The original plans Vince McMahon had for the first ever WWE draft in 2002

The Superstar Shakeup is currently shifting the dynamic of WWE. 

Last night on RAW, 15 talents moved to the red brand, while only The Miz switch to Smackdown Live. 

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are two of the hottest properties that made the brand switch last night – and they were joined by the likes of Jinder Mahal, Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin.

Drew McIntyre also made his return to RAW after spending just over a year in NXT – and three more on the independent circuit.  

Monday was a pretty hectic night – and Smackdown on Tuesday is expected to be just as exciting. 

Of course, RAW can’t just poach 14 talents from their rival – other are going to have to join The Miz and go the other way. 

The 12th edition of the WWE draft have fans on the edge of their seats once again – much like many were in 2002 when the first ever shakeup was announced. 

Back then, the wrestling industry quite literally needed “shaking up” and Vince McMahon was the man to do it. 

Speaking recently to the Something to Wrestle With podcast, WWE producer Bruce Prichard discussed the first ever draft 16 years ago.

“Vince McMahon presented the idea of creating our own competition and separating the brands,” he said, per Wrestling Inc.

“In Vince’s head, Vince saw it as Raw was one brand, SmackDown was the other brand and never shall the two cross.” 

Interestingly, Prichard explained that most people got the impression that everything would build towards WrestleMania, with RAW and Smackdown going head to head. 

“We all took it that you were able to build for an entire year so that WrestleMania was your Super Bowl. Whoever your SmackDown champion was he would face your Raw champion, that was the one time every year that the two brands would mingle together and merge and face one another.”

Well, they couldn’t have been more wrong – as McMahon made it clear what he was actually planning.

“Vince McMahon was like, no, they are separate brands and they will remain separate, but WrestleMania will have representation from both, but they wouldn’t be against one another.”

Prichard also raised another interesting point – one that may still carry today. He explained that back then, only a few select people knew where each wrestler was going, and for a very good reason.

“He [McMahon] doesn’t tell guys because he wants a genuine reaction. So if someone knows then you are going to get a canned reaction,” Prichard explained, before naming the few stars who may have known what was going on back in 2002. 

“Steve Austin knew, The Rock knew, Undertaker knew, Hulk Hogan probably knew, but beyond that, there weren’t a lot of guys that knew where they were going.”

Clearly, the guys at the very top of the company back then were in the loop. It’s probably very similar today, with only a few wrestlers actually knowing the full story. 

Judging by Prichard’s comments then – we should expect some more genuine reactions on Smackdown Live tonight as more superstars get shifted between brands.   

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