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October 19, 2020 Observer Newsletter: WWE Draft, G1 Climax 30

The WWE draft, held on the 10/9 Smackdown and 10/12 Raw shows, with a few lower picks at other times, saw most of the talent stay with their brand, with a few switches.

The champions all stayed with their brand aside from a trade of tag team champions, with Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods (who beat Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro for the Smackdown tag titles on 10/9) going to Raw and The Street Profits going to Smackdown. They had both on television on 10/12 and they simply switched belts. There was an unmistakable series of trades of people of similar level, but the key take is that of what appeared to be the company’s three hottest acts, Roman Reigns & Paul Heyman; The Mysterio family vs. Seth Rollins & Murphy, and Bayley vs. Sasha Banks, Smackdown got all three. Perhaps one could argue that Raw did get The Fiend & Alexa Bliss combination.

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