WWE Smackdown Thoughts – July 19, 2016 – THE DRAFT!
It’s gonna be hard for me to keep up with WWE with me doing most of the site by myself now that Smackdown is live and trying to be relevant, but I’ll do my best. Last night was the draft and I’ll be listing who is going where below, but before that, I’ll be giving my two cents on the show.
For a hyped draft, there should have been a few things that should have happened:
- Smackdown should have had a different look immediately to separate the brands. If it wasn’t going to, the draft should have happened on Raw.
- If Smackdown was going to have the draft, it should have been one of the rare times where the program went three hours so the draft could have been two hours and just focused on the wrestlers, where they were going, the rationale behind it from the managers, AND the reactions from the wrestlers themselves.
- If Smackdown was going to still be a two hour show, the drafts should have taken priority and the matches, most that meant nothing in the grand scheme of things, should have taken the last hour-thirty minutes of the show.
- The WWE title re-match didn’t need to happen, but I’m glad it did although the Raw match was a better quality match (even though I watched it again without Tequila). Dean Ambrose pinning Seth Rollins clean was really surprising and gives me hope that Ambrose will be leaving the main event at Backlash as the champion.
- I wasn’t surprised to see AJ Styles and John Cena go to Smackdown as they want one of the hottest feuds leading into Summerslam to grab the ratings.
- WWE should have let the fans know how the championship matches and the opportunities for the belts should work between the two shows. They didn’t.
- Some wrestlers were picked way too early over others. How in the fuck does Cesaro get left out so late? I’m glad he gave more of a shoot interview, like Ziggler did on the the WWE network.
- Speaking of draft picks, how in the HELL do people gunning for the best show not pick every single champion or past champion first? I can see a few NXT people getting in as fresh faces, but how some of the roster’s past or present champions being picked later on makes me shake my head.
These are valid points in my mind, but I was happy with the show and while some picks didn’t make sense – splitting The Wyatts and The Club (although they could write good brand split domination). You know Finn Balor will join up with The Club but with them being a heel tag-team, they don’t want Balor as a heel going in, do they? That would make no sense
I’m still not sure how the women’s division is going to work as they spread it pretty thin. And how in the fuck Nia Jax got drafted before Bayley boggles my mind, although I’m sure she’s going to be Sasha Bank’s mystery partner on Sunday.
I’ll say it again, I’m so pumped that there will be a new Cruiserweight division on Raw. I can’t wait to see how this will turn out.
I’m looking at last night as a new beginning for WWE. The announce teams are even a tad different, but I shake my head with JBL going to a show that they want ratings for when he’s the worst piece of shit they’ve ever had on the mic (besides Mike Adamle). I’m looking forward to the PPV on Sunday, although because of some of these draft pics, the matches really don’t seem like they have as much weight to them (PPV predictions should be up tomorrow or Friday).
Those are my thoughts on the draft and for those who want to see them on this site, here are how the wrestlers (yeah, wrestlers) are now spread out in the order they were picked (copied from whatculture.com so I didn’t have to type it out by myself):
Charlotte (WWE Women’s Champion)
The New Day (WWE Tag Team Champions)
Rusev (United States Champion, with Lana)
Enzo and Cass
Gallows and Anderson
The Big Show
The Golden Truth
Darren Young (with Bob Backlund)
The Dudley Boyz
The Shining Stars
Dean Ambrose (WWE Champion)
The Miz (WWE Intercontinental Champion, with Maryse)
Alberto Del Rio