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WWE: 2002 Style Draft to Move Forward

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In my previous blog, I discussed how brand- specific PPVs could be the way forward - http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/commun...92#comment5592

After thinking long and hard about another old school way in which WWE could enliven their 'Universe', I came back to what they did in 2002 with the Brand Extension draft. At that time it brought a new excitement to the WWE, along with just something different.
Now, I know that the brand extension method can't be replicated in today's arena, but what were to happen if the entire WWE roster were to be drafted from scratch? Would this lead to never-before-seen matches and feuds? Let's find out...

(Yes I have ranked the Superstars in what I would think are about right, you of course may differ. For the sake of it, Raw, being their number one show, get's first pick. After this it will go: SD, RAW, SD, RAW, etc)

*HHH & Undertaker not included, and yes I know CM Punk will be leaving, but try to ignore that for this blog's sake

Raw

1. John Cena - WWE Champion
3. CM Punk
5. Alberto Del Rio
7. Christian
9. John Morrison
11. Big Show
13. Kelly Kelly - Women's Champion
15. Kane
17. Ezekiel Jackson - Intercontinental Champion
19. Kofi Kingston
21. Mark Henry
23. Great Khali
25. David Otunga - Tag Team Champion
27. Michael Mcgillicutty - Tag Team Champion
29. Layla
31. Eve
33. Justin Gabriel
35. Ted Dibiase
37. Heath Slater
39. Drew Macintyre
41. Natalya
43. Goldust (Injured)
45. Santino Marella
47. Vladimir Kozlov
49. Chavo Guerrero
51. Primo
53. Chris Masters
55. Tyson Kidd
57. Yoshi Tatsu
59. Jimmy Uso
61. Johnny Curtis
63. JTG
65. Rosa Mendes
67. Kaitlyn
68. Tamina


Smackdown

2. Randy Orton - World Heavyweight Champion
4. The Miz
6. Rey Mysterio
8. Sheamus
10. R Truth
12. Dolph Ziggler - United States Champion
14. Sin Cara
16. Cody Rhodes
18. Alex Riley
20. Wade Barrett
22. Daniel Bryan
24. Evan Bourne
26. Brie Bella
28. Jack Swagger
30. Mason Ryan
32. Kharma (N/A)
34. Jinder Mihal
36. Nikki Bella
38. Skip Sheffield (Inj)
40. William Regal
42. Zack Ryder
44. Beth Phoenix
46. Melina
48. Maryse
50. Tyler Reks
52. Gail Kim
54. Trent Baretta
56. Alicia Fox
58. Jey Uso
60. Curt Hawkins
62. Brodus Clay
64. Hornswoggle
66. Husky Harris (N/A)
68. DH Smith
70. AJ

MOST NOTABLE FEUDS - RAW

Cena/ Christian - Basically this would be Christian in replacement for Truth in the whole 'Conspiracy' business. As we know, Cena needs carrying, and who better to entrust than Christian. Good promo potential here
Slater & Gabriel/ McGillicutty & Otunga - Do I need to say anything about the history here? Also, add Punk into the mix... and with Slater and Gabriel needing help, they ask for Ezekiel's help (saying that it was Barrett's fault etc). This would lead also to a short CM Punk/ Zeke angle, which could be ok.
Kelly Kelly/ LaylaLayla needs to be champ again. And also, MY EYES WILL EXPLODE WITH THESE TWO STUNNERS. No more piss breaks for me
ADR/ Morrison - I know this could be done at any point, but it has the potential to be a show stealer, a young person's version of Bret Hart/ Shawn Michaels. It could also lift both of these people into franchise guys, given time.

Other mentions: Cena/ Kane, Gabriel/ Morrison, Layla/ Eve, Punk/ Christian

SMACKDOWN FEUDS
Orton/ Truth - Both of these guys hear things in their head, which could work. Conspiracy theories could be rife in this feud also.
Barrett/ Rey - I have always been a fan of power guys against smaller high fliers. Their offensive differences could work together
Sin Cara/ Rey - Need I say anything?
Bryan/ Ziggler - Two of the best wrestlers in the company. Their matches would speak louder than any words. This could well be the match(es) of any given year.
Sheamus/ Swagger Two underrated performers in my estimation. If the company uses Swagger in an American Hero gimmick, Sheamus' promos could be brilliant also

Other mentions: Ryder/ Anyone, Mihal/ Miz, Orton/ Mysterio, Riley/ Rhodes

In conclusion, I thought that there would have been more variety of new feuds available. However, I guess the point that needs to be made here is that too many short feuds have resulting in not too many great feuds left for the WWE to use.
After 'drafting' the superstars, I saw there are enough big names now to keep fans interested, and people should consider the writers to be the key failure of the company, and not the actual talent.

I mean, look, I drafted Daniel Bryan at 23rd! And Ryder at 42 for crying out loud!

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Updated 06-24-2011 at 04:42 PM by Frank

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  1. Rain Man's Avatar
    Nice blog, i like the idea! But as always with WWE, it probably won't happen, that's just the way it is
  2. Los Conquistador's Avatar
    We saw bryan vs ziggler 3 times in one week

    But it wad awesome every time
  3. blink's Avatar
    Instead of drafting Ryder at 42, you should've just cut his punk ass lol!

    But seriously I actually really love the ADR/Morrison comparison to hart/michaels. Just a more tan and Mexican version lol
  4. jonsimpson93's Avatar
    This won't happen; that being said though i would love to see these feuds.
  5. helmsley's Avatar
    most of thi feuds are very interesting
  6. zrdt12's Avatar
    It just goes to show how only 2 titles in the wwe has prestige these days. when the first draft happened all the titles were picked in the top 10 for each brand, even billy and chuck were picked #5 for a brand or something.. There's just nothing there right now to make me believe in the us/ic championship delivering anymore. I suppose it could be attributed to the fact that back in the day there was so much talent that even the IC feuds were great performers and promoers.
  7. nrb6304's Avatar
    Honestly I think the real problem with the IC/US title is that WWE doesn't have a clue what the hell to do with all of their mid carders. Honestly. Somebody tell me this: Evan Bourne and Jack Swagger had a pretty decent feud going on on RAW, a good little back and forth action right? So the logical sense thing to do is to put them on the Capitol Punishment PPV in an advertised match right? Yet Ziggler/Kingston have NO interaction in like...forever and they go and have an advertised match on the PPV for the US title.

    Now, why not advertise BOTH matches on RAW for the PPV, give the Ziggler/Kingston feud some actual legs, and have Swagger/Bourne fight for the #1 Contendership for the US title?

    Sounds simple enough even by WWE standards. Or am I being too complicated for the 1-13 demographic?
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