The Recent WWE Trade: RAW and SmackDown Suck ECW Dry

Chris JeterContributor IJune 30, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - JUNE 22:   Vince McMahon attends a press conference about the WWE at the Austin Straubel International Airport on June 22, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Mark A. Wallenfang/Getty Images)

With the recent WWE trade come and gone, 15 superstars from Raw, SmackDown, and ECW found new homes. However, some brands got stronger and one brand got weaker. Here are my thoughts on all three brands' current state.



Definitely needed this trade more than any other brand. Now with some fresh blood in Swagger, Bourne, and a babyface Mark Henry, along with a solid worker in Gail Kim who probably won't get jobbed out like she did on SmackDown, Monday nights may get a lot more interesting.

That being said, look for this show's writers to start hoping for an early return from Shawn Michaels, so we won't keep getting Orton vs HHH or Orton vs Cena or all three of them in a triple threat.



The best show just got a whole lot better. Sure, they lost Shelton Benjamin, but they also shed some dead weight in the skinny form of Alicia Fox and added the two best young wrestlers in the company along with the best wrestling diva in the company.

Finlay can also help out the young talent like Dolph Ziggler. Really a win-win situation for the blue show. Remind me again, why exactly is Teddy Long on probation again?



Let us all pray for Tiffany and the pig scraps that she would call the brand she runs. Of course, from a storyline standpoint, she has no one to blame but herself.

Three of the five superstars that were involved in the ECW Championship Scramble left for either RAW or SmackDown.

And in return? She gets a guy in William Regal who is a great worker when given the opportunity but is light years away from that push he was getting before he violated the wellness policy.

Don't even get me started on Goldust, who was past his prime when Evolution electrocuted him in 2003.

The Bella Twins, really?!!!!!

The good news, ECW may have landed the best pure athlete in the WWE in Shelton Benjamin. He could play the big fish in a small pond role well and even earn the ECW Title in the process.

Basically, other than Christian, Dreamer, Ryder, Regal, and Benjamin, please send your prayer to this show.

In conclusion, this draft served it's purpose. SmackDown really didn't lose anything other than Kim (who in retrospect needed to move anyway) and Benjamin (who was being jobbed out anyway).

RAW also gained the depth it needed to keep the loyal fans' interest (which had to be straining). I think they got the best out of it because those acquisitions will be impact players and keep RAW's mid-card fresh (they won't be getting pushes except for maybe Swagger since RAW is heel light).

SmackDown keeps getting stronger. ECW better hope for another Talent initiative and SOON.

Quick note: Since I don't do the daily wrestling history bit enough, I will instead be doing "This Week in Wrestling History" startin this Saturday and continuing every Saturday.

Plus I will spotlight the careers of today's wrestlers in WWE and in TNA (sorry if I stole this idea from anyone, I'm trying to get my article totals up). 

Thank you for reading.