Published on Apr. Chad Gable. This guy can’t catch a break. They were acceptable as comedy backup for The Miz in a midcard role, but on their own they’re pretty much dead meat, especially in the new, super-loaded "RAW" tag team division. Slide 2/10 – 9. Natalya Yes. Credit: WWE.com WWE's 2018 Superstar Shake-up significantly altered the rosters for Raw and SmackDown Live, and unlike last year, both brands benefited enormously.
The Tuesday night tag division is stacked to a point where it could even become the focal point of the show. Sullivan will now move on to his next challenger after what will definitely be a confidence-boosting win for the monster, while Dain will be looking to make an instant impact on the main roster. Don’t call it a draft. Indeed, it seemed as though they had some real chemistry. Monday Night RAW." I'm sure that in Vince McMahon’s mind, he has stacked the deck for the red brand.
Natalya's move to RAW is important. At long last, it seems as if the incredible amount of star power in WWE has finally been distributed evenly between the brands. Becky Lynch 2 of 6 Credit: WWE.com Asuka vs. There was never any real formal breakup between the two, though Chad Gable did exact a measure of revenge by pummeling Jordan when SmackDown invaded Raw in October. Samoa Joe 5 of 6 Credit: WWE.com So far on WWE's main roster, Samoa Joe has exceeded all expectations set by fans.
Out came Charlotte Flair to criticize how the video lacked both "that chinless freak" (although James Ellsworth wasn't named) and footage of Billie Kay and Peyton Royce helping her to victory. Joe arrogantly claimed he will be the man to put Bryan to sleep, defang Orton and both emasculate and decimate Styles. Raw managed to retain a huge amount of talent and there are no concerns that the standard of their show will slip as a result of the annual roster reshuffle.
Mostly, the midcards switched places without freshening up. They got some title shots at the Usos and looked impressive, but they lost quickly in a Two-out-of-Three-Falls match at the 2018 Royal Rumble. Dolph Ziggler! However, once the dust settles between THe Usos and Bludgeon Brothers. Slide 8/10 – 3. What's most exciting about the draft-esque event is the countless dream matches it makes possible.
Granted, he has yet to hold gold of any kind (aside from the NXT Championship), but his Raw run was spectacular as he picked up a number of notable victories. The Lone Wolf could use a big-time feud to re-establish himself as a dominant force, and thus The Monster Among Men would be an ideal first challenge for him on Raw. A strong singles match ensued between Flair and Kay, who had the size to believably compete.
NXT superstars were also made part of the reshuffle as the NXT brand now looks to reshape itself following a number of departures over the past few weeks. People on Tuesday will never again have to endure a 20-minute Bobby Roode vs. Then, in the ultimate humiliation, the team was unceremoniously split up off-screen this week, with Gable announced as going to “RAW” in the Shakeup. Baron Corbin! Slide 3/10 – 8.
With Gable moving over to Monday nights in the Superstar Shake-up, now is the time to pull the trigger on the long-awaited American Alpha rivalry. On the blue brand, there is no doubt he will be a permanent fixture in the main event scene. Visit his website, Next Era Wrestling , and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling. Flair went on to produce a tapout via Figure Eight.
This is why it was such a shock that he was able to defeat Jinder Mahal and become not only the new United States champion, but also a Grand Slam champion. Roman Reigns. Well, the move wasn't announced on TV as such, but rather in an offhand Internet post on WWE.com hours later. Bobby Roode! Chad Gable Once upon a time, American Alpha was considered to be the brightest young tag team in WWE. It looks like Cass will start his comeback campaign with an enviable assignment to Daniel Bryan.
That said, the two spirited competitors have done battle before. Jordan has been out injured for a few months, but once he is cleared to compete, it would only be logical to put him in a program with his former tag team partner. Furthermore, there are so many opponents on SmackDown who Joe has either never faced or hasn't shared the ring with in several years. Copyright © 2018 Bleacher Report, Inc.
CBS Interactive. Hardy then moved over to SmackDown on Tuesday night and was able to make a statement when he defeated Shelton Benjamin in his first match. Braun Strowman was looking like a threat, but now he’s apparently all about baby-sitting kids and offering us his hands. That’s not exactly a sign of confidence in Gable, but stranger things have happened. Jinder Mahal! However, Jordan is still out with an injury and Gable is on the singles market for the first time.
The possibilities are endless for dream matches we could see become a reality thanks to the Superstar Shake-up. They had a one-off match during WWE's tour of Japan two years ago, but footage of the anticipated matchup has never been released by the company to the public. Not only would their matches be remarkable, they would also show the world what makes them such outstanding athletes and why they deserve to be positioned higher on the card.
Big fan of WWE? Not only did Carmella open with a funny and entertaining shtick, the irresistible duo of Kay and Royce present everything the brand needs in a heel presence that is main roster ready. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Cass interfered in the match, along with Shinsuke Nakamura, and it was made clear that Bryan was the focus of his attention. I still have no idea what that slogan is supposed to mean.
An elite heel is an invaluable commodity in professional wrestling, and Joe is exactly that. The following six fantasy clashes would be must-see events and need to happen at some point over the next year. Although Asuka is no longer undefeated in singles competition, she is still a force to be reckoned with on the blue brand. The Usos vs. It was almost impossible for them to have a bad match against each other, and even over a decade later, both men are still at the top of their game.
Correction -- I never needed Chad Gable," Benjamin said. "Chad Gable needs me." After Benjamin mentioned that he challenged Paige to send him "big competition," Randy Orton's music hit. It began with Jinder Mahal swapping blue for red and turning up on Monday Night Raw, where he very swiftly lost his United States title to Jeff Hardy. It is reported that there are big things coming in Cass' future, so he could be about to receive the push he missed out on when he was first injured last summer.
While may feel slighted by Jeff not joining Woken Matt Hardy as Brother Nero, he's already started off his singles run with a bang. Slide 10/10 – 1. Daniel Bryan vs. She and Charlotte will eventually meet in a rematch of their WrestleMania 34 bout, but before then Lynch would be the perfect person for her to prove her mettle against. From American Alpha to Breezango to The New Day to Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable, they have beaten virtually every tandem that has come through the Tuesday night program.
Citing both Rusev Day and his belief that Nakamura "doesn't have a spine," Styles was surprisingly willing to accept an instant match against him. For an unexplained reason, Orton stopped halfway down the aisle and Hardy ran past to replace him. And it ended with Big Cass standing tall over Daniel Bryan in a SmackDown ring, eight months after he damaged his knee and with Raw firmly in his rear-view mirror.
Sporting News Media and its licensors. Slide 5/10 – 6. The Miz After legendary work as WWE's perennial Intercontinental Champion, The Miz was due a promotion. According to Raw general manager Kurt Angle, Bryan insisted SmackDown GM Paige recruit Miz to Tuesday night to ensure he can give him his comeuppance. The Irish Lass Kicker has been a cornerstone of the blue brand's women's division since its inception and was the inaugural SmackDown Women's champion.
Joe is a money match for WWE in 2018, especially if the WWE Championship is at stake. After Styles secured an early calf crusher attempt, English ran in to force a quick ending via disqualification. He closed by telling Daniel Bryan that "I will kick your ass" if he trolls Miz on Twitter again. Harper def. The five hours between those two bookends provided plenty of the usual twists, turns and surprises, ranging from moves for main-event stars to competitors just starting out in WWE.
Even worse, The Miz's new ally is the returning Big Cass, whose biggest upside is that he’s an elite character in the “WWE Champions” mobile game. The 2018 Superstar Shake-Up saw 35 WWE Superstars get new homes. Sami still probably has juice left in his babyface character, but heel Sami has been a blast to watch. WWE looks like they'll keep Daniel Bryan vs. Of course, Bryan and Miz have quite the decorated history.
They formed an incredible alliance when no one expected the former foes to coexist and they have captured the Raw Tag Team Championship a whopping four times as The Bar. Styles may have his hands full at the moment with Shinsuke Nakamura, but Joe should be next in line to get a crack at The Phenomenal One's prestigious prize. But their double teaming of Styles was broken up by a run-in from Bryan.
Bobby Roode. He's pretty godawful in the ring and fans don't particularly care about him. While some of these may seem negligible now, in a year's time we'll look back on how the Shake-Up altered the path of WWE. Slide 6/10 – 5. As WWE's top bad guy, The Miz is inherently one of their most important employees. Miz was paired with Bryan as his "pro" for the inaugural season of NXT, and the two have had bad blood with each other since the start.
These two teams have been the flag-bearers of tag team wrestling in WWE on their respective brands for years, but it was high time they ended up on the same show. Braun Strowman vs. But just as he Rusev looked ready to be beaten, Nakamura snuck up from behind on the ring apron to hit a low blow on Styles. A beatdown from the Bludgeon Brothers continued on both Usos until they picked up their mallets and threatened to use them.
Miz thought that he had found new allies in Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens before Raw general manager Kurt Angle revealed that he had been moved over to SmackDown without The Miztourage. Granted, he'd be far better off as a heel again, but at least he didn't get drafted via text message like Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley. He does, however, possess the three most important criteria for stardom in the mind of Vince McMahon: He’s tall, he's muscular, and he has a full head of hair.
Maybe I'm just excited WWE didn't sign Alberto Del Rio to fill Vince McMahon's Latin Guy Quota, but Almas feels like Champion in the making. Entertainment Tonight/TV Guide Network. Lest we forget, Bryan beat The A-Lister to clinch his first piece of gold in WWE, the United States Championship, at Night of Champions in 2010. Jason Jordan vs. Sheamus and Cesaro finally made the move to SmackDown in the Superstar Shake-up, leading fans to wonder how long it would be before they crossed paths.
Winner: Tie. The feud that has been building between the two former friends could finally be about to reach boiling point and this time around, Bryan can back up his words in the ring. Possibly the only person moved into a major role who is somehow duller than Booby Roode, Nattie clearly benefited from one thing: her friendship with Ronda Rousey. The Miztourage. Asuka Asuka looks more human than ever now that her streak is gone and so are her RAW squash matches.
Copyright 2017 PopCulture.com. They continued to tease tension for many months thereafter, but nothing came of it due to Bryan not being medically cleared to compete at the time. Chad Gable 3 of 6 Credit: WWE.com After lighting up NXT's tag team division in the first half of 2016, American Alpha was destined for big things on SmackDown Live upon their move to the main roster. Sheamus and Cesaro did meet The Usos in a battle for brand supremacy at Survivor Series 2017, a match won by The Usos.
No victory can satisfy The #BludgeonBrothers ' desire to absolutely DECIMATE the competition! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/y58ieJi5vd — WWE (@WWE) April 18, 2018 Samoa Joe def. Raw has the numbers but SmackDown made some superb individual additions. Jimmy Uso's wife, the former SmackDown women's champion, ran to the ring to plead with the dominant duo to leave her husband alone, which the duo did before slowly exiting in the arena.
Oh, man, let's hope Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel haven’t committed to any long-term investments or made any down payments on houses. While WWE hitched most of her character to be invincible, Asuka reminded us why she was given the undefeated streak, to begin with during her WrestleMania match with Charlotte Flair. Slide 7/10 – 4. The Miz is about to become a reality at long last. With Bryan able to lace up the boots again and Miz returning to SmackDown thanks to the Shake-up, it's a matter of when, not if, they will wage war again.
One would have to imagine The Bar will be out to avenge that loss at the start of their stint on SmackDown, no matter if a championship is on the line or not. Due to the brand split, these two have largely been kept apart. While a Bryan-Cass program is likely the furthest thing anyone would've predicted, the feud offers both exactly what they need. Sin Cara via submission: In his SmackDown debut, Joe made it a quick night inside the ring with a stiff knee to the face and a Coquina Clutch to produce the tap.