There is so much more talent in the WWE, especially on RAW, it is time that these young stars get a chance to receive more face time and become the new faces of the company.