This past Friday night on Smackdown, WWE presented the first day of the 2020 Draft. While there were some moves that were not surprising, there were some that will definitely shake things up as we prepare to end the calendar year.
Let’s take a look at the big ones and the potential implications that could take place going forward:
Seth Rollins moves to Smackdown
When I saw this move, I didn’t agree with it and am not sure if I do. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will always have a connection to each other due to their days in The Shield. I believe that both of them are big enough stars that they need their own brand and this might end up over-saturating the top of the division. It’s only a matter of time before Rollins and Reigns renew their rivalry and their feud for the Universal Championship will begin.
AJ Styles moves to Raw
I predicted this move on this week’s episode of “The Hoots Podcast” and I was right. There had been rumors that AJ Styles wanted to get away from Paul Heyman, due to their beef in the past regarding Gallows and Anderson leaving WWE. I actually think that this is a good move for The Phenomenal One and I expect him to be challenging for the WWE Championship after Hell in a Cell this year.
Naomi moves to Raw, Bianca Belair moves to Smackdown
I like both of these moves a lot. Naomi has cooled off a bit in recent months and giving her the opportunity to get a fresh start on a new show could be the career revitalization that she needs. As for Bianca Belair, she is the EST of WWE for a reason and has all of the makings of a top star in the company. Putting her on Smackdown and having her battle for the Smackdown Women’s Championship is a fantastic idea, as that division could use some additional star power that Belair possesses.
Dominik and Rey Mysterio to Smackdown
It looks like the feud between the Mysterios and Seth Rollins is continuing, except it will now be on Friday nights. Murphy was also sent over to Smackdown as a part of the additional draft that took place on Talking Smack over the weekend, so this whole program is shifting to the blue brand. I don’t have a problem with it, but my question now becomes what happens to the Mysterios when this program is over? There was plenty of room on Raw for Dominik to become a big star, but I am afraid that he will get lost in the shuffle on Smackdown.
The Miz and John Morrison to Raw
I guess this could work? I don’t know what WWE has planned for these two, but there is no doubt that they are two of the most talented workers in all of WWE. The Miz may be doing more with his projects outside of WWE, so being on Raw could give him more time to do that. As for Morrison, perhaps he will be inserted into the United States championship picture, as he could give us some great matches with Bobby Lashley in the near future. They could also be used to challenge The Street Profits for the Raw Tag Team championships; if that’s what ends up happening after this coming Monday.
The end of The New Day: Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston to Raw, Big E stays on Smackdown
This is the draft move that most people in the world are talking about. I was very upset about this at first, but the more I thought about it, it makes sense. There is nothing more for the New Day to do as a team; they will go down as one of the greatest tag teams and factions in WWE history. On the other hand, Big E has all of the makings to be a world champion and I believe that by this point next year, he will either be the WWE or Universal Champion. And, they can always be a group and reunite when necessary, so this move could work.
Heavy Machinery is no more: Otis stays on Smackdown, Tucker moves to Raw
This is the one that makes no sense to me. It’s clear that Otis is the superstar of Heavy Machinery and Vince McMahon sees a lot in him. The problem is that now I have this horrible feeling that Tucker is going to get lost in the shuffle on Raw and will just become a jobber to other talent on the show. This move is great for Otis and a bad sign for Tucker. I hope that I am proven wrong, but I just don’t see that happening.
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