The 2009 WWE Draft shakes up history Monday

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April 06, 2009

Unbelievably, only one scant week after the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania rocked the city of Houston, WWE will again redefine history as we know it. On Raw Monday night, at a special start time of 8/7 CT on USA, Atlanta's Philips Arena will host the 2009 WWE Draft. And if past Drafts have been any indication, the landscape will most certainly change for the Superstars of Raw, SmackDown and ECW. [Click here for event ticket info.]

In many ways, the WWE Universe continues to feel the aftershocks created by last year's epic Draft on Raw (click here to relive 2008 Draft coverage), during which 10 Superstars changed their respective home brands. (Followed by more than a dozen Superstars who were affected by a subsequent Supplemental Draft that took place on WWE.com.) Several of those roster adjustments quickly resulted in title changes that dramatically altered the WWE landscape -- among them, CM Punk winning the World Heavyweight Championship from Edge a week after The Straightedge Superstar had been drafted to Raw.

This year's WWE Draft - the first one to take place on the week following a WrestleMania since 2002 - is already shaping up to be monumental in scope ... especially with Vickie Guerrero's shocking statement on Monday that she has declared herself the permanent General Manager of Raw. If her iron hand on SmackDown wasn't example enough, she's already demonstrating her baized brand of "marital law" on Raw - as recent as this week, when she announced that her husband Edge will attempt to reclaim the World Heavyweight Title from John Cena in a Last Man Standing Match at Backlash.

Clearly, if the WWE Draft is intended to "shake things up" in WWE, you can bet your bottom dollar that Vickie Guerrero will be one of the key players responsible for the shaking. And don't expect her to say "Excuse Me!" before she does it.

Continue to check here with WWE.com all week long, and watch the 2009 WWE Draft on Raw Monday night, at a special start time of 8/7 CT.

WWE Universe members can also join WWE Hall of Fame inductee Howard Finkel and WWE.com editors on an interactive Live Chat during during the Draft, starting at 7 p.m. ET. "The Fink" will also take part in WWEUniverse.com's Supplemental Draft Live Chat on Wednesday.

For tickets to this historic event in Atlanta, click here.

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