Results by Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
May 1, 2023
Fort Worth, Texas – Dickies Arena
Commentary: Kevin Patrick and Corey Graves
Quick Match Results
- Non-Title Tag Team Match: Damage CTRL (Bayley & Dakota Kai) defeated Raquel Rodriguez & Liv Morgan via roll up by Bayley on Morgan
- Tag Team Match: Ricochet & Braun Strowman defeated Alpha Academy via swanton bomb by Ricochet on Otis
- Matt Riddle defeated Jimmy Uso via Floating Bro
- Omos defeated Anthony Alanis via Tree Slam (squash)
- Six Person Mixed Tag Team Match: The Judgment Day (Dominik Mysterio, Damian Priest & Rhea Ripley) defeated The Latino World Order (Rey Mysterio, Santos Escobar & Zelina Vega) via South of Heaven by Priest on Rey Mysterio
- Seth “Freakin” Rollins defeated Solo Sikoa by disqualification when The Usos attacked Rollins
- SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair
- Seth “Freakin” Rollins
- Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
- The Judgment Day (Finn Bálor, Damian Priest, and Dominik Mysterio)
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez
- The New Day (Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston)
- Trish Stratus
- Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler
- Braun Strowman and Ricochet
- Bronson Reed
- Alpha Academy (Chad Gable and Otis)
- Katana Chance and Kayden Carter
- United States Champion Austin Theory
- Charlotte Flair
- The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso)
- Latino World Order (Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro, Joaquin Wilde, Zelina Vega, and Rey Mysterio)
- The Brawling Brutes (Sheamus, Ridge Holland, and Butch)
- Karrion Kross and Scarlett
- LA Knight
- Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson)
- Rick Boogs
- Cameron Grimes
A video recaps Night One of the 2023 WWE Draft on SmackDown.
WWE Hall of Famer Triple H makes his way to the podium. Triple H says it is sold out and loud in Fort Worth. He welcomes us to Monday Night Raw and Night Two of the WWE Draft. This Friday night on SmackDown, things got crazy and shook the WWE down to its foundation. Tonight will be no different.
Before we get into the fun, we need to set ground rules. All remaining undrafted WWE Superstars on Raw and SmackDown are subject to transfer to other brands. Half was drafted on Friday. The remaining half will be drafted tonight. As a result of the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns being drafted to SmackDown, we will be crowning a new World Heavyweight Champion. That title and its holder will be exclusive to Monday Night Raw. Out of everybody that is draft eligible, will we see a new champion emerge from these Superstars?
The Monday Draft Pool is shown. There is one superstar that is not eligible to be drafted tonight. That is “The Beast” Brock Lesnar. Earlier today, Lesnar renegotiated his status as a free agent and can appear on any brand at any time. Select Superstars from NXT can also be drafted to Raw or SmackDown. The changes will go into effect on Monday, May 8 (he said March 8).
It’s time to get to drafting. Are you ready? No, he said, “Are you ready?!”
For the first round of the WWE Draft, Monday Night Raw selects SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley.
SmackDown selects and secures the United States Championship by selecting Austin Theory.
Next, Monday Night Raw selects the revolutionary and visionary, Seth “Freakin” Rollins. Triple H gets a kick out of the crowd singing Rollins’s theme and conducts them.
Finally, SmackDown selects “The Queen” Charlotte Flair.
In-Ring: Paul Heyman, Seth Rollins, Solo Sikoa
Triple H now introduces “The Wise Man” Paul Heyman. Heyman comes out, and Triple H shows him the new World Heavyweight Championship. Heyman seems impressed and makes his way to the ring.
Paul Heyman gets in the ring, and the crowd loudly boos him. Heyman introduces himself and says he serves as Special Council to your Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. The Tribal Chief has asked him to address a number of business items for the entire WWE Universe to revel in his wisdom. Item Number One: Roman Reigns, Solo Sikoa, and Paul Heyman have been drafted to Friday Night SmackDown. That leaves tonight for us to determine the fate of The Usos… The Usos did NOT win back their Tag Team Titles this past Friday from Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Heyman will address them in private tonight. The Usos will address their problems this Saturday night in Puerto Rico when they team with a problem solver Solo Sikoa when they face Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, and Matt Riddle.
These items will not only be addressed by your Wise Man tonight, but one week from this Friday on SmackDown Live (Heyman forgets the city, but hopes it’s not in the State of Texas). The Tribal Chief will take care of all business items. One of them, as a bit of a preview, is that hunk of beautiful gold up on that podium right now. Wouldn’t that title look relevant around the waist of your “Tribal Chief” Roman Reigns? The crowd boos. We are almost 1,000 days into a historic title reign. Talk about undisputed. Not just one or two titles… he can have three. If you create a championship, Reigns will take that title into the Main Event. Reigns will not compete for that title because he will not be here on Monday Night Raw. The worst part about that is now the children in the locker room that think they’re men are flapping their gums about Reigns. These are people that should know better. These are men that need to start acting like men. They’re freakin’ jokers and clowns…
“BURN IT DOWN!”
Seth “Freakin” Rollins comes out to a huge reaction and dances near the new World Heavyweight Championship. Heyman looks irate as Rollins gets in the ring. The crowd continues to sing Rollins’s theme song. Rollins asks why Heyman has a long face. Today should be like Christmas. Reigns has been drafted to SmackDown, while Rollins is still on his show, Monday Night Rollins. Reigns doesn’t have to run from him anymore. As for Heyman, he doesn’t have to waste all that energy pulling strings backstage to make sure he doesn’t get a title match again. Heyman can use all that extra energy to make sure the Bloodline doesn’t go “poof” right in his face.
Heyman is a spoiler guy. Rollins knows he loves a good spoiler. At Night of Champions, Rollins is going to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The entire world is finally going to see what a real champion looks like. Heyman takes his phone out and takes a call. We hear Heyman quietly say, “Yes, my Tribal Chief.” Rollins says it’ll be hard to have a phone call with an entire arena full of people singing. The crowd starts singing, and Heyman shouts that he cannot hear his Tribal Chief.
Heyman listens and then puts the phone down. Heyman approaches Rollins and says he is pissing off his Tribal Chief. Rollins feigns sadness. If Reigns doesn’t like that, he really won’t like this. How long does Texas think it’ll take for him to get Heyman down on the canvas so he can stomp his big bald head into the canvas? Maybe 5 seconds? 4? 3? 2?
Solo Sikoa angrily makes his way to the ring. Heyman holds Sikoa back. Heyman says Reigns told him that all strings are being pulled. When we get back from the commercial break, the following match will be confirmed for Fort Worth. It’ll be Seth Rollins going one-on-one with Solo! Rollins says we don’t have to wait to make it official. Rollins simply accepts the challenge. Heyman pulls Sikoa away, and they leave the ring together.
Backstage: Cody Rhodes, Adam Pearce
Footage is shown from earlier today of Cody Rhodes arriving at the arena. WWE Official Adam Pearce tells Rhodes that Brock Lesnar is here and doesn’t want anything to escalate. Rhodes angrily walks off.
The Raw and SmackDown “War Rooms” are shown backstage. NXT Superstars at the NXT Performance Center are also shown.
Non-Title Tag Team Match
Raquel Rodriguez & Liv Morgan vs. Damage CTRL (Bayley & Dakota Kai)
Dakota Kai will start against Liv Morgan. They lock up, and Kai applies a side headlock. Morgan whips her off, follows her into the ropes, and rolls her up for a two-count. Morgan rolls her up, but Kai quickly kicks out. They trade more roll-ups before Morgan dropkicks her down. Kai quickly pulls Morgan into the ropes and tags Bayley in. Bayley takes Morgan down and goes for an elbow drop, but Morgan moves. Raquel Rodriguez tags in and goes for a body slam, but Bayley slides off. Rodriguez powers Bayley to the corner and shoulders her. Morgan tags in and knees Bayley in the head for a two-count. Morgan stops Bayley from making a tag. Kai distracts the referee, and Bayley takes Morgan down.
We come back from the break to see Kai hit a face wash boot on Morgan in the corner for a near fall. Kai stomps away at Morgan and backs up. Morgan quickly boots Kai and elbows Bayley off the apron. Morgan slingshots over Kai and crawls to Rodriguez, but Kai stops her. Kai pulls Morgan away and hits a vicious forearm to the face. Kai misses a kick, and Morgan tags in Rodriguez.
Rodriguez runs over Kai with some clotheslines. Rodriguez connects with a fallaway slam. Bayley saves Kai from an avalanche, and Rodriguez hits Morgan with another fallaway slam. Rodriguez hits a slingshot elbow drop for a two-count. Morgan tags in and gets on Rodriguez’s shoulders. Bayley sweeps the feet, and Kai gets her knees up to counter a senton from Morgan. Kai hits a nice backstabber, but Rodriguez breaks it up. Kai gets Rodriguez out of the ring. Morgan hits a codebreaker on Kai. Bayley blind tags in. Morgan hits Kai with Ob-Liv-ion. Bayley then runs in and rolls Morgan up for the victory.
Winners by Pinfall: Damage CTRL
Backstage: Brock Lesnar, Adam Pearce
Earlier today, Brock Lesnar is shown arriving at the arena. WWE Official Adam Pearce walks up to him. Pearce says it’s a huge night and wants to keep the peace. Lesnar chuckles and says, “Good luck with that.”
Video Package: Brock Lesnar vs. Cody Rhodes
WWE Hall of Famers Booker T and Queen Sharmell are on the stage.
For the first pick of the Second Round, Raw selects Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
For SmackDown’s pick, they are drafting The Usos.
The Judgment Day, consisting of Finn Bálor, Damian Priest, and Dominik Mysterio, will remain on WWE Raw.
The Latino World Order, consisting of Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro, Joaquin Wilde, Zelina Vega, and WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio, will remain on SmackDown.
Tag Team Match
Ricochet & Braun Strowman vs. Alpha Academy
Chad Gable starts against Ricochet. Gable wrenches the arm, but Ricochet impressively twists out and wrenches Gable’s arm. Gable easily twists out and takes him down. Gable soon chops the chest and shushes him. Ricochet hits a handspring head-scissor takeover followed by a dropkick. Dupri does not look happy with Gable. Ricochet backflips through a German Suplex. Ricochet fights him, but Gable soon hits a Rolling German Suplex!
Braun Strowman and Otis tag in, and the crowd starts buzzing. Otis punches Strowman into the corner and avalanches him. Otis goes to the opposite corner, but Strowman follows him in for an avalanche. Strowman hits the ropes, runs through a shoulder tackle, and hits a running cross-body. Strowman then connects with an impressive scoop slam on Otis. Ricochet tags in and stands on Strowman’s shoulders. Ricochet hits Otis with a Swanton Bomb for the victory. Maxxine Dupri is shocked.
Winners by Pinfall: Ricochet and Braun Strowman
In-Ring: Brock Lesnar, Adam Pearce, Cody Rhodes
WWE Hall of Famer “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels comes out to the podium, ready to announce Raw’s next draft picks. WWE Official Adam Pearce soon joins him. Pearce will announce SmackDown’s pick.
As Shawn Michaels gets started, he’s cut off by Brock Lesnar’s music! WWE Official Adam Pearce runs over to Lesnar and walks alongside him before Lesnar turns and scares him away. Lesnar walks around ringside in his black cowboy hat and trenchcoat. Lesnar gets in the ring and looks coldly into the camera. Lesnar asks Fort Worth, Texas how it feels to be looking at the only real cowboy in the state.
Adam Pearce comes back with a large security force. Pearce says the WWE Draft trumps everything. If Lesnar won’t leave, his gentlemen will help him leave. Lesnar says it’ll take more men than that. More security guards run down. There are about 20 security guards out there. Lesnar looks down at them from the ring.
“Wrestling has more than one royal family.”
Brock Lesnar prepares for Cody Rhodes to come down from the ramp, but Rhodes turns him around and floors Lesnar with a straight right hand! Lesnar immediately escapes the ring, and Rhodes kicks his hat out of the ring. The security force runs in and holds Rhodes back. Rhodes gets to the ropes but can get no further. Rhodes connected with a stiff shot. Lesnar’s nose is revealed to be cut and bleeding. Rhodes shouts, “Make me earn it!”
Shawn Michaels is back on the stage and is ready to try again. For the first pick of the Third Round of the WWE Draft, Monday Night Raw selects WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez.
Michaels looks for Adam Pearce, but he’s nowhere to be seen. Michaels will take his place. SmackDown selects Asuka.
Raw selects The New Day, consisting of Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods.
Finally, SmackDown selects The Brawling Brutes, consisting of Sheamus, Ridge Holland, and Butch.
Backstage: Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Matt Riddle
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are backstage when Matt Riddle walks up to them. Riddle is excited they’re all drafted to Raw so they can keep hanging out. On Saturday, they’ll beat up The Bloodline. Tonight, Riddle will beat up Jimmy Uso. Riddle’s music plays, and he leaves for the ring. Owens sounds concerned that Riddle thinks they’ll be hanging out all the time.
Matt Riddle vs. Jimmy Uso
Matt Riddle makes his way to the ring with Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn trailing behind, accompanying their partner on Saturday to the ring. Replays are shown of Matt Riddle stopping Solo Sikoa from attacking on SmackDown. Owens and Zayn would go on to defeat The Usos to retain their titles.
Riddle quickly takes it to Jimmy before backing into the ropes. Jimmy distracts Riddle, and Jey Uso takes advantage of the distraction by kicking Riddle in the back of the head. Jimmy takes it to Riddle. At ringside, Kevin Owens gets in Jey’s face. Owens all of a sudden falls down. Zayn swings a chair on the ground before throwing it to Jey. Jey catches it. Zayn then calls the referee and tells him to look. The referee thinks he’s seeing the aftermath of Jey hitting Owens with a chair and ejects Jey Uso from ringside!
We come back from the break to see Riddle punching Jimmy down. Riddle hits the ropes, but Jimmy takes him out with a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Riddle soon gets to his feet and forearms Jimmy back. Riddle hits a few quick jabs and a snap kick. Riddle hits a pair of running forearms in the corner before taking him down with an exploder suplex. Riddle goes for a Broton, but Jimmy gets the knees up. Jimmy charges, but Riddle elbows him back. Riddle goes to the top rope, but Jimmy pushes him off the top rope to the floor. Riddle hits the barricade on the way down. Owens checks on him, and Jimmy takes him out with a superkick.
Jimmy gets Riddle in the ring and gets away from a Ripcord Knee. Jimmy connects with an enzuigiri and follows up with a superkick for a two-count. Jimmy looks frustrated and hits a second superkick for a near fall. Riddle crawls to the ropes and starts pulling himself up. The referee backs up Jimmy. Jimmy starts to untie the top turnbuckle to expose the steel turnbuckle ring. Zayn distracts the referee, so Owens bounces Jimmy’s head off the exposed turnbuckle! Riddle quickly hits Jimmy with a high knee and goes to the top rope for a Floating Bro to pick up the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Matt Riddle
Matt Riddle celebrates with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in the ring. Jimmy Uso is kneeling at ringside holding his jaw and seething with anger.
Backstage: Paul Heyman, Solo Sikoa, Jey Uso
Paul Heyman is talking with Solo Sikoa and pumping him up for his match against Seth “Freakin” Rollins later tonight. Jey Uso comes in and asks why his brother wasn’t at ringside tonight. Sikoa turns to him, but Heyman holds him back. Heyman says Sikoa is staying concentrated on his assignment from The Tribal Chief. Heyman says they’ll leave the room for Jey to have some introspection. Heyman and Sikoa walk off. Heyman halfheartedly shouts that the Tribal Chief loves him.
Eric Bischoff and Rob Van Dam will be presenting the next picks for the WWE Draft.
Brock Lesnar is a free agent and is free to appear on Raw and SmackDown.
Seth “Freakin” Rollins will battle Solo Sikoa later tonight.
WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff makes his way to the podium. Rob Van Dam soon follows. The two WWE Hall of Famers stand side by side. A loud “RVD” chant picks up.
Bischoff announces that Raw’s first pick for the 4th Round is WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus.
RVD announces that SmackDown has drafted Karrion Kross and Scarlett (RVD forgot to announce Scarlett).
Bischoff announces that Raw has drafted Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey.
Finally, SmackDown selects LA Knight.
In-Ring: Miz TV w/ Special Guest Shinsuke Nakamura
The Miz welcomes everyone to his show. Miz says he was the biggest pick of the WWE Draft so far. Miz then wants to introduce a new Raw Superstar, Shinsuke Nakamura.
Shinsuke Nakamura makes his way to the ring. Miz dances horribly as Nakamura makes his entrance. Miz welcomes Nakamura to Monday Night Raw. Nakamura has done a lot in WWE and now has an opportunity to be the first-ever World Heavyweight Champion. Does Nakamura think he has a chance? Nakamura says, “Hi.” Miz says Nakamura obviously doesn’t want to answer. Miz is the workhorse that Triple H was talking about. Miz is the epitome of a workhorse. Nakamura would be a great number two. They can help each other out. They can form a partnership and combine their brands to be “Miz-ke Nakamura!” Things are different on Raw than they are on SmackDown. You need someone to watch your back. Who better than the face of Monday Night Raw, The Miz?
Nakamura sarcastically thanks Miz and says Miz has more experience than him. Nakamura says something in Japanese, and Miz gets excited, repeating the phrase over and over. Nakamura chuckles and says it translates to… Nakamura looks down at Miz’s package. It means, “The guy with tiny balls.” Miz is not happy. Nakamura ducks a clothesline and kicks Miz in the midsection. Nakamura sizes him up and connects with a Kinshasa. Nakamura bows in the ring. Miz is out of it at ringside.
Omos vs. Anthony Alanis
The bell rings, and Omos immediately swats Alanis down. Alanis slaps Omos in the face and talks trash. Omos is irate. Omos grabs him and gives him snake eyes on the top rope before hitting the ropes for a big boot. Corey Graves continues to quote Alanis Morissette’s song “Ironic” because of the last name. Omos hits a Tree Slam and steps on his chest to pin him.
Winner by Pinfall: Omos
Replays are shown of Triple H introducing the World Heavyweight Championship last Monday on Raw.
WWE Hall of Famer Molly Holly will announce Raw’s next picks. WWE Hall of Famer “The Road Dogg” Jesse James will announce SmackDown’s picks.
WWE Hall of Famers Molly Holly and “The Road Dogg” Jesse James come out for the 5th Round of the WWE Draft. Holly announces that Raw has selected Braun Strowman and Ricochet.
Road Dogg announces that SmackDown has selected Shotzi.
Raw’s next draft pick is Bronson Reed.
Finally, SmackDown gets Pretty Deadly, Elton Prince and Kit Wilson, from NXT.
In-Ring: The Judgment Day, Latino World Order
The Judgment Day makes their way to the ring. After posing, they get in the ring. Damian Priest demands the crowd rise for the Judgment Day staying united right here on Monday Night Raw. Priest tells them to all rise for the first draft pick of the evening, their champion Rhea Ripley! Ripley gets a huge ovation. Ripley laughs and asks if there was really any doubt about who the first draft pick would be. Mami is always on top. The Judgment Day runs Monday Night Raw! This Saturday at Backlash, Zelina Vega is going to regret everything she’s done on SmackDown when she pretzels her and reminds everyone why she is the most dominant champion in WWE.
Finn Bálor says Ripley is going to flick Vega down. Bálor has some bad news for Bad Bunny because Priest is going to leave fluffy pieces of him around Puerto Rico. Priest says he wants Bad Bunny to listen to his words very carefully because he’s choosing them very carefully. Priest shouts in Spanish. Bad Bunny may be a huge music superstar, but in this ring, Priest is the star. Bad Bunny will have all his family and fans, but Priest will take him out in Puerto Rico. Priest speaks English and says Bad Bunny will receive his punishment at Backlash.
Dominik Mysterio goes to speak, but the crowd absolutely cuts him off with massive boos. Mysterio is getting booed out of the building. Bálor tells Mysterio to ignore the crowd. Mysterio tries to speak, but the boos get louder. A loud “You suck” chant picks up. Mysterio tries to speak again, but the crowd cuts him off a third time! Mysterio says he cannot wait until Mami… the crowd just gets LOUDER AND LOUDER! This is incredible heat. Mysterio quickly shouts that he can’t wait for Mami and Priest to dominate at Backlash. The boos are absolutely deafening! A “You suck” chant picks up. It dies down, but they immediately pick it up when he puts the microphone to his mouth. Mysterio says they will dominate Zelina, Santos, and his deadbeat dad tonight! Since the lWo got drafted to SmackDown, it’s the last night he’ll get to embarrass his father and his loser friends. They can run away and hide on Friday nights!
The Latino World Order comes out onto the stage. Rey Mysterio says no one is running or hiding anywhere. They were selected by SmackDown to compete on Friday nights. Rey is glad they won’t be on the same brand. If Dominik thought getting whooped by the belt at WrestleMania was bad, if they stayed on the same brand he’d have brought out La Chancla! The Judgment Day is going to get beat by the lWo!
A promo for Imperium airs. They are coming to WWE Raw.
Six Person Mixed Tag Team Match
The Judgment Day (Dominik Mysterio, Damian Priest & Rhea Ripley) vs. The Latino World Order (Rey Mysterio, Santos Escobar & Zelina Vega)
It’ll be Rey Mysterio squaring off against his son, Dominik Mysterio, but Rhea Ripley immediately tags in. Ripley gets in Rey’s face and shoves him. Rey throws Vega onto Ripley. Ripley quickly takes her down and goes for a Riptide. Vega tries to counter into a DDT, but Ripley picks her up for a suplex. Vega twists out and hits a jawbreaker. Priest tags in, so Santos Escobar comes in. Escobar takes it to Priest and hits a running double knee. Priest quickly takes Escobar out with a vicious forearm and punches Rey down on the apron. Priest goes for a springboard, but Escobar kicks him out of midair. Dominik charges Escobar, but Escobar catches him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Rey tags in and his Dominik with a seated senton off the apron. The lWo poses in the ring.
We come back from the break to see Priest hit Escobar with a pair of corner clotheslines. Priest hits the ropes, but Escobar floors him with a dropkick.
Rey and Dominik tag in to loud applause. Rey punches his son down twice. Dominik reverses a whip, but Rey catches him with a head-scissor takeover. Rey gets him in the corner and starts the 10 punches, but Dominik cuts him off. Dominik sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Rey connects with a springboard cross-body block. Ripley breaks up the pin and punches Vega down. Ripley military presses Rey over her head, but Vega catches her with a 619 to the midsection! An irate Ripley charges her, but Vega pulls the top rope down to get her out of the ring.
Back in the ring, Dominik dropkicks Rey and tags Priest in. Priest charges, but he hits the ring post shoulder-first when Rey moves. Rey knocks Priest into the ropes. Finn Bálor distracts the referee, and Dominik sweeps Rey’s feet. Escobar crushes Dominik with a suicide dive. Ripley takes Escobar out with a dropkick at ringside. Vega then hits Ripley with a meteora off the apron. Rey knocks Priest into the ropes and goes for a 619, but Bálor takes it to protect Priest. Priest grabs Rey by the throat and hits South of Heaven for the victory.
Winners by Pinfall: The Judgment Day
Backstage: Cody Rhodes
Replays are shown of Cody Rhodes punching Brock Lesnar in the face earlier tonight on Raw.
Cathy Kelley is backstage with Cody Rhodes. Rhodes proved that Brock Lesnar is human tonight. Lesnar doesn’t have to win on Saturday. Rhodes has to win. If he doesn’t, then the whole idea of finishing the story is over and he goes to the back of the line. Rhodes is never going to the back of the line again.
Cody Rhodes will battle Brock Lesnar this Saturday at WWE Backlash.
Backstage: Bianca Belair, Damage CTRL
The WWE Backlash Press Conference takes place at noon this Friday from Puerto Rico.
Byron Saxton is backstage with Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair. Saxton asks her about being drafted to SmackDown. Belair says it doesn’t matter what brand she’s on. As long as she can represent the WWE Universe to the best of her abilities. She’s going to send IYO SKY to SmackDown empty-handed.
Damage CTRL comes up. Bayley asks why he’s interviewing Belair when he should be interviewing the top three picks in the draft. They beat the Women’s Tag Team Champions earlier. Belair will be blue when Sky takes the title from her. Belair says she has always been impressed by Sky and knew she’d be special when she debuted at SummerSlam. Instead, Sky is attached to two females holding her back. Sky will finally get a chance to shine, but only after Belair beats her at Backlash. Sky shouts in Japanese at her. Belair says Dakota Kai doesn’t need to translate because they understand each other.
Bianca Belair will defend the Raw Women’s Championship against IYO SKY this Saturday at WWE Backlash.
WWE Hall of Famers Teddy Long and John “Bradshaw” Layfield will give the picks for the 6th and Final Round of the WWE Draft.
JBL announces that Raw has selected Alpha Academy, Chad Gable and Otis.
Teddy Long announces Rick Boogs is going to SmackDown
JBL announces Katana Chance and Kayden Carter are drafted by WWE Raw from NXT. Chance and Carter are shown at the NXT Performance Center looking very emotional. Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn get in their faces.
The final pick goes to SmackDown. They’re going to the moon with Cameron Grimes from NXT.
Next Monday, the brand-new Monday Night Raw roster goes into effect.
Solo Sikoa vs. Seth “Freakin” Rollins
The bell rings, and they slowly circle the ring. Sikoa charges, but Rollins ducks a clothesline and laughs at him. The crowd loudly sings Rollins’s theme song. They lock up, and Sikoa powers him to the corner. Sikoa backs up before going for a right hand, but Rollins easily ducks it. The crowd continues to sing, which is upsetting Sikoa. They lock up, and Sikoa hooks a side headlock. Rollins whips him off, drops down and leapfrogs him, hits the ropes, and gets out of the ring. Sikoa looks upset and gets out of the ring, so Rollins gets in. Sikoa angrily goes to get in the ring, but he quickly backs out to avoid a Stomp from Rollins.
Sikoa gets in the ring and quickly head-butts Rollins down. Sikoa punches away at Rollins in the corner and shouts. Rollins fights back and pulls the top rope down to get Sikoa out of the ring. Rollins hits a slingshot dropkick and hits the ropes for a suicide dive, but Sikoa gets in the ring and hits a spinning wheel kick.
We come back from the break to see Rollins catch Sikoa with an overhead kick. Sikoa stumbles for a moment but comes to and charges Rollins. Rollins moves, and Sikoa’s head connects with the top of the ring post. Rollins punches away at Sikoa against the ropes. Sikoa reverses a whip, but Rollins holds on and goes for a short-arm clothesline. Sikoa doesn’t go down. Rollins tries again and gets the same results. Rollins elbows away at the head, kicks him, and hits a discus clothesline that finally takes The Street Champ down.
Sikoa rolls out of the ring, but Rollins catches him with two suicide dives. Rollins gets in the ring and signals to the crowd before hitting a third suicide dive on Sikoa. Rollins gets Sikoa in the ring and goes for a springboard knee, but Sikoa moves. Sikoa catches Rollins with a Samoan Drop for a near fall.
Paul Heyman is making a phone call at ringside. In the ring, Sikoa grabs Rollins for a Spinning Solo, but Rollins counters into a roll-up for a two-count. Rollins immediately follows up with a superkick and charges, but Sikoa comes back with a Spinning Solo for a near fall. Sikoa cannot believe it. Sikoa pulls Rollins to his feet, and Rollins slaps him in the face. Rollins laughs and shouts, “Come on, big boy. Is that all you’ve got or are you just Roman’s little bitch?” Sikoa hits a Spinning Solo before mounting him and punching away at him. The referee warns Sikoa.
Rollins rolls out of the ring, so Sikoa follows him out. Rollins gets the better of him and gets him in the ring. Rollins gains some momentum, but The Usos run in and cause a disqualification.
Winner by Disqualification: Seth “Freakin” Rollins
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, along with Matt Riddle, immediately get in the ring. A massive brawl breaks out. Corey Graves is mid-sentence when the show goes off the air as they have run out of time.