RAW vs. SmackDown: Not Another WWE Mock Draft
WWE draft season is here and more insignificant than ever with the recent launch of the RAW Supershow era.
As always, the WWE will be tasked with evening out the balance of star power by supplementing the SmackDown brand with more main event stars.
With CM Punk, Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Chris Jericho all on the RAW brand, expect this nucleus of talent to be broken up to some degree by the end of the night.
The ramifications of this year's WWE draft will not be as pronounced as in previous years given the aggressive migration of SmackDown superstars to RAW Supershow. But the WWE will do its best of making a big deal out of their latest roster shakeup.
Drafted to RAW: Randy Orton
Orton is in obvious need of a change of scenery, and should he be drafted to RAW, he will have a fresh start to revitalize his career.
Orton's presence on the RAW roster will only be more significant if the WWE succeeds in shipping their bigger stars to SmackDown.
Drafted to SmackDown: CM Punk
CM Punk is very good on RAW, but he could be great in the wrestling-heavy environment of SmackDown.
Punk has been mentioned as a candidate to take on Brock Lesnar down the road, but that match up just doesn't feel blockbuster enough while Brock is hot.
Whether Punk is the WWE champion by April 23 remains to be seen, but should he lose the title before then, going to SmackDown could be the next logical step.
Drafted to RAW: Zack Ryder
Zack Ryder has cooled off considerably as of late. With Santino Marella and R-Truth on the same show, the comedy acts on RAW are a bit overkill, especially with the element of "legitimacy" brought on by Brock Lesnar.
Drafted to SmackDown: Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho has won sparingly since his elaborately produced return to the WWE. With Jericho apparently in a role of willingly putting other stars over, his talents could be much more productive in making SmackDown better.
Jericho and Punk's rivalry will likely be blown off at Extreme Rules, giving Jericho an opening to return to the SmackDown roster, where he was so effective during his last stint.
Drafted to RAW: Cody Rhodes
Every year, a young superstar seems to be drafted with the intention of making him a star under a new brand. This year's candidate could be Cody Rhodes, as the young heel finds himself on the short end of the stick during his feud with the Big Show.
There are currently way too many heels on SmackDown at the moment, and one goal for the brand on draft day should be to trade in some of those heels for babyfaces.
Given Rhodes' continued improvement, he could make an opportunistic jump to RAW should the WWE decide to protect him on the flagship show.
Drafted to SmackDown: Brodus Clay
With so much lighthearted humor on RAW, the show often comes off as a bad variety act.
Brodus Clay is among the handful of comedic acts on RAW who could take his show on the road to SmackDown.
Clay would likely have a nice crop of heels to run through on SmackDown before finally making a steady climb to the top of the card, whether it be in his current gimmick or as a heel.
Drafted to RAW: Christian
Christian has not been seen on WWE TV since being abruptly scratched from Team Johnny at WrestleMania XXVIII.
With the card for WWE Extreme Rules already starting to take form, there is no need for an unceremonious Christian return prior to the draft.
Christian could seek revenge on CM Punk for (storyline) injuring him on the go-home show for WrestleMania XXVIII.
While this would likely be a brief TV feud, it would certainly produce strong wrestling matches and serve as a good launching point for Christian's return.
Drafted to SmackDown: Dolph Ziggler
RAW is starting to get too crowded at the top, and Dolph Ziggler has been noticeably diminished because of it.
Ziggler would be better suited going after the World heavyweight championship on SmackDown as a potential opponent for Sheamus.
As it stands right now, the more time Ziggler spends on RAW, the more he is exposed as a possible lifetime midcarder.
Drafted to RAW: Mark Henry
The WWE seems interested in making Mark Henry matter again, as Abraham Washington has offered up his services to the former World heavyweight champion.
With his third consecutive WWE Championship match on RAW, Henry may as well be drafted there to alleviate the heel problem on SmackDown while giving Henry a smooth transition.
Drafted to SmackDown: Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio's return could happen any day now, and it should be to the brand where it all started for him in the WWE.
Mysterio has noted that he will be close to 100 percent by May, and coming off of Extreme Rules, an appearance by the Lucha legend would be the type of lift that the WWE draft needs to come off as more of a big show.