WrestleMania is right around the corner and we are incredibly excited for that weekend. But rumors are swirling that WWE is looking to run yet another Superstar draft following the event, so we are here today to do our own little mock draft of what we believe will happen on that night. It will likely be sometime before Backlash, which is the first co-branded PPV, which will be the permanent way PPVs are going forward.
For this draft, we are going to see four people go from RAW to Smackdown, four go from Smackdown to RAW, and four being promoted from NXT to the main roster. Last year, the WWE didn’t use as many changes around this time, but they need to this year to avoid stale matchups. They also need to be careful about too many changes, so that’s why we’ve gone with this formula.
RAW to Smackdown
Seth Rollins: Seth Rollins is arguably the most talented wrestler on the roster (if not of all time), but he isn’t being used that way. After his incredible performance recently on RAW, WWE need to capitalize on it. That’s not going to happen on RAW, with Roman Reigns likely to win the Universal title at WrestleMania, so shipping him off to Smackdown Live will not only give him the chance to have plenty of great matches, but he’ll able to be the top guy we’ve all thought of him as.
Finn Balor: Finn Balor is OVER. He’s made that quite clear on social media, but WWE haven’t followed up on it. If the plan with Reigns is indeed to win the Universal title, like Seth Rollins, this will give Balor some freedom. The two are forming a friendship at the moment, but if you remember how good a heel Prince Devitt was in New Japan and that should be their goal as it could make Balor the top heel in the company. That will be helped by the Tag Team we are about to talk about, but either way, Balor needs freedom and fresh matches, and this is the only way to give it to him.
The Club: The Club, consisting of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson have been poorly used since their WWE debut, but they have seemingly seen the value in these two once paired with Finn Balor. So why not send them over to Smackdown Live together? This could include battles with The Bludgeon Brothers, The Usos and The New Day. It should also include a huge heel turn, which, if done right could catapult them and Balor to the top of the entire WWE food chain.
Sasha Banks: Sasha Banks is one of the most talented women we’ve ever seen in the WWE, but she hasn’t been getting the chance to prove that on RAW. With Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, Asuka and Ronda Rousey all seemingly ahead of her, Smackdown Live is a great chance to start fresh. It may put her on the same show as Charlotte, and we’ve probably seen that too much, but a swapping of the roles would give it a fresh twist, as well as having people like Carmella, Natalya, Naomi and the Riott Squad to do battle with.
Smackdown to RAW
AJ Styles: AJ Styles is the best wrestler in the WWE today, and after his epic encounter (we hope with just) Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleMania, it will be time for him to start over. A shot on RAW against the likes of Braun Strowman, The Miz, Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt and others will be great to see. It’s unlikely that WWE would put the top title on him, so perhaps a tag team could be a possibility. But this would take a lot of pressure off of Styles, and would make the roster much deeper and much more interesting and entertaining.
Rusev (and Aiden English): The WWE don’t want to admit it, but Rusev is arguably the most over performer in the WWE today. However they seem unwilling to push him on Smackdown Live, so with the best heel in WWE on RAW, why not give them the best face to matchup with? This might mean more inconsistent booking, but the WWE have more time to play with, and the fans will be willing to support Rusev no matter what, so it’s the time to pull the trigger on him.
Benjamin & Gable: Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable were a simple put together tag team to give Smackdown more depth. But with The Club heading to Smackdown Live, and seemingly only two top teams on RAW, they’d be the perfect team to slot in on RAW. Working with The Revival, The Bar and anyone else they can find, Benjamin and Gable would be a great addition to RAW as Gable is a star and they can put on good matches with anyone. Here’s where it gets interesting; the WWE chose Jason Jordan over Chad Gable for the role as Kurt Angle's son, and although we hate the angle, bringing Gable in to eventually throw a spanner into that plan and potentially reveal that Jordan is a hoax would be a very entertaining story to watch.
Becky Lynch: Becky Lynch is incredibly popular, yet the WWE don’t seem to be doing anything with her. With The Boss heading to Smackdown, Lynch is a great replacement, as it gives plenty of fresh matches as well as igniting some old rivalries on RAW. She also feels pretty legit, so matches against Asuka and Ronda Rousey would be both believable and entertaining, and this is best for everyone involved.
NXT to RAW
Kassius Ohno: Kassius Ohno has worked around the world for 20 years, and after missing his break (according to CM Punk) to be in The Shield, he’s worked hard to get back. NXT has nothing for him, so a debut on RAW would give that mid-carder a much needed boost. He might not be the deepest character, but they’ve got Woken Matt, Bray Wyatt and others for that. So having someone with charisma and a good look come in and have great matches would be perfect for Vince McMahon.
Authors of Pain: The enormous duo of Akem and Razar have been dominating NXT for quite some time, and although they’re still not the best workers in the division, they deserve to be on the main roster. So why not send them to the weaker of WWE’s tag team divisions? RAW will have Gable & Benjamin, The Bar, The Revival (an old foe) and Titus Worldwide, so these two would have plenty of time to settle in before going for the titles, and with legendary Paul Ellering by their side, the sky is the ceiling.
NXT to Smackdown
Drew McIntyre: Drew McIntyre left the WWE, went and made a worldwide name for himself and returned to NXT to great success. But a shoulder injury is now going to keep him out for a few more months, and he should come straight to the main roster upon returning. It would add depth to Smackdown Live, and gives them the ability to move guys easily between the main event and mid card, as well as giving us plenty of McIntyre matches we’ve never seen before.
The Iconic Duo: This may further crowd up the Smackdown women’s roster, but the Iconic Duo, consisting of Billie Kay and Peyton Royce are just too good to be wasted in NXT, so they need to be moved somewhere. Splitting them up isn’t an option either, so they need to be sent to Smackdown Live straight away, and it may mean sending another woman or two to RAW. But either way, these two are incredibly talented and need to be on worldwide TV each and every week.
Bonus Draft Pick: Jeff Hardy to Smackdown Live (on one condition): Jeff Hardy is currently injured, and Matt is doing his best Woken work since returning to the WWE. WWE have a huge decision to make when he comes back, on whether he should join the Woken Universe as Brother Nero, or return as Jeff Hardy. Personally, I believe that the WWE see more money in him as Jeff Hardy, so a return on Smackdown is the best option. While he might not be pushed as WWE Champion, there are many new matches for him there, and that would even out the top stars on both shows (our next paragraph will somewhat further clarify that).
There is also the possibility that WWE send Braun Strowman to Smackdown Live to get him away from Samoa Joe, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns as well as having the ability to push him as the top guy. With Bobby Lashley potentially coming back to WWE, that allows him to be the top big guy/monster on RAW so there are other moves WWE can make without being a part of this draft. If we also remember, Dean Ambrose and Samoa Joe are both scheduled to return to RAW soon, so this gives them further depth if the WWE do (and I hope they do) move Strowman to Smackdown.
So what do you guys think? Do you like our draft? Who would you prefer to go where? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments below.
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