Top WWE Star Doesn’t Want Brand Change, WWE Draft Update

Ryan Clark

TNA has pulled the entire card for tonight’s show in Cincinnati, OH which would indicate that the card will be different from what was previously advertised. For one thing, the New Japan Pro-Wrestling stars won’t be working the show as they ran into visa problems. Samoa Joe will now face AJ Styles tonight while Curry Man will team up with Shark Boy to face Robert Roode and James Storm.

SLAM! Wrestling has a really good article on Batista. He notes that he doesn’t want to change brands during the WWE Draft. “Personally, I would love to stay on Smackdown,” Batista said. “I feel like I’ve worked really hard with other guys to really build Smackdown. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved the past two years. Smackdown’s my home and it’s where I going to stay.” He also talks about his happiness with his storyline with Shawn Michaels, wanting to meet Bret Hart, his womenizing, Ric Flair, generally boycotting the internet (“I started boycotting the internet a long time ago when I realized how much negativity there was. And I take a lot of stuff personally, especially early back in my career. So I just avoid it. I realize I’m probably giving up the good stuff too but I just feel that there’s more negativity on the internet than there is positive.”), people thinking he’s arrogant, and more. He also says he doesn’t have MySpace of Facebook.

Aside from the very top talent if they’re moving, nobody is being told about WWE’s plans for the draft. At last year’s show, the wrestlers were told literally seconds before the picks announced on television. This year, things have been even quieter. There is a feeling that the company really needs to come through on the draft, so you should expect to see some major stars changing brands tomorrow night. On another note, internally, the belief is that theoretically, the Undertaker is not eligible for the draft due to the retirement storyline. For what it is worth, I’ve still heard that there is strong truth to the John Cena to SD! rumor that I posted about last week.

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