This week's SmackDown episode took place in Baltimore, Maryland. This episode was highly anticipated because it coincided with the first night of the WWE Draft 2021, so much so that some big names have changed the roster.
Drew McIntyre, New Day, Jeff Hardy, and Charlotte Flair went from Raw to SmackDown. Likewise, the red brand has seen some significant acquisitions such as those of WWE Champion Big E, Bianca Belair, Edge and Mysterio. Universal Champion Roman Reigns instead remained in the blue show.
The second night of the draft will be held in Nashville on Monday. During the latest edition of 'Smack Talk' on Sportskeeda, former WWE manager Dutch Mantell analyzed the creative process of the Stamford-based federation.
From his point of view, the Draft is useful for WWE leadership to create long-term storylines that can go all the way to WrestleMania. Although some storylines may change over time, the main angles have now been set by the company.
Dutch Mantell on the 2021 Draft
“The Draft is an event that is not only about the evolution of talent but also provides us with a number of important clues about the paths WWE wants to take. You don't have to think that the federation reasons week by week, the gaze is already projected towards WrestleMania.
I'm not saying the situation will remain as it is now until the next edition of Mania, but the path has been traced. Having all this time available, they will be able to develop the various plots well and make any changes” - explained Dutch Mantell.
During the latest edition of SmackDown, we also witnessed the strange segment of Seth Rollins aimed at fueling his feud with Edge. The former Shield member entered the rival's house and took a small tour followed by the camera.
Rollins inspected family photos, personal items, and even examined the refrigerator. “I saw that segment and it felt quite unpleasant. I didn't know what to think about it. It was quite suitable for the character of Seth, but I wanted to look the other way" - confided Mantell.
Following Vice's Dark Side of the Ring episode featuring the infamous 'Plane Ride from Hell,' WWE Veteran Dutch Mantell gave his opinion on Ric Flair, deeming his actions "disrespectful." "That's disrespectful.
I would never do that and I wouldn't want anybody to do it to me. To me, it's not funny. To me, it's stupid. To me, it's disrespectful to the people who you're working with. But he did it for years and what surprised me is more people didn't know about it .
. . Before I go any further, let me say, Ric Flair wasn't the only one to behave badly, back in those days. There was a lot of guys. I'm not gonna bring any names up now, but they know who they are . . . I have no sympathy at all because this is behaviour that he did over and over and over again," Dutch Mantell said.