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Final Draft, 2010
In the wake of Extreme Rules on Sunday night, the WWE Universe witnessed a complete realignment of the Superstars in their galaxy. On Monday Night Raw, the 2010 WWE Draft precipitated a big bang for the brands, while the Supplemental Draft, held exclusively on WWE.com, pulled many Superstars even further from their orbit. In total, the 2010 WWE Draft saw 20 Superstars switch brands, with Raw and SmackDown each absorbing 10 new faces onto their respective rosters.
Arguably the most monumental trades to take place during the 2010 WWE Draft were Raw's acquisition of Edge and Chris Jericho. With 13 WWE and World Heavyweight Titles between them, the Ultimate Opportunist and the self-important Superstar promise to pose a threat to any and all opponents -- as The Rated-R Superstar demonstrated by spearing Randy Orton on the night he was drafted.
Speaking of threats, Raw draftees John Morrison and occasional tag team partner R-Truth will undoubtedly put into peril their fellow Raw roster mates, recently crowned Unified Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty. Both Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith, along with lovely and lethal Natalya, were brought aboard the red brand during the Supplemental Draft, exclusively on WWE.com.
While the drafted Superstars bring a welcome addition to their new brands, the shifts also caused the dissolution of some robust partnerships, foremost perhaps, former Unified Tag Team partners Big Show & The Miz. SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long wasted no time in snatching The World's Largest Athlete for the blue brand. The 7-footer will loom large -- naturally -- in the hunt for The World Heavyweight Title, in the face of any competition - World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger, Kane or The Undertaker included.
Friday nights will also be marked by an infusion of agility and athleticism compliments of draftees Kofi Kingston, MVP and Christian. The trio add their electric exploits to a roster that already includes such dynamic Superstars as Rey Mysterio, CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler. Cue the fireworks.
The blue brand also gets a heavy splash of splendor with both Kelly Kelly and Rosa Mendes waving ta-ta to Raw and moving into the treacherous territory of Team Lay-Cool and Official Consultant Vickie Guerrero. Watch out, ladies!
In other brand-swapping news, Vance Archer and Tyler Reks, after waiting to see the outcome of the 2010 WWE Draft, each took advantage of their ECW free agency and signed on with SmackDown.
Tune into WWE programming as the Draftees officially take their places on their new homes. Catch Raw on USA Network on Monday at 9/8 CT, Friday Night SmackDown on MyNetwork TV at 8/7 CT. Plus, there's always "WWE Superstars" on WGN America, Thursdays at 8/9 PT, and WWE NXT on Syfy, Tuesdays at 10/9 CT.