Excitement filled The Richmond Coliseum, in Richmond, Virginia, for what was a night of change for the superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment. On Monday Night, April 26, every superstar from Raw and Smackdown converged for an event known as “The WWE Draft.” Annually, the company holds the event to “freshen up” both rosters, via random picks, and as a result, new rivalries form. Fans get excited about this show because they always know that change is inevitable. These roster shifts could have an impact on their new brand.

Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith – The Hart Dynasty, were two individuals who were drafted from Smackdown to Raw, in the Supplemental Draft. Currently the young tag team is in possession of the Tag Team Championship, and as long as it holds the belts, the team can appear on both shows. If however, they lose the titles, the Hart Dynasty can exclusively appear on Raw, because of the drafting.

So, what happens if they lose the titles, and lose the rematches they are bound to receive? I would like to see both members hold singles championships, namely the United States title. Now that Bret Hart is back in a mentoring role, I am sure he will do whatever it takes to help his protégés achieve success, as a tag team, and eventually, as singles competitors. Bret, as we all know, was always a highly effective wrestler, and his knowledge will be beneficial to anyone in the sport, who accepts his advice.

During the televised portion of the Draft, one of the young, up-and-coming superstars switched brands. Kofi Kingston took his high flying moves and charismatic personality from Raw to Smackdown. Kofi was always a popular wrestler, but for some reason, he was never able to get past the Raw mid-card. The WWE placed him in a feud with Randy Orton, and I think, Kofi performed very well. One of the most memorable moments of the rivalry, in my opinion, occurred on an episode of Raw, held at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. That night, Kingston and Orton were opponents in a match, which spilled to the outside of the ring. They battled to the technical area, where Kofi placed his opponent on a table. Kofi then climbed a railing, and jumped onto Orton, sending the crowd into a tizzy. I thought his “push” was going to continue for a little longer after that, but I wrong, as that was his last “main event” type feud.

With the move to Smackdown, I am hoping he may be able to eventually defeat Drew McIntyre and win the Intercontinental Title. He has the talent, ability, and fan support to complete the task. I am also sure he will have great matches with the likes of McIntyre, CM Punk, Rey Mysterio (which is a match that I would like to see, because it would be very fast paced, and I am sure the fans would feel the same way,) and maybe even the World Champion, Jack Swagger. The WWE may even have Kofi win the World Title at some point, just to see how the crowd reacts, and to see how well Kofi handles the pressure of being World Champion, and “carries” his new brand.

The Smackdown crew lost another young wrestler to Raw. John Morrison is an athlete who can put on superb matches with almost anyone. In fact, based on his look and skill, I think he can be as good as Shawn Michaels in the future.

After Morrison and his then tag team partner, The Miz, lost the tag titles, the WWE split them up, and I think Morrison benefitted a little more than his former partner. On Smackdown, he fought spectacular battles with the likes of C.M. Punk, Dolph Ziggler, and lately, a couple of victories over the World Heavyweight Champion, Jack Swagger. I am sure Morrison will face the likes of the Miz, Edge, Randy Orton, Triple H and even the WWE Champion, John Cena, and he may defeat them all at some point as well. I am hopeful that the WWE will “push” Morrison to main-event status on Raw, and if he gets to that point, I think he will achieve a lot of success, and it may result in a reign (hopefully, a long one,) as WWE Champion.

One of Raw’s biggest acquisitions made a major impact at the end of the night, and as a result, inserted himself into the WWE Championship picture.

The Main Event featured Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Batista in a three-way battle to determine the top contender for John Cena’s WWE Championship. As Randy Orton hit his RKO finisher, Edge stormed into the ring and “speared” Orton, causing Batista to score the pinfall, and become the number one contender for the WWE title. This could start a rivalry between Edge and Orton, – Orton can say Edge cost him a shot at the title, and that can translate into the rivalry. I do believe the feud with Orton will be the first step towards Edge becoming an eventual WWE Champion. He has the talent, the microphone skill, and championship experience, to not only win the belt, but to hold on to it for a very long time.

The WWE Draft saw some memorable moments. Some of the superstars will experience success on their new shows, while others may not. But, as a result of the Draft, new rivalries will develop, and the younger stars will have to continue to prove themselves, in order to earn the “push” they feel they deserve. It should be an interesting and intriguing twelve months in the World Wrestling Entertainment, and I am sure the fans will be eagerly looking forward to seeing how the new acquisitions perform on their new brand.

Azeem Kayum

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