Following a strong showing by Friday Night SmackDown, Raw wasted no time looking to assert its dominance during Night 2 of the WWE Draft, with first overall pick and Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch defeating Charlotte Flair to secure the evening’s first overall pick for Team Red.
For those of you keeping score, that means two straight No. 1 selections for Raw. Seth Rollins earned the No. 1 overall pick that would eventually be used on Lynch when he defeated Roman Reigns via disqualification last Friday, and The Man claimed yet another victory against her longtime adversary, who subbed in at the last minute for an injured Sasha Banks. And while Lynch and Flair acknowledged they’ve had more than their fair share of battles, time had clearly not dulled the animosity between the two WrestleMania main-eventers. Charlotte gained the early advantage with a sucker-punch that kicked off a pre-match brawl, but The Man clawed her way back, kicking out of move after move in a way that clearly frayed at Charlotte’s patience.
As The Queen seethed on the mat after Becky kicked out of a spear, Lynch struck with a crucifix roll-up that put Flair down for three. And while Charlotte’s this-ain’t-over gestures after the match would have been taken as empty threats two weeks ago, this match came with an interesting wrinkle. While The Queen was technically representing SmackDown in Banks’ place, she remained undrafted until moments after the bout when she was selected by Team Red with the night's third overall pick.
“Maybe I’ll get drafted to Raw and we’ll fight forever,” The Queen had said before the bell. That might just happen.
Braun Strowman might be a SmackDown Superstar now, but one bit of business remains on Team Red: A contract signing with Tyson Fury for their marquee match at WWE Crown Jewel. And if you ask both Strowman and the undefeated heavyweight boxing champion, each has the other right where they want him.
In Strowman’s case, he’s fixing to hand Fury his first loss ever and prove he won’t let a boxer turn him into a stepping stone. Fury (whose family are Strowman fans, for what it’s worth), is looking to step into a WWE ring and knock out The Monster Among Men in a show of his own dominance. In terms of displays, Strowman proved to have the bigger one by smashing the table with his bare hands once pen had been put to paper. Fury merely made a show out of snapping a pen in half, but that might have been the more ominous showing. The undefeated pugilist left the ring with a satisfied smile on his face, his designs known only to him.
Seth Rollins is set to defend the Universal Championship against “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt in a Falls Count Anywhere Match at WWE Crown Jewel, and The Beastslayer is already taking the stipulation to heart. After vowing to take control of his destiny by finding Wyatt wherever he may be, the champion struck at the heart of his foe’s inner sanctum by invading the Firefly Fun House and burning it to the ground.
Of course, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt wasn’t actually present there; all Rollins got was the holly-jolly fellow in a cardigan. And Wyatt seemed somewhat surprised by Rollins’ attack, asking, “Why are you doing this to me?” It was a futile attempt to stop the champion. While the various Fun House friends looked on in terror and flashes of Wyatt’s alter-ego appeared onscreen, Rollins tore the Fun House apart, lit a match and reduced the whole thing to kindling. And while there is a poetic sense of symmetry to this latest attack, Rollins might have inadvertently done more harm than good. After all, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt’s sole purpose was to protect the Firefly Fun House. Now, there is no Firefly Fun House, and he’s free to do whatever he wants, wherever he wants.
In other action … Andrade def. Ali … The Viking Raiders def. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions … Aleister Black def. Eric Young … Ricochet def. Shelton Benjamin … Buddy Murphy def. Cedric Alexander … WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions The Kabuki Warriors def. Natalya & Lacey Evans … and see all the results from the 2019 WWE Draft.