When we look at Monday's WWE draft, many of us forget one important factor: Smackdown is about to lose its spot on The CW network.
Starting in the fall, Smackdown will air on MyNetworkTV, a loose collection of independent stations. This leads to the possible perception of Raw being the "A" show (on the USA Network), Smackdown as the "B" show, and, of course ECW being the "C" show on Spike TV.
That means, instead of switching brands, the wrestlers could be seen as getting promoted to Raw or demoted to Smackdown or ECW.
We can solve this problem with a three-step plan:
Step 1: Go ahead and make Raw the "A" show by putting all of the major stars on Raw.
Can you imagine Raw with John Cena, Triple H, Edge, Batista, Big Show, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, JBL, Mark Henry, Undertaker, Kane and Great Khali?
Put Mick Foley in the Commissioner spot again, and you’ve got must-watch TV live every Monday night.
Merge the World title and the WWE title in February at No Way Out, with the winner facing the Royal Rumble winner at Wrestlemania for the undisputed championship.
Step 2: Devote Smackdown to the cruiserweights and tag teams.
These guys are treated as afterthoughts every week, getting squished in two minutes or left off the show entirely. Imagine if these talented wrestlers had a whole show to themselves.
WWE could bring back the cruiserweight titles and bring over A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels from TNA. Jeff Hardy and Rey Misterio could also spend a year on Smackdown before moving to Raw to challenge all the big guys.
Also, the tag team titles could be combined in a ladder match at Wrestlemania. A lot of existing talent on the WWE roster would get the opportunity to shine.
Step 3: Make ECW the exclusive home of new talent.
If anyone enters WWE, they have to start in ECW. This will allow the company’s minor-league call-ups to get their feet wet without being crushed by the big stars every week.
WWE can also invite promising independent talent to wrestle in ECW. It won't matter if they win or lose. The fans could vote on who they like the best, and the two who receive the most votes every six months will earn a full-time contract.
This will allow fans to see guys like Low-Ki, Chris Hero, Bryan Danielson and Mike Quackenbush, and, if the fans want them in the big time, they will be there.
To make it in WWE, the new guys would have to go through veterans like Tommy Dreamer, Stevie Richards, Hardcore Holly, William Regal and Val Venis.
This plan would energize all three brands. Every wrestler would be important in the context of his or her show, so every match and every interview would be important.
It would shake up the WWE and attract new fans to all three shows. Let's see it!