I like the idea of Flair "picking" Benoit early... even at number 1. That would put instant heat back on him for when he returns and would be a great angle for him coming back (Does he deserve the #1 Draft-Pick slot?).
He's a war-weary Republican assassin haunted by an iconic dead American confidante She's a high-kicking gypsy stripper with a flame-thrower. They fight crime!
Whoever picks whoever whenever, remember the WWF is not going to forsake their storylines. They have a buzz going with the Rock/Hogan alliance and their feud with the Outsiders. Thats not the kind of heat the WWF is about to break up. So you have to believe those four will stay together wherever they go.
I'm anxious to see the ratings for Raw and buy rate for WM. I can tell you that here at work I have heard tons of people talking about wrestling for the first time in 2 years. It seems that the masses may be interested again.
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When you're riding in a time machine way far into the future, don't stick your elbow out the window, or it'll turn into a fossil.
If Vince is really intrested in being better than Flair's division, he has to pick Rock. I'd even go so far as to seperate Rock/Hogan now. If they are going to turn one of them heel do it on Smackdown or Raw. Then seperate them. This will increase the importance of the unified title, because if Rock or Hogan won it, they could go after each other. And down the line at Summerslam or Wrestlemania, the two can get back together for Rock-Hogan II and it would be bigger than the first.
That being said, I don't think there is a chance that they seperate them now. It would be fun though.
I still say that this would be much more interesting if Flair and Vince ended up drawing EACH OTHER'S wrestlers. That way the low-mid carders would get some airtime, as they would try and make sure that the other team doesn't end up with the Rocky's or the Austin's until the end.
And you are absolutely correct. If they're going to do a full draft, having them pick each other's talent in draft style is much, much better. If they're just going to do the main talent anyway, than it doesn't matter.
I hope it's the former, that'd make interesting television
I have to agree with those who said that Vince would pick Rock first, then Flair would go with Austin. I don't see Flair wanting the nWo around, so Vince gets them all (this also allows the current Rock/Hogan/nWo storyline to continue). Flair will go after the more technically sound guys: Benoit, Angle, etc. allowinf Raw to be more wrestling and Smackdown to be more skit-oriented. This is how I imagine it happening:
WWF Smackdown! Vince Rocky Hogan Nash Hall Undertaker Christian DDP Dudleys (they have to keep them together) Chuck and Billy Big Show
WWF Raw Flair Austin Triple H Angle Kane Benoit RVD Edge Booker T Hardys (unless they split them up, as teased by Regal)
Wow. after splitting up just some of the guys, it really is apparent that they have more than enough guys for two entire federations. And these lists barely even take into account midcarders, and totally doesn't take into account the guys they will bring up. I think I made it too lopsided for the Raw group, though. I'm sure it will turn out more even. I'm interested in seeing how they manage to keep the tag teams together, or if they split some of them (not that they have many to spare).
"...the people ran, they ran all right, they ran right to the toilet, pulled their pants down, took one big Hulk-a-CRAP every time you opened your mouth!"
I missed the whole middle hour of Raw, so I'm unclear on what the deal with the champions will be. I agree with those above who think Flair pulls a swerve and takes the Undertaker, so he can get back at him and take one of Vince's guys away.
I hope someone like Raven goes all Bobby Jackson and does a run-in from the crowd when he gets drafted.
They should probably do this on Excess to see if it could bring in more viewers, and they could use the show to do profiles on wrestlers when they get selected, like most draft shows do. And have shots of Arn and Benoit in Flair's "war room" and Patterson and Steph in Vince's. Kevin Kelly could be their obnxious Mel Kiper type.
Some of you may remember that I wrote a draft column back in July.
Since the only place it was archived was at Wrestleline, I shot off a copy to CRZ and hopefully he'll repost it over the next day or two.
"The best reason for committing loathsome & detestable acts -and let's face it, I am considerably something of an expert in the field - is purely for their own sake. Monetary gain is all very well, but it dilutes the tastes of wickedness to a lower level that is obtainable by anyone will an overdeveloped sense of avarice. True and baseless evil is as rare as the purest good - and we all know how rare THAT is." - Acheron Hades, THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jaspar Fforde
Okay so Group A is on Raw, and Group B is on Smackdown. The Champ (Or possibly champs one hopes) can show up on either show.
How do you develop feuds then? (For these examples i'm just picking random guys who pop in my head)
I mean If Edge and Christian are Both on Raw, Great, they can get in each other's face and then Come PPV time, they have the Match to decide who wins the feud. But what if DDP is on SmackDown then how do they set up a PPV match 'Tween him and Christian. Do they just hurl insults at each other every week from their respective shows? Will Christian show up on Smackdown to do a run in? Will DDP Show up on Raw for the same?
Or will GUys from the A and B groups never face each other (Except when gold is on the line?)
Any Thoughts? If only the World Belts are cross show, does that mean if RVD (The IC Champ) is Drafted to SmackDown, then Only Smackdown guys can fight for it, except at the PPV?
This Could lead to some interesting Run ins at a PPV since a lot of guys might want the belt to come to their show.
And as has been asked already, what of house shows and those other programs (Heat Jakked etc.)
"Money's the Same whether you earn it or scam it" Bobby "The Brain" Heenan "Will you stop!" Gorilla Monsoon after just about everything Heenean says. "Welcome to Monday NYQUIL, where the Big boys Play with each other": Steve Austin, in ECW imitating his former boss Eric Bischoff.
I wouldn't be surprised if Vince goes for all the champions he can just to keep as many belts away from Flair as possible. Though thanks to the 24/7 rule and Falls Count Anywhere stips, we may see a few Hardcore Title crossovers.
"Hahaha.. Yeah, trust the fuckhead." Spider Jerusalem
Originally posted by dfallanAnd as has been asked already, what of house shows and those other programs (Heat Jakked etc.)
It was reported a while back that house shows would be a chance to see the guys from both feds. The Raw guys won't face the Smackdown! guys, but they will all be on the same card. It gives extra incentive to go to a house show now 'cause it's a unique experience. I don't know if this is still the plan, or ever was, but it sounds like a cool idea to me.
After Vince was soooo sure of Flair not wanting anymore "poison" on Smackdown! I think Flair might end up taking them for some weird reason (like to piss of Vince). And they ALL come together. Sounds like Vince set him self up for a letdown.
On a less serious note... When did Smackdown turn into OZ?! Seriously, I'm sitting there watching the pre-match skit between Billy and Chuck and Maven and Al Snow, and I'm wondering when Adebisi'll come out and shank EVERYBODY.