Welcome to Diva Dirtâ€™s Diva Draft! As the annual WWE Draft looms ever closer, airing on June 23rd this year, we will be looking at the Divas we think should move shows and why. Over the next four weeks, we will be sharing our guide to the Divas we think she should be move brands! In all, weâ€™ll have 6 Divas making the switch in our virtual guide. Check back every Wednesday until the Draft for more Divas!
Editorâ€™s Note: Welcome to the fourth and final week of Diva Draft, the Draft is just a few days away and lots of buzz is going around the Internet about who will be drafted where. Last week, I chose to switch Layla to RAW and this is something many of you surprisingly agreed with. This week, our draft concludes with the final two picks we think should make the move to another brand.
Pick #1: Maria
Why: Maria is suffering from a severe case of envy, girl wishes it was still March when she was on RAW every week. As a result of her ditching the bimbo gimmick for Playboy, she canâ€™t go back to her ditzy fun-loving character. Lately, sheâ€™s become a jobber on RAW and so she should be with the likes of Mickie, Melina and Beth on the brand. Mariaâ€™s been on RAW for 4 years without really being all that great in the ring, I donâ€™t know how sheâ€™s lasted so long. Itâ€™s time she was moved over to SmackDown! Maria has said in the past that she doesnâ€™t wanna leave RAW, well as far as Iâ€™m concerned she doesnâ€™t belong there. In my eyes, the way SmackDown!â€™s going, thereâ€™s no shame in being moved there. SmackDown! is the â€œlearning brandâ€ Diva-wise, sheâ€™ll have the chance to work with the great Victoria, even Natalya and grow more confident in the ring. On SmackDown!, sheâ€™ll have the benefit of fresh feuds (Victoria, Natalya, Maryse) as well as the chance to be a babyface and top Diva like Michelle currently is. Maria is definitely my #1 Diva pick to switch brands.
Pick #2: Kelly Kelly
Why: Kelly Kellyâ€™s another Diva who could do with being placed on SmackDown!, it seems to me that the Diva has simply outgrown her current home of ECW. By becoming a fully fledged SmackDown! Diva, Kelly will be able to grow and mould her basic wrestling skills (though she is showing vast improvements) as well as develop her character. Like Torrie Wilson and Michelle McCool before her, SmackDown! could easily become Kellyâ€™s stomping ground. I see SmackDown! as the training ground for developing Divas, you train hard, showcase your stuff on SmackDown!, develop as a character before graduating to RAW. Kelly could definitely prosper from that way of business.
Pick #3: Michelle McCool
Why: Michelle is the Diva being buzzed about this year that fans think should make the move. Last year, it was Jillian (see how well that turned out?) and this year itâ€™s the All-American Girl, whoâ€™s made waves on SmackDown! over the past 6 months. Sheâ€™s come a long way for a former Diva Search contestant, she is now SmackDown!â€™s top Diva and has improved vastly in the ring. Is it time she got to showcase her skills on the â€œAâ€ show? I would suggest so. Michelle could really benefit from experiencing how RAW does things: the fully-fledged womenâ€™s division is on RAW for one, plus the show is live. Michelle would get a flare for Monday nights from working with Mickie James, Beth Phoenix and Melina and who knows, maybe after working her way up the ranks, she could even be pushed for the Womenâ€™s Championship?
Pick #4: Layla
Why: Yes, RAW. All this talk about how Candice has improved, how Michelle and Kelly have improved we’ve forgotten about Layla. Layla, in my eyes, is miles ahead of the rest of the pack – she may not be as good in the ring as Michelle, but one thing that she has that the aforementioned don’t – is personality and charisma. Layla has really developed a character for herself and become the bad girl we love to hate, plus she has decent in-ring skills that she can enhance. The reason I put her on RAW is because every brand needs that enhancement talent to help put over the other Divas and I think Layla has the skillset and personality to make it on the A-show. I don’t think she’d be Women’s Championship material (not yet anyway), but she’d definitely be a good candidate to job to the likes of Mickie and Melina, to put them over and also make up the numbers in tag team matches. I guess it’s not as glamourous a role as being Women’s Champion, but Layla would be able to grow as a performer working with the RAW Divas while showing what she has already got.
Pick #5: Ashley
Why: Get her away from RAW. Get her away from Divas who can wrestle. Get her away from anything that is good and holy! Ashley honestly deserves to be stuck on ECW in a holding pattern for the rest of her career.
Pick #6: Jillian
Why: It seems everyone except Jillian has been getting some spotlight on RAW, in the year since she moved to the brand. I mean seriously, it’s amazing how all the RAW Divas have had high profile feuds and matches all except Jillian. Ashley and Maria got a plush WrestleMania slot, Candice Michelle became the Women’s Champion and more recently Mickie, Beth and Melina have all been involved in the brand’s top storylines and the title hunt. And now as Jillian approaches one year as a RAW Diva – a Diva that debuted just a few months ago is getting a title shot over her! I am of course talking about Katie Lea. So what about Jillian? She has pretty much been a jobber on RAW and I think moving her back to SmackDown! could reinvigorate her character like it did for Victoria. SmackDown! really could use a talented worker like Jillian to add to it’s growing women’s division and she’d actually have a shot at the Divas Championship.
Final Thoughts: Since I began this feature four weeks ago a lot has changed and some of that has affected my draft picks. In light of the Divas Championship, I would pull Pick #3 and keep Michelle on SmackDown! where she can be the top face competing for the title with the likes of Victoria, Natalya etc. Ideally, I think SmackDown! and ECW deserves to gain more talent as they can split the talent between the two brands. Meanwhile as RAW is live, there’s a lot more to fit onto the broadcast and as such, there’s a limited amount of positions for the Divas. I would limit RAW to 6 Divas: Candice, Melina and Mickie as faces and Beth, Katie and Layla as heels. Over on SmackDown!, the brand would gain Maria and Kelly as faces, who can work with Michelle as the top face Divas while the top heel Divas would be Jillian, Natalya and Victoria. As SmackDown! has ECW also, it can split matches etc. between the two brands and therefore I think SmackDown! should have more talent. Maryse and Cherry are fine for serving lesser roles in the division as they currently do. Meanwhile, Eve and Lena hardly factor in as they’re backstage interviewers. As for Ashley, well… *Ends dramatically like Sopranos series finale*
Anyway, time for a poll! Which draft pick do you most agree with? Vote below: