John Cena drafted to SmackDown! Finally, WWE bestowed a surge of confidence to the Blue Brand! No, wait… John Cena drafted back to Raw?
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. Dave Lagana said it best, “The 2011 WWE Draft featured the first dusty finish in draft history.” That’s right, the whole world is talking over the dirty switch that pegged John Cena leaving Raw after six years, only to be drafted back to Raw.
True, Triple-H was the first superstar, in 2004, to get drafted to SmackDown and traded back to Raw; however, the trade was supplemental and not a part of the original Draft Lottery. Last night, WWE screwed SmackDown yet again. So you know the drill. Let’s discuss–are you ready?–Ramifications!
John Cena’s draft to SmackDown was the biggest confidence boost to happen to the “B-Show” since Triple-H was drafted, in 2008, with the WWE Championship. The news of this Draft Pick alone would have had serious ramifications throughout all the WWE because Cena has always been the face of its flagship show. Then with the news of Randy Orton being drafted as well, Raw’s star power was in jeopardy. Orton and Cena are the two biggest babyfaces that the WWE has right now, and with both men originally going to SmackDown, who would have stepped up to the position?
When news broke that Rey Mysterio had been drafted to Raw, questions immediately arose, not whether he was up to the challenge of replacing both Cena and Orton, but how long would he last. Out of the ten years Rey Mysterio has been wrestling in the WWE, he had been drafted only once. The 2008 experiment to draft Rey to Raw, after Triple-H was sent to SmackDown, was an utter failure. He spent the majority of his stint either injured, or in meaningless feuds with Santino Marella and Kane. Not everyone in life gets second chances, so if Mysterio is going to roll with Raw, he will need to step up his game and seek out high-profile matches to get noticed.
The Big Show, the man who seemingly appears to get drafted every year, has been drafted to Raw. Would he have done well in the top babyface position? He does have the potential to be as corny as Cena, while being as ruthless and unforgiving as Orton; needless to say, Show may be BIG, but he isn’t quite large enough to headline WWE’s flagship show. One bit of a concern over Show’s draft, is the fate of the WWE Tag Team Championship. Unless Kane gets drafted to Raw through the Supplemental Draft, those belts are as good as defunct.
And of course, Alberto Del Rio, the top prospect that SmackDown had to offer, and one of the fastest rising stars, has been drafted to Monday Night Raw. As mentioned before, The Mexican Aristocrat’s vast wealth ranges from expensive luxury cars, his own personal ring announcer, and extravagant ring parties; not to mention, he’s already in contention for the WWE World Heavyweight Title.
At this precise moment of the WWE Draft, the World Titles looked as if they would switch brands only if John Cena and Alberto Del Rio were victorious in their championship matches at Extreme Rules. The last time this occurred through the Draft Lottery system was 2008: Triple-H brought the WWE Championship to SmackDown, and, as a result of cashing in Money in the Bank a week later, C.M. Punk brought the World Heavyweight Championship to Raw.
As a result of Randy Orton defeating Raw’s Dolph Ziggler, Sin Cara and Mark Henry were drafted to SmackDown. With SmackDown’s resident luchador now on Raw, moving Sin Cara, who many in the company peg him as the next Mysterio, to SmackDown makes perfect sense. SmackDown has always been the home of Rey Mysterio; Sin Cara’s move signals a change of the guard. As for Mark Henry, (Kool-Aid Man) his actions at the end of the show were shades of his 2008 rule breaking days in ECW, when he was at the top of his career.
While Big Show and Mysterio would not have cut it as top babyfaces, the serious ramifications of Cena’s redraft to Raw are far more dire. As before, the fate of the World Titles was up in the air: Del Rio and Cena, this Sunday, could have switched the belts between Raw and SmackDown, or, The Miz and John Morrison, and Christian could have kept the titles in their respective brands. Now that Cena’s back, the fate of the World Titles look like this: Regardless of who wins, The Miz, Cena, or Morrison, the WWE Championship will remain on Raw, while Christian will undoubtedly win the World Heavyweight Championship to keep it on SmackDown. Aside from the anticipation of Christian finally winning “The Big One,” the moment is now less memorable because it’s expected.
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