Are you satisfied? Fans of the WWE Universe get roster changes again with their annual draft televised on RAW Monday night. Of course it is a draft for ratings purposes as the USA network RAW program has been doing better in the ratings over the SciFi network Smackdown product. It’s all the same you say? Think twice.
See they do what they want to do at WWE corporate headquarters up in Stamford Connecticut. What the heck is the decision making in moving John Cena and Randy Orton to Friday Nights? Oh wait a second, because Cena is once again on RAW. Apparently Christian is not enough to draw ratings on Smackdown. So the unexpected retirement of Edge was a major blow. So here comes, Orton to save the show.
Plus you can never understand the real concept of roster moves made by the WWE with this annual draft. But remember this is pre-determined and a part of the script. Because the WWE writers have not been getting it right with the products they deliver two times of week on their network programs.
Now to go a step further because Orton is dratted to Smackdown and his feud with CM Punk should come to a resolution at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view Sunday. Oh how predictable is this match because Punk stays on RAW and Orton is now on Friday nights. We want to see this feud conclude. So WWE goes along and spoils the fun by staging this draft on Monday Night before Extreme Rules instead of doing it the week after.
You can understand Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara changing places. Cara is the young Mexican projected to succeed Mysterio as the high flying superstar. Smackdown will benefit with his acquisition. Mysterio, with constant talk of an impending retirement, benefits by the move to Monday night where there will be a mass audience. And if as it appears, Alberto Del Rio, now on the RAW roster gets the WWE title, the natural thing to do is feud Del Rio and Myterio on Monday night.
Okay, but Christian and Del Rio have a match for the world title at Extreme Rules. Does that mean we can automatically assume that Christian becomes the new champion? Not necessarily because the Smackdown roster now has Orton, perhaps more popular than Christian. And now it is more realistic the way the Smackdown roster has changed to put the belt around Orton.
All of this is speculation of course. And if Edge was still in the picture we would have not been talking about the roster changes. It is all about ratings at WWE headquarters and when one of their major superstars is off a show, like an injured player on a team, roster moves have to be made.
You see they meet in this big board room once a week at WWE headquarters. They discuss ratings and who is going over and who is not. They could care less about what we want to see on what program. And it really does not matter. Because how many times do you see a Smackdown superstar on RAW Monday night and a RAW superstar on Smackdown Friday night?
Quite often there is back-and-forth from Monday night to Friday night because the shows have also become an indicator as to where the ratings are headed. What superstar will bring better ratings to Monday Night RAW or to Friday Night Smackdown? Watch in the next few weeks as the ratings will determine.
So don’t worry about Orton on Friday night or Punk not seeing Orton again because this time they will bump into each other on Friday night, or again on Monday night. This is not the NFL draft that has rules. WWE superstars all work for the same company, just different brands.
Oh, only one thing remains. Draft Michael Cole off the announce team of both brands.