2005 WWE draft lottery

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John Cena, the first draftee in the 2005 WWE draft

The 2005 World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) draft lottery took place over a three-week period in June. There were ten draft picks and an eleven-person trade conducted between the promotion's two brands: Raw and SmackDown!, where twenty-two superstars were drafted and traded overall.[1] The draft took place on WWE's two-hour television programs, Raw, which aired on Spike TV, and SmackDown!, which aired on UPN.[2] Post-draft trades were announced on WWE's official website, WWE.com.[1][3] The draft picks were announced each Monday on Raw and each Thursday on SmackDown! from June 6 to June 30.[2] Each draftee was drafted at random.[2] Every Superstar and Diva from Raw and SmackDown! were eligible to be drafted, including announcers, commentators, and general managers.[2]

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Background[edit]

On the April 18, 2005 episode of Raw, Mr.McMahon, the WWE Chairman, announced that a draft lottery would take place the following month in May.[4] On the May 16, 2005 episode of Raw however, McMahon announced that the draft would take place in June over a one-month period.[5] Following the announcement, he made note that there were no exceptions from the draft, including the injured and the champions.[5]

Superstar selections[edit]

Draft lottery[edit]

Pick # Brand (to) Employee
(Real name)[1]
Role Brand (from)
1 Raw John Cena Male wrestler SmackDown!
2 SmackDown! Chris Benoit Male wrestler Raw
3 Raw Kurt Angle Male wrestler SmackDown!
4 SmackDown! Randy Orton Male wrestler Raw
5 Raw Carlito
(Carlos Colón, Jr.)
Male Wrestler SmackDown!
6 SmackDown! Muhammad Hassan and Khosrow Daivari
(Mark Copani and Shawn Daivari)
Male wrestler Raw
7 Raw The Big Show
(Paul Wight)
Male wrestler SmackDown!
8 Raw Rob Van Dam
(Robert Szatkowski)
Male wrestler SmackDown!
9 SmackDown! Christian
(William Reso)
Male wrestler Raw
10 SmackDown! Batista
(David Bautista)
Male wrestler Raw

Post-draft trades[edit]

Pick # Brand (to) Employee
(Real name)[2]
Role Brand (from)
1 Raw Billy Kidman1
René Duprée
(René Goguen)
The Damaja
(Daniel Hollie)
Kenzo Suzuki2
Hiroko2
(Hiroko Suzuki)
Kerwin White3
(Salvador Guerrero IV)
Male wrestlers/Diva SmackDown!
SmackDown! Steven Regal
(Darren Matthews)
Candice Michelle
(Candice Michelle Beckman-Ehrlich)
Sylvain
Simon Dean
(Mike Bucci)
Stevie Richards
(Michael Manna)
Male wrestlers/Diva Raw
  • 1 – Kidman made only one appearance on Raw.
  • 2 – These people were released from their contracts prior to their return to Raw.
  • 3 – Guerrero made his return on the July 7 edition of Raw repackaged as Kerwin White. The gimmick was later abandoned in November 2005 after the death of Eddy Guerrero.

Aftermath[edit]

After John Cena was drafted to Raw, along with the WWE Championship, SmackDown! was left without a World Heavyweight Championship for the remainder of the month of June.[6] On the June 23, 2005 episode of SmackDown!, General Manager, Theodore Long, announced a new World Championship for the SmackDown brand, called the SmackDown! Championship.[6][7] The new champion would have been determined in a six-man elimination match between The Undertaker, Muhammad Hassan, Christian, Booker T, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Chris Benoit, which Layfield won on the June 30, 2005 episode of SmackDown!.[8][9] After Layfield won the match, Long announced that the SmackDown! Championship was not needed because the then-World Heavyweight Champion, Batista, had been drafted to SmackDown!.[8][9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Waldman, Jon. "WWE announces trade to finish Draft Lottery". Canoe: SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d "2005 WWE Draft Lottery". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2005-06-13. Archived from the original on 19 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  3. ^ "RAW and SmackDown! agree to a 11-person deal". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2005-06-30. Archived from the original on 19 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  4. ^ "WWE Raw (April 18, 2005) Results". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  5. ^ a b "WWE Raw (May 16, 2005) Results". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  6. ^ a b "WWE SmackDown! (June 23, 2005) Results". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 17 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  7. ^ "SmackDown!". PWWEW.net. Retrieved 25 February 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "WWE SmackDown! (June 30, 2005) Results". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 17 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  9. ^ a b "6 Man Elimination match for the vacant WWE Championship". PWWEW.net. Retrieved 2008-02-24.