Tonight's SmackDown takes place from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore and features night one of the WWE Draft.
Edge also returns tonight to confront Seth Rollins. Rollins injured Edge with a curb stomp during their match at SmackDown in Madison Square Garden three weeks ago. Rollins continued to taunt Edge since the injury and threatened that if Edge didn't show up tonight, Rollins would go looking for him.
At Extreme Rules, Universal Champion Roman Reigns defeated "The Demon" Finn Balor to retain his title. Balor went for the Coup de Grace, but he fell into the ring when the top rope broke, which allowed Reigns to hit the spear to win.
Sasha Banks returned at Extreme Rules and attacked SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair, causing their match to end in a disqualification. Banks and Belair will face off in a singles match tonight.
WWE has also announced that Lynch will defend her title against Belair and Banks in a triple threat match at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia later this month.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Michael Cole and Pat McAfee went over the rules for the draft. Cole noted the new rosters start October 22.
WWE Draft Round 1
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville came out onto the ramp to announce the first draft picks. Deville announced that Roman Reigns is staying on SmackDown and Raw Women's Champion Charlotte Flair is switching brands. Adam Pearce announced that Raw chose WWE Champion Big E and Bianca Belair. Deville noted several times that only half the draft is eligible tonight.
Universal Champion Roman Reigns
Raw Women's Champion Charlotte Flair
WWE Champion Big E
Roman Reigns Segment
This was a good opening segment. Brock Lesnar's surprise appearance got a big reaction from the fans.
Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman made their way to the ring. They recapped Reigns defeating "The Demon" Finn Balor at Extreme Rules after the top rope broke.
The fans gave Reigns a big reaction. Reigns noted that he's number one and demanded that Baltimore acknowledge him. The fans gave a mixed reaction with mostly cheers. The fans broke into a "Roman" chant, but there were some boos. Heyman took the mic, and the fans erupted in boos. Heyman briefly talked about Balor before turning his attention to Brock Lesnar. Heyman promised that Reigns is going to smash Lesnar at Crown Jewel.
Suddenly, Lesnar's music interrupted to a massive reaction. Reigns was shocked to see Lesnar show up for the draft. Lesnar stepped in the ring and went face-to-face with Reigns. The fans broke into a loud "Suplex City" chant. Reigns attacked Lesnar and beat him down.
Lesnar recovered and gave Reigns two German suplexes. The Usos ran out for the save, but Lesnar beat them down. Reigns rolled out of the ring and had a stare-down with Lesnar.
Lesnar demanded that Reigns get back in the ring. Reigns teased getting in the ring but backed off. Lesnar grabbed Jimmy Uso and gave him an F-5. He picked up Jey Uso, and Reigns yelled not to hurt him. Lesnar then gave Jey the F-5 as Reigns looked on.
Kayla Braxton interviewed Raw Women's Champion Charlotte Flair. Braxton asked Flair how her strategy would change on SmackDown. Flair ignored the question and pointed out that she's the first overall pick for the women in the draft.
Happy Corbin (w/MadCap Moss) defeated Kevin Owens (7:27)
Corbin and Owens had a fine match. They changed Riddick Moss's name to MadCap Moss. His gimmick is he tells bad jokes and laughs a lot.
They recapped Corbin and Moss attacking Kevin Owens recently on SmackDown. Earlier today, Corbin and Moss discussed his upcoming match with Owens. Moss told a bad joke, and Corbin laughed hysterically.
Owens jumped Corbin at the bell for the early advantage until Moss yanked him off the apron.
Back from the break, Owens fought back and rocked Corbin with an enziguri. He followed up with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Corbin then countered the stunner with a roll-up for a two-count. Owens fought back, but Corbin hit the deep six for another near fall.
Owens rocked Corbin with hard chops. Corbin with for the around the ring post clothesline, but Owens hit a superkick. He followed up with a cannonball in the corner, but Corbin rolled to the floor.
They fought on the floor, but Corbin hit the end of days. He then hit the end of days again in the ring for the win. After the match, Corbin and Moss laughed hysterically at Owens.
They recapped the Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair match from Extreme Rules featuring Sasha Banks Return.
They announced that the King Of The Ring and Queen's Crown Tournament start next week on SmackDown's season premiere.
WWE Draft Round 2
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville returned to announce the next round of picks. They announced some big changes with Drew McIntrye going to SmackDown and Edge going to Raw. They also split up Big E and New Day again.
Raw Tag Team Champion RK-Bro
Kayla Braxton interviewed Drew McIntrye and asked about his future. McIntrye is excited to join SmackDown. He pointed his sword at the camera and said he's on SmackDown to become the Universal Champion.
This was an interesting angle. Seth Rolins broke into the Copeland family home. The segment ended with Rollins inside their home but there was no follow-up to the angle by the end of the show.
Edge made his entrance to a big reaction from the crowd. They recapped Seth Rollins injuring Edge three weeks ago in Madison Square Garden. Edge pointed out that he's the only person in the draft that was on the first episode of SmackDown. He noted he's going to Raw, and the fans erupted in boos. Edge said he's excited to go to Raw because it's a new challenge.
Edge turned his attention to Rollins. Edge demanded that Rollins come to the ring. Rollins appeared on the big screen and said Edge isn't saying what he wants to hear. He wants Edge to announce his retirement and that he's not Edge lite.
Rollins noted Edge showed up on SmackDown, but he's not there. Rollins then revealed that he's actually at Edge's home. Edge jumped out of the ring and ran to the back.
Rollins knocked on the door and called for Beth Phoenix. Luckily, the door was unlocked and opened with his knocking. Rollins entered the house and walked around. He entered the kitchen and drank orange juice from the container. He made fun of the kid's drawings on the wall and ate an apple. He sat on the couch and claimed he could stay there all night.
In the arena, Edge spoke with Beth Phoniex on the phone. Edge told her not to go home and go to her brothers because Rollins was at their house. He said that he called Daniel and Dave, and they were on their way to the house. Pat McAfee was hilarious. He said that Edge should call the police, not Daniel and Dave. He also said Rollins committed the most causal B & E.
Carmella vs. Liv Morgan
The match didn't end up happening. Morgan jumped Carmella, and she rolled to the floor. Carmella grabbed the mic and swore at Morgan. She said she gave Morgan enough chances. She then put on a mask to protect her face. The fans broke into a loud "You look stupid" chant. Carmella attacked Morgan and beat her down to end the segment.
WWE Draft Round 3
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville were back out for round 3 of the draft. The big news was NXT's Hit Row joining the SmackDown brand.
Happy Corbin & MadCap Moss
Hit Row (Top Dolla, Ashante Thee Adonis, Isaiah "Swerve" Scott & B-Fab)
WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H.
Keith "Bearcat" Lee
The New Day & Street Profits defeated Alpha Academy, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler (10:06)
This was a good fast-paced eight-man tag team match.
The faces had the early advantage as they worked over Ziggler. Montez Ford and Chad Gable went back and forth. Ford went for a leapfrog, but Gable grabbed his leg and went for the ankle lock.
Ford broke free and ran wild. He knocked the heels off the apron and threw Gable outside. Ford went for a dive, but Otis caught him and dropped him on the apron. Otis then threw Ford into the barricade.
Back from the break, Ford attempted a springboard into the ring, but Gable caught him in a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. The heels isolated Ford and cut him off from his corner.
The fans broke into a "We want the smoke" chant. Angelo Dawkins got the hot tag and ran wild. He hit a corkscrew elbow on Roode and gave Gable a suplex. He followed up with the twisting neck breaker for a near fall. Otis rocked Xavier Woods with a forearm, but Ford sent him to the floor. Ford then hit a huge flip dive wiping out Otis. Kofi Kingston caught Ziggler with a clothesline off the ring steps.
Roode hit a spine buster on Dawkins for a close near fall. Roode went for the Glorious DDT, but Dawkins broke free. Woods and Kingston then hit the backbreaker/foot stomp for the win.
WWE Draft Round 4
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville came out for the final draft picks. Deville wasn't happy that Naomi's staying on SmackDown and noted that wasn't her choice.
Rey & Dominik Mysterio
In the back, Kayla Braxton went to interview Jeff Hardy, but Brock Lesnar showed up. Hardy backed off and let Lesnar have the interview time. Lesnar thanked his good friend Paul Heyman for helping him become a free agent.
They cut to Roman Reigns locker room. The Usos and Reigns were unhappy. Heyman had his hands on his face and appeared to be crying. Reigns wondered if they're good friends and demanded the Usos end up on SmackDown in the draft. Heyman noted there's a strategy and negotiations. Reigns yelled at Heyman and told him to go to Raw to make sure his cousins stay on SmackDown.
Reigns then told The Usos to go to Raw to make sure they remain on SmackDown. He told them if they end up on Raw to leave them for dead.
Sasha Banks defeated Bianca Belair (13:22)
Banks and Belair worked hard and had a good match. Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch both got involved. Michael Cole pointed out that SmackDown has both women's champions.
Before the match, SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch made her way to the ring and joined the commentators. Lynch was good on commentary. She complained about having to defend against Belair and Banks at Crown Jewel.
Banks hit the hurricanrana on Belair for the early advantage. She went for a monkey flip, but Belair landed on her feet. Belair caught Banks and lifted her in a press slam. Belair went for the KOD, but Banks landed on her feet. Belair then rocked Banks with a clothesline and sent her to the floor.
Back from the break, Belair and Banks fought on the top turnbuckle. Banks pushed Belair off, but she landed on her feet. Banks then hit the Meteora for a close near fall. Belair fought back and hit a vertical suplex. She followed up with a handspring moonsault for a two-count. Banks recovered and sent the back of Belair's head into the turnbuckle.
Banks hit a huge DDT for a close near fall. She followed up with a frog splash for another close near fall. They ended up on the apron, and Belair went for the KOD. Banks slipped out in the ring and went for a sunset bomb to the floor. Belair blocked the move and did a backflip to the floor. She almost collided with Lynch, and they got in each other's face.
Belair dropped Banks against the barricade and rolled her back in the ring. As Belair got in the ring, Lynch grabbed Belair's hair, which allowed Banks to roll her up for the win.
After the match, Charlotte Flair ran out and attacked Banks and Belair. Flair posed with the Raw Women's title in the ring while Lynch posed with the SmackDown title on the announce table to end SmackDown.
Next Week: SmackDown's season premiere features the beginning of the King of the Ring and the Queens Crown Tournament.