WWE have brought back lots of talent and that’s great, but the company really need a draft if they are sticking with the brand split.
It’s the most exciting time of year in Professional Wrestling, Wrestlemania season!
WWE have done a fantastic job in the build up to Wrestlemania this year and that has been helped by all the new talent the company have brought back such as Johnny Gargano, Dakota Kai, Bronson Reed and more.
But with that comes a dilemma, which is the rosters becoming too unbalanced. If WWE want to continue with a brand split, then a draft is desperately needed and straight after Wrestlemania is the perfect time to do it.
What is the problem with the rosters?
I did an article a while ago talking about how WWE should continue with the brand split and I still think that is the case, but if they continue with what they have been doing with different wrestlers jumping from one brand to the other, then they may as well merge the two rosters together.
They have continued with the same brand split format. When one brand gets a wrestler then the other brand gets another wrestler in return, like when Rey Mysterio moved to Smackdown, RAW then got Baron Corbin. This is fine, but the trading doesn’t make any sense when you just have Cody Rhodes, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn jumping between brands.
There is also the problem of the Smackdown women’s division. The RAW women’s division is great, it has Becky Lynch, Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley and other talented wrestlers. But Smackdown’s isn’t great, you’ve got the pairing of Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler, which really isn’t working and then the rest of the roster is just basically filled with random tag teams that don’t make sense. Natalya and Shotzi were in a small rivalry not too long ago and now all of a sudden, they are a tag team? Tegan Nox and Xia Li (who are both very talented wrestlers) seem to not be on TV for weeks then randomly show up with a new tag team partner. Emma is someone else who is extremely talented, yet it seems like WWE brought her back with no plan for her.
Those are the main problems WWE have with their rosters after Wrestlemania, but above all that the rosters need refreshing, so we can have new rivalries and storylines but also so there is balance between the two brands.
How will a draft solve these problems?
The draft can be a great solution to all of these problems WWE have.
Firstly, WWE should be all in with the brand split, or they shouldn’t do it at all. That means having wrestlers only work on the brand they are on, unless there is some kind of special occasion, or a wrestler gets permission to have a match or confront someone on the other show.
Something else I would do in the draft is involve NXT. That means you can replace someone you’ve called up from NXT with someone from the main roster that isn’t in creative’s plans. For example, if WWE wanted to bring Carmelo Hayes to the main roster, they can replace him with someone like Shinsuke Nakamura who doesn’t seem to be getting on TV in WWE at the moment.
Solving the problem with the Smackdown women’s division is a tougher task. But what Smackdown needs is some more star power, so if Rhea wins the title at Wrestlemania, you then have her on the blue brand. Someone else that should move to Smackdown is Becky Lynch, she can definitely bring that star power that Smackdown needs considering she is one of the most popular women’s wrestlers on the roster, she can also be Rhea’s first title rivalry. Something that Becky does very well though is help elevate other talent, it’s what she did in her title run as Big Time Becks with Liv Morgan, Piper Niven and Bianca Belair, so she can definitely help some of the other women on the roster like Mia Yim, Candice LeRae, Tegan Nox and more.
That is just some of my ideas, if I put all my ideas for the draft in the article then it would be too long. But the main reason WWE should do another draft is so that we have an exciting roster on RAW, Smackdown and NXT.
WWE have so many talented wrestlers and I’m sure they will bring in even more, but it’s tough to give them all the TV Time they deserve.
That is what a draft helps, it creates new rivalries, storylines and allows all of the company’s talented wrestlers a chance to shine.
I will hopefully have another article out this week on who I think should move brands in WWE.