Event: Friday Night SmackDown
Date: October 11, 2019 
Location: Las Vegas, NV

WWE SmackDown Results and Highlights

Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins: Former Shield members were up against each other for brand supremacy in the WWE Draft. The match was interrupted by The Fiend who came from beneath the ring and dragged Rollins under, resulting in a disqualification win for the Universal Champion, thereby giving Raw the right to the first overall draft pick.

Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon came out and announced Round 1 of the WWE Draft.

  1. Becky Lynch – Raw
  2. Roman Reigns – SmackDown
  3. The O.C. (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson) – Raw
  4. Bray Wyatt – SmackDown
  5. Drew McIntyre – Raw

King Corbin defeated Shorty Gable: Corbin walked in and started trash-talking the audience before the match. Chad Gable who is now renamed as Shorty Gable wanted revenge for Corbin’s sneak attack on him last week. Both men dominated back and forth in the matchup but Gable eventually ran into End of Days, handing a win to The King.

Round 2 of WWE Draft.

6. Randy Orton – Raw
7. Sasha Banks – SmackDown
8. Ricochet – Raw
9. Braun Strowman – SmackDown
10. Bobby Lashley – Raw

WWE Champion Brock Lesnar came out to the ring with Paul Heyman, and Heyman stated that Lesnar will conquer his fear, Cain Velasquez at WWE Crown Jewel later this month. Velasquez came out with Rey Mysterio and stated and he will repeat his victory at the Saudi Arabia event.

The New Day defeated The O.C. in a 6-man tag team match after Kofi Kingston delivered Trouble in Paradise to AJ Styles.

Round 3 of WWE Draft.

11. Alexa Bliss – Raw
12. Lavey Evans – SmackDown
13. Kevin Owens – Raw
14. The Revival – SmackDown
15. Natalya – Raw

Round 4 of WWE Draft.

16. The Viking Raiders – Raw
17. Lucha House Party – SmackDown
18. Nikki Cross – Raw
19. Heavy Machinery – SmackDown
20. The Street Profits – Raw

Bayley defeated Charlotte Flair to become the new SmackDown Women’s Champion: Bayley unveiled a new look with shorter hair and golden and black gear. She destroyed the inflatable Bayley Buddies on her to the ring embracing a full heel character. Towards the end of the match, Charlotte tried to lock Bayley in Figure Four, but Bayley pulled The Queen’s hair and rolled her up for the win. The new champion with a new attitude ended the show with a heelish statement to the WWE Universe “Hey bitches, screw all of you”.

Takeaways from Friday Night SmackDown

1. The Rivalry Continues

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The Hell in a Cell main-event last week got everyone talking for all the wrong reasons, and WWE expertly avoided referencing the matchup during the episode of RAW. Rollins returned to the ring in the first match of Friday Night Smackdown, where he was greeted by the Fiend once again.

WWE, in an extremely surprising decision, moved Bray Wyatt to SmackDown, which could mean the end of the rivalry for Wyatt and the Universal Champion Rollins, who should stay on RAW considering he holds the top title.

However, the attack by Fiend suggests that we will get more of the rivalry in the coming weeks, and how WWE handles it will be interesting to see.

2. An Underwhelming Draft

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WWE promised big things for the draft, which took place for the first time in three years. It was announced that executives from FOX and USA will be making the draft picks, but none of that happened. Stephanie McMahon read out the names in front of the audience, which felt a tad boring.

As for the draft itself, there were little surprises in the shakeup. RAW Women’s Champion Lynch was the No.1 pick on RAW, despite being at the forefront for advertising on FOX for several months. WWE also made a major screw-up, as they released the draft order for the episode yesterday itself, which revealed the first fifteen picks until WWE realized their mistake and made some minor changes.

There are several big names like Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar, etc who are yet to be drafted and hopefully, the draft part two is a lot better than part one.

3. Shorty – Seriously?

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Chad Gable was announced as Shorty Gable at Hell in a Cell, but many believed it to be a one-time thing. However, WWE has officially changed the name of the former Olympian to Shorty Gable, which is plain stupid! Gable is a phenomenal wrestler and has a decent personality, which doesn’t really need the addition of a ‘short wrestler’ gimmick.

With a new titantron, Gable was presented as Shorty Gable, and he lost to King Corbin in a rematch from last Sunday. It is no surprise to see WWE trade victories between superstars in a mid-card feud and expect ‘Shorty’ Gable to take back a victory soon to make it 2-2.

4. Bayley Is Drafted To The Dark Side

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After teasing a heel turn for weeks, WWE pulled the trigger on a character change for Bayley. Bayley ditched the ponytail, got rid of the inflatable Bayley Buddies and got a new theme song for her new persona.

Bayley defeated Flair to win her second Women’s Championship and stood tall on this installment of SD, which is a refreshing sight. Bayley’s character has never reached the pinnacle in WWE, and this new attitude could help her become a credible superstar in the Women’s Division. As for Charlotte, she features in yet-another meaningless reign, and WWE is clearly trying to pump up the numbers to make her reach Ric Flair’s sixteen title reigns.