The annual WWE Draft is tonight and I have no idea what's going to happen. The whole thing seemed to come out of nowhere, I thought they'd wait until Tough Enough was over so they could do a three-hour Raw, but I have a feeling Edge's retirement may have caused things to be moved up. Whatever the case may be, the Draft is just a few hours away and I'm going to attempt to make some predictions and then we can all laugh at how completely wrong I was during tonight's live blog.
1. Randy Orton
Honestly, this is the only surefire move I see happening and judging by the latest Kick-Out!! poll, you agree. Even with my feelings on the guy aside, I think we can all agree that the attempt to make him THE top good guy was a bust. He's perfectly capable of being a top name and has obviously earned his spot, but he's not going to carry the company... at least not on Raw. Edge was a similar situation, on Raw he was just one of the top guys, but on Smackdown, he was THE guy. As much as it pains me to say it, I can't see anyone else in WWE who can fill Edge's void than Randy Orton. Damn Dancing With the Stars, Save_SD.Y2J!!!
2. Daniel Bryan
If anyone needs to get the hell off Raw, it's Daniel Bryan. He returned to much fanfare after SummerSlam, but once WWE got a whiff of WrestleMania being in the air, he was completely forgotten about. He could've had a really enjoyable run with the US Title, but due to him being virtually MIA during his entire reign, I'd say his run did more to HURT the US Title than it helped, which is a damn shame because until then, it was one of the most protected titles in the company. Bryan needs an environment where he can show off what he can do and Raw just isn't the place when he's lucky to get a three-minute match. Smackdown is much more suited to his style and if you let him go for eight minutes on a weekly basis, the crowd is going to fall in love with him.
Quick, name a top heel on Smackdown not named Alberto Del Rio. Can you do it? I can't. With Kane's inexplicable face turn and The Corre becoming a jokke, the Blue Brand needs a dose of evil. With Truth's well-executed heel turn last week, I think he'd fit in rather well on Friday nights and hopefully will be the first challenger for new World Heavyweight Champion, Christian... assuming he wins this Sunday. I've got my fingers crossed!
4. Evan Bourne
More of a dream pick than anything and I don't think it would guarantee any movement up the card, but Smackdown certainly can't be any worse for Bourne, can it? Even if he's still just there to lose, I'd rather see him lose an 8-minute match to Drew McIntyre than a 30-second match to Sheamus.
I hesitate to flip the US/IC Titles again, but as mentioned earlier, Smackdown is desperate for a top bad guy and since Sheamus has drowned on Raw, a change of scenery could be just what he needs. If Bourne does get moved too, maybe he can up his time against Sheamus to a full minute!
1. Alberto Del Rio
The guy has practically been working both shows since the Royal Rumble anyway, might as well move him. If he doesn't win the World Championship on Sunday, he'll fit right in on Raw and will hopefully fill the heel void left by the losses of Sheamus or R-Truth. Of course, that's assuming my predictions will be right (which they probably won't be).
2. Wade Barrett
I think last Friday's Smackdown proved The Corre is done or just about done (what a wasted opportunity), but hopefully it will lead to Barrett returning to Monday Nights with the Intercontinental Championship. I don't really want to see him try to reclaim the Nexus or anything, but an uneasy partnership between him and CM Punk could be interesting. Would it make sense? Of course not, but they'd make it work with a little wrasslin' logic.
3. Jack Swagger
All the stuff with Michael Cole is happening on Raw anyway and Swagger plays a pivotal role in all that. I have a feeling a full-blown face turn could be coming for Swagger on Sunday and Raw would make for a nice venue change to really run with it.
4. Beth Phoenix
Someone capable is going to have to get in the ring with Kong, right? I could see Kong coming in, plowing through the Eves and the Bellas of the world and Beth swoops in to save the day and provide a believable match-up.
5. Kane or Big Show
Because one of them is legally required to change brands every year.
Assuming they even do a Supplemental Draft, here are three quick picks for each brand:
Zack Ryder to Smackdown
Yoshi Tatsu to Smackdown
Tyson Kidd to Smackdown
Tyler Reks to Raw
JTG to Raw
Layla to Raw
What are your predictions for the 2011 WWE Draft? Let me know in the comments and we'll compare during tonight's live blog.