Since WWE split its first half in Raw and SmackDown in 2002, drafts and superstar shakeups have been used to redistribute talent between the two shows, re-create stories, and bring new opportunities to unused performers.
has taken various forms over the years, but since the brands split for the second time in 2016, the Post-WrestleMania Superstar Shakeup has been the new starting point for a new WWE year.
Over the course of two years, WWE stars will move to a new home between Raw and SmackDown (and, in some cases, NXT and other WWE brands). On the first night some heavy hitter moved to Raw all night – from the miz at the start to AJ Styles to close everything and everything in between.
Who will move on the second night? Follow it all night as we cut off what each change means to Superstar and show up in the blink of an eye.
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Night 2 (SmackDown)
Well then. Who saw this? Finn Balor was the first star to switch to SmackDown Live on Tuesday, which means that three of the men's four men's individual championships now live under the blue brand. Will that take? Is that a way to give SmackDown more juice?
Balor, who took on Ali in his first game at SmackDown, can finally break away from his long feud with Bobby Lashley and devote himself to new stories. A new showdown with the NXT rival (and the first Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic) – the current US champion Samoa Joe – or another NXT rival in Shinsuke Nakamura Balor could well liked. Whatever the plan is, this is a step that Finn needs, and a great start to replenish SmackDown with some star power after losing AJ Styles, Rey Mysterio, Andrade, and others on Monday.
Night 1 (Raw)
It did not take WWE long to get the night's action going when The Miz moved from Raw to Smack Raw. It is a step that makes sense and should not be so surprising. As The Miz himself noted, he has postponed shows in every single superstar shakeup to date, and this gives him a clear break from Shane McMahon and the story that peaked at WrestleMania 35. Miz had a few shots of McMahon in the moments after he ran into the ring, for good reason, and it was not going to be a big adaptation for Raw.
As far as he could, there are many possibilities. As the reinterpreted baby face Miz, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley seemed to fit the bill, but a freshly returned Sami Zayn could be the most compelling opponent outside the goal. Something feels right when Miz, one of the most well-known WWE gigs in the mainstream media and a reality star on the US network (via "Miz & Mrs."), returns to the WWE flagship program.
The Viking Experience
from Night Night to Raw. After taking a breath to fully digest the absurdity of the name The move to the NXT Tag Team Masters, formerly known as War Raiders, and Ivar (formerly Hanson) and Erik (formerly Rowe), who worked in the RAW squad are still likely to be positive net. The reminder that there is a tag team division is good news, and as they have shown in their debut match, Ivar and Erik are incredibly versatile big men. They had won the win along with The Revival and Aleister Black, Ricochet and tag team champions Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder.
If we can get away from the stupid name of the tag team name (maybe a tweak on the way, please?), Ivar and Erik are actually pretty much involved in Viking history and not nearly as problematic. There are a lot of horror stories of NXT calls going sideways, but when they are as strong and powerful as they seem, they can quickly become anchors of a revitalized Tag Team division.
The former cruiserweight champion hopes to follow in Ali's footsteps after leaving 205 Live. He has recently retired to rising cruiser weights such as Buddy Murphy and Tony Nese, so now is a good opportunity to change scenery. A matchup with people like a Chad Gable could show the best of what both guys have to offer, while a bigger opponent like Baron Corbin might be a good take off point.
– WWE @WWE) April 16, 2019
After compiling some of last year's best matches on SmackDown alongside Rey Mysterio and a number of other opponents, Andrade moves into the Monday night. A debut win against Finn Balor is a big deal in itself and the perfect way to show the fans everything they can. His mix of high-flying and vicious Lucha Libre strikes with an immense boaster in the ring makes him a future world champion title, and in the meantime, an intercontinental competition with Balor is a great starting point. Zelina Vega is also a valuable part of the puzzle as a mouthpiece, thermal magnet and valuable distraction in important games.
WrestleMania 35 was a rough night for Mysterio who lost on Samoa Joe For at least one hour on Monday, Mysterio also lost his former top rival on SmackDown, Andrade until he also joined Raw , A tempo change was fine, though his time in the ring with Lars Sullivan on Monday night was not exactly the warm welcome he might have hoped for. Rey has only a few more years in wrestling, according to his assessment, and whether it mixes with some of the smaller stars on the Raw roster like the newly acquired Cedric Alexander or bigger guys like Baron Corbin, Mysterio still has something to give WWE and their fans.
Ricochet & Aleister Black
Although Ricochet and Aleister Black have not been clarified in detail, but have officially joined the raw roster, as long as it is the case with Ricochet Tweet is as clear as it sounds. When Black and Ricochet got together for the first time, the two diametrically opposed characters looked like a strange fit. Whether it's a combination of charisma or complementary in-ring styles, the mating has quickly interfered and has not been inappropriate for the Raw, SmackDown and NXT Tag Team Championships in recent weeks. In addition to being renamed Viking Experience, this may be a sign that Raw's tag team division is on the rise again.
Despite the spoiler from the graphics department, The Usos, who joins Monday Night Raw, is another boost to the Raw Tag Team Division. Some may just be happy that we will not receive any further combinations of The Bar / New Day / The Usos in the foreseeable future, but the Usos have proven time and again that they are successful every time they are in the limelight. Their performance at WrestleMania 35 has shown once again that they are among the best tag teams in the world. They may be the ideal team to steal the Tag Team titles of Ryder and Hawkins and establish themselves as true villains – a role they have experienced in themselves.
The prospect of The Usos vs. The Viking Experience as well as a road-up tag team match against Aleister Black and Ricochet, is exciting and fresh – just what the doctor has ordered for the day's team wrestling in WWE.
Naomi, a two-time women's champion, has been to SmackDown since the 2016 Drafting Bill and has gone through the stories with the most women in the squad. Just as the Raw Tag Team Division was completely reworked at the Superstar Shakeup, this could be a powerful step towards reshaping the Ladies Division on Raw. With the big overall story of Charlotte Flair, who overshadowed the rest of the Raw and SmackDown women's squads in recent months, Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey will focus on finding the right balance between the two shows. Naomi was able to find or even get mad against Ruby Riott and Ember Moon and ultimately face Sasha Banks or Bayley – the latter, with whom she easily dispatched the IIconics in their first match on Raw.
Monday night was a kind of mixed bag for EC3. After months of back and forth playing in the background with just a few games, EC3 is officially a member of the RAW team, but its welcome came in the form of brutal abuse by Braun Strowman. It will take some time to shake off the stench of a background character for so long or be thrown on LED boards and through the stage, as EC3 did on Monday night, but he can make a valuable contribution on Monday evening if he can handle it  The right step here would be to pair EC3 with compatriot Drake Maverick in front of the WWE and build Drake EC3 from scratch. For EC3 it's a thing that's in favor of EC3. He can not go much further than where he is now.
From time to time, WWE will disband a tag team just to prove it. anything can happen with a superstar shakeup – everyone remembers when Bubba Ray and D-Von were sent to different shows – but to separate Eric Young and essentially despise SAnitY by simply dropping him to the bottom of the graph, After the NXT move, SAnitY was crippled on her debut of nausea-shooting camera shots and never had the slightest chance of doing anything on her own at WWE TV – pulling Nikki Cross out of the group, was like tearing their chaotic heart out and not appearing on TV for months, indicating where they stood on the totem pole.
Young, Killian Dain, and Alexander Wolfe are all individually talented, but on their own it seems little To give direction to them, young people should have something to contribute, but without a dramatic change in character or possibilities, it is difficult, much uphill to see potential.
Lacey Evans was stolen by NXT and directly conflicted with newly hired Raw and SmackDown World Champion Becky Lynch. After weeks of simply running down the ramp in the middle of other games and moments on Raw and SmackDown, Evans Lynch attacked twice and finally made her debut debut on Monday against Natalya. There is no doubt about Evans' character and how far she has come in this regard, but she is still working to improve her in-ring repertoire to reach a similar level. Her springboard moonsault, which was a deterrent to Natalya, was visually stunning, but also seemed to be a hard landing.
It's clear Evans has big fans in WWE, but she's got a lot to do. In a high-pressure situation against Lynch, they prove she's fighting for the Raw Women's Championship early on in her lead role.
Since his WWE debut in 2016, Styles has made a habit of exceeding expectations and getting the most out of every occasion. Almost all achievements have been made as a member of the SmackDown list. This show is often referred to as "the house built by AJ Styles." He was twice WWE Champion on this show, with career campaigns against John Cena, Dean Ambrose and Shinsuke Nakamura, as well as epic games against Brock Lesnar, Finn Balor, Daniel Bryan and many others. Styles became the longest reigning WWE champion in SmackDown history.
But all good things must come to an end, and the possibilities of Monday Night Raw for styles seem endless. A universal championship rivalry with Seth Rollins would be a great way to wear in the summer, or even when WrestleMania comes next year. If Finn Balor stays with Raw, they can renew the tensions or adapt to the common story of a particular "club". If Roman Reigns stays on Raw, he and Styles might reconsider a brief rivalry they had after coming face to face at 2016 Royal Rumble. Styles and Drew McIntyre could absolutely tear it up and raise both men in one heartbeat.
Most importantly, Styles is one of WWE's most visible centerpieces at this time. He was on the cover of WWE 2K19 and had a complete marketing campaign around Styles that won a lucky winner for a million dollars. Although Styles was well known for his skills in the ring when he was on the mic at the beginning of his career, Styles has found his niche and connects with the WWE audience worldwide. Just look at the amount at each WWE event to see how many AJ Styles gloves and how many AJ Styles T-shirts are in the crowd to know how valuable a member of the roster style has become ,
He is one of the centerpieces of this version of Superstar Shakeup, and there is no reason to believe that he will not succeed in a new environment. It will take a giant step in the opposite direction on Tuesday night to get close to the impact of Styles' move on Monday.