Before the actual show had started, they aired a little video package which showed what happened within the last time between “the Fiend” Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins. Then the episode kicked off with the entrance of Becky Lynch who talked in the ring about her upcoming fight against Charlotte Flair to determine which brand would get the first overall pick in this night of the draft. She said that she is facing someone who she can’t get rid of and then Flair’s entrance theme played as the Queen came out.
Charlotte said that maybe she will get drafted to RAW and the nightmare will never end as those two will feud forever. She added that she doesn’t even want to fight Lynch since she wants to become friends again. As Lynch made some steps to approach her, Charlotte punched her right into the face and a brawl broke out. Referees had to separate them before the actual match between these both superstars began. Charlotte fought for the blue brand and Lynch represented RAW.
The match took about 13 minutes and contained several near falls as you would expect from these two performers. However, in the end, Lynch was able to roll up the Queen to get the first pick for RAW.
Then the rules for the draft were announced as they already did on SmackDown since this was the second night of it. For two picks what SmackDown gets, RAW has got three since their shows have a different length. Tag teams count as one pick unless FOX or the USA Network want one specific superstar of a team. All undrafted wrestlers will have the chance to choose the show which they want to join.
In the backstage area, Charly Caruso interviewed Seth Rollins. Caruso said that he could also get drafted to SmackDown where Wyatt already got drafted. The Architect answered that it seems that it doesn’t matter for the Fiend on which show he is and just follows him. He said that he’s not proud of what he did at Hell in a Cell but he questioned if Wyatt is even a human being. He added that tonight he would find Wyatt and end it. He closed the interview with the words “burn it down” what already could have been a little hint for what could await us for this episode of RAW.
Then Stephanie McMahon came out and announced the picks for the first round:
- Seth Rollins to RAW
- Brock Lesnar to SmackDown
- Charlotte Flair to RAW
- New Day members Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods to SmackDown
- Andrade and Zelina Vega to RAW
Unfortunately, we’ll likely really see once more the feud between Lynch and Flair. The draft of Charlotte to RAW makes really not that much sense since both Women are the top superstars and so they will have to fight against each other once more.
The panel of Renee Young, Booker T, Samoa Joe, and Beth Phoenix checked in from their desk as they once more talked about the draft.
Then we saw the match between first-round pick Andrade and Ali. As you would expect from two such amazing athletes, the fight was good even though it ended after not even six minutes. Zelina Vega hit Ali with a Huracanrana from the apron and then Andrade performed the Hammerlock DDT to get the win.
Stephanie McMahon announced the picks for the second round:
- The Kabuki Warriors to RAW
- Daniel Bryan to SmackDown
- Rusev to RAW
- Bayley to SmackDown
- Aleister Black to RAW
It’s really bad to see almost no superstars joining a new brand. I truly expected more exciting drafts than I saw until this stage of the show.
Then the fight for the RAW Tag Team Championships between the team of Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode, and the Viking Raiders took place. After about 12 minutes, Erik and Ivar were able to win the match after they performed the Viking Experience. They celebrated with the fans who were seemingly happy about the title change. Considering this, it seems as they were successful in bringing this team over.
Then we saw Erik and Ivar in the backstage area in front of their red light who said that it is one thing to win the titles, but it’s another thing to defend them. This team had got a pretty good build-up, so hopefully, they put them into nice feuds during their run.
Then Stephanie McMahon announced the next picks:
- Cedric Alexander to RAW
- Shinsuke Nakamura (with Sami Zayn) to SmackDown
- Humberto Carrillo to RAW
- Ali to SmackDown
- Erick Rowan to Raw
I’m wondering what will happen to Rowan and Luke Harper as they are now on different shows. I think they need each other to be successful in the WWE.
After that, we saw a match between Aleister Black and Eric Young which Black won after not even two minutes as he applied his Dark Ritual submission hold. It’d nice to see him more frequently in the ring what hopefully will continue.
Then, we saw the Street Profits in the backstage area talking about their draft to RAW. At first, the OC approached them to celebrate with them, but then AJ Styles asked why they would get drafted to RAW as unofficial hosts when the OC is owning this show. Then, Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson seemed to leave the area but suddenly came back to attack Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins. So, likely we’ll finally see the Street Profits in the ring and not just in the backstage area talking about the show since this could be the start of an interesting feud.
Next, the match between Ricochet and Shelton Benjamin took place which logically Richochet was able to win in a short time after he performed the Recoil.
Then we once more saw a segment of Bobby Lashley and Lana. I’m really not sure where this will end, but it will hopefully lead to a match between Rusev and Lashley which truly has quite some potential.
After that, the contract signing for the fight between Tyson Fury and Braun Strowman took place. Strowman noted that he knows that Fury is a hell of an athlete and unbeaten, but he’s also one of the greatest egos he has ever seen. He added that he will slam Fury and give him his first loss. Then he signed the contract.
Same did Fury and then also grabbed a mic to say that he is a fan of Strowman. But he finished by saying that he will knock him out. Both men stood up and glared at one another. The Monster among Men broke the table with bare hands while Fury acted as he wouldn’t be able to break the pen, but then did so. Fury doesn’t seem to get really over until now and it’s probably better for WWE to not show him that often in the upcoming weeks ahead of their fight at Crown Jewel.
Stephanie McMahon appeared on the stage to announce the next picks:
- Samoa Joe to RAW
- The Miz to SmackDown
- Akira Tozawa to RAW
- King Corbin to SmackDown
- Shelton Benjamin to RAW
Next up was the match between Buddy Murphy and Cedric Alexander. The match itself was fine and after about nine minutes Murphy was able to take away the win. Hopefully, this is the begin of a build-up since Murphy deserves much more recognition.
Then the match between Seth Rollins and “the Fiend” Bray Wyatt at the PPV Crown Jewel was announced. I really hope that they have this time a better plan for the match and let’s see how they build it in this and the following episodes up. And it could be interesting to watch how they handle this feud since they are in different shows.
Then we saw the Street Profits in the backstage are who called out the OC, but also said that they need to even the odds. Considering this, we’ll maybe see someone in the upcoming weeks either joining the stable or just support them to fight off the OC.
Stephanie McMahon announced the picks for the last round:
- Rey Mysterio to RAW
- Shorty Gable to SmackDown
- Titus O’Neil to RAW
- Elias to SmackDown
- Liv Morgan to RAW
So, maybe they have a certain plan for Morgan and she gets a big push since not that much female wrestlers got officially drafted. On the other hand, Gable is still at the same show as Corbin, so this feud will continue.
Then the non-title match between the Kabuki Warriors and the team of Natalya and a mystery partner. Natalya came out and said that she would need to choose the best and so she picked someone who took her to the limit. Lacey Evans made her entrance.
Not sure where this all should go to, but it reminds me a bit of the story with Cesaro and Sheamus. The match itself was not bad, but the finish was a bit weird as Evans avoided the Insane Elbow of Sane and then hit her with the Women’s Right just to the get rolled up by Asuka. We’ll have to see if they teamed up just for this match or if they are a new tag team.
Then another episode of the Firefly Funhouse aired. Wyatt said that he saw Rollins and he thinks that he is strong, smart and brave. Rambling Rabbit appeared and told Wyatt that Rollins was coming. Wyatt just answered that it would be okay and then got attacked from behind by Rollins. The Architect slammed pictures off the wall of friendship. Wyatt got up again and asked Rollins why he did this to him, but the Beast Slayer attacked him again. Then we hear some boos from the crowd. Rollins said “burn it down” and then took a lighter to put the set of the Firefly Funhouse on fire. Scenes of the Fiend flashed up several times while we saw the set burning down and at the same time the Wyatt laugh track played.
This was the end of the show and I’m not really sure why the people booed. This segment was quite nice since you clearly saw the difference between Wyatt and the Fiend in the light of their power. The match at Crown Jewel will be a Falls Count Anywhere match and hopefully, they have another plan than compared to the match at Hell in a Cell.
However, all in all, this year’s draft was not that exciting because of the wildcard rule and not that many superstars changed their show. Besides, they already announced a match between Wyatt and Rollins even though they are now on different shows, so it’s hard to take the brand split serious. Anyway, we’ll have to wait for the next weeks how they handle the roster split.