A FOUR-hour event? There's either going to be a lot of personnel movement, or a lot of sitting in front of your computer twiddling your thumbs waiting for something to happen ...
EDIT: So I guess the idea is to just keep hitting "Refresh" on the WWE main page until 4 o'clock or so ... Anyway, RAW has used their first pick (who's in charge of making the picks now?) to select both London and Kendrick (although the accompanying link doesn't work), which kind of flies in the face of this "teams can be split up" drama that WWE has been building over the past week.
Of course, that idea was pretty much bogus right off the bat, considering that Matt Hardy is both a Smackdown! superstar and one-half of the RAW Tag Team champions ...
EDIT (2): Okay, now the link is working ... and no, I'm not planning on sitting here all day editing this post whenever a new pick is made, so no need to worry about that.
With their first pick in the supplemental draft, ECW selects ... Viscera?
Okay, so this means (in kayfabe terms) that either:
(A) there is a limited pool of talent that can be chosen from (for example, the REALLY big names - Triple H, John Cena, etc. - are untouchable, and people who have already been drafted to another show are no longer eligible for "re-drafting")
(B) this draft is also "drawn at random by computer"
WWE.Com really isn't being specific on how the whole process works ...
They're not even trying to make it look like there some kind reasoning behind it. The first paragraph of the London and Kendrick explanation ends with "What if tag teams get separated? Luckily for London & Kendrick, they won’t have to worry about that." with the implication being "Neither do you, everyone knows this isn't random and we can do whatever we like". Just laziness.
Watching Grunge leg drop New Jack through a press table
Originally posted by Mr. Boffo#4. Sandman to Raw. That doesn't make any sense.
That's a real head scratcher there. It would seem that whatever value Sandman has (and it actually probably isn't much at this point, admittedly), it is as an ECW original. If they are not going to use him as that, I am not sure why they would have him at all.
The Bored are already here. Idle hands are the devil's workshop. And no... we won't kill dolphins. But koalas are fair game.
I wonder why even bother with doing this for the the public. It seems like it'd be better all around if they just announced that there would be a draft taking place, then announce the personnel changes after the fact. I get that they need to move talent around, but trying to execute it on television (or the internet, I guess) always comes off lame when you need to move mid- and undercard guys.
Originally posted by Packman V2Hardcore Holly was perfect in ECW....why change it? And I wonder if this is one of those switch some people around before a round of massive cuts type of deals? We'll see soon enough I suppose.
I think you hit the nail on the head. There's no other rationale for these moves other than so they can make the excuse of, "Well, they just couldn't get over on their new show" before releasing the whole lot of them.
The over/under on Sandman's release is 2 months.
EDIT: At #7, Raw takes Daivari, meaning they separated Daivari and Khali AGAIN! Between Snitsky, Sandman, London/Kendrick, and Daivari, they're sure stacking up that WWE.com Heat lineup, aren't they?
(edited by It's False on 17.6.07 1102)
The Wisdom of Homsar: DaAaAa, these Easter pants are gettin' way too tight!
And Johnny Nitro to ECW as the last supplemental pick. EDIT: Total list of movements RAW GAINED (11): Bobby Lashley, Brian Kendrick, Daivari, Jillian, King Booker, Mr. Kennedy, Paul London, Queen Sharmell, Sandman, Snitsky, William Regal RAW LOST (9): Chris Masters, Eugene, Johnny Nitro, Kenny Dykstra, Ric Flair, The Great Khali, Torrie Wilson, Victoria, Viscera
SMACKDOWN GAINED (10): Brett Major, Brian Major, Chris Masters, Eugene, Hardcore Holly, Kenny Dykstra, Ric Flair, The Great Khali, Torrie Wilson, Victoria SMACKDOWN LOST (11): Boogeyman, Brian Kendrick, Chris Benoit, Daivari, Jillian, King Booker, Mr. Kennedy, Paul London, Queen Sharmell, The Miz, William Regal
ECW GAINED (5): Boogeyman, Chris Benoit, Johnny Nitro, The Miz, Viscera ECW LOST (6): Bobby Lashley, Brett Major, Brian Major, Hardcore Holly, Sandman, Snitsky
Yeah, 9th row ringside at a TV taping could be an exercise in frustration, big time. Hopefully not, but this is TV. Then again, I have noticed that fewer and fewer people are bothering to bring signs to begin with.