When Mojo Rawley’s name appeared, as a final round draft pick for Smackdown Live, at the brand extension draft last night, there was more than a little surprise. Rawley is a polarizing figure in NXT, while some love his antics in the Hype Bros with Zack Ryder, many fans find him too loud and exuberant, and more than a bit annoying.
It has been suggested that many in NXT expected Mojo Rawley’s spot to go to No Way Jose, but no confirmation of this has been received. It would, on the surface have made more sense. Rawley, and the Hype Bros are featured relatively rarely on NXT, probably due to Zack Ryder’s main roster commitments. No Way Jose, however, has been featured heavily, and looks to be entering into a program with Austin Aries. A possible reason his call up didn’t happen.
So what’s in store for Mojo Rawley now he’s been drafted to Smackdown? He was drafted as a singles competitor, but he has not really played that role during his time in NXT. If this is the way he is going to be used by Smackdown Live, it is hard to see anything more than glorified ‘Jobber’ status in his future. But that’s not his only option.
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A more likely option is that he will rejoin with Ryder, who was also drafted to Smackdown Live, and the Hype Bros will have a main roster tag team run. While this is much better news for Rawley than a run of putting other’s over, it would be less good news for Ryder, who is currently in the Intercontinental title picture. Unless he’s going to double duty, which isn’t outside the realms of possibility, going back to tag team action may be seen as a backwards step.
There is, however another option for Rawley, albeit possibly a little farfetched. On recent main roster shows the friendship between Zack Ryder and Dolph Ziggler has been heavily emphasised in the storyline. They have even teamed up a few times. As Ziggler has also been drafted to Smackdown Live there is potential for a feud over Ryder’s loyalties. It’s weak, but it’s far from the weakest storyline we’ve been fed.
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Whatever happens in the next few months for Mojo Rawley, his main roster call up has certainly got people talking. And in a WWE where everyone is fighting for prominence, that can only be a good thing.
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