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SmackDown In A Nutshell: And With The First Pick…

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After many weeks of hype. Many questions, much speculation and more than a few mock drafts, the actual event is here. That’s right folks, it’s the first of what WWE hopes will be many live SmackDowns, kicking the brand split off as all the Superstars (that are worth naming) find out if they are working on Mondays or Tuesdays moving forward. There are also a few matches, of course, including a rematch of last night’s championship match, thanks in no small part due to the controversial finish. So without any more delay, let’s get things going, shall we?

Best Match of the night:

As with last night, the main event almost makes it here by default, because it was the best of the show, but even on any non-draft type show, this one was pretty good. I think the Tuesday tilt was actually better than Monday’s, probably at least partly because there was a clear and proper finish.

Worst match of the night:

Was Sami and Owens’ interaction with Kane a match? If so, it wins. I am calling it a match just so I can put it here, because it was just a head scratcher. Kane might not be drafted. Shouldn’t be drafted. But he takes out, rapidly, two of the rising stars in WWE. Makes no sense.

Crowd Chants of the Night

Suplex City

Stupid idiot

Let’s go Rollins

Let’s go Ambrose


Maybe it was me, maybe it was the way they did audio, but there were a bunch of chants that I knew were being made, but I couldn’t make them out. If you could, please let me know in the comments!

Star of the Night

N/A. Just going with this because, honestly,no one was that much better than anyone else. I was going to go with a generic NXT, since so many of their graduates were represented in the Draft, but that seems like too easy a pick, and perhaps a little too cerebral. So I didn’t go there, instead, I went…nowhere.

Spot of the Night:

Wasn’t much in the way of this section. For me, I was a fan of the double back body drops by Enzo and Cass, to AJ and Anderson.

Yes, I know it’s not a flashy move. It was just that kind of night.

Jobber of the Night:

Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.

I mean, what the heck was someone thinking, just ahead of their (presumed final, for now) match at Battleground, having them double chokeslammed by Kane.

Upset of the Night:

I got nothing. Can’t even say Young and Ryder winning was an upset, I suppose.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Nia Jax being the third NXT star picked, ahead of more speculated names like Asuka, Bayley, Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura. I get it, she’s a dominant force, but I didn’t imagine she’d be the first woman from NXT drafted, especially seeing as she’s not a current or former Women’s Champion.

Botch of the night:

Steph’s dress. Yikes.

Commentary of the night:

Nothing exciting here, other than Lawler was back. Didn’t expect that.

LOL Moment of the night:

Mick Foley brought a garbage bag to the podium, I suppose serving as his briefcase?

And, neither Mick nor Stephanie earn points for the RAW ensembles. Stephanie in particular looked horrible.

Noteworthy Moment:

This is all about the draft. I found it noteworthy that Finn Balor got drafted ahead of guys like Roman Reigns, and even recent NXT graduates already on the main roster, such as Zayn and Owens.

Rollins, not the champion, going ahead of Ambrose, who as of then, held the belt.

Charlotte going ahead of guys like Styles, Reigns and Cena. Good on WWE.

Interesting that RAW drafted the top two females on the main roster, before SmackDown ever drafted one (and the one was not Asuka or Bayley).

Your NXT draft picks are, in order: Finn Balor, American Alpha, Nia Jax. The other three will be made on the WWE Network. If you told me before things kicked off, that Nia was going to be picked ahead of Asuka, Bayley, Joe and Nakamura, I’d have told you no way in Hell.

Overall lowlights:

Honestly, I think WWE didn’t spend enough time clearing up the draft rules until the very end. I am fine with most of the rules, but I am not a huge fan of how the champions were draftable. In theory, one show could draft the WWE Champion, the IC Champion, the Tag Team Champion, etc. The champions, in splits past, got to move between both shows. I wish they retained that, but they did not.

I also have issue with the 3 picks for RAW, 2 for SD, because of the length of shows. RAW already gets the exclusive division, now they get an extra pick every round…either level the playing field and make both shows three hours (rather not do that) or just make the draft even, one for RAW one for SmackDown.

Overall highlights:

Charlotte (a woman in general, really) being a top three pick in the draft.

Balor going early. Like, before Cena and Reigns and a lot of others.

What action there was, wasn’t all bad.

After the final bell:

I have to say, I think WWE dropped the ball on the draft, to a point. And here’s why.

Looking at all the major sports, they make their drafts at least one major night of action. For those with bigger drafts (most notably, the NFL), they make it a few days worth of entertainment. Now, of course, the WWE can’t compare to those, but it could have better emulated them. How?

Well, I get it, with SmackDown going live, you want a big event for the first edition. But I think WWE could have made the entire show was nothing but a draft special. Or, have the draft happen beginning right after, live on the Network. I said it before, I think the draft itself was begging to be on the Network, and with having the new hooks in with ESPN, I am surprised they didn’t leverage that more and have Coach covering things.

But, I am sure they thought it through, and it’s done. But if it were me, I would have gone a different direction. And that’s without even getting into the 2 hour show not really being enough time, and the next thirty picks happening on the Network.

But, the main event was a nice ending, allowing the SmackDown draft pick Dean Ambrose to get a clean win on his new home show.

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  • jeff

    I’m not sure when it was but Jack Swagger and Mark Henry vs. Fandago and Breeze a huge Sensual Chocolate chant went out. A Mike Kioda (sp) chant went out. There was a “Fix The Screen” chant when the “Titon Tron” had a missing panel. There was a C.M. Punk chant for some reason that gained momentum. Last but certainly not least there was a Free Brady Chant.

  • Darda Cook

    I have to say, I think WWE dropped the ball on the draft

  • KingBack

    1) Whether it’s for RAW or Smackdown WWE needs to bring back the World Heavyweight Championship.
    One of the rosters will hurt bad by not having a world title to fight for with some many main event caliber superstars on both shows.

    2) What’s the point of drafting the women when the Women’s Championship will be defended on both shows? I get that the GM’s can brag about having the champion as a member of their roster but doesn’t it seem odd for let’s say Mick Foley to give the women of Smackdown the opportunity to fight his champion and take the title with them to Smackdown? In my opinion WWE should bring back or create a new championship for the women so that both brands can have a champion.

    3) Same goes with the tag team division… Bring back or create new Tag Team Championships so that both brands can have Tag Team Champions.

    • Damian Starr

      Should have Cruisers on SD, Women on Raw and tag titles float

  • BooGonk

    Not entirely sure why you all keep commenting. Haven’t seen them all, but never seen a reply from the dbag.

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