Since WWE split their first half into a halftime break between Raw and SmackDown in 2002, drafts and superstar shakeups have rebalanced the talent between the two shows, creating new stories and offering new opportunities for under-utilized artists ,
This process has taken various forms over the years, but since the brands split for the second time in 2016, the Superstar Shakeup after WrestleMania has been the new starting point for a new WWE year.
Over the course Over the next two days, WWE stars will be moved to a new home between Raw and SmackDown (and in some cases NXT and other WWE brands). In the next three hours of Monday Night Raw, we break up every move and its significance for the performer and the shows as a whole.
It did not take long for the WWE to arrive The action of the night is on as The Miz moves 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 relocated shows in each superstar shakeup to date, giving him a clear break from Shane McMahon and the story that peaked at WrestleMania 35. Miz had a few shots McMahon is a benchmark for good reason in the moments he ran into the ring.
As far as he can, 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 just feels right when Miz, one of the most visible WWE gigs in the mainstream media and a reality star in the US network (via Miz & Mrs.), returns to WWE's flagship program.
The Viking Experience
After taking a breath to fully process the absurdity of the name change, the NXT Tag Team champions earlier than War Raiders, and Ivar (formerly Hanson) and Erik (formerly Rowe), who join the RAW squad, are still a positive outcome. Considering that they have a tag team division, that's good news, and as they showed in their debut match, Ivar and Erik are incredibly versatile big men. They have won the win along with The Revival through 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 plenty of horror stories of NXT calls going sideways, but if given such a strong and powerful platform, it seems they can hurry up to become 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.
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After compiling some of last year's best matches on SmackDown against Rey Mysterio and a number of other opponents, Andrade moves into Monday night. A debut win against Finn Balor is a big deal in itself and the perfect way to show the fans what they can do. 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 matches.
WrestleMania 35 was a rough night for Rey Mysterio, who abruptly lost to Samoa Joe. For at least an hour on Monday, Mysterio also lost his former top rival on SmackDown, Andrade, until he also switched to 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 he mixes it with some of the smaller stars like the newly acquired Cedric Alexander or bigger guys like Baron Corbin, Mysterio still has something to give WWE and their fans.
Ricochet & Alesiter Black
Ricochet and Aleister Black are not mentioned extensively in comments but, as long as Ricochet is a member, they have officially joined the Raw-Roster 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 are still coming to Monday night. Raw is another boost for 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 team wrestling in WWE.
Naomi, two-time Women's Champion at SmackDown since the 2016 Mark Separation Draft and has gone through the stories with the most women in this 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 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. In favor of EC3 speaks only that he can not fall further than where he is now.
From time to time, WWE will disband a tag team just to prove that "anything can happen to a superstar shakeup – everyone remembers as Bubba Ray and D-Von But separating Eric Young and essentially despising SAnitY by simply dropping him to the bottom of the graphics is an action that moves in retrospect. Since joining NXT, SAnitY has been on her debut Nausea-inducing camera shots crippled and never had the slightest chance of doing anything on WWE TV, tearing Nikki Cross out of the group was like ripping her chaotic heart out and not appearing on TV for months, suggests
Young, Killian Dain, and Alexander Wolfe are all individually talented, but on their own, there seems to be little direction for them, and boys should have something to contribute But without a dramatic change in character or possibilities, it's hard to see much upside potential.
Lacey Evans was stolen by NXT and directly conflicted with the newlyweds Raw and SmackDown champion of women, 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 that Evans has some big fans in the WWE, but she has a lot to prove in a high-pressure situation against Lynch when she competes for the Raw Women's Championship early in her main defense.