The WWE Draft begins tonight on Friday Night SmackDown.
Stephanie McMahon hosts the 2020 draft featuring more than
60 eligible wrestlers. In storyline, FOX and USA Network
executives will pick from the first pool of 20 superstars
tonight. The draft will then conclude on Monday's Raw.
SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley defends against Sasha
Banks tonight. Bayley turned against Banks last month after
losing to Women's Tag Team Champions Shayna Baszler & Nia
Jax. Bayley viciously beat down her former best friend.
Banks returned wearing a neck brace and attacked Bayley at
Clash of Champions.
Raw's Kevin Owens goes one-on-one with SmackDown's The
Fiend. Owens interviewed Alexa Bliss on the KO Show last
week. Bliss has fallen into a trance since interacting with
The Fiend several weeks ago. Owens wanted to understand
Bliss's darkness so he can understand Aleister Black, who
he's feuding with on Raw. The Fiend attacked Owens and
applied the Mandible Claw.
Big E takes on Sheamus in a falls count anywhere match.
Sheamus attacked Big E in the parking lot several weeks ago.
The attack caused Big E to drop out of the fatal four-way
number one contender's\ match later. Jey Uso ended up taking
his place in the match.
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Michael Cole and Corey Graves opened up SmackDown and talked
about some of the draft participants tonight. Cole stressed
that if a champion gets drafted, the title goes with them to
the new brand.
Draft Round 1
Stephanie McMahon came out onto the ramp to a podium and
announced the draft picks.
Raw: WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, Raw Women's Champion Asuka,
The Hurt Business.
SmackDown: Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins.
They made few changes with the first draft picks. McIntrye
and Reigns are remaining on their brands. The only change
was Rollins getting drafted to SmackDown. Asuka and all four
members of The Hurt Business stay on Raw.
In the back, Kayla Braxton interviewed Seth Rollins. She
noted he's no longer the Monday Night Messiah because he's
going to SmackDown. Rollins pointed out he's been a Raw
superstar and is excited to go to SmackDown. He's sorry he
doesn't get to see the Mysterio family explode, but at least
he doesn't have to see their faces anymore. Rollins's
comment seemed to foreshadow the Mysterio's getting drafted
Street Fight: Big E defeated Sheamus
Big E and Sheamus had a good street fight.
Sheamus had the early advantage until they brawled around
ringside. Big E went under the ring and pulled out giant
Booty O's. Sheamus took back over and scored a near fall.
They brawled in front of the announce table. Sheamus tied up
Big E in the ropes and beat him with the kendo stick. He
scored another near fall. Sheamus searched under the ring
and pulled out a bunch of stuff, including tape.
Sheamus crawled further under the ring. Big E then taped
Sheamus' legs together and beat him with the kendo stick.
Back from the break, Big E was firmly in control as he beat
Sheamus with the kendo stick. They fought backstage into the
catering area. Sheamus broke a bunch of eggs over Big E's
Sheamus picked up a computer screen to smash over Big E. Big
E recovered and hit Sheamus with a broom. He picked up a
trash can and hit Sheamus several times. Big E eventually
knocked Sheamus through a door to the parking lot.
Big E continued to beat Sheamus around the parking lot.
Sheamus hit Big E with a tire iron to regain control.
Sheamus then hit White Noise on the windshield of a car but
only scored a near fall. He then slammed the car door on Big
E. He placed Big E in the trunk of the car and teased
hitting the trunk door on his arm. Big E got his leg up to
block the door and fought out.
Sheamus attempted the Brogue Kick, but Big E moved, and
Sheamus kicked the trunk door off. Big E made a fiery
comeback and slammed Sheamus on the trunk of another car.
The finish came when Big E gave Sheamus the Big Ending off
the vehicle through two tables for the win.
Back from the break, Kayla Braxton interviewed Big E. She
noted he went through a physical match. A security guard
interrupted, but it was the returning Kofi Kingston.
Kingston then brought in a second security guard, which was
the returning Xavier Woods. New Day celebrated being back
together but noted the tag team titles are missing,
Jey Uso Promo
Uso came out to the ring and demanded that Roman Reigns come
out. He wanted to know the stipulation for their match at
Hell in a Cell. Uso wasn't surprised that Reigns didn't come
Paul Heyman interrupted on the big screen. He noted that
Reigns would give his answers on his time, not when Uso
demands it. Heyman praised Reigns and showed a brief video
After the video package, Reigns was sitting at a table with
Heyman standing next to him. Reigns noted Uso just had to
call him the tribal chief, but he didn't. Reigns announced
the stipulation. He said for the first time, the Hell in a
Cell match will also be an I Quit match. Reigns told Uso
that he loves him, but there'll be consequences after he
says I quit.
Draft Round 2
Stephanie McMahon came back out, and Michael Cole noted
Forbes named her the Most Influential Female CEO.
McMahon announced a second title match for tonight. The New
Day reunites and takes on Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura for the
Raw: A.J. Styles, Naomi, WWE Women's Tag Team Champions
Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax.
SmackDown: Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair
They made a few changes with these picks. Styles and Naomi
are going to Raw, and Belair goes to SmackDown.
Styles gave an interview from his home. Styles noted he
should have been the first draft pick. He's happy that he
doesn't have to be around Jeff Hardy or Sami Zayn anymore.
Matt Riddle & Jeff Hardy defeated The Miz & John MorrisonThis was a fine match with a significant post-match angle
featuring the return of Lars Sullivan.
Michael Cole noted Matt Riddle and Jeff Hardy agreed to be
partners after a Twitter exchange.
The faces had the early advantage and ran wild on the heels.
Hardy leaped off of Riddle's back and hit Morrison in the
corner. Riddle then jumped off of Hardy's back and hit a
dive onto the heels at ringside. As they went to break, Cole
referred to the faces as Matt and Jeff.
Back from the break, the heels were firmly in control after
taking over during the break. Morrison hit a standing
shooting star press for a near fall. Riddle got the hot tag
and ran wild on the heels. He hit a broton and German suplex
on Miz for near fall.
Hardy hit the Twist of Fate on Morrison. Miz jumped up and
threw Hardy out of the ring.
Riddle caught Miz with a knee and hit the Bro Derek for the
After the match, Hardy and Riddle celebrated their win.
Suddenly, Lars Sullivan's music hit and he made his return.
He marched down to the ring and beat down both Hardy and
Riddle. Hardy and Riddle got in no offense as Sullivan
continued to beat them down. Morrison tried to pull out Miz,
but Sullivan grabbed him. Sullivan viciously beat down Miz
as well. Draft Round 3
Stephanie McMahon announced that Lars Sullivan joins the Raw
draft pool on Monday.
Raw: Ricochet, Mandy Rose, The Miz & John Morrison.
SmackDown: Jey Uso, Rey & Dominik Mysterio.
The only significant change was Rey & Dominik Mysterio going
to SmackDown to continue the feud with Seth Rollins. The Miz
& Morrison getting drafted was pretty clear after the beat
In the back, Dominik and Rey Mysterio were excited that they
got drafted to SmackDown. Rey pointed out that Seth Rollins
thought he got away from them.
SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
This wasn't much of a match and seemed more like a set up
for a rematch. Despite the finish, the match was good for
the brief time they had.
Cole noted Eddie Guerrero is one of Banks' heroes, and today
would have been his 53rd birthday. Cole pointed out that
Bayley brought the chair she used to injure Banks to the
They did the special ring introductions. Banks jumped Bayley
at the bell. Bayley tried to escape, but Banks brought her
back. Banks attempted the Bank Statement, but Bayley rolled
her up for a near fall. They traded pin attempts until
Bayley rocked Banks with a stiff clothesline to her injured
Banks ended up on Bayley's shoulders but rolled into an arm
drag. Banks applied the Bank Statment, but Bayley got the
Bayley grabbed the steel chair and hit Banks for the
After the match, Banks snapped and continued to beat down
Bayley with the chair. Banks put Bayley's head into the
chair and teased stomping on it as Bayley did to injure
Banks. Bayley escaped and ran from the ring.
In the back, Kevin Owens was getting ready for his match
with The Fiend when Alexa Bliss approached. She told Ownes
to let him in.
The New Day defeated Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura to win the
SmackDown Tag Team Titles
This was a good match, but Kingston and Woods's return felt
rushed, as did the build for this match. They recapped
Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura defeating New Day at Extreme
Rules to win the titles. They had a good match that played
into the final round of draft picks. Woods started the match against Cesaro. Cole and Graves
noted Woods has been out of action for roughly a year with
an injury. Woods fought back and rocked Cesaro with a
Back from the break, the heels were firmly in control and
isolated Kingston. Woods got the hot tag and ran wild. He
hit a DDT from the ropes on Nakamura for a near fall.
Kingston got the tag and gave Cesaro a hip toss from the
apron to the floor. Kingson then hit a DDT off the ropes to
Kingston attempted a dive, but Cesaro caught him with an
uppercut. Cesaro gave Kingston the giant swing, and Nakamura
set up for the Kinshasa but Woods grabbed Nakamura's legs.
Kingston then hit trouble in paradise on Cesaro.
Nakamura attempted the reverse exploder suplex, but Kingston
landed on his feet, and Woods got the blind tag. The finish
came when Kingston hit the SOS on Nakamura, and Woods hit
the elbow off the top for the win.
Draft Round 4
Raw: SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day (Kofi Kingston
& Xavier Woods), Dana Brooke, Angel Garza
SmackDown: Big E, Otis
The big story was The New Day splitting Up. Big E's staying
on SmackDown while Woods and Kingston are going to Raw. All
three were visibly upset that the team is splitting up.
Woods and Kingston are taking the tag team titles with them
to Raw. That might mean the Street Profits will get drafted
to SmackDown on Monday. In the back, Otis and Tucker went over legal terms for his
court case against The Miz & John Morrison. Otis pointed out
that he got drafted to SmackDown, but Tucker wasn't part of
the draft. Tucker doesn't want to worry about that right
now. Tucker hopes Miz drops the lawsuit because he's going
to Raw. Otis got another letter from Miz's lawyers that
they're delaying the court case.
They recapped the Bayley and Sasha Banks match from earlier.
In the back, Banks called Bayley a coward. She challenged
Bayley to a Hell in a Cell match at the next pay-per-view.
Banks promised to take away the SmackDown Women's
Championship from Bayley because it's the only thing that
matters to her.
The Fiend defeated Kevin Owens
This wasn't very good. It was a typical Fiend match that saw
him sell very little.
Owens jumped The Fiend to gain an early advantage. The Fiend
fought back and hit a crossbody to take over. Owens
attempted a superkick, but The Fiend caught the leg and
slammed Owens face-first.
The Fiend caught Owens with a head butt, but Owens bounced
off the ropes and hit a clothesline. The Fiend jumped right
up, and Owens took a step back. The Fiend took Owens to the
floor and hit Sister Abigail on the announce table.
Back from the break, The Fiend continued to dominate Owens.
The Fiend set up for Sister Abigail, but Owens broke free.
Owens hit two superkicks, but The Fiend wouldn't go down. A
third superkick sent The Fiend into the corner. Owens then
hit two cannonballs in the corner. Owens hit a frog splash off the apron, but The Fiend got
back to his feet. Owens attempted to give The Fiend the pop-
up powerbomb on the announce table, but they messed it up
the first time. Owens got the powerbomb on the second try
and put The Fiend threw the table.
The Fiend jumped back to his feet and locked on the Mandible
Claw. Owens hit the stunner, but The Fiend held onto the
Claw and won the match.
After the match, the lights went out. The lights came back
on, and The Fiend and Alexa Bliss were standing face-to-
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