NFL Draft 2012 Special: Top 5 WWE Inspired Changes to the Event
Tonight is the annual National Football League draft! For sports fan all around the world, it is a huge event. Last year's event drew in six million viewers. The year prior had over seven million viewers.
Each year, NFL teams select players from colleges all over the country to come join their teams. Of course, the best players are picked early by the worst teams in the NFL, while the best teams get the lesser talented men later on in the draft.
However, what if there was a WWE spin to the event? Let's find out...
5. More Players
ECW wrestlers have invaded WWE before.
Even WCW stars tried to take over WWE.
Why can't the Arena Football League be included in the draft? What about the Canadian Football League? The more players, the merrier?
Right now, it is just college football players. That is fine, but there are tons of hidden gems out there.
Why wait for the offseason to sign them?
4. Managers Return
Paul Heyman would always be by Brock Lesnar's side.
My "it" girl Rosa Mendes is always with Primo and Epico.
Managers stand next to their talents through the thick and thin. That is just the way it should be in life.
During the NFL draft, you see many football players in the crowd. Some are with their families. Others are with their friends. Very few are alone watching the show.
Where are their agents? Why can't their manager be right behind them smiling? Only a few actually sit with their athletes.
It is a rare sight to see in the NFL. I would be more than happy to see this trend return tonight.
3. Heel/Face Turns
In 2004, Eli Manning was drafted by the San Diego Chargers with the first overall pick. It was going to be a great day for the young man, except there was only one problem.
Eli didn't seem very interested in playing for the Chargers. Him and his father all but forced the team to trade him away immediately.
The team did just that. The New York Giants got him in a trade shortly after. Eli pulled a memorable "heel turn" on this night, and some still won't forgive him.
He has certainly rebounded since then, winning two Super Bowl rings. However, he made a very questionable character move.
Just like in the wrestling business, one decision can scar you for a long, long time. For the most part, the WWE Universe has a great memory.
As for any "face turns," all you have to do is show up looking nicely dressed. Some really go all out with their outfits. In a second, some players can gain new fans.
It is an easy tactic, but it works.
2. Howard Finkel
Everybody loves Howard Finkel. He would be the perfect announcer. Nobody really cares about Roger Goodell reading off each draft pick.
Get The Fink up there! He would get the crowd all riled up almost as well as Vince McMahon does every time he appears on Raw. Plus, the entire live audience would follow his every call...
"...and the NEEEEEEEWWWWWWW safety of the Green Bay Packers is..."
1. Pick Randomly
Okay, this scenario is ridiculous and just for fun.
Everybody knows Andrew Luck will be the first pick in the NFL draft.
Robert Griffin III will be the second choice.
Those are the correct choices for each team, but it is also predictable. The first 30 or so minutes will not produce very good television tonight.
In 2002, the WWE Draft was done in similar fashion. Raw and Smackdown picked the best talents available first, and it was a game of "pick em."
Since then, WWE has drafted talents in a random drawing. While the show is staged, many fans still get a kick out of the interesting picks that pop up on the screen at the least expected time.
Think about Andrew Luck being picked randomly in a late round by the New England Patriots!
What about Trent Richardson going to the Rams?
It would be a random drawing, and the league would never be the same...