WWE: Here are draft predictions for SmackDown Live and RAW for 2019

first_img WATCH US LIVE Written By Last Updated: 3rd October, 2019 18:24 IST WWE: Here Are Draft Predictions For SmackDown Live And RAW For 2019 The World Wrestling Entertainment draft is all set to take place on October 11, 2019, for SmackDown and October 14, 2019, for Raw. Here is a prediction about it FOLLOW US COMMENT First Published: 3rd October, 2019 18:24 ISTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) draft is all set to take place on October 11, 2019, for SmackDown and October 14, 2019, for Raw. The most significant prediction is that Becky Lynch is probably going move to SmackDown Live in the WWE Draft 2019. The draft is going to take place after the Hell in a Cell PPV, Becky Lynch will be defending Raw Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks. She is likely to lose the title at the PPV, freeing herself to be selected by SmackDown. Plus, Fox is advertising Becky for WWE SmackDown, which draws us to this conclusion. Read | WWE Hell in a Cell: Date, time and where to watch the WWE PPVAnother draft to be predicted is of Finn Balor. The biggest reason behind the move is because it would set him up to join the O.C faction. He has been a babyface since he joined WWE, and it would be engaging with them to change his directions. His move to Raw will probably see him with AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson.Read | WWE Hell in a Cell: Match details and predictions for the upcoming PPVWWE news: Splitting of Asuka and Kairi SaneBoth Asuka and Kairi Sane have the potential and talent to be top singles, and their tag team is just hurting their won images. This would lead to a lot of exciting feuds like Asuka vs Sasha Banks and Asuka vs Becky Lynch II. Also, Kairi Sane vs every single member of the Four Horsewomen will be another thrilling clash. WWE will probably plan this split of Kabuki Warriors in this draft for their good. Read | WWE Hell In A Cell: Everything you need to know about the Pay-per-ViewWWE news: Superstars going undraftedAnother thing to be predicted is that a Superstar from SmackDown will go undrafted. Someone like Apollo Crews has a chance to be undrafted as he acts as a heel and he doesn’t have a face in WWE. After this, he will be probably shifted to NXT and NXT UK over the next few months. He will have to work his way up to SmackDown or Raw.Read | WWE Raw: Best from the current roster including Braun Strowman Akhil Nambiar last_img read more

Why the Diamondbacks traded for Leake, Gallen but parted with Greinke at deadline

first_imgDiamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen’s remarks leading up to the MLB trade deadline proved prophetic in light of the deals he executed Wednesday.He had hinted that his organization would be part buyer, part seller, but it was unclear what such a strategy would entail. Arizona has hovered around .500 most of the season, and it occupied a strange place as it approached July 31 — not a clear wild card contender but also positioned to delay an extensive rebuild. That’s not to suggest Arizona anticipates success this August and September. Hazen, in fact, told the Arizona Republic on July 22 that he doesn’t expect his .500 squad to suddenly emerge as World Series challengers.“I don’t think, objectively, that’s a position we should be staking ourselves to,” Hazen said.He didn’t pin himself to that faint hope on Wednesday. Still, his flurry of attention-grabbing deadline moves — geared toward the present and the future — kept the Diamondbacks’ competitive season from becoming a thing of the past. Hazen did not view his in-between position negatively.“Like in (the) offseason, there may be some creative things we need to do to help us now and in the future,” Hazen told the Arizona Republic on July 10. “I think those possibilities exist.”MORE: How to watch “ChangeUp,” an MLB whiparound show, for free on DAZNThe Diamondbacks acquired two starters — a veteran and a rookie — without significantly eroding their minor league system. Then they offloaded right-hander Zack Greinke’s massive contract to the Astros and got several high-level prospects in return. As a result, they kept themselves in the 2019 playoff race while bolstering their farm.Arizona netted Mike Leake from the Mariners for prospect Jose Caballero, and it added promising rookie right-hander Zac Gallen from the Marlins for Double-A shortstop Jazz Chisholm. Leake (4.40 ERA) is a sturdy middle-rotation arm known for being able to handle a heavy workload. Arizona will reportedly pay just $6 million of the more than $20 million still owed to him. Gallen, meanwhile, is a 23-year-old with a 2.72 ERA in seven career outings. Each should contribute down the stretch this year.While Chisolm is a consensus top 100 prospect, he’s hitting .204 this year in Jackson. Caballero was not considered a crucial part of Arizona’s system.The Greinke deal may have appeared a contradiction from the Leake and Gallen deals, but in reality, sending their ace to Houston might work out for the Diamondbacks even in the short-term. In the final two months of the regular season, Leake and Gallen could theoretically combine to approach the on-field value of Greinke, who was making more than five times the salary of any of his Arizona teammates at $34.5 million. So far this campaign, Leake and Gallen have produced 3.1 wins above replacement compared with Greinke’s 4.7 bWAR. Gallen did not reach the big leagues until late June, though.MORE: Zack Greinke trade gradesShedding Greinke allows the Diamondbacks increased roster flexibility. They’re no longer on the hook for the full $70 million he’s owed across 2020 and 2021, instead eating $24 million of that total, according to a report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. They can reinvest the freed cash toward free agency or player extensions.Perhaps most important for the Arizona, though, is the prospect return it got for its ace. First baseman Seth Beer was Houston’s No. 3 prospect by MLB.com’s rankings. Right-handers J.B. Bukauskas and Corbin Martin ranked No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Josh Rojas came in at No. 22.Each of those players is in Double-A or above right now, a crucial development for the Diamondbacks given their lack of upper-minors talent. They previously buffed up their Single-A ranks with a strong 2019 MLB Draft and had been searching for additional assets closer to MLB. They got those youngsters without conceding the current playoff race.last_img read more