Since Raw and Smackdown Live became their own shows with separate rosters, many wondered when wrestlers from the two brands would cross paths. With pay-per-views like SummerSlam, Royal Rumble, Survivor Series, and WrestleMania, the big four pay-per-views allow the rosters to intertwine.
Another date circled on the calendar of wrestling fans is the Superstar Shakeup. While the dates may change as to when the actual shakeup is, WWE has gone on with the event in mid-April the past three years.
This week’s episodes of Raw and Smackdown featured wrestlers jumping ship and changing brands.
Raw, also known as the flagship show of the WWE really profited from the Shake-up. From NXT, Lacey Evans, Lars Sullivan, EC3, Ricochet, Aleister Black and The Viking Experience all made the jump to Monday nights. From 205 Live, Cedric Alexander made the transition.
Raw obviously gained some talent from SmackDown Live as well. Raw gained one of the most popular talents in the WWE with AJ Styles joining the red brand. Other notable superstars include Rey Mysterio, The Usos and The Miz. Raw wasn’t done just there. They also acquired the likes of Andrade, Naomi, Zelina Vega, and Eric Young.
Samoa Joe is reportedly also a member of Raw but was unable to make an appearance. Apparently, Joe was dealing with the flu.
As for the blue brand, they really stacked their women’s roster. From Raw, Ember Moon, Bayley, Liv Morgan, and Mickie James all joined. This also means that Boss ‘n’ Hug connection were split, as were the Riott Squad.
The women’s division added even more talent from NXT. Kairi Sane and Nikki Cross were brought up from developmental to SmackDown.
After initially being drafted to Raw, Lars Sullivan was added to SmackDown just a day later. Smackdown gained some solid talent, including the likes of Buddy Murphy, Elias, Chad Gable, and Apollo Crews. They also gained Heavy Machinery from NXT.
However, SmackDown arguably won the shakeup with two amazing additions. Finn Balor was sent to SmackDown with the Intercontinental Championship. Adding to the deep roster, Roman Reigns was another huge addition to SmackDown.
Which brand is superior? Or are they on even playing fields? It will be fun to see what Finn Balor, Roman Reigns and AJ Styles do in their new homes.