In case you missed our exclusive Smark City Mock Draft podcast where I moderated the heated (not heated) confrontation between Chris Marshall drafting for RAW and Alex Briggs drafting for SmackDown, you can listen to that podcast right here! I listened to them go on about who they wanted for their brand and why and Chris provided a couple of swerves in his drafting. Here’s the breakdown.
Chris Marshall (RAW) – Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Enzo & Cass, Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev (w/ Lana), Cesaro, The Miz (w/ Maryse), Sheamus, The Club, New Day, Tye Dillinger
Alex Briggs (SmackDown) – AJ Styles, John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, American Alpha, Neville, Randy Orton, Baron Corbin, The Revival, Sami Zayn, Breezango
For those of you who don’t know, Chris is a HUGE Seth Rollins fan and it was a legitimate shock right off the bat that he decided to pick Dean Ambrose, taking the WWE
World Heavyweight Championship off the table. Alex could have taken Seth but instead decided to stick to his first pick of AJ Styles.
Chris ended up drafting all three members of the group formerly known as The Shield, while also officially breaking Gallows and Anderson away from AJ Styles. Chris didn’t want any Shield 2.0 on SmackDown and broke all of our hearts. WWE did the same, but this is Smark City and we like good things. Chris may be working for the evil Mr. MeekMahan up north.
Now I could simply list a winner right here, but I have a few other factors in play. I’m going off of not only this mock draft, but the real WWE draft AND my curveball question during the podcast of which announcers you would pick for your brand. Here are the stats. Also, thanks to WWE.com for putting this all online so I didn’t have to re-watch the show.
Both Alex and Chris picked 12 members for their rosters (including tag teams), with 3 NXT picks each.
Chris chose Nakamura and Tye Dillinger from NXT, neither were drafted to any brand. Alex chose Balor, American Alpha, and The Revival, 2/3 were drafted and only one (American Alpha) was drafted to his brand SmackDown.
Overall, 11/12 of Alex’s picks were successfully drafted by WWE. Only 10/12 of Chris’ picks were successfully drafted.
Of those successfully drafted, Chris was successful in mock drafting 8 roster members that coincided with WWE’s RAW draft. Alex however was successful in mock drafting only 7 roster members that coincided with WWE’s SmackDown draft.
The successful draft picks are as shown:
Chris (RAW) – Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, New Day, Rusev, Enzo & Cass, The Club (without AJ), Cesaro, and Sheamus
Alex (SmackDown) – AJ Styles, John Cena, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, American Alpha, and Breezango
Now as far as my curveball question where I had both men pick the announcers for their brand, something happened that tipped the scale in Chris’ favor. Chris allowed Alex to go first and choose all the announcers he wanted for his brand, and Alex did NOT go the way of an evil MeekMahan and hog the best announcers. By not doing so, Chris ended up successfully mock drafting 2/3 of his announcers that coincided with WWE’s RAW draft. And because Alex did not pick 3 announcers, he only successfully mock drafted 1/2 of his announcers that coincided with WWE’s SmackDown draft.
Chris (RAW) – Michael Cole, JBL, Corey Graves (WWE – Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves)
Alex (SmackDown) – Mauro Ranallo, Daniel Bryan (WWE – Mauro Ranallo, JBL, David Otunga)
After looking at all of this information, I can determine that when it comes down to strictly roster picks, Alex Briggs is the winner. While his announce team is also great, it’s not the reality of what WWE has gone for. Also, did you HEAR Alex’s idea for Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt? That alone is a winner. Where I think Chris Marshall shines is in his announce team, which WWE seemed to have listened to in some part.
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