I’m pushing bedtime, but I had to get up my analysis of the completed WWF roster split draft. I’ll make adjustments tomorrow if I missed anyone; I think we’re missing at least 3 people… KEY: 1st col=Cruiserweight, 2=Main Eventer, 3=Alignment
SMACKDOWN x $ f The Rock x $ h Kurt Angle x $ ? Chris Benoit x $ f Hollywood Hulk Hogan x f Rikishi x f Mark Henry x f DDP x f Albert x h Test x f Farooq x h Hardcore Holly x f Val Venis x ? Perry Saturn $ h Chris Jericho h Billy & Chuck (TAG CHAMPS) f Edge f D-Von Dudley [ECW] h Ivory f Al Snow f Torrie Wilson f Stacy Keibler f Tazz [ECW] * f Maven (HARDCORE CHAMP) * f Billy Kidman * f Tajiri (CRUISER CHAMP) [ECW] * f Hurricane * h Lance Storm [ECW] * f Scotty 2 Hotty * h Christian RAW x $ h Undertaker x $ h nWo x $ f Kane x $ h Booker T x f Big Show x f Bubba Ray Dudley [ECW] x h Brock Lesnar x f Bradshaw x h Mr. Perfect x h Shawn Stasiak x h Big Boss Man * $ f Rob Van Dam (IC CHAMP) [ECW] h William Regal (EURO CHAMP) h Steven Richards h Raven [ECW] h Justin Credible [ECW] ? Tommy Dreamer [ECW] f D'lo Brown f Terri f Jacqueline h Golddust f Trish Stratus f Mighty Molly f Lita * f Matt Hardy * f Jeff Hardy * f Spike Dudley [ECW] * h Crash Holly
Points worth note:
- Both have roughly the same number of main eventers, although HHH and Austin could skew things. (Assuming Austin doesn’t quit his job.)
- Smackdown has more well defined cruiserweights, more young talents — Raw has more veterans and big bruisers.
- Smackdown has more undercard sorts (young, makes sense) — Raw has more veterans, including 80’s types.
- Smackdown has more WCW types, who were cruiserweights — Raw has more former ECW workers who aren’t assimilated yet.
- Smackdown has the two eyecandy clone blonds — but Raw has more female talent in general, including actual wrestling women.
- Tag teams broken up: Molly/Hurricane, Dudley Boys (although Bubba now has Spike), the APA.
- Tag teams kept together: Scotty/Albert, Billy/Chuck, Matt/Jeff/Lita.
- If things go as I’m thinking they will for some incoming talent… Rey Mysterio Jr. will go to Smackdown and Eddie Gurrero will go to Raw (or possibly Smackdown). Ron Waterman will go to Raw.
Of the two, Smackdown is looking like the hotter show for fans of WRESTLING, and Raw is more for fans of Sports Entertainment. And oddly, Vince is running Smackdown. Go figure.