WWE Superstar Shake-Up
Mike Miceli – Staff Writer
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or didn’t pay your cable bill, WWE fans have been talking about one thing for the last week. And that is, the “Superstar Shake-Up” that Vince McMahon announced last week on Raw.
Now I expected that maybe one or two names might swap brands. I didn’t think it would amount to much in the long run. Maybe just move a couple of stale characters around. But, man! They really went all out. This might as well have been a draft. Plus everyone was eligible from managers, to superstars, to commentary. There were 22 trades in all and we here at Bell2Bell have you covered with every trade. We’ll start with the WWE superstars that are now going to be on Raw…
DEAN AMBROSE (IC Champion)
HEATH SLATER & RHYNO
DAVID OTUNGA (commentary)
Not a bad group. Some stragglers in there but a lot of big moves too. Bray Wyatt is surprising, especially since he’s in the middle of a WWE Championship program with Randy Orton with a match already in place (now booked for WWE Payback). Also surprising was Dean Ambrose, the Intercontinental Champion, who is in a program of his own with Baron Corbin.
Miz has been on fire lately and Maryse only makes him better. With his program with John Cena essentially over (despite Monday night’s cosplay) it makes sense for Miz to move now. I’m interested to see how he does on the Red Brand. I also like Kalisto moving over to the brand that has the Cruiserweight Division.
Alexa Bliss is a good move as well. She’d pretty much done all she could with the limited women’s roster on Smackdown. This gives her some fresh match ups and she’s going to be a fantastic heel to take on Bayley.
Heath Slater and Rhyno will be good first PPV victims for The Revival to crush. The Revival need to continue this momentum since their debut. Hopefully, WWE has learned their lesson after how they treated The Club.
The rest of the trades aren’t particularly exciting but overall, these were solid moves that should breathe some new life into Raw. The teased Bray Wyatt/Finn Balor program is especially interesting
And can we just FIRE OTUNGA already!?
He’s awful guys… I mean… Just awful…
Anyway, lets see who’s heading over to Smackdown LIVE!
KEVIN OWENS (United States Champion)
PRIMO & EPICO
THE NEW DAY (XAVIER WOODS, BIG E, KOFI KINGSTON)
BYRON SAXTON (commentary)
Wow, Smackdown did pretty well themselves. Keeping AJ Styles is a win in and of itself. But to gain both Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn is a huge leg up for the Blue Brand. I cannot wait to see Owens VS Styles whenever that may be.
Like Corey Graves, I’m happy that Byron Saxton is moving to Smackdown just so I don’t have to hear him obnoxiously yell “Bayley Buddies!” every time the Women’s Champion enters the arena.
Charlotte coming over is another no brainer. She’d done all she could on Raw and now will get fresh match-ups and feuds on Smackdown and hopefully capture the Smackdown Women’s Title and run with it for a bit. That belt could use a bit of a prestige boost. Tamina Snuka returning to play a heavy in the women’s division isn’t too shabby either.
Rusev moving is fantastic for him. He had been tumbling so far down the card as of late it’s been kind of hard to watch. Hopefully now he can get into an entertaining program of some kind and stop the hemorrhage that has been his career. I’m sure when he’s ready to come back from his injury, he’ll be booked more strongly on the Blue Brand… I hope.
New Day is another surprising move. But honestly it wasn’t New Day being on Raw that was growing stale, but more New Day itself. Whether a move to Smackdown can fix this problem has yet to be seen.
So that was the WWE Draft… er… “Superstar Shake-up”! What did you think? Are you happy with where your favorite wrestlers ended up? Any moves you wanted to see that didn’t happen? Sound off in the comments below! No Bell2Bell this weekend due to the Easter holiday, but be sure to check back here the following Sunday for our regular recap and review of both Smackdown and Raw!