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#1 Posted on 20.3.04 1647.32
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The 2nd WWE RAW & SMACKDOWN Talent Draft Lottery
LIVE! Monday March 22, 2004

THE RULES
Suitably vague for a WWE production, but as SmackDown GM Paul Heyman explained on Thursday, a coin will be flipped and then the RAW & SmackDown representatives will take turns taking names out of a container and those names will be each respective show's new roster. Heyman stated he is exempt as GM, so it's reasonable to assume Eric Bischoff is also exempt. Neither man was around for the first draft. Heyman's exact words were "I'm the only one guaranteed to be here next week", so everybody else (including announcers?) could be up for grabs.

THE SUPERSTARS
-A-TRAIN [SD Lottery Pick in '02]
-AKIO
-BATISTA
-BIG SHOW [RAW Draft Pick in '02; Now on SmackDown]
-BILL DeMOTT
-BILLY GUNN [SMACKDOWN Draft Pick in '02]
-BILLY KIDMAN [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02]
-BOOKER T [World Tag Team Champion; RAW Draft Pick in '02]
-BRADSHAW [RAW Lottery Pick in '02; Moved to SmackDown]
-BUBBA RAY DUDLEY [RAW Draft Pick in '02]
-CHARLIE HAAS
-CHAVO GUERRERO JR. [WWE Cruiserweight Champion]
-CHAVO GUERRERO SR.
-CHRIS BENOIT [World Heavyweight Champion; SMACKDOWN Draft Pick in '02; Moved to RAW]
-CHRIS JERICHO [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02; Moved to RAW]
-CHRIS NOWINSKI
-CHRISTIAN [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02; Now on RAW]
-CHUCK PALUMBO [SMACKDOWN Draft Pick in '02]
-D-VON DUDLEY [SMACKDOWN Draft Pick in '02; Now on RAW]
-DANNY BASHAM
-DAWN MARIE
-DOUG BASHAM
-EDDIE GUERRERO [WWE Heavyweight Champion; First Draft; Appeared on RAW; Now on SmackDown]
-EDGE [SMACKDOWN Draft Pick in '02]
-FUNAKI
-GAIL KIM
-GARRISON CADE
-GOLDBERG
-HARDCORE HOLLY [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02]
-IVORY [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02; Now on RAW]
-JACQUELINE [RAW Lottery Pick in '02]
-JAMIE NOBLE
-JAZZ [Draft Exempt in '02; Signed with RAW]
-JOHN CENA [WWE United States Champion]
-JOHNNY STAMBOLI
-JON HEIDENREICH
-KANE [RAW Draft Pick in '02]
-KURT ANGLE [SMACKDOWN Draft Pick in '02]
-LANCE STORM [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02; Now on RAW]
-LITA [RAW Draft Pick in '02]
-MARK HENRY [SMACKDOWN Draft Pick; Now on RAW]
-MARK JINDRAK
-MATT HARDY VERSION 1.0 [RAW Lottery Pick in '02; Moved to SmackDown, now on RAW]
-MATT MORGAN
-MAVEN [SMACKDOWN Draft Pick in '02; Moved to RAW]
-MICK FOLEY
-MISS JACKIE
-MOLLY HOLLY [RAW Lottery Pick in '02]
-NIDIA
-NUNZIO
-ORLANDO JORDAN
-PAUL LONDON
-RANDY ORTON [WWE Intercontinental Champion]
-RENE DUPREE
-REY MYSTERIO
-RHYNO
-RIC FLAIR
-RICO
-RIKISHI [WWE Tag Team Champion; SMACKDOWN Draft Pick in '02]
-ROB CONWAY
-ROB VAN DAM [World Tag Team Champion; RAW Draft Pick in '02]
-RODNEY MACK
-ROSEY
-SABLE
-SAKODA
-SCOTT STEINER
-SCOTTY 2 HOTTY [WWE Tag Team Champion; SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02]
-SEAN O'HAIRE
-SHANIQUA
-SHANNON MOORE
-SHAWN MICHAELS
-SHELTON BENJAMIN
-SPIKE DUDLEY [RAW Lottery Pick in '02]
-STACY KEIBLER [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02; Moved to RAW]
-STEVEN RICHARDS
-STEVE AUSTIN [Signed with RAW, left, came back]
-SYLVAIN GRENIER
-TAJIRI [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02]
-TEST [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02; Moved to RAW]
-THE HURRICANE [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02; Moved to RAW]
-THE ROCK
-THEODORE LONG
-TOMMY DREAMER [RAW Lottery Pick in '02]
-TORRIE WILSON [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02]
-TRISH STRATUS [RAW Lottery Pick in '02]
-TRIPLE H [Draft Exempt in '02; Signed with RAW]
-ULTIMO DRAGON
-THE UNDERTAKER [RAW Draft Pick in '02; Moved to SmackDown]
-VAL VENIS [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02; Moved to RAW]
-VICTORIA [WWE Women's Champion]
-VINCE McMAHON [Owns the friggin' company, probably can't be drafted]
-WILLIAM REGAL [RAW Draft Pick in '02]

THE ANNOUNCERS
-AL SNOW [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02; Moved to RAW]
-JERRY LAWLER
-JIM ROSS
-JONATHAN COACHMAN
-LILLIAN GARCIA
-MICHAEL COLE
-TAZZ [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02]
-TERRI [RAW Lottery Pick in '02]
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#2 Posted on 20.3.04 1659.36
Reposted on: 20.3.11 1701.31
    Originally posted by Freeway420
    THE ANNOUNCERS
    -AL SNOW [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02; Moved to RAW]
    -JERRY LAWLER
    -JIM ROSS
    -JONATHAN COACHMAN
    -LILLIAN GARCIA
    -MICHAEL COLE
    -TAZZ [SMACKDOWN Lottery Pick in '02]
    -TERRI [RAW Lottery Pick in '02]


Don't forget Josh Mathews, Bill Demott and that new guy on Raw! And Funaki!
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#3 Posted on 20.3.04 1707.59
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Chris Nowinski, Mark Henry, Rodney Mack, and William Regal are all on the disabled list, so I doubt they'll get drafted. Scott Steiner may or may not get drafted.

Gail Kim hasn't been around in a while, so I'm not sure she'll be involved in the lottery. Shaniqua & Tommy Dreamer have similar situations.

Goldberg has left the company, so he isn't gonna' be a part of this.

And, as you said, Vince McMahon is the owner of both brands, so he will therefore still be a part of both brands.

And the new RAW announcer is Todd Grisham, as if anyone actually cares.

(edited by OMEGA on 20.3.04 1808)
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#4 Posted on 20.3.04 1716.06
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    Originally posted by OMEGA
    Chris Nowinski, Mark Henry, Rodney Mack, and William Regal are all on the disabled list, so I doubt they'll get drafted. Scott Steiner may or may not get drafted.

    Gail Kim hasn't been around in a while, so I'm not sure she'll be involved in the lottery. Shaniqua & Tommy Dreamer have similar situations.

    Goldberg has left the company, so he isn't gonna' be a part of this.

    And, as you said, Vince McMahon is the owner of both brands, so he will therefore still be a part of both brands.

    And the new RAW announcer is Todd Grisham, as if anyone actually cares.

    (edited by OMEGA on 20.3.04 1808)


And don't you forget about the only reason to watch the crap-ass secondary shows, Rue. Damn she's hot.
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#5 Posted on 20.3.04 1734.21
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Originally posted by OMEGA
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And the new RAW announcer is Todd Grisham, as if anyone actually cares.
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I care! Anyway what about the international shows? Will I still get Todd Grisham Bottom Line? Is there a chance of me losing out on Marc Loyd Heat commentary?

Anyway thanks for that it cleared some things up.
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#6 Posted on 20.3.04 1906.17
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Todd Grisham needs to put on some weight soon if he really wants to become the next Kevin Kelly. I can only assume that's his ambition.
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#7 Posted on 20.3.04 1925.32
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One note about Benoit. He was originally drafted to Smackdown in 2002 before returned from his injury. However, when he came back, he came back as a RAW wrestler. He won the IC title from RVD on RAW before moving to Smackdown.
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#8 Posted on 20.3.04 1931.57
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Under fear of getting stones thrown at me; you forgot the Grim Twins, Shane & Stephanie. (ok, not technically twins)

Vince mentionned relatives of his last week, so you gotta wonder that his kids' names will pop up.
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#9 Posted on 20.3.04 1954.05
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If i was to be picky over this thread it would be...
    Originally posted by Freeway420
    CHRIS BENOIT [World Heavyweight Champion; SMACKDOWN Draft Pick in '02; Moved to RAW]


I believe that it should be ''returned from injury in May, signed with Raw, moved to Smackdown, moved back to Raw''. I'm pretty sure that's it but i think there was some controversy over Benoit being on the initial Smackdown roster, however I think my statement is accurate. Even thought i think i spelt accurate wrong. Anyway, can someone back me up on this?
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#10 Posted on 20.3.04 2010.48
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    Originally posted by hhhgamewmx7
    If i was to be picky over this thread it would be...
      Originally posted by Freeway420
      CHRIS BENOIT [World Heavyweight Champion; SMACKDOWN Draft Pick in '02; Moved to RAW]


    I believe that it should be ''returned from injury in May, signed with Raw, moved to Smackdown, moved back to Raw''. I'm pretty sure that's it but i think there was some controversy over Benoit being on the initial Smackdown roster, however I think my statement is accurate. Even thought i think i spelt accurate wrong. Anyway, can someone back me up on this?


He was drafted by Smackdown (#3 if I recall correctly) then turned up on Raw in Edmonton, but I think he was still officially injured so he could go wherever he wanted. He then started wrestling on Raw (I'm not sure why) and later jumped to Smackdown with Eddie Guerrero. Then recently jumped to Raw by virtue of winning the Royal Rumble and having a Title Shot at whichever champion he wanted.


(edited by Nenz on 21.3.04 0213)
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#11 Posted on 20.3.04 2050.02
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    Originally posted by Nenz
      Originally posted by hhhgamewmx7
      If i was to be picky over this thread it would be...
        Originally posted by Freeway420
        CHRIS BENOIT [World Heavyweight Champion; SMACKDOWN Draft Pick in '02; Moved to RAW]


      I believe that it should be ''returned from injury in May, signed with Raw, moved to Smackdown, moved back to Raw''. I'm pretty sure that's it but i think there was some controversy over Benoit being on the initial Smackdown roster, however I think my statement is accurate. Even thought i think i spelt accurate wrong. Anyway, can someone back me up on this?


    He was drafted by Smackdown (#3 if I recall correctly) then turned up on Raw in Edmonton, but I think he was still officially injured so he could go wherever he wanted. He then started wrestling on Raw (I'm not sure why) and later jumped to Smackdown with Eddie Guerrero. Then recently jumped to Raw by virtue of winning the Royal Rumble and having a Title Shot at whichever champion he wanted.


    (edited by Nenz on 21.3.04 0213)


What he said, and you spelled accurate right. :)
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#12 Posted on 20.3.04 2344.59
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He couldn't go wherever he wanted though, he just showed up on Raw and got to stay there after Vince won control of both shows.
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#13 Posted on 21.3.04 0449.28
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHRIS BENOIT & THE SPLIT
By Freeway420

THE FIRST DRAFT [March 26, 2002]: Benoit, still out with a "broken neck" suffered at King of the Ring 2001, is drafted in the third round by SmackDown's Vince McMahon.

THE RAW APPEARANCE [May 27, 2002]: In Edmonton, Alberta (Benoit's hometown) Benoit came out, got into a scuffle with Guerrero, got tossed out by RAW Owner Ric Flair, got a ticket and went back into the arena, and joined forced with Guerrero (turning heel in his hometown, no less) in beating up Stone Cold Steve Austin to end the show.

THE SMACKDOWN EXPLANATION [May 30, 2002]: Vince McMahon, by phone call, tells us that Benoit isn't off the injured list so he can do whatever he wants...as long as he doesn't *wrestle*. Dandy. Dawn Marie debuts in the same segment, so we forget about the logical flaws and drool.

MORE RAW STUFF [June 3, 2002]: Benoit explains that he's on RAW to get back at Steve Austin for taking him out at King of the Ring. Makes sense. Austin noshowed the June 10th RAW, ending the Guerrero & Benoit Hate Austin angle for good. Then Vince McMahon won control of both brands on the same RAW.

THE NEXT WEEK [June 17, 2002]: After taking a week off from being all angry, Benoit & Guerrero were angry again...but at Ric Flair, for letting Austin leave.

ATTACK!! [June 24, 2002]: The night after King of the Ring (which Benoit didn't appear at), Benoit attacked Bubba Ray Dudley after his match with Eddie Guerrero.

AND NOW HE'S ON RAW [July 1, 2002]: Vince McMahon decides to put Benoit on RAW for good, but Benoit OWES him.

AND NOW HE'S ON SMACKDOWN [August 1, 2002]: Benoit, the Intercontinental Champion, jumps to SmackDown with Eddie Guerrero.

AND NOW HE'S ON RAW AGAIN [January 25, 2004]: Benoit, the Royal Rumble winner, jumps back to RAW by his damned self.
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#14 Posted on 22.3.04 0847.29
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    Originally posted by TL_Hopper
    Todd Grisham needs to put on some weight soon if he really wants to become the next Kevin Kelly. I can only assume that's his ambition.


Todd Grisham looks like my long-lost crack-addled brother. Just sayin.
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