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The Reason Why WWE Didn’t Use The Term “Draft” For The Superstar Shake-Up

Source: Wrestling Observer Radio

As we saw, WWE ran the “superstar shake-up” this year between Raw and Smackdown which was WWE’s version of the Draft. The reason WWE was no longer using the term “draft” was because Vince McMahon wanted to change it up.

Vince is notorious for changing his mind on certain words. For example, Vince has dropped such words as “title” or “shot” and requested no one to use those words on WWE programming, and even went as far as to remove the numbers from WrestleMania as it made it sound “too old.”

At this time the next WWE Superstar shake-up, or whatever Vince will call it at that time, is expected to be done after Summerslam.

Sami Zayn Talks Kevin Owens Losing To Goldberg, WrestleMania 33, 2017 Draft & More

Sami Zayn was recently interviewed by The Mirror where he spoke on various sbject which incorporated WrestleMania, Goldberg vs. Kevin Owens and much much more.

Here are some highlights:

What Will Be His Involvement At WrestleMania 33:

To be honest I really don’t know. This time of year is so crazy and WrestleMania is so big and there are always these marquee matches, so real estate is really tight on WrestleMania. So I don’t know what I will be doing. Right now I’m involved with Samoa Joe, whether that will carry on to WrestleMania, I really don’t know, it remains to be seen. The card for WrestleMania is always changing.

Facing Samoa Joe and His Hard-Hitting Style:

Yeah, when you’re in the ring with a guy like Joe it really tests you out, your physical limitations and abilities. For that reason I like being in the ring with him. He’s aligned himself with Triple H, which is interesting and we’ll have to see where that goes. I really enjoyed my matches with him in NXT, because even though we have known each other for a long time – I first met him in 2004, 2005 – the first time really we got in the ring with each other was in NXT. So I really enjoyed being in the ring with him then and now. But there’s no doubt about it, he’s a tough competitor, he’s 100% legit, so you’ve got to be ready. You’ve got to know what you’re in for when you’re facing him.

Kevin Owens Losing to Goldberg in 21 Seconds:

I’m pretty split on this really, because a part of me obviously resents Kevin. There’s a lot of history, it’s a pretty volatile relationship – especially where we’re at now. But at the same time look… this is still a guy that’s worked 15 years to come this close to being in the main event of WrestleMania and having it slip through his fingers right before it happens… part of me is glad it happened, but part of me feels like it sucks. It sucks for him, because he came real close and he held that Universal Championship for a long time, then when you come that close to actually defending it at WrestleMania, you kind of fall right before the finish line. This is still a guy I’ve known for 15 years, a guy who worked his ass off to get to where he is, so it kind of sucks to see that happen.

Moving To Smackdown or Staying on Raw in the 2017 Draft:

I really don’t know if I have a preference. In some ways, going to SmackDown Live would be really cool. I feel like there are a lot of good opponents for me and I think there is a lot of opportunity there. I can really see myself being in a pretty good spot up there, even wrestling for the WWE Championship. But I feel like if I left tomorrow, assuming that the draft is tomorrow, I’d feel a little incomplete. I’d feel like there was more that I could have accomplished on Raw. I like to leave each place better than I left it so I’d like to do more on Raw and make Raw a better place and accomplish more on Raw before I can even start thinking of going to SmackDown. That’s just the way that the chips fall and if I end up on SmackDown, I’d be happy to be there but I’d still feel like I had more to accomplish on Raw.

Read the entire interview here. 

Possible Timeline For The Next WWE Draft

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

The next WWE draft is rumored to be taking place in June of 2017 or near the same time as they held the draft in 2016 which was on June 11, 2016. WWE is looking to have a new draft done up prior to this years Summerslam PPV.

Two Confirmed Names Returning To WWE Main Roster

Source: PWinsider.com

PWinsider is reporting that they have confirmed two names returning to the WWE main roster post-Draft. The talents are are former ECW and NWA champion Rhyno and Brian “Curt Hawkins” Myers.

At this time the pair are slated to be on the Smackdown brand, although until they debut on TV, that could always change.

VIDEO: Eerie Video Promo From Erick Rowan Following The WWE Draft

Following last night’s WWE Draft one of the newest Smackdown Superstar Erik Rowan posted the following eerie promo on his personal Twitter page.

What are your thoughts about it?

WWE Raw And Smackdown Draft Picks – Live Update

During tonight’s WWE Smackdown Live broadcast the draft will be decided for both Raw and Smackdown brands.

Here is an update on the rules for the draft:

Below you will find the drafted talents for their selected brands.

Keep refreshing as this list will update throughout the night.

List will begin updating at 8pm EST.

RAW

  1. Seth Rollins
  2. Charlotte (WWE Womens’ Champion)
  3. Finn Balor
  4. Roman Reigns
  5. Brock Lesnar
  6. New Day (Kofi, Big E and Xavier Woods) (WWE Tag Team Champions)
  7. Sami Zayn
  8. Sasha Banks
  9. Chris Jericho
  10. Rusev (w/ Lana) (WWE United States Champion)
  11. Kevin Owens
  12. Enzo & Cass
  13. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
  14. Big Show
  15. Nia Jax
  16. Neville
  17. Cesaro
  18. Sheamus
  19. Golden Truth
  20. Titus O’Neil
  21. Paige
  22. Darren Young (w/ Bob Backlund)
  23. Sin Cara
  24. Jack Swagger
  25. Dudley Boyz
  26. Summer Rae
  27. Mark Henry
  28. Braun Strowman
  29. Bo Dallas
  30. Shining Stars
  31. Alicia Fox
  32. Dana Brooke
  33. Curtis Axel

SMACKDOWN

  1. Dean Ambrose (WWE Champion)
  2. AJ Styles
  3. John Cena
  4. Randy Orton
  5. Bray Wyatt
  6. Becky Lynch
  7. Miz (w/ Maryse) (WWE Intercontinental Champion)
  8. Baron Corbin
  9. American Alpha (Chad Gable & Jason Jordan)
  10. Dolph Ziggler
  11. Natalya
  12. Alberto Del Rio
  13. The Usos
  14. Kane
  15. Kalisto
  16. Naomi
  17. The Ascension
  18. Zack Ryder
  19. Apollo Crews
  20. Alexa Bliss
  21. Breezango (Fandango & Tyler Breeze)
  22. Eva Marie
  23. The Vaudevillians
  24. Erick Rowan
  25. Mojo Rawley
  26. Carmella