As promised, we got the Supplemental Draft on today’s edition of Talking Smack, and it was not worth the wait. Only WWE could bungle up something that should be so simple to present.
We were told that the wrestlers not picked from yesterday’s draft agents were now free agents who could choose which brand they would join. The key words are italicised. They could choose for themselves. Otherwise, they might as well have announced it all on SmackDown and saved themselves having to bother with a Supplemental Draft.
Around halfway through Talking Smack, whilst Otis and Tucker were being interviewed, hosts Kayla Braxton and Sami Zayn got a message in their earpieces—they had just been made aware of the Supplemental Draft picks. Now, on the basis that the wrestlers were supposed to be choosing where they wanted to go, surely Tucker should have interrupted and announced his choice for himself, a choice that one would imagine aligned with Otis’ placement on SmackDown?
Neither thing happened. Sami and Kayla began to list the various Supplemental picks that had been made up until they got to Tucker, where Sami gleefully revealed that Tucker was to be seperated from Otis by being moved to Raw. Otis and Tucker were crestfallen—the implication being that Tucker hadn’t chosen and therefore NONE OF THE OTHER SUPPLEMENTAL PICKS HAD CHOSEN FOR THEMSELVES EITHER!!!
Not only that, four of the Supplemental Draft pool—Mickie James, Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado and Shorty G—weren’t even assigned to a brand or even mentioned at all. You wonder what the point is.
The Draft is important, no matter the level of the wrestlers, because this is the company resetting itself and putting the initial building blocks in place for the next 12 month’s feuds and storylines. For the Draft process to work, there has to be consistency to the approach and it must be made to feel important with every single announcement. Talking Smack had neither of these things.
The Supplemental Draft Picks were as follows:
- Humberto Carrillo remains on Raw.
- Murphy moves from Raw to Smackdown
- Drew Gulak moves from SmackDown to
- Kalisto remains on Smackdown
- Tucker moves from SmackDown to Raw.
There are no real surprises here, not that I expected there to be. Murphy is of course going to SmackDown to continue his involvement in the Seth Rollins-Mysterio family feud. Meanwhile, while there was no breakdown of relationship, Heavy Machinery have now been split up.
As commented upon earlier, it will be interesting to see what direction they go in with Tucker. Sami Zayn made the point that Tucker is talented but has been overshadowed by Otis’ charisma., so Tucker now has a chance to shine. It’s also noticeable that Mandy Rose is on Raw. They wouldn’t…would they?
What do you think of the Draft picks so far? Let me know in the comments, and keep it here at Sports Obsessive for the latest Draft updates and analysis.