WWE Draft Aftermath: Patience is a Virtue

Daniel Bryan returns, just not as a WWE active wrestler. Photo Credit: Megan Elice Meadows, Flickr.com

The WWE Draft provides a world of mystery and unpredictability for World Wrestling Entertainment. It also comes with its fair share of controversy.

The roster has been split to Raw and SmackDown Live, which will air Monday and Tuesday nights respectively. Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and General Manager Mick Foley will run Raw. On Tuesday nights, Commissioner Shane McMahon and GM Daniel Bryan control SmackDown.

Both shows feature posters of both management and not any active wrestler. This, apparently, is where the controversy exists. The sole purpose of watching WWE is to focus on the wrestlers and not the ones in control. Ironically enough, it’s a clean slate for the WWE.

This is the equivalent of an expansion team who gains players from other teams. One of them must rise up to become the face of that team. Such is the case of those on Raw and SmackDown.

Look at Raw’s roster, headlined by Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. Rollins recently returned after a knee injury last month and catapulted to the main event. Reigns returns at WWE Battleground after serving a suspension for failing a drug test.

Sami Zayn Kevin Owens and Cesaro are also credible wrestlers that can main event. However, the new regime has not been established yet. Raw needs to set the foundation first.

The same goes for SmackDown. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose, John Cena, AJ Styles and Randy Orton will headline Tuesday nights. All four men are popular and belong in the main event circle.

Cena and Orton ruled the WWE landscape before Ambrose arrived onto the scene. Styles became the face of every company he’s been in, most recently New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Despite this, neither of them should be catapulted into that spot yet.

The draft provides opportunity for everyone. It’s a clean slate for all those involved. New stories develop because of this. Old feuds breathe new life thanks to the split rosters.

It would be unfair to insert anyone in that main event slot to those who strive to be in it. Granted, you will have main eventers from the old format prove themselves. But it’s all about that new blood developing under management. We’ve seen the McMahons in power, which will be carried over. The new faces in management are the wild cards.

Foley knows how it feels to be in power. He ran WWE as the Commissioner in 2000 after King of the Ring. Since then, he helped many wrestlers develop new sides.

That includes Edge and Christian, a tag team who desperately needed to be relevant among a strong division headlined by The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz. Thanks to many segments with Foley, they managed to stay relevant other than their tag team resume. Years later, they did just fine on their careers moving forward.

Bryan is the GM that could tell a unique story. A man who’s feuded with the four men he drafted in Cena, Styles, Orton and Ambrose could provide an unlikely powder keg.

Orton was arguably Bryan’s best rival through the latter half of his career. Those wars they waged on each other demonstrated Bryan’s staying power in WWE. Now, it’s a juicy storyline to see Orton under Bryan’s regime.

Yes, the faces of both shows are the managers. But frankly, that’s for now. Patience is only a virtue. WWE will have their guys rise up and take those coveted spots soon enough. By the time SummerSlam enters the picture, we’ll see which star will become Raw and SmackDown Live’s main event players.

Until then, just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

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