Thoughts on WWE supplemental draft
Twenty-four WWE stars changed shows during Wednesday afternoon’s draft. The biggest name on the list is Mr. Kennedy, who is back on Raw after an injury-riddled stint on Smackdown. The other significant move is John Morrison going from ECW to Smackdown.
Here’s a look at each brand’s acquisitions and my take on them:
Mr. Kennedy (from Smackdown): If he remains a babyface, this is a bad move because Raw already has John Cena, Triple H, Batista and Shawn Michaels. However, Kennedy would be in a good position if he turns heel. After Randy Orton, the top heels on the roster are The Big Show and Matt Hardy.
Carlito and Primo (from Smackdown): The undisputed tag team champs could be headed for a showdown with Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes.
Chavo Guerrero (from Smackdown): With his Aunt Vickie now the Raw general manager, Guerrero gets to keep playing his role as her lackey.
The Brian Kendrick (from Smackdown): Not a good move for him. I wouldn’t expect TBK to be anything more than enhancement talent, which is a real shame. He and Ezekiel Jackson had a lot of potential as an odd couple. It’s too bad TBK wasn’t drafted to ECW.
Festus (Smackdown): He will likely get some TV time because he is a novelty act, but I don’t like former tag team partner Jesse’s chances as a singles wrestler on Smackdown.
Brie Bella and Nikki Bella (from Smackdown): The twins recently reunited in an angle that was a WWE Mobile exclusive. The fact that it wasn’t on TV probably says something about where the Bellas stand in the pecking order.
Hornswoggle (from ECW): I have no idea what value Hornswoggle has if he isn’t part of Finlay’s act.
John Morrison (from ECW): It initially looked as if The Miz had made out better than his more-talented partner when he was drafted to Raw Monday night while Morrison was left on ECW. Looking at the Raw and Smackdown rosters, however, Morrison has more of an opportunity to shine on Smackdown than Miz does on Raw. He has a shot at becoming the brand’s No. 3 heel (behind Edge and Chris Jericho) and potential foes in Intercontinental champion Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy.
Mike Knox (from Raw): Seems like a lateral move to me.
Dolph Ziggler (from Raw): Like Kendrick, his best chance to make an impact is on ECW.
Cryme Tyme (from Raw): I don’t have a strong opinion on this one.
Alicia Fox (from ECW): D.J. Gabriel did not come with her, so her dancing gimmick might be over. I sure hope not. Watching her get her groove on is one of the highlights of my week.
Ricky Ortiz (from ECW): He goes from having Tiffany as a love interest on ECW to most likely being a jobber to the stars on Smackdown. The rally towel just became a crying towel.
Candice Michelle (from Raw): She has never been able to regain the momentum she had before being injured in 2007. Her impact at this point is probably minimal.
Charlie Haas (from Raw): Another lateral move.
Layla (from Raw): Her pairing with William Regal did nothing for either of their careers. She’s lost in the diva shuffle.
Hurricane Helms (from Smackdown): I like this move a lot. Helms was never going to be more than a mid-carder on Smackdown, but he has a chance to be one of the top guys on ECW.
DH Smith (from Raw): The rumors of Smith joining Legacy can officially be put to rest. There most likely is something to rumors of him forming a stable with Tyson Kidd and Natalya, however.
Natalya (from Smackdown): I thought she was already on the ECW roster.
Ezekiel Jackson (from Smackdown): I hate to see his alliance with Kendrick end, but Jackson could wind up being a star on the “C” show.
Zack Ryder (from Smackdown): He’s still in WWE?