Every year since the Brandsplit, the WWE has used the draft to "shake things up a bit".  Sometimes the draft does wonders for talent, who either have had a push stalled or are in need of a greater push and get one on another show.  Other times, the switch leads to a return to mediocrity for talent.  It's even possible that a talent is drafted as a "last chance", and if success is not found on the new brand, a pink slip may not be far behind.  I love the draft.  I find it fun to analyze the picks and what kind of success or failures each talent might find on their new brand.  Considering I have done that already on the Midweek Special of Mouthing Off (If you haven't seen it yet, check it out!), I thought it would be fun to look back at last year.  It's easy to forget how things were even a year ago, so I thought I'd remind everyone just where we were at last year.  So, without further adieu, at this time last year:

-Randy Orton was the despised heel leader of Legacy and had just regained the WWE championship from Triple H.

-Edge had regained the World Heavyweight title from John Cena and was still married to Vickie Guerrero.

-CM Punk was the loved babyface who had won his second Money in the Bank briefcase.

-Umaga was alive and feuding with Punk over his briefcase.

-John Morrison and the Miz were split up via the draft and most predicted Morrison would obtain success while Miz would be the "Jannetty" of the group and fade into obscurity.

-MVP was drafted to Raw and was a hot commodity, interrupting Orton on his first night on Raw.  This seemed to be the start of a main event push for MVP....

-Chris Jericho was drafted to Smackdown where he could finally feud with someone under 55 (remember that he feuded with Legends at Wrestlemania 25)

-Vladimir Koslov was the "hot commodity" that ECW received on draft night.

-ECW actually existed.....

-Christian was still in the midst of his return to WWE and was feuding with Jack Swagger over the ECW title.

-Matt Hardy was drafted from Smackdown and was riding high in his new heel persona.

-Matt had just beaten his brother Jeff at Wrestlemania, though Jeff was fresh off of winning his first ever WWE Title.

-The Divas and Women's title belts switched brands, as Melina went to Smackdown while Maryse went to Raw.

-The Colon brothers had just Unifed the Tag Team Titles and were actually relevant.

-DH Smith and Natalya were unaffiliated performers who were drafted from Smackdown to ECW where childhood friend Tyson Kidd just "happened" to be situated.

-Mr. Kennedy was drafted to Raw and was expected to be the breakout star on the brand.

-Zack Ryder was a longhaired former accomplice of Edge who was broken from his tag team partner and sent to ECW where it looked likely that his career was finished.

-Curt Hawkins was left on Smackdown and it was thought that being on the better brand meant that Hawkins was the "Edgehead" with a future.

-Luke Gallows was known as Festus, the loveable "special" redneck that was controlled by a bell.

-Festus was split from his teammate Jesse, who was also portraying a redneck.  This, unfortunately, meant the last of the theme song "biscuits and gravy".

-Dolph Ziggler was a goofy nobody who's entire gimmick was saying "hi, I'm Dolph Ziggler"

-Brian Kendrick was drafted to Raw and expected to make a huge impact on the brand as the cocky "THE Brian Kendrick".

-Kendrick's bodyguard, Ezekiel Jackson, was drafted to ECW, and with very little experience, he wasn't expected to accomplish much. 

-Candice Michelle was drafted to Smackdown in hopes of reviving her career.

-Sheamus was a developmental talent who would work dark matches and prompt the live audience to have to avert their eyes from the paleness they now see on a weekly basis.

-Drew McIntyre was an afterthought who failed in the WWE as a Kilt wearing Scotsman.

-Santino was fresh off a Wrestlemania victory as "Santina" Marella

-Batista was the huge returning babyface to help Triple H against Randy Orton and Legacy.

-Hornswoggle was drafted to Raw without Finlay.  This might be the worst move WWE has ever made.

-Jim Ross was still doing Smackdown commentary and not a thought existed about him slowing down.

-Lastly, Shawn Michaels was on hiatus after having an all-time great match with the Undertaker.  Everyone knew he was coming back and there were no thoughts that his career was anywhere near over.

 

It's amazing what a difference a year makes.  At this time last year, I was writing random blogs on blogspot where I suspect I was the only person reading my articles.  Luckily, my writing has gotten a "Miz push" and I'm writing for the best sports blogging network on the web.  You never know what the next year may bring, but let's hope that we all get the pushes we deserve and none of us are "wished well in our future endeavors".