This week's episode of SmackDown Live was highlighted by Bray Wyatt attacking Daniel Bryan once again, but there were a couple of other key segments that could change the the long-term outlook of the show.
SmackDown Women's Champion and best friend Sasha Banks were cutting a promo in the ring, before long-time heel Lacey Evans interrupted them. The latter attacked Banks before walking away, while Bayley looked on in surprise.
On top of that, Elias disrupted a backstage segment with Dana Brooke and Drake Maverick. It marked Elias' first appearance in over two months, as he missed time due to an ankle injury that forced him to withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament. He returned to his old ways and performed another signature song.
As it turns out, the segments with Evans and Elias were actually the early stages of babyface turns for both talents. This is according to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News).
The Face Turns Make Sense
There are too many heels on both the Raw and SmackDown rosters, so it makes good sense for WWE to start adding more babyfaces. Evans and Elias have also spent more than enough time as heels, and they should shine more in face roles. Evans received a big short-term push on Raw when she feuded with Becky Lynch. Perhaps she'll get the chance to compete for Bayley's SmackDown Women's Championship now.
It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone if we see more babyface turns on Raw over the next several weeks as well, because there are more than enough heels there.