I used to find the WWE Draft exciting, seeing it as an opportunity to freshen up storylines, give certain characters a new life, and inject a sense of excitement into both brands. However, my feelings about the drafts have soured a bit because it does not solve what I foresee as the fundamental issue, and that is the storyline writing. Now, since I was always taught to be mindful of offering criticism of how others do a job you have never done, I relegated to offer my take from the fan perspective. And as a fan, I see way too much talent on the WWE roster for their products to suck so much. How I measure the level of suck-ness is simple, it is how much I care for the PPVs. It is a similar measure I have held since I was a much younger man and over time, I have found it to remain a valid measure. This year, I have cared even less about the PPVs. While I always tend to watch WrestleMania and Summer Slam, I found even those shows a struggle to get genuinely excited for this year. At first, I thought it had a lot to do with the shadow of weirdness cast by Coronavirus and seeing the superstars perform in empty arenas or the performance center. But then, I watched some old episodes of World Championship Wrestling from back in the late 80s early 90s, what emanated from the studio apartment in Atlanta, GA. Even with those robust capacity crowds of 20 people, I still thoroughly enjoy those shows, most of the time anyway. But by watching those episodes, I also realized why I dislike the current WWE product so much; WWE writes its storylines in such a way that caters to the novice wrestling fan, and often disregards the more modern fan that follows certain characters careers from the bar rooms through the indies to prime time. How WWE choses to develop and utilize certain talents is mindboggling sometimes. This explanation deserves a deeper dive that I may cover in a future article, so more now I’ll bottom line my main thought by saying, I would care more about the draft if it truly represented an creative fresh take or new start for some superstars. Despite my concerns, here is a recap of Superstars moving between brands and my overall thoughts about each move.
All I have to say to WWE brass is, Don’t Blow This. Among the young crop of talent (men or women) I love Bianca. She is strong, smart, great on the mc, beautiful and versatile (she can be a great face or heel).
Few Superstars make my case for the ineptitude of WWE writing as well as Shorty G. Its clear WWE has no idea what to do with him. The problem is really with the WWE’s way of business, by which I mean their insistence on marketing cartoonish characters over talent. I would have never asked Chad Gable, who is a bona fide technical wrestling specialist, NCAA All-American and Olympian to rebrand himself as Shorty G. That was as poor a decision as adding marshmallows to Fruit Loops. On both fronts I say, stop it, stop it now. If Chad Gable is too long a name for the fan base, then have him go by Gable. But write for him in a way that accentuate his pure athleticism and charisma. He could end up being the future of your company, but you are instead squandering his talent out of not knowing how to use him. I’m sure Impact, AEW, NWA, IGPW or any other brand would know exactly how to use him.
Overall Grade – Undetermined. Ask me after the first two PPVs how I feel. Hopefully, unlike last draft(s), WWE will give these moves time to work out.