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A new dawn for the New Day – Hits and misses from WWE SmackDown 9 Oct 2020

The New Day were split up on Day 1 of the 2020 WWE Draft

The New Day ended as Raw got a part of the faction in a shocking episode of SmackDown

The 2020 WWE Draft was always going to be a major talking point on this week’s SmackDown and it centred around the New Day.

Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods returned to accompany Big E. The returning pair also won the SmackDown tag team titles but were split up.

Stephanie McMahon is the daughter of Vince McMahon
Stephanie McMahon conducted the 2020 WWE Draft on Day 1 (WWE)

E remained on SmackDown while Kingston and Woods moved to Raw. This was a shocking moment on this week’s show but there were a few misses to go along with it.


1) Bayley saves her skin

Sasha Banks and Bayley met for the SmackDown Women’s title and this was a chance for Banks to get the title back and importantly, destroy her former best friend.

Sasha Banks and Bayley are former WWE Tag team champions
Sasha Banks and Bayley in action on SmackDown (WWE)

It was a surprise why WWE set up this fight as it should have been at a PPV and the ending was the disappointing bit.

A DQ finish is never a good idea and even though Banks and Bayley used chairs on each other, they could have just fought normally without the title on the line.

2) Four for the price of one

It was weird seeing Matt Riddle team up with Jeff Hardy to take on the Miz and John Morrison. WWE has a habit of creating random teams and this was another one of them.

However, the real reason was the returning Lars Sullivan, who promptly destroyed all four after the match.

Lars Sullivan made a return to WWE
Lars Sullivan attacks Matt Riddle (WWE)

This actually made no sense. WWE wanted to make Sullivan look great but why destroy four stars for someone who had a tepid reaction the first time he came?

3) The rivalry goes on

Seth Rollins coming to SmackDown was a great move as the Messiah could have fought Roman Reigns for the title.

Seth Rollins targeted Aalyah Mysterio on WWE Raw
Seth Rollins claimed that Aalyah Mysterio isn’t the daughter of Rey (WWE)

However, WWE cannot let things be as they brought the Mysterios to the Blue Brand too. You know what this means though, WWE will continue with this crazy rivalry between the trio and possibly Aalyah Mysterio also.

Murphy should be waiting in the wings to join the Blue brand next.


1) KO meet The Fiend

There was little doubt that The Fiend would not lose to Kevin Owens, but the manner of victory was great.

Kevin Owens and the Fiend clashed
Kevin Owens and the Fiend (WWE)

The Fiend didn’t see any of KO’s attacks and looked to be like the original Kane. Meeting up with Alexa Bliss at the end was also a nod to the pair linking up for good on SmackDown.

Owens will want another bite at the Fiend and it will be interesting to see what is next for them.

2) A new dawn for the New Day

This was a bittersweet moment but it is a positive given how many will be talking about it. Splitting the New Day ensures that Big E can continue his singles push but this is the end of the faction.

The New Day were split up on the first day of the WWE Draft 2020
The New Day were left shocked after Day 1 of the WWE 2020 Draft (WWE)

Hopefully, WWE make the right decisions for E and his teammates on both brands. It is a new day, yes it is, but all things come to an end on WWE and so did this incredible faction.

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Written by Saiyed Adeem Karim

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