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TONIGHT: It’s the three-hour Draft-stravaganza. WWE promises that 12 people will change brands tonight, with more on Wednesday during the Supplemental Draft. No matches announced for tonight, but the draft is going to draw regardless of what else is going to happen. EDIT: Raw’s preview aired on USA at 7:53 ET, and they plugged John Cena vs. Jack Swagger with two draft picks on the line. I thought Vince didn’t think Swags was ready for live TV?

-WWE Open.

-Clips from last Monday started us off, focusing on Randy Orton vs. The McMahon Family. Also included: Batista’s return.

-Raw Open.

-Raw, live from Atlanta Georgia, was opened with Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler at ringside. They discussed how draft picks are selected. Over to the Smackdown table with Jim Ross and Todd Grisham. Ross called this the most pivotal night on the WWE calendar. Finally, to the ECW table with Josh Mathews and Matt Striker. Mathews plugged that two draft picks are available in a 15-man, tri-branded battle royal. Plus, Jack Swagger vs. John Cena for two draft picks.

-Batista started things off with an in-ring interview. Batista talked about his return to the ring and what drove him to get 100% healthy again was Orton kicking him in the head four months ago. They showed a clip of that attack. Big Dave said he has replayed that moment over and over in his head, and he’s been counting the days until he’s able to get into the ring and get revenge on Orton. Batista then called him out and said if he didn’t face him, he’d tear apart every inch of the arena to find Orton. Batista gave him a few moments, and just as he was about to exit to find Randy, Shane McMahon’s music played and Shane-O came out dressed to compete.

Shane welcomed Batista back and reminded him that Orton did some bad stuff to his family too. They debated who wanted Orton more, but then Triple H came out. HHH said all the stuff that has gone on with the McMahons has all been Orton trying to get to him, trying to get to his belt. Trips brought up that Orton tried to take out his wife while he had to watch. Hunter said he started this, and he’s going to finish it. Vickie Guerrero was then wheeled out by her go-fer, Chavo. Vickie talked about their “tag-team championship” match at Backlash (which confused me for a moment, but then I realized what she was talking about). She said she had an opportunity for one of them tonight. She said Orton is in the building, but he’s getting a well-deserved night off. So tonight, it’ll be a 3-on-2 handicap match as the three men in the ring face Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase. If Legacy wins, no one will face Orton. If the faces win, the one the scores the pinfall will face Orton one-on-one next week. Why is the heel team outnumbered?
-In our first draft lottery match, Raw’s Rey Mysterio faces ECW’s Evan Bourne next.

[Commercial Break]

(1) Rey Mysterio vs. Evan Bourne
Looks like both brand’s announcers will call the match. These two cats were all over the place to start with some wild counters. They even took things to the outside, where Rey hit a drop toe-hold that sent Bourne head-first into the barricade. Mysterio tried a springboard cross-body, but Bourne hit a spinning heel kick with both men in mid-air. Rey fought out of a headlock, but a jumping kick by Bourne followed by a standing moonsault got two. He went up, perhaps for a Shooting Star Press, but Rey got him first and landed a hurricanrana off the top rope. 619 on Bourne connected. To the top, he hit a flying splash for three.

Winner: Rey, at 3:29. Just whets the fans appetites for a longer one-on-one match between these two.

Raw’s Draft Pick: MVP. Interestingly, last year, the U.S. Champion was drafted from Smackdown to ECW (Matt Hardy). This time, the U.S Champ is going to Raw. Do we see the IC Champ, Mysterio, now going to Smackdown? MVP came out and celebrated a bit.

-Kane was walking backstage. He’s in action next.

[Commercial Break]

-WWE Hall-of-Famer Chief Jay Strongbow was shown as being in the crowd.

(2) Kane vs. The Brian Kendrick

Kendrick pushed Kane, then ran around Ezekiel Jackson at ringside. Kane jacked him right in the draw and Zeke dropped like a ton of bricks. Kane even got Kendrick where he wanted him. The Kendrick was shrugged off and Brian was chokeslammed for three.

Winner: Kane, at :48. Now THAT’S how you bury two guys.

Raw’s Draft Pick: The Big Show.

-It’s a three-on-two handicap match as HHH, Shane and Batista face Rhodes and Dibiase.

[Commercial Break]

-Backstage, Vickie told Chavo she was so excited to be the new GM of Raw. Orton walked in and told Chavo to take a walk. Vickie said he stays. Orton had a bone to pick with Vickie about him maybe having to face Shane, Batista or Triple H next week. He told her the Board of Directors will not be happy about this. Vickie said if Legacy wins, whoever they pin tonight will have to face Rhodes, Dibiase AND Orton next week in a three-on-one match. That shut Orton up.

-John Cena was backstage talking to some guy when Jack Swagger walked up to him. Swagger, as his name suggests, was confident and cocky in talking to Cena about their match tonight. Cena formally introduced himself to Swagger. Cena made fun of Swagger by calling him simply an “All-American,” not “All-American American.” Cena talked about how stupid that sounds. Well it is kinda lame. The World Champ suggested “The All-American Jackass.” Cena got serious and told Swagger he’s getting a lesson in respect.....respect tonight.

-Still to come, a 15-man tri-branded battle royal.

-Melina, Mickie James and Kelly Kelly were walking backstage- they have a six-Diva tag match up next.

[Commercial Break]

(3) Maryse, Natalya & Michelle McCool vs. Melina, Mickie James & Kelly Kelly
Isn’t Natalya on ECW with Tyson Kidd? The Smackdown ladies were “currently in the ring.” Michelle and Maryse argued before the bell, and Natalya got involved. The Raw Divas saw their opening and attacked. The action went to the outside until finally referee John Cone could get things under control and start the match, with Mickie and Michelle as the legal women. Low dropkick (with plenty of light) by Mickie for two. Hurricanrana by Mickie as McCool was on her heels. Mickie, to the top, was greeted by a big boot on her way down and Michelle......got the pin?

Winners: McCool, Maryse, and Natalya, at 1:17: Well that was a waste.

Smackdown’s Draft Pick: Melina. Uh-oh, both belts on Smackdown now.

-John Cena was walking backstage. He faces Jack Swagger up next.

[Commercial Break]

-Cole and Lawler recapped the draft picks thus far.

(4) John Cena vs. Jack Swagger
A reminder, two draft picks on the line in this one. Single-leg take-down by Swagger. More amateur, mat-based fundamentals from the ECW Champion. Cena made a comeback with a running shoulder tackle, then clotheslined Swagger out of his boots on the outside of the ring. Cena put his head down and he paid for it with a kick to the face and a clothesline from behind. More power displayed by Swagger as Striker was openly rooting for him on commentary. Loud “Lets go Swagger” chant from the males, drowned out by boos from the younger/female fans. Full-nelson by Swagger, but sadly, no “shades of the Warlord” comment by Striker. Cena broke out, then commenced hitting his signature moves. Five-knuckle shuffle, but Swagger grabbed the ropes to prevent the Attitude Adjustment. He hit a big boot on Cena, then threw him into the ring post shoulder-first. Time for a break.

[Commercial Break]

Back live with Cena catching Swagger in a back body-drop. Both men were down, though. Both men got to their feet and Cena had the advantage. Swagger tried a float-over DDT, but Cena dropped too early, leading to Swagger trying to catch him to hold him up and both men falling down with Swagger just barely executing the move. Striker covered by saying Cena was attempting a single-leg take-down. Powerslam on Cena for two. Swagger erred, which led to the Attitude Adjustment for three. STF locked in and Swagger tapped.

Winner: Cena, at 11:30. Solid contest aside from the botched DDT.

Raw’s Draft Picks: Matt Hardy and Triple H. Well, no surprise Triple H moves. Cena and HHH had a bit of a stare down until Edge attacked Cena out of nowhere and from behind. But Cena made a comeback, getting Edge up on his shoulders for an Attitude Adjustment, but Edge slipped out.

-A 3-on-2 Handicap match is still to come in this show.

[Commercial Break]

-The announcers discussed the draft picks thus far.

-In the Legacy locker room, Orton cleared up what will happen if Dibiase and Rhodes win or lose tonight. He asked for their strategy and Rhodes said they’re going to try to create more animosity between the three. Orton approved.

-Santino Marella came out for a match. It’s next.

[Commercial Break]

(5) Santino Marella vs. The Great Khali
Before the match started, Beth Phoenix came out with Rosa Mendes (and a microphone!). Beth said she had a conversation with Vickie Guerrero and said there’s more on the line in this match than a draft pick. If Khali wins, Santina will be on the Khali Kiss Cam next week. Santino looked.....worried?

Once the bell rang, Santino got some more confidence. He punched Khali in the stomach three times, but had nothing to show for it. Khali had Santino by the head, but Santino wrapped himself in the ropes. Referee Marty Elias had to work to get him out of there as Santino was not a fan of letting go. After a shoulderblock that took HIM down, Santino was hit with a brain chop, which led to the end.

Winner: Khali, at 1:05.

Smackdown’s Draft Pick: CM Punk. The Briefcase goes to Smackdown.

-Miz & Morrison were walking backstage, as they have a match next.

[Commercial Break]

(6) The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston
The camera caught Cole doing the “boom, boom, boom” with the hand gestures. Mathews wondered whether Miz and Morrison would survive this year’s draft in tact. Match started slowly, with a battle over a lock-up. High jumping elbow by Kofi, “right in the facebook!” said Striker. Miz took over offensively, putting Kofi down with the aid of a hair pull. Kingston arm-dragged Miz outside the ring through the middle ropes. Baseball slide took out Miz in front of the announcers; Striker claimed that if Miz cleaned up his hair, he’d look like Dwight Schrute from “The Office.” “Who?,” asked Lawler. Do you really want your announcers to act clueless about pop culture stuff like that? A distraction by Morrison led to Miz taking over outside the ring. Bulldog into the corner by Miz on Kofi, but Kingston kicked out at two. Another rest-hold by Miz. The Jamaican Sensation made his comeback, and this is the second show in a row he has used Chrsitian’s corner kick where he tucks himself in the middle rope and flips up, kicking the guy in the face. Cross-body, roll through by Miz for two. Side Russian leg sweep by Kofi as the crowd wasn’t as into it as I expected. Kingston set up for the Buzzsaw kick but Miz dodged it and got two. Roll-up, roll through by Kofi for two. The two seemed winded at this point. Morrison knocked Kofi off the top rope, and referee Charles Robinson saw it. He called for the DQ.

Winner: Kingston, via DQ, at 8:54. Solid match that for whatever reason, the crowd didn’t seem completely behind in the last half.

Raw’s Draft Pick: The Miz. You could see that one coming a mile away. Morrison’s interferences costs the team their bromance. After a hug, Miz turned on Morrison, with a kneelift into a neck-breaker.

-The 15-man tri-branded battle royal (which they had last year as well- Edge won and Smackdown got Mr. Kennedy and Triple H) is next.

[Commercial Break]

(7) 15-Man, Tri-Branded Battle Royal
Two draft picks at stake. Representing RAW: MVP, Shad Gaspard, JTG, Mike Knox and The Big Show. Complete with RAW shirts! ECW had Finlay, Ricky Ortiz, Tyson Kidd, Paul Burchill, Mark Henry. A lot less star-studded than last year’s. The Smackdown side had Carlito, Primo, R-Truth, Chavo Guerrero and Edge. Edge, Chavo, Show and MVP were all in last year. Lotsa fighting started the match off. Hey, Tyson Kidd battling with Edge! JTG and MVP went at it, as did R-Truth and Shad. Ortiz went out via Big Show at 1:45, and Burchill quickly followed. Knox was thrown out by Henry, then Chavo by Show and Shad by Henry. Primo tossed by Big Show (with one hand!). R-Truth was eliminated, by MVP I believe. Show got rid of Kidd and Henry threw out JTG. Show pushed Carlito out. A missed splash led to Henry bodyslamming MVP out. Edge threw out Finlay. Big Show, Edge and Show were left, one from each brand. Edge chokeslammed by Big Show Show picked up Henry in a bodyslam nad set him over the top rope and on the apron. Henry tried to pull Show out. Big right hand knocked Henry out. Down to Edge and Big Show. Edge did not look happy to see Show. After a long stare-off from across the ring, Show charged at Edge, who low bridged the big man and won.

Winner: Edge, at 5:38. This one went more than 20 minutes last year. Thought it would go about that length again, but then it started becoming an abandon-ship type battle.

Smackdown’s Draft Picks: Kane. Ugh. And....Chris Jericho.

-The three-on-one handicap match, chock-full-o’-stipulations, is still to come.

[Commercial Break]

-Chilli, from the group TLC, was in the house. “Stay away from Andre Rison,” advised Striker.

(8) Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin
Quick start by Benjamin, with a Northern Lights suplex. Christian came back and went to the top, but Shelton met him up there and did an overhead throw. Christian landed clear on the other side of the ring, then rolled out. Shelton worked the back and neck of the former TNA Champion. Christian dodged a flying cross-body. Cage tried a Killswitch, but couldn’t lock it in. Back-breaker instead by Shelton for two. Benjamin missed a charge and the Killswitch was engaged (get it?) and an exceedingly giddy Matt Striker counted along with the three.

Winner: Christian, at 3:43. Not much to it.

ECW’s Draft Pick: Vladimir Kozlov.

[Commercial Break]

-The Backlash card was previewed by Cole and Lawler.

-Cole and Lawler talked about the consequences of the triple-threat match tonight.

-Shane walked into Triple H’s locker room. They wanted to make sure they were on the same page, yet both men wanted to get at Orton. Triple H told Shane if Batista was here, he’d say the same thing to him. Oh, but Batista was here, right behind Triple H. Trips said he heard it once, he doesn’t have to say it again. Batista then deemed it was every man for himself.

[Commercial Break]

(9) CM Punk vs. Matt Hardy
I do like these regular tights for Hardy. Suplex by Punk for two, keeping it basic in the early going. Face-buster by Hardy, a sit-down reverse powerbomb type move and Punk barely kicked out of a cover. Abdominal stretch by Matt. He worked over the ribs of Punk whilst he had him locked in the move. Crowd wasn’t really getting into it for punk, as he was in it for a while, then broke out on his own. Running knee, then bulldog for Punk. I think the crowd is out of the show at this point. Punk ran into a Side Effect and as Matt got up, Jeff Hardy ran down to re-ignite the crowd, attacking Matt and drawing the DQ. He went for a Swanton, but Matt fled the ring.

Winner: Matt, via DQ, at 4:23. So Jeff cost his own brand a draft pick. Match was okay.

Raw’s Draft Pick: Kung Fu Naki!! Just kidding....it was Maryse.

-They plugged the three-on-two handicap match again.

[Commercial Break]

(10) Chris Jericho vs. Tommy Dreamer
I noticed a note in between Mathews and Striker....looked like it was on a letter-sized paper with big writing....too bad I can’t get screen-grabs! Dreamer came out of the gate hot, clotheslining Jericho over the top rope. Striker noted this was Jericho and Dreamer’s first one-on-one meaning. Grisham, in reference to Matt Striker called Tommy Dreamer an ECW Legend, said Dreamer is as much a legend as The Brooklyn Brawler. Jericho caught Dreamer coming in with a big boot. He then started choking Dreamer. Dreamer had Jericho in the Tree of Woe, and weakly connected with a dropkick to Jericho’s shoulder. He couldn’t capitalize though and Y2J tried to lock in the Walls. Inside cradle by Dreamer, only two though. Sky High by Dreamer for a very near fall. Tommy went to the top, but got crotched by Jericho. Dreamer pushed Jericho off and went for a jumping clothesline, but Jericho hit him with the Codebreaker for the win.

Winner: Jericho, at 4:40. Eh. Just kinda there.

Smackdown’s Draft Pick: Rey Mysterio.

-The announcers went through all the draft picks that have been exchanged tonight. They also talked about the Supplemental Draft taking place Wednesday.

-The Legacy came out for the main event. It’s next.

[Commercial Break]

(11) Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase vs. Triple H & Shane McMahon & Batista- 3-on-2 Handicap Match
Super Shane delivered punishment to Cody to start the match. He stuck and moved until Batista tagged himself in. In his first official action back since his injury, he took it to Dibiase. He was going to hit a powerlsam but HHH pulled Dibiase’s legs, brining Batista to the heel corner and making the tag. Face-buster on the knee, then a hard clothesline for two on Teddy. Spinebuster by Trips, then a pin that was broken up by Batista. Yes, you read that right. Legacy worked over The Game in the corner. Rhodes twisted the leg of Triple H around his. Cole spent the entire match discussing the consequences of what happens in this match. I’m surprised Triple H is the one getting beat up here with Shane RIGHT THERE on that team. Wouldn’t it make more sense for him to take the beating? After a back body-drop, Trips tagged out and so did Rhodes. Batista got the best of Dibiase and finally hit that powerslam. Shane went flying and took out Cody. Dibiase walked into a spinebuster. Batista Bomb....yes! Shane broke up the pin though (even though Batista didn’t move off Dibiase for a while and still had him covered). Things broke down and Batista pushed Shane. Triple H tried to talk some sense into Batista, but Shane speared him. He also made the blind tag and Pedigreed Dibiase for three.

Winners: Triple H, Batista and Shane, at 7:47. That means HHH vs. Orton one-on-one next week. Total misuse of Dibiase and Rhodes here. They’re becoming the new Spirit Squad.

Orton came out and stood on the stage, staring down Triple H.

(edited by geemoney on 13.4.09 2305)
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Did Matt Striker really yell at Chili from TLC to stay away from Andre Rison? How did he remember the words to TLC's greatest hit "Waterfalls" yet confuses her with the most controversial member of the group that died a few years back? I know I'm griping but it's a little baffling.


So you mean to tell me that Cena, Triple H, Batista, Big Show, and Orton are all on RAW and that Jericho, Punk, Mysterio, Edge, and Undertaker are on the opposite show??? I'm so happy I could punch a crocodile in the friggin' face.

Peace out Monday Night RAW!!

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.51
    Originally posted by CruelAngel777
    Did Matt Striker really yell at Chili from TLC to stay away from Andre Rison? How did he remember the words to TLC's greatest hit "Waterfalls" yet confuses her with the most controversial member of the group that died a few years back? I know I'm griping but it's a little baffling.



I think he was simply referencing what happened to the other member of TLC, not confusing the two.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.11
    Originally posted by MUTigermask from last weeks Raw thread
    Yeah, this is the problem when you make Rhodes and Dibiase into punching bags for the McMahon/Helmsly/Batista team from the time Legacy was formed. Getting Orton over as a threat(allegedly) was definitely the main idea of the group, but they should have been doing more to build up Priceless along the way. They definitely need to do something to give those two some real credibility. Hell, put them over Batista and Trips relatively clean in a tag match and it would do them so much good. Unfortunately I don't see this happening, and it may be too late to make a difference.



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Anyone else notice Josh Matthews's trickle of blood down one nostril at the beginning of the show during the intros? WTF was that? Did Striker bitchslap him before they went on air? lol. He was obviously prepared for it, as he had a tissue in one hand, so I'm guessing he just had a poorly timed nosebleed. Was still kinda weird to see.

I was kinda/sorta thinking CM Punk might cash in the briefcase tonight after a post-match Batista/Shane/HHH kerfuffle, but no such luck. So they go from both big belts being on Smackdown to both big belts being on Raw over the course of a month. Interesting.

And I know they were on the same team, but with the sniping back and forth I half expected Shane to bust out "It only took me TWO months [or however long it was] to come back from a kick to the head; what took YOU so long?"
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.00
It was bizarre how the announcers said several times that HHH finally had a chance at some retribution for all the horrible things Orton did to him and his family when he faced Orton next week - um, Wrestlemania, anyone?
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.03
So, to recap:

MVP, The Big Show, Matt Hardy, Triple H and Maryse to RAW.

Melina, CM Punk, Kane, Chris Jericho and Rey Mysterio to SmackDown.

Vladimir Kozlov (only one guy?) to ECW.

And the title situation:

RAW Brand

WWE Champion: Triple H
World Heavyweight Champion: John Cena
United States Champion: MVP
Divas Champion: Maryse

ECW Brand

ECW Champion: Jack Swagger

SmackDown Brand

Intercontinental Champion: Rey Mysterio
WWE Women's Champion: Melina

Floating Title

WWE Unified Tag Team Champions: Carlito and Primo


The U.S. Championship is now exclusive to the RAW brand for the first time in its history. When U.S. Champion Matt Hardy was drafted from SmackDown to ECW last year, the belt was on ECW for a little less than a month before SmackDown's Shelton Benjamin beat him for it at the Great American Bash.

When the brand extension started, Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam was drafted to RAW, and after a double-switch with Eddie Guerrero, RVD lost the belt to Chris Benoit, who either was at the time, or subsequently became, a SmackDown superstar. (Someone'll have to look it up if they really wanna know). RVD won the belt back, and it's been RAW-exclusive ever since as far as I know, not including, of course, the brief period in which it was absorbed into the World Heavyweight Title.

The Women's Championship and Divas Championship switch shows for the first time ever; when the brand extension began, the Women's Championship was designed to be (like the Undisputed Championship) a "floating" title that would be defended on both brands. But in reality it's been de facto RAW-exclusive.

This is the first time since the ECW brand was created in June 2006 (my God, almost three years ago?!) that its champion is staying put after the WWE Draft. (Well, the supplemental draft hasn't taken place yet, I guess, so we'll see). In 2007, ECW Champion Bobby Lashley was stripped of his title upon being drafted to RAW, and in 2008, ECW Champion Kane was also drafted to RAW, but subsequently lost the belt to Mark Henry in a triple-threat match also involving The Big Show at Night of Champions.

(edited by ekedolphin on 14.4.09 0056)


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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.31
So does Edge get the belt from Cena or does Punk turn? LMS does have the exhaustion finish with both guys having been through a war. Smackdown has cleared the deck and is now built around Edge and Jericho as top heels and Jeff, Mysterio, and Punk as the top babyfaces, plus Undertaker working a part-time schedule. That sounds kind of great.

I can't believe Ross and Todd are the real team going forward. Haha Striker said puroresu.
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I really enjoyed the show tonight.

I haven't watched ECW in quite a while and I gotta admit, Matt Striker is really good as an announcer and he almost makes me want to watch ECW. After Christian won, Striker said "Oh man, I hope we get John Cena!" and I couldn't stop laughing at that. It had to be an adlib because the entire world knows that there is no way in hell Cena would be sent to ECW. It just felt completely random.

Smackdown got raped and ECW got Kozlov. HAHAHAHAHA!!! I expect Jim Ross to get traded to RAW on wednesday.

I expect (sadly...) that The Miz will be getting his future endeavors well wished in the near future.



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    Originally posted by Hokienautic
    Anyone else notice Josh Matthews's trickle of blood down one nostril at the beginning of the show during the intros? WTF was that? Did Striker bitchslap him before they went on air? lol. He was obviously prepared for it, as he had a tissue in one hand, so I'm guessing he just had a poorly timed nosebleed. Was still kinda weird to see.


I saw that, too.

Figured he did a line of blow too close to airtime.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.89
    Originally posted by Cerebus


    I expect (sadly...) that The Miz will be getting his future endeavors well wished in the near future.


WIth him attacking Morrison, perhaps they are going to push him a bit. He has shown steady improvement, and can talk on the mic.

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    Originally posted by geemoney
    So Jeff cost his own brand a draft pick. Match was okay.








I think that is a brilliant strategy. By causing your brand to lose, you not only theoretically (because in this case a woman pick went so it had no impact) have a potential challenger depart, you also would prevent a potential challenger from arriving. Thus, if you are the #4 contender in the old WCW Top 10, you could move up to #3 contender if the random selector monkey chooses correctly by your action, rather than putting yourself in the #5 contender spot should the action not occur.
Potential always exists that Vicky trades either Cena or Hunter to SD to retrieve Chavo.
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
My problem with the draft this year is the same problem I have every year. I actually don't mind that its just an excuse to pump up Raw at the expense of the other brands, and this year its actually nowhere near as bad as it has been in previous years. But they always wind up moving someone to Raw whose specialty is long, good matches, and we all know that Raw doesn't provide many opportunities for those. Matt Hardy can talk, but not anywhere near as good as he wrestles. I don't know what they think they're going to do with him on Raw.
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I wish they'd go back to calling it the "Draft Lottery" since it's way more of a 'lottery' now. Also, when you switch a champ to the other show, it totally telegraphs that that person's counterpart is going to be switching shows later in the night.

My two favorites from RAW jump ship to SD! (Punk and Jericho)

    Originally posted by geemoney
    Striker claimed that if Miz cleaned up his hair, he’d look like Dwight Schrute from “The Office.” “Who?,” asked Lawler. Do you really want your announcers to act clueless about pop culture stuff like that?


I totally caught that and thought the exact same thing. Way to sound hip, King...



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.97
As I don't have a VCR or a DVR, I rarely get to watch Smackdown. It was nice having HHH and Big Show over there. I didn't really read much or hear much about them, and it was great. Now they are back on Raw. Bleh. At least I got Maryse out of the deal!



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
Aside from getting HHH back I don't see how Raw got the better of the draft. It was pretty evenly matched, and SD is now the definitive workrate show. Good booking, I feel.



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
I have no complaints other than the fact they keep making pussy Shane McMahon look like a badass.
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.74
The next time a member of TLC is in attendance, and Christian is wrestling, call his finisher the Unprettier. Just for old time's sake.

I enjoyed the show except for the moronic main tag match. Shane should bounce right off of Batista, not tackle him out of the ring.

I now officially love Jack Swagger. Give him a title feud with Kozlov and make him a smug tweener.

Jericho hitting the Code Breaker on someone off the turnbuckle is getting old.

I miss the old days of superstars backstage looking concerned when they were the ones drafted not when they saw who they brought to the roster. Cena is going to sweat Matt Hardy? Really?



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
I think the only thing that didn't surprised me about the Draft (or Champion musical chairs) is that SD didn't get a belt (again) and CM Punk didn't close out the show with a quick pin on HHH cashing in his MitB.

I was expecting that all night. I'm glad I was wrong. As soon as MVP made the move when Ray won, I knew each singles title would move or the person who would move would be relevant to the match (like The Miz's leaving).





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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.11
    Originally posted by Zeruel
    I think the only thing that didn't surprised me about the Draft (or Champion musical chairs) is that SD didn't get a belt (again) and CM Punk didn't close out the show with a quick pin on HHH cashing in his MitB.

    I was expecting that all night. I'm glad I was wrong. As soon as MVP made the move when Ray won, I knew each singles title would move or the person who would move would be relevant to the match (like The Miz's leaving).



I think we'll see the World Title going back to SD at Backlash with Edge winning it or Punk cashing in on the winner. Or Punk might wait til Judgement Day which is in Chicago
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