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.
Question: Would it be so fuckin hard to say that the male tag champs and female single champions are exempt from the draft due to those belts being brand exclusive.....or these champions will be stripped of those titles?.....oh and btw Kofi & Woods (who's clear) won the Smackdown Tag Titles and got drafted to RAW......With The SMACKDOWN tag team championship. That makes sense.....but hey we'll see what happens.....this is one WWE's problems. Nothing makes sense (one of the reasons) because they do a poor job explaining it because they think they don't need to explain it in great detail and is planned poorly.
With the nitpicks out the way. Thumbs Up Show.
Draft Round 1
Stephanie McMahon came out onto the ramp to a podium and announced the draft picks......I guess(?) USA is picking for RAW & FOX is picking for Smackdown. I think this was vaguely mentioned on RAW among the commentators.
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.
Street Fight: Big E defeated Sheamus
Big E and Sheamus had a good street fight.
***1/4 Thumbs Up
Jey Uso Promo
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 titles.
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.
Matt Riddle & Jeff Hardy defeated The Miz & John Morrison
This was a fine match with a significant post-match angle featuring the return of Lars Sullivan.
*** Thumbs Up
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 down.
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
I groaned. Isn't the draft supoosed to foster renewal. The Mysterios VS Seth. Different show, same shit. This is one if those feud you glad when it is over. This feud suuuuuccccks.
So thumbs down for the 3rd round draft picks.
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.
*3/4 Thumbs Up
The New Day defeated Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura to win the SmackDown Tag Team Titles
***1/2 Thumbs Up
Draft Round 4
Raw: SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods), Dana Brooke, Angel Garza
SmackDown: Big E, Otis
Thumbs down for round 3
The Fiend defeated Kevin Owens
This wasn't very good. It was a typical Fiend match that saw him sell very little.
**1/2 Thumbs Up
Next Week: The season premiere of SmackDown features Universal Champion Roman Reigns defending against Braun Strowman (Random AF) Some plug..... Two heels main eventing against each other. Also some belt. The fiend doesnt want it back after being the most recent champion.
The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) takes on Sheamus, Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura in New Day's farewell match.
An easy thumbs up show with your brain turned off.....as opposed to most WWE programming that insults the viewer with lack or poor explanations......or when the bombard you with information and it still makes no sense.