Recently I wrote an article on why the WWE should bring back the draft to shake things up creatively.
In this article I will write about how SmackDown would shape up if a draft took place, however before we start let’s get some rules out of the way:
1. The WWE world heavyweight champion, the Women’s champion and the Tag team champions appear on both shows and defend their belts against contenders from both shows.
2. The United States championship is exclusive to Raw.
3. The Intercontinental championship is exclusive to Smackdown.
4. Champions appearing on both shows will defend their title on each pay per view and the number one contender will be altered from each brand every month.
This means that if the champion defended his title at Battleground against a Raw superstar, two SmackDown superstars will fight on the same show to determine the number one contender for the next pay per view, in this case SummerSlam.
Now that the small talk is out of the way, let's start the draft.
Superstars for the number one contender spot and the Intercontinental championship:
Daniel has stated that he would love a chance to run with the ball as the face of SmackDown. This would be his chance to show once and for all that he is an A+ player.
Dean is one of the most over superstars on the roster, yet for some reason he keeps getting booked as Roman Reigns' sidekick and not as his equal. For his sake he needs to be kept away from his former Shield members and be allowed to shine on his own.
Love him or hate him, Randy Orton is an established name within the company and he does have star power. Just by having a 12 time world champion it will instantly add credibility to the roster.
Once the Summer Rae and Lana drama is over with, Rusev needs to be established as the monster that he truly is. Rusev is a powerhouse and he needs to start running through the roster again.
SmackDown has always been known as the wrestling show and the best in ring competitor that the WWE currently has needs to be able to what he does best, wrestle and steal the show.
Cody Rhodes has proven that he can make any ridiculous gimmick work, which is why he should be given a decent run with the Intercontinental title before finally being placed in a feud for the big one.
A powerhouse that can work as a face and a heel and has a ‘hunger’ no pun intended to succeed in this business. Once cleared from injury he should be allowed to carry on as Intercontinental champion.
The big man is nearing the end of his career and has proven that he is willing to put the next generation over. Placing him in feuds with NXT superstars coming up can easily help to establish them.
Neville has the potential to be the Rey Mysterio of this generation. He has the ability to work with different type of superstars and very rarely fails to deliver.
Tyler is one of the most interesting guys in NXT, but as Bo Dallas and Big E have shown in the past, success in NXT does not necessarily mean success in the main roster. He is very entertaining as Prince Pretty, however he should be tested on SmackDown to see how the Universe reacts to him.
Hideo’s strength is clearly his ability to entertain in the ring and that skill can be maximised on SmackDown. Perhaps it could be down to the language barrier, but at this stage Hideo should not be placed on Raw where there is a heavier dependence on promo skills.
The Diva revolution is giving the women some much needed exposure and the team factor should keep going strong at least for the next few months.
For this reason each team would add one member. This way each team would have two members on Raw and two members on SmackDown.
The sisters need to be kept together, this means Alicia Fox will be moved to SmackDown. The problem is Alicia on her own will struggle to get the amount of heat that the Bella’s have, adding Eva Marie would solve this issue.
Eva is perceived as a model and not a wrestler by the Universe and she seems to find it easy to generate heat, she has shown that she wants to learn the business and by going to SmackDown she will be able to focus more on the wrestling aspect.
Whilst the ladies have lost their name as the Submission Sorority, the idea of having a group specialising in submission finishers is an interesting one. The addition of Natalya, another submission specialist seems like a logical one and she and Becky Lynch could really deliver as a team.
Sacha Banks has the ability to hold her own both on the mic and in the ring, therefore she doesn’t really need Tamina protecting her. I would add Emma to this group as she has really grown into her own as a heel and she has the in ring ability to perform against divas like Natalya and Becky.
The Tag team scene:
It is hard to imagine but SmackDown used to beat Raw in the ratings and the tag team division was one of the main reasons this happened. Whilst the days of the SmackDown six will be hard to duplicate, the WWE does have some talented teams in the roster.
Blake and Murphy:
These guys have proved that they can wrestle, the addition of Alexa Bliss has given them a personality boost. The trio are one of those acts in NXT that should not have too much trouble adapting to the main roster
The Lucha Dragons:
Sin Cara and Kalisto are perhaps the only current active team that could have hanged with the SmackDown six. These guys are golden and have found the transition to the main roster quite easy. They are bound to win the tag team championship and it’s not a question of if but when.
It is hard to believe that these guys were over in a big way in NXT. Prior to their main roster debut they were expected to be given an instant push as soon as they joined Raw, however it just didn’t work out. These guys can be salvaged if they are given a bit of an edge and maybe a manager to do the talking for them.
The Matadores have been booked as a comedy act but it just has not worked for them. It’s time to send them away for a few weeks and bring them back as Primo and Epico, they should for the first time in years be given a chance to be themselves.
Since this is fantasy booking, I will make one last entrance which is vital for SmackDown’s success. Paul Heyman needs to be given creative control of SmackDown, the man is a creative genius and he has beaten Raw in the rating before, given the chance he will do it again.