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SmackDown drafts up

No matter what angle you take, the first-ever tri-branded WWE Draft shook SmackDown at its blue-hued core. By the numbers, SmackDown lost nine competitors (including the bejeweled Queen Sharmell), but snared 10 new Superstars for its roster. So, it would appear that between last week's Raw and this weekend's Supplementary Draft on WWE.com, the Friday night brand ended up winning out. Of course, things are not always so cut-and-dry.

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Seeking Vengeance

PHILADELPHIA -- With less than two weeks until the history-making Vengeance: Night of Champions, the Ultimate Opportunist Edge is doing all he can to protect his World Heavyweight Championship from Batista, while Montel Vontavious Porter faces a new challenger for his United States Championship - SmackDown draftee Ric Flair.

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Flair-ing up SmackDown

Now that Ric Flair is approaching the twilight of his career, it seems that starting over on a new brand could be his toughest challenge to date. One has to wonder if Flair still has enough gas left in his tank to work his way from the bottom up.

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Friday night vigil

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PHILADELPHIA -- After the devastation of Monday's Raw, the Superstars of SmackDown and the new draftees paid tribute to Mr. McMahon throughout the night. As questions swirl around the tragic events that befell the Chairman, SmackDown carried on the show, hoping to relieve some of the emotional stress that haunts them in the wake of the horrendous limo explosion.

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