WWE Superstar Shakeup: What This Means For RAW, SmackDown And NXT

There will be a change to the rosters of RAW, SmackDown and NXT next week WWE

On this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW, WWE head Vince McMahon came strutting out to announce there will be a Superstar Shakeup happening on this coming Monday, April 10. While this probably will not be a full-on draft like last year, it will mean the rosters of both RAW and SmackDown will look different very soon. So what does this mean for the WWE? Let’s find out.

Monday Night RAW

The flagship show of the WWE is where most of the major names will likely end up. This means we’ll still see people like Roman Reigns, Bayley, Sasha Banks and Enzo and Cass on RAW . Based on storylines, I could see Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn making the jump to the blue brand. Rollins just “slayed the King” and Zayn is just hated by Stephanie. Both of these men getting thrown off RAW because of Stephanie makes sense.

Turning to the women, I don’t see many changing sides. Charlotte looks to be in a feud with Nia Jax, and the Bayley/Sasha feud seems like it could be building up. Emma would make sense to jump to SmackDown, but she just debuted on RAW this week. It seems pretty pointless to have her debut on a show she isn’t going to be on the next week. If any RAW woman gets traded, it would most likely be Summer Rae, who isn't involved in any storylines and hasn't been on TV in quite some time.

The Cruiserweights will obviously stay on RAW, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see some new talent in the division. Someone like Kalisto, who isn’t doing much on SmackDown, could add some more variety to the Cruiserweights, and could even lead to a cool program against Sin Cara. What I’m getting at here is I want to see a luchador vs. luchador feud in the WWE. Is that too much to ask?

SmackDown Live

Before this week’s SmackDown Live, I would have said AJ Styles jumping to RAW was all but certain. AJ would go on to have one of those “mutual respect” handshakes in the ring with Shane, and said that SmackDown Live was the “house he built.” I also would have guessed Shinsuke Nakamura was bound for RAW, but like Emma, it would be pointless to change to a new show the week after debuting.

The stars most likely to be shipped off to RAW are The Miz and John Cena. Since Cena is quickly moving towards part-time status, making him a rare draw for RAW would bring in some big ratings. The Miz also verbally spars with Daniel Bryan so much that Bryan would be happy to send him back to RAW.

As for the women, I don’t see many jumping ship either. One major possibility, and it breaks my heart to write this, is Becky Lynch. Getting Becky back on RAW would complete the “Four Horsewomen” on one show. Lynch also isn’t doing much on SmackDown now that they’ve moved her further away from the championship.

It’ll be curious to see what happens with the SmackDown Live tag team division. These competitors haven’t been treated that well over the past few months, and the SDL tag belts were the only ones not defended at this year’s WrestleMania. It’s also just been reported that WWE has released Simon Gotch, taking yet another team away from SmackDown. If there are any big call-ups, it’ll be for tag teams on SmackDown Live.


With the draft last year, we saw a number of NXT stars and tag teams get called up to the main rosters. This year, there will probably be far fewer call-ups. The call-ups were needed to help pad out both the RAW and SmackDown rosters, but those spots have been filled.

Not only that, but between Nakamura, Dillinger and the Revival, NXT has just lost a few major players anyway. A team like DIY or wrestlers like Bobby Roode and now a returning Drew Galloway would be great on the main roster, but someone has to stay back and keep NXT going.

Ultimately, I feel that the WWE landscape isn’t going to look terribly different after this coming Monday. Many of the major names (and especially all of the champions) will stay with the brands they are already on. There will be a few swaps here and there, and maybe one or two NXT call-ups at the most. I also don’t see any major changes coming to the commentary teams or other non-wrestlers like the ring announcers or backstage interviewers.

Seeing as how there’s been so little promotion for the Shakeup (unlike last year’s draft), I just don’t see many major shifts happening. That being said, it’s very likely (and probable) that I’m wrong on this. It is the WWE after all, and major decisions can be changed at any time.

So what do you think? What Superstars will get swapped to a different show? What Superstars do you want to stay put? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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