Here's my column from July on my version of the (long awaited) WWF draft. Since the only place it was archived was at Sportsline, I figure now would be a good time to have it see the light of day again. - mlc
FROM THE DARK SIDE
War of the Roses, McMahon Style
No, this isn't a column about the Battle of Bosworth Field, although there are any number of people who would say Vince McMahon is a latter-day Richard III. The reference we're going for here is the black comedy of the same name, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as a bitter divorced couple who get extreme joy out of making the other suffer.
Rumors abound that the night after the Invasion PPV, the Battlin' Bickerson of sports entertainment will finish their divorce proceedings and all of the WWF assets will be divided in two. You guessed it, Linda will get one of the two TV shows and presumably give it to Shane, leading to WCW is Raw sometime in the future.
If this indeed what shakes down, let's just get a jump on the game. There was so much positive mail on the armchair-booked Invasion PPV that we're going to do something similar here. With the help of my *cough* good friend Dr. Alquimia, Master of the Egyptian Art (preview issue of his comic on sale now), we conducted a mock draft with all the WWF assets. This includes all WWF talent under contract. Dr. Alquimia refused to be WCW, since that name is poison south of the border. So he'll be representing Vince, while I'll be picking for Shane (Don't Call Me Gregory) O-Mac. A coin flip goes to the good doctor, gets the number one pick. Alternating Rounds. Anyone is fair Game. And away we go.
WWF - Steve Austin. Of course Vince would want his "good friend" Stone Cold. And the thought of WWF Champion in WCW is too much to take.
WCW - The Rock. Who else to build around than the Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment. And we can eventually turn Booker heel and they can feud over the use of the urunage/Rock Bottom/Book End.
WCW - Kurt Angle. Vince doesn't want "the dork" around any more anyway.
WWF - Triple H & Stephanie. Entered as a package deal.
WWF - Undertaker.
WCW - Kane. The Brothers Grimm are broken up.
WCW - Benoit. So what if he's on the shelf for a year.
WWF - Regal. The WWF needs its comissioner.
WWF - Rhyno. Vince doesn't want his new phenom to escape his clutches.
WCW - Jericho.
WCW - Jim Ross. Vince protests, saying JR is the voice of the WWF. Shane points out that "assets" include everyone.
WWF - Paul Heyman. Vince doesn't both broadcasters leaving, noting Heyman's value "behind the scenes."
WWF - APA - Rumor has it Vince was told to pick them "or else" according to Bradshaw.
WCW - Edge/Christian. Shane steals the eight-time tag team champions.
WCW - Hardys. A run on tag teams, as they can feud with E&C, Three-Count and the Dragons.
WWF - X-Pac. Triple H keeps his old Kliq buddy from going back to being Syxx.
WWF - Tajiri. Regal lobbies Vince for his "houseboy."
WCW - Lita.
WCW - Mick Foley. Shane immediately names him new WCW Commisioner.
WWF - Albert. Vince loves the big guys.
WWF - Bob Holly.
WCW - Test
WCW - Eddy Guerrero. Shane knows that, when he's "back from injury," he can team with Chavito.
WWF - Tazz
WWF - Michael Cole. Vince locks up the other announce team.
WCW - Jim Cornette. Shane says JR and Corny will be the best announce team in history.
WCW - Raven
WWF - Big Show. Shane laughs because he didn't want that contract.
WWF - Trish Stratus. Now that the divorce is final, he has his eye on Trish again.
WCW - Brock Lesnar/Shendon Benjamin. On advice of Cornette, Shane steals these OVW talents.
WCW - Molly Holly
WWF - Dudleys
WWF - Val Venis.
WCW - Jerry Lynn.
WCW - Kaientai
WWF - Scotty 2 Hotty
WWF - Justin Credible
WCW - D-Lo Brown. A loud cheer can be heard from Puerto Rico.
WCW - Dean Malenko.
WWF - Billy Gunn
WWF - Debra. Austin says "About Damn Time."
WCW - Crash Holly
WCW - Perry Saturn
WWF - Rikishi. Vince says "what a steal."
WWF - Al Snow.
WCW - Terri Runnels.
WCW - Stevie Richards.
WWF - Tori
WWF - Ivory. Vince appears to want to stockpile the Dvias.
WCW - Steve Blackman.
WCW - Michael Hayes. Another "behind the scenes" guy who can also fill in on commentary with JR and Cornette.
WWF - Haku
Undrafted: K-Kwik, Spike Dudley, Goodfather, Bull Buchanan, Chyna (shock of shocks).
Not surprisingly, Vince went a big line-up, while Shane took more Cruiserweights. Vince took more Divas. Shane has more tag teams.
For ease of continity, no tag teams were broken up. Shane also was more daring, stealing Jim Ross from Vince and also the biggest diamonds in the rough from the WWF developmental roster.
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