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. Bryan, backstage, explained that he helped out Styles because he respected him. 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.
After already facing off with Sasha Banks, Bayley and Charlotte Flair, Lynch is the last remaining member of the Four Horsewomen for The Empress of Tomorrow to step into the ring with on WWE TV. 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.
Flair went on to produce a tapout via Figure Eight. The Connecticut native joined CBS Sports in 2017 and has covered combat sports since 2010. 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. Bryan was then confronted by a returning Big Cass who had been moved to Smackdown from Raw as part of the shake-up.
It looks like Cass will start his comeback campaign with an enviable assignment to Daniel Bryan. What sort of magic would ensue if Finn Balor and Drew McIntyre went to war with each other? 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.
Copyright © 2018 Bleacher Report, Inc. After Carmella, who was on commentary, joined the Iconics in beating down the babyfaces, Asuka ran in to even the sides, take out the heels and officially signal her jump to SmackDown. 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. As Styles and Bryan neared victory against Rusev and English during the match, the WWE champion was once again attacked below the belt by Shinsuke Nakamura who entered the arena through the audience.
Jinder Mahal! However, Jordan is still out with an injury and Gable is on the singles market for the first time. Slide 9/10 – 2. 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.
Leading that list is AJ Styles, a rival The Samoan Submission Machine is extremely familiar with from their days in TNA together. 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. Daniel Bryan. Does anyone care about these people? Slide 4/10 – 7. 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.
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. This led to Carmella attacking Flair with Kay and Royce also joining in to attack Lynch before Asuka arrived to make the save. Jeff Hardy. Bryan is a major star and a multiple-time world champion; The Miz … is not. He is never going to be allowed to live down the Green Bay thing .
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. This week on NXT, LeRae finally made her long-awaited in-ring debut on the brand and forced Zelina Vega to tap out to the Gargano Escape.
As tough as it is to call someone who just got arrested on a DWI charge a "winner," Jeff is suddenly U.S. He’s fine, he’s a good promo, he can have a good match with good wrestlers, but he isn't going to allow Bryan to be a main-event attraction again. 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.
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.
Copyright © 2018 United Press International, Inc. Champion and on a show where he can shine as a star and, one would hope, not get fired for a third strike. 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.
However, she has been treading water lately and is in desperate need of a meaningful feud to get her back on track. 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.
Jey Uso via pinfall: In a surprisingly brief match with an abrupt finish, Harper utilized a distraction from his partner Rowan to finish off Uso following a clothesline on the ring apron. We break down the details of the Shake-up and assess which brand came out on top of the post-WrestleMania tweaking... The Miz's Raw farewell did not go to plan Bad Week The Miz (Raw) The Miz started the week on Raw, which was where all of his problems started.
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. No matter who's the heel, or if they're both babyfaces, Asuka and Lynch would bring the best out of each other and deliver an instant classic. 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.
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. His abilities are well known to NXT fans and, alongside his superb manager Zelina Vega - whose ringside psychology is second to none - he will be a fascinating presence on SmackDown.
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. Strowman is a one-man wrecking crew on the Raw roster who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Out came Naomi, the real-life wife of Jimmy Uso, who was successful in her tear-filled please for them to stop. 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.
He may be your next U.S. 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.
Meanwhile, Corbin saw his momentum stalled time and again on SmackDown, so a fresh start on Raw is for the best. Presenting Nakamura as a heel continues to be one of WWE's best recent decisions as his creepy facial expressions work incredibly better when paired with reckless groin shots. 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.
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. As a bonus for Natalya, she gets to make bank when she inevitably turns on Ronda to set up their SummerSlam match, and she'll probably get some screen time on ESPN and other mainstream media as well. 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.
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. However, while they did hold the SmackDown Tag Team Championship for a time early in 2017, it never seemed as if they were used to their full potential as a unit. 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.