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WWE shake-up 2017: List of Raw superstars who moved to SmackDown

13 April 2017, 01:58 | Nina Hammond

Reports that Styles would go to Raw, in exchange for Roman Reigns to Smackdown, date back to late past year, with a WWE game preview showing The Phenomenal One's silhouette as drafted to Raw up until the weekend.

Who will have the biggest impact on Smackdown Live?

We won't know how the two shows measure up until tonight's episode of SmackDown.

AJ Styles - Unfortunately, we didn't have a monster flipping any large emergency vehicles on SmackDown, so there wasn't an obvious pick this week. Randy Orton will defend his WWE Championship against Bray Wyatt in a House of Horrors match at the Raw-exclusive event, Payback.

Thankfully, it wasn't long before SmackDown retaliated by picking up United States champion Kevin Owens the very next night, along with Sami Zayn. After all, Raw got the Hardys and Kurt Angle. Not to mention the Raw Women's division is getting an upgrade with the pair of Alexa Bliss and Mickie James.

The Smackdown tag team titles were the only titles in the company not defended at WrestleMania, which is a barometer of the state of the division.

Speaking of Styles, him staying put on SmackDown was perhaps the biggest takeaway of the Superstar Shake-up, along with Shinsuke Nakamura. That's okay I guess, but I hardly think that would be a worthy first pay per view match.

Kevin Owens entered the ring and said the blue brand has got even better now that he is here.

Gonzaga advances to national championship
From there, the Bulldogs looked inside to Karnowski who added a couple baskets to what became a 7-0 Gonzaga response. Williams-Goss is Boss: What a game changing grad transfer Nigel Williams-Goss has turned out to be for Gonzaga .

Before clashing for the Raw Tag Team Titles at WWE Payback, The Hardy Boyz team with Cesaro & Sheamus to take on Team Red's so-called "good brothers" and The Shining Stars in an 8-Man Tag Team Match.

With Kofi benched, rumours are floating that The New Day will be switching teams. Unfortunately WWE Creative went another way which is damaging to his momentum and a new start on RAW would probably be the best for business. Given how badly that one failed on the big stage, it would make sense to go back to what was working - the prima donna who sang his own entrance music.

Promo - The New Day: Also announced as "coming soon". Who will find a new home on RAW?

After the match, Primo and Epico delivered an assault to American Alpha.

WWE has been it's most entertaining in some time post-Wrestlemania this year, and tonight's Superstar Shakeup could be a strong catalyst for keeping that momentum rolling into the summer.

The number was likely helped somewhat by the fact that highly rated CBS dramas NCIS and Bull aired repeats opposite SmackDown and NBC's The Voice was a clip show on Tuesday.

AJ Styles clearly is destined to be one of the top babyfaces on "Raw", if not the top babyface, and this is a great time to move him there and let him shine. Who is coming to SmackDown Live as part of the Superstar Shakeup? Unless WWE want to unify the U.S. and Intercontinental belts and somehow create yet another new belt, expect Owens to retain and make SD the mainstay of the United States Championship.



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