The Landscapes of Raw and SmackDown have been changed forever! Well… at least until next year.
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. While Monday’s WWE Draft revealed the new homes of the major players, the Supplemental Draft is just as important because it defines the landscapes of Raw and SmackDown. So you know the drill. Let’s discuss–are you ready?–Ramifications.
Some notable trades to SmackDown are The Miz’s personal assistant Alex Riley, and former United States Champion Daniel Bryan. For The Miz to continue to elevate his status as a top WWE Champion, he had to shed the dead weight of Riley. As for The American Dragon, Monday Nights may not have been a good fit for him, seeing as cutting WWE style promos aren’t his strong suit. But SmackDown has always been different from Raw in that it showcases more wrestling. Welcome to the Blue Team.
Another promising trade in the mindset of wrestling fans, is the arrival of William Regal to SmackDown. Former SmackDown Head Creative Writer Dave Lagana had this to say, “Would love to see William Regal become top heel manager on Smackdown – managing Daniel Bryan along with others.” Well, Dave. I would love to see that too, especially since Bryan is a former student of his.
Currently, WWE Raw is without its mid-level title after trading the U.S. Champion Sheamus to SmackDown. With Wade Barrett as the Intercontinental Champion, it won’t be long before these two start butting heads. But what does the future hold for the IC and US straps? Will they be unified? Or will they simply coexist within a single brand?
With Santino Marella staying on Raw, and Tamina, along with Jimmy and Jey Uso, heading over to SmackDown, there’s a slight possibility that this once prominent tag team can mend its differences.
Both Tyson Kidd and Natalya have been traded to SmackDown. Will the move present a fresh start for Tyson Kidd? Will Natalya reprise her role as Tyson’s manager, or will she dominate the SmackDown Divas’ locker room?
Speaking of Divas, Alicia Fox is headed over to SmackDown, while Kelly Kelly and Beth Phoenix are moving to Monday Nights. Looks like we will never get to see the Dream Feud between Phoenix and Natalya.
And the last three SmackDown trades are Ted DiBiase, The Great Khali, and Yoshi Tatsu. If Ted DiBiase ever comes to the realization that his career as a rule breaker was going nowhere on Raw, and would not be any different on SmackDown, could we see a babyface turn?
To Michael Cole’s desire, Jack Swagger is heading over to Raw. To the ColeMiners, the move presents “More Cole for your Buck.” Jack Swagger will team with Cole this Sunday at Extreme Rules, but after a slight back and forth between these two several weeks ago, could Swagger be on the verge of a face turn?
Never say that wrestling on WWE Superstars doesn’t pay off, because Chris Masters, Curt Hawkins, JTG, and Tyler Reks have been traded to WWE’s flagship show. While Masters and JTG have not brought anything new to the table in several years, Curt Hawkins, either as a solo act, or reuniting with Zack Ryder, presents a fresh face to Monday Nights. As for Tyler Reks, he can either dominate, or go back to WWE Superstars, it’s all up to how he handles his debut.
Two prominent trades to Raw are former IC Champions Drew McIntyre and Kofi Kingston. With Kelly Kelly also coming over to Raw, could we see Drew revive his attempts to woo Ms. Kelly Kelly? What can be said about Kofi Kingston? The kid has a lot of natural ability, but something has to change. I don’t know if its his gimmick, his move set, but he’s not getting over. Kofi has wrestled on both Raw and SmackDown over the years, so the change of scenery isn’t enough, he has to change himself.
That’s it for this post. Do you still feel that WWE screwed SmackDown? I know that the WWE Draft couldn’t give John Cena to SmackDown, but the prospects of Daniel Bryan, Tyson Kidd, William Regal, Natalya, and Sheamus are far better. Thoughts? Comment, Tweet, do whatcha gotta do. Want to share this post? There are plenty of nifty Share Buttons now available on each of these posts in the comments section.
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