The time has come once again for the annual WWE draft. It is the event where several superstars from both brands are drafted to the other shows to compete on in an attempt to freshen up the rosters, bring in new storylines and to also push a certain superstar if they aren't doing well on the show they are on.
The WWE draft has managed to give us many shockers through the years and truly shakes things up in the WWE. John Cena going to Raw as WWE Champion, Rey Mysterio changing shows for the first time or Triple H two drafts to Smackdown. Truly, the draft is a time for excitement.
But here is the million-dollar question: Who will the benefit the most from the WWE draft?
The suddenness of the WWE draft is due to the condition of the WWE rosters. With Edge's sudden retirement, creating a loss of another big star for the WWE, McMahon has supposedly panicked and moved the draft up as soon as possible.
Brand-wise, Smackdown is the brand that needs to benefit the most from this year's draft. Last year's really depleted them of many big name talents, and with Edge's retirement and a heel-heavy roster, Smackdown is in desperate need of a big-time baby-face star. And with Raw overflowing talent, they could do just that.
Raw, though, is often seen as the A-show, and WWE has shown us on more than one occasion they care more about Raw. Last year's draft is a big-time indication of this, but 2011 could be the year to correct such a thing and make both brands equal in terms of roster strength.
When it comes to Superstars, it really is hard to predict who will benefit from a draft. The draft, when it comes to pushes, is used to give mid-card talent the right setting in which to showcase their talents and raise their stock higher. Some names that have been thrown out for a possible draft are John Morrison, Ted DiBiase, Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne among other names. Still, when it comes to mid-card talent being drafted, it's all wait and see.
Miz and Alberto Del Rio are in rumors saying that they will switch brands as champions. This is not a smart move to me, as both have taken their spots as the top heels of both shows and taking them out of such roles and switching them when they have finally settled into them is not the best move.
Randy Orton is another name which many believe will be drafted, and I agree. While I believe Christian could carry Smackdown, Orton is a big-name superstar who is perfect for the role of top face on the show. He is unable to do so on Raw because of John Cena, but Smackdown is the perfect place to show that he can carry a brand. It would cement his legacy even further in WWE history.
Still, who will benefit the most is truly a mystery. When we see who is drafted, we either say that person will get a mega-push or will flounder, but many times that does not come to fruition as time goes on.
All in all, when one is drafted, it's up to WWE to commit to that superstar on that brand, and this draft will signify which brand WWE truly values more at this point in their history.
We will not see who will benefit immediately, but without a doubt, this is the most crucial draft in WWE history.