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Preview: WWE SmackDown (4/26/24) – Night One of 2024 WWE Draft

A match graphic for WWE SmackDown advertising the first night of the 2024 WWE Draft.

This week’s WWE SmackDown will host the first night of one the most exciting events WWE has: the WWE DraftOn this installment of WWE Friday Night SmackDown, the promotion’s core will be shaken as every superstar on the rosters of the Blue brand, WWE Monday Night Raw, and WWE NXT are all up for grabs.

Plus, we will see the contract signing between the ‘American Nightmare’ and the ‘Phenomenal One’ for their epic Undisputed WWE Championship clash at WWE Backlash in France. It will be one thrilling Friday night, that’s for sure. Without further ado, here is a preview of SmackDown. Let’s run it down.

Full WWE SmackDown Match Card:

  • WWE Draft – “Two-Night Extravaganza Begins This Friday on SmackDown on Fox”
  • Contract Signing for the Undisputed WWE Championship Match for WWE Backlash in France between Cody Rhodes and AJ Styles
  • CM Punk Appears Live on SmackDown

Guerre en France

On last week’s SmackDownAJ Styles had an epic bout with LA Knight in their rematch from WrestleMania XL. However, this wasn’t just any rematch.

This contest determined who will challenge Cody Rhodes for the Undisputed WWE Title at Backlash in Lyon, France. Styles did everything in his power to win, and it paid off big-time, setting his date with Rhodes for the title.

While this was all happening, Cody and the Raw roster were on a tour in the UK. Even a country away, Rhodes made it crystal clear that he had no intentions of relinquishing his title anytime soon and issued a stern warning to the ‘Phenomenal’ former two-time WWE Champion.

This week’s iteration of Friday night fight night will see both men sign on the dotted line to make it official. How will this epic confrontation pan out?

Superstar Shake Up

While not a Premium Live Event, the WWE Draft is an event that the WWE Universe clamors for. This excitement has been built up for years due to the unpredictable nature of this show.

We’ve seen John Cena move from Raw to SmackDown and back on Raw again, all on the same night back in 2011. In 2006, we saw the ‘Wrestling Machine’ Kurt Angle join the ‘Tribe of Extreme.’

Who could forget the 2004 WWE Draft, in which  Triple H himself moved from his show Raw to SmackDown? These moments shaped the perception of the WWE Universe that anything can really happen in the WWE. And that’s why it’s an event that many look forward to once it rolls around.

Who will be moving to which brand on the first night of the WWE Draft? Find out more on this week’s WWE SmackDown, only on Fox!

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