Things Definitely Shaken Up: Exclusive RAW and WWE Draft Coverage

John Cena is now a member of Smackdown.

Wait, no he’s not.

At any rate, have no fear RAW fans- Randy Orton is on Smackdown, as well as Sin Cara.

What does this mean for RAW?

The roster got trimmed a bit and you’ll see some fresher matchups, with hungry wrestlers; RAW is going to be a little different.

So while Smackdown looks to have gotten the better picks, RAW will be the better show and Smackdown will get a boost in the ratings because they got some big names.

All in all, it was win-win for the WWE.

Aside from the draft, R-Truth’s promo after the battle royal was one of the best of his career. For a guy that was never good on the mic, that’s not saying much, but at least he’s getting an opportunity to do longer promos. If he can get better and continue to have quality matches, maybe he might be a decent heel after all.


RAW vs. Smackdown Battle Royal: Team Smackdown scored a few quick eliminations with Great Khali and Vladimir Kozlov going over the top rope, but Mark Henry threw out Heath Slater and Ezekiel Jackson to even things up a bit. However, with the Big Show and Drew McIntyre still in the ring, Team Smackdown had the advantage. It ended up being Mason Ryan and Evan Bourne vs. Big Show and Kofi Kingston to finish it all. Team Smackdown prevailed though, as Kingston and Show were too much for the youngsters Bourne and Ryan.

Eve Torrez vs. Layla: Torrez got the quick win, but Michael Cole, again interrupted the match so he could “stretch” and talk smack about Jim Ross.

Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus: Kingston hit his finisher twice on Sheamus in a quick match that was nothing to call home about.

Jim Ross vs. Michael Cole:
Cole is an utter toolbox, but he’s hilarious. The guy can’t wrestle for his life, but he knows ring psychology. This match was incredibly entertaining, despite the fact that it went a bit too long. Nevertheless, the fans love Cole’s shenanigans, which means they won’t end anytime soon.

Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler: A quick match that definitely showed that these guys are great athletes. With Orton and Cena out of the picture, it’ll be interesting to see what they do with Ziggler.

Wade Barrett vs. Rey Mysterio: Despite some early offense from Barrett, Mysterio made quick work of the Corre’s leader with a 619 and a top rope splash.

CM Punk, The Miz and Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian, Mark Henry and John Cena: Excellent main event, full of offense, fast-paced tags and a nice curveball at the end.

Henry, although still an after thought, put some heat on himself and will have some answering to do on Smackdown.


John Cena drafted to Smackdown.

Thoughts: With Edge retired, Smackdown needed more star power. This is a perfect fit. Or it could have been.

Rey Mysterio drafted to RAW.

Thoughts: If he’s not going to wrestle Sin Cara who is he going to wrestle?

Randy Orton drafted to Smackdown.

Thoughts: Again, Smackdown needed big names and he’s gotten flaccid on RAW. Should be interesting to see what WWE creative does with him there.

Mark Henry and Sin Cara drafted to Smackdown

Thoughts: Henry is a dependable lower mid-carder. With Mysterio off Smackdown, Sin Cara will now be the new super luchador on the show.

Big Show and Alberto Del Rio drafted to RAW

Thoughts: Big Show is RAW’s new Mark Henry and Del Rio will get an opportunity to wrestle better and younger competition.

John Cena drafted back to RAW

Thoughts: Well that was interesting. At the very least, RAW trimmed some of the fat and the WWE proved that Smackdown is still their B Show by keeping Cena on RAW.

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