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The biggest winners and losers from last night's SmackDown (April 17)

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Business just picked up.

The biggest winner of SmackDown last night, and the superstar shakeup was SmackDown itself. It's actually amazing just how far ahead SmackDown came of Raw this time around. While Raw mostly got mid-card acts that didn't have much momentum, the blue brand is now loaded with star power. The question remains whether it can use its new acquisitions right.

How did it do at the start of this WWE New Year? Let's find out.


Winner: Jeff Hardy

The newly-crowned United States Champion took his title back with him to SmackDown as he defeated Shelton Benjamin in his debut. While it's puzzling that he won't be "Brother Nero" with Matt Hardy, there's no doubt that his presence is a welcome addition, one which promises to "shake up" a beyond stale SmackDown mid-card.

With Bobby Roode, Baron Corbin, and Jinder Mahal gone, Jeff Hardy has a slew of fresh feuds awaiting him, with Randy Orton potentially being one of them.

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