Smackdown Wins The Superstar Shake-up

Smackdown to RAW:
Jinder Mahal, Singh Brothers, Ruby Riott – Liv Morgan – Sarah Logan (Riott Squad), Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Tyler Breeze & Fandango (Breezango), Natalya, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, Zack Ryder, Mojo Rawley, Mike Kanellis, Chad Gable, Bobby Roode, Konnor & Viktor (The Ascension)

RAW to Smackdown:
The Miz, Jeff Hardy, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, Samoa Joe, Big Cass, Asuka, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Sheamus, Cesaro, R-Truth

NXT to RAW:
Drew McIntyre

NXT to Smackdown:
Eric Young – Alexander Wolfe – Killian Dain (Sanity), Andrade “Cien” Almas (with Zelina Vega)

The RAW and Smackdown after Wrestlemania brought us another Superstar Shake-up and it looks like Smackdown came out on top. RAW got some good talent, and they’ll be fine, but Smackdown set up some great feuds/matches. The most exciting (my opinion) move is The Miz to Smackdown. This reunites him a newly cleared to wrestle, Daniel Bryan. We never did get that resolution to their verbal feud that started on Talking Smack. This should be fun. I just hope WWE doesn’t hot-shot it, but gives us a nice, slow burn. Damn, bring back Talking Smack while we’re at it. The Miz and Daniel Bryan should not touch each other for months. This should last until SummerSlam or, if we’re lucky and it’s done right, it should culminate at next year’s Wrestlemania. Please WWE, don’t mess this up. It could be something very special.

Samoa Joe joining Smackdown is huge. Along with The Miz, Joe elevates Smackdown’s promo game. He’s as good as anyone on the mic right now. Think of the possible feuds between Joe and Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev, Cesaro, Almas, or Jeff Hardy. Not to mention a match or two with Shelton Benjamin. Hell, think of the possible combination of matches between any of those guys. There should not be a Smackdown going forward where two of those guys aren’t in the ring together. The show should practically write itself.

Asuka going over to Smackdown makes the Women’s Division look pretty solid. Asuka could team up with with Charlotte for a while to keep The Iconic Duo and Absolution at bay before squaring off again. Charlotte eventually needs to be a heel because she’s such a natural at it. Asuka, Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Naomi should be able to have some great matches.

On the tag team side, The Bludgeon Brothers, The Bar, The Usos, Sanity, The Club, and New Day also have the potential for some decent feuds. Sanity, specifically Killian Dane and Alexander Wolfe against The Bludgeon Brothers would be a lot of fun. Luke Harper and Killian Dane face-to-face? Yes, please.

It all looks good on paper. Now WWE needs to do the things that made Smackdown a must see show before last year’s Superstar Shake-up. Smackdown is set up to be the wrestling-centric show with RAW having more characters. There’s nothing wrong with that because RAW is three hours (one hour too long), so they need to build up characters and storylines deeper. Smackdown just needs to let the talent do what they do best, wrestle. I hope we don’t get bogged down with too many talking segments. It would be a shame to take away from so much wrestling potential.

Team Blue all the way!!!!

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