The Draft Lottery: Where Are They Now?
August 29, 2005 by Adam Heap
SummerSlam has come and gone, and Unforgiven is coming up soon. The draft
lottery was a long time ago, but the draft picks are all doing reasonably
well. I thought I should write an article about what the draft picks are
doing now, and just what anyone new is doing. I’ll name the draft picks in
the order that they were traded.
John Cena: After receiving a huge pop when he came to RAW, John is still the
WWE champ. He’s participated in matches with greats like Chris Jericho, Hulk
Hogan, and Shawn Michaels. At Vengeance he defeated Christian and Chris
Jericho to retain the title, And more recently on RAW he’s defeated Y2J and
Carlito in matches which they cheat in to retain his title over and over.
And now, after SummerSlam, he has successfully retained again. In the
future, it looks like he’s taking on Kurt Angle at Unforgiven. I predict
that Cena will lose the title here, and re-capture it at Survivor Series, or
if not then Taboo Tuesday. Good things still to come for Cena.
Chris Benoit: Benoit has been largely underused to my disappointment, as he
is the best technical wrestler on SmackDown. It’s good that he’s back as a
face on SmackDown though, as he does get over very well with the crowd. He
participated in a match with William Regal on Heat which was a contender for
match of the year. At The Great American Bash PPV, he jobbed to Orlando
Jordan who retained the U.S. Title, but won it in a mere 25 seconds via the
Crossface submission at SummerSlam. Hopefully he’ll get a push with this
title, as he can bring value back to it. If we’re lucky, we’ll see him stuck
with someone decent enough to show a good match. Not sure who though.
Kurt Angle: Kurt Angle, the top SmackDown heel, was a good choice to come to
RAW. Unfortunately, Triple H has been out since Vengeance, and Kurt has been
reduced to matches with Eugene. He DID put on a good match with HBK at
Vengeance in a WM 21 rematch, and even though he lost, they can always come
back on this angle, and finish the now 1-all series. He lost his medal to
Eugene and won it back at SummerSlam, but is now obviously going after Cena
as the new #1 Contender. Like I said earlier, I see Angle winning the title,
and then losing it to Cena once more. Still a good pick for RAW though.
Randy Orton: The Legend Killer has made his impact on SmackDown, and again
has been a good draftee for the lower rated show. He draws his heat with the
crowd (and some pops from the girls in the audience) well enough.
Unfortunately, RKO was injured after Taker’s piledriver and Batista’s
ramming of Orton’s shoulder into the ring post, but was fit enough to wrestle
a mystery opponent who turned out to be Kamala in his comeback match. He
finally “killed” the Undertaker at SummerSlam with help from his father.
This marks the last rematch of WM 21 aside from the ladder match and the
Christy-Trish match both of which won’t happen. I’d say he’s due for a title
shot or, in a strange turn of events, he might have a feud with Rey
Mysterio. I don’t know why, but it would be a good feud. Anyway, we’ll have
to wait and see for this one.
Carlito Cool: Carlito has been another good pick for RAW, winning the
intercontinental title from Shelton Benjamin in his first match on RAW (just
like the U.S. Title on SmackDown). He didn’t defend his belt at SummerSlam,
which disappoints me. However, he was involved in the Jericho-Cena feud. Now
it looks as though he’s set to go for a Flair feud, which would be nice as
we can see Flair as a proper face again.
Muhammad Hassan: Hassan and Daivari were set to go well until the terrorist
angle happened on the same day of the London bombings, which unfortunately
cost Hassan’s gimmick and his career. He supposedly was mortally injured
after getting the Last Ride from Taker at the GAB, but was really sent back
to OVW. He could have gone on to better things ? I think WWE was setting him
up for a Heavyweight Title reign. Here’s hoping Mark Copani gets a new
gimmick and comes back to SmackDown.
Big Show: We’ve seen promise from the Big Show on RAW ? he’s undefeated
there as of yet. He’s squashed numerous wrestlers and tag teams such as the
Heart Throbs by himself, and has promise in his future on RAW. I personally
think he could take the title off Carlito and become the new
Intercontinental Champ. That would be a good turn of events. But either way,
Show still looks good on RAW.
Rob Van Dam: RVD is still injured, but is set to come back around October.
Good luck to Mr. Monday Night when he comes back.
Christian: Christian is doing well on SmackDown. He’s feuded briefly with
Booker T, and more recently, has been partnered with Booker to go after the
Mexicools, even if he did leave the match. He should have had a shot at the
WHC by now, but I just hope he gets a shot sometime ? he deserves a shot at
Batista: The Animal is undeniably the biggest star on SmackDown ? he’s still
the champ 5 months after defeating Triple H at WM 21 for the title. He has
enjoyed huge success as the World Heavyweight Champion, and has already
defended the belt twice at the GAB and SummerSlam. He now is pen to a feud
with Orton ? or possibly Eddie Guererro, which would be nice. But there are
still great things in store for the champ on SmackDown ? he has a brilliant
future ahead of him.
The Blockbuster Trades: First off, Kenzo Suzuki, Hiroko Suzuki and Mark
Jindrak have all been fired from WWE. Dupree has had a match or two. Danny
Basham hasn’t been used at all. Chavo Guerrero is now Kerwin White,
All-round American. He’s played a comedy character, but looks as if he’s now
going into a feud with Shelton Benjamin. On SmackDown, William Regal is
feuding with Scotty 2 Hotty on Velocity. Candice has gone back to RAW via a
Diva trade. Sylvain Grenier has nothing going for him. Simon Dean looked
like he was going back to his Nova personality, but obviously not. He’s had
matches, though. Finally, Steven Richards has had a match or two on Velocity
and has turned heel.
Diva Trade: Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle have been traded to Raw,
Christy Hemme and Stacy Keibler have gone to SmackDown. Meh.
New Guys: Ashley won the Diva Search ? looks like she’s feuding with the
newly traded Torrie Wilson. Eugene is back ? kudos for winning the Kurt
Angle invitational. Rob Conway has a new persona, the Con Man. On SmackDown,
the Mexicools are destroying things. Big whoop. Jillian is MNM’s new fixer.
Ew. Road Warrior Animal has come back and re-made the LOD. This is a big
plus, as they are as of yet undefeated. Heidenreich now gets a good push.
Matt Hardy has come and got a loss at SummerSlam. What a way to destroy his
new run. And finally, Hulk Hogan has made a return. Some people love him,
some people hate him. I remain neutral on this issue. He draws crowds,
though. He’s also helped HBK turn back into a face. HBK’s heel turn was
obviously only for Hogan, then. Ah Well.
And so you can see everybody except the Blockbuster trades is doing
reasonably well. Let’s hope that there are good things for their future.
Feel free to post suggestions on what you think might happen to them. Catch
by Adam Heap--- [View Adam Heap's Column Index]....
i must say it's been good to be a wwe fan over the past few months and since last year, as far as the draft lottery goes a couple of the moves i was a fan of like benoit returning to smackdown and some i thought were just plain dumb being Muhammad Hassan going to smackdown. not cause of him but cause of what the "smart" people at upn forced onto him which i hope those posers are proud of cause they ruined his career just as it started to take off.
with the trade the worst one i have ever seen cause you had guys get fired and then you got the dumbest damn thing ever chavo as kerwin white, not only is the angle down right retarded but chavo on raw is also and while i am on the subject even thou i know it's on cable tv i think it is dumb as all heck that hassan had what happened to him and yet chavo's gimmick uses about the same thing as far as the whole race card goes and yet nothing is said about that.
for me! one of my favorite moves was to put rob conway in singles action cause i am digging the whole con man thing and his music also
lastly! i want to get everyone's opinion on something, when it comes to the cena and batista move i wonder who is better off now? cena cause he has actual main event caliber men to face for the wwe title or batista cause he has more of a variety of challengers for his world heavyweight title
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