Results, summary, qualifications of WWE SmackDown: the Draft of WWE begins and Brock Lesnar attacks Roman Reigns

On Friday night, WWE began the annual WWE Draft on SmackDown. Unsurprisingly, a lot of big names were drafted, and some of those big names switched to new brands.

Most notable among those who rebranded was Charlotte Flair, who was recruited for SmackDown despite being the current Raw Women’s Champion. The SmackDown women’s champion was not among those eligible to be selected on Friday night, leaving it for Monday to see if SmackDown will end with two women’s champions on the roster.

CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.

WWE Draft Night One

The top picks from the WWE Draft kicked off the show, with Raw and SmackDown each getting two picks per round rather than Raw getting an additional pick due to their three-hour structure. While both brands began by retaining their male champions, SmackDown took away Roman Reigns and Raw Big E, SmackDown made the first big move of the night, recruiting Raw women’s champion Charlotte Flair.

Other big moves included Drew McIntyre moving to SmackDown and Kofi Kingston from New Day and Xavier Woods again moving away from Big E when the team went to Raw. The first NXT group to be drafted was Hit Row, with the entire stable recruited for SmackDown. You can see the full draft pick-by-pick breakdown here.

Unsurprisingly, there were big surprises in the draft. Flair’s move to SmackDown is a big deal and could be even bigger depending on how the second half of the draft plays out on Raw. There was also some controversy with New Day being pulled from Big E for a second draft in a row, prompting a lot of audible boos from a crowd wanting to see one of the company’s most popular acts stay together. The draft would have been more interesting if the talent pools eligible for the night were available before the show. Grade B-

Brock Lesnar ruins Roman Reigns’ night

Reigns stepped into the ring after the initial draft picks, celebrating his status as the first overall pick in the draft and his Extreme Rules victory over Finn Balor. After Reigns and Paul Heyman turned their attention to Crown Jewel and Brock Lesnar’s challenge, Lesnar made his way to the ring, fighting the universal champion before destroying The Usos and hitting them both with F-5s when Reigns was forced to. to wait and watch.

Later in the show, Lesnar interrupted a planned backstage interview with Jeff Hardy, who had just been recruited for SmackDown. Lesnar announced that he would do whatever he wanted because he is now a free agent, stating multiple times that his status was “thanks to Paul Heyman.” Backstage, Reigns asked Heyman if, in fact, he was “good friends” with Lesnar. Reigns yelled at Heyman because the Usos hadn’t been drafted on the first night despite the planned roster split. Reigns told Heyman to go to Raw on Monday and make sure the draft went properly, then told The Usos to leave him for dead if Heyman failed.

Lesnar is the rare talent that makes every moment feel so much greater just by being there. Watching him cast The Usos was a lot of fun and Reigns continues to spin around knowing that Lesnar remains in his future has given his dominant character a new wrinkle. It will be interesting to see if WWE pulls Heyman away from Reigns, as he has been so important on the spot, but has been more important to Lesnar throughout his career. Grade B

What else happened on WWE SmackDown?

  • Happy Corbin def. Kevin Owens via pinfall after the end of days. Corbin is now officially joined by Riddick Moss, who is now Madcap Moss.
  • Seth Rollins broke into Edge’s house. Edge was in the ring to address Rollins threats from the week before when Rollins appeared on the Tron at Edge’s house, entering the house and eating Edge’s food and exploring the house. Edge called his wife and told her not to come home as she was shopping for groceries with her children.
  • Carmella attacked Liv Morgan before their match. Carmella rolled from the ring before the start of the match, where the assistants put a mask over her face. After attacking Morgan, Carmella celebrated and left without the match taking place.
  • The New Day & The Street Profits def. Chad Gable, Otis, Robert Roode, and Dolph Ziggler via pinfall.
  • Sasha Banks defeated. Bianca Belair via pinfall with a wrap after Becky Lynch pulled on Belair’s braid. After the match, Charlotte Flair ran to attack both women before posing in the ring with her Raw Women’s Championship. Becky Lynch, who was in the comments, posed outside the ring with her SmackDown women’s title.

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