Due to the retirement of Edge, SmackDown in dire need of a top babyface, so Vince McMahon decided to hold the annual WWE Draft next Monday as opposed to a date in June. It was described as a “panic move” by backstage sources.
WWE officials have discussed moving Alberto Del Rio to RAW during next Monday’s WWE Draft as he is currently penciled to headline SummerSlam against John Cena. It has also been broached for Del Rio to move to the brand, with The Miz heading to SmackDown.
The entire mid-card, with The Nexus, The Corre, Jack Swagger, and Drew McIntyre specifically cited, are also strong candidates to change brands during the Draft. Right now, the plans call for R-Truth to be shipped off to SmackDown and Cody Rhodes to RAW.