Following the injury to Jeff Hardy, SmackDown Live has been left with just four active tag teams thanks to the Superstar Shakeup.
This year's Superstar Shakeup has been utterly baffling. The event is supposed to be something which takes place across two days. After that, what is effectively a new season of WWE can begin. However, here we are three weeks removed from the start of the Shakeup and it still appears to be going on.
As confusing as it is, there are some clear reasons why WWE is continuing to shift its Superstars between brands. For starters, Raw's viewership is basically in freefall. That's probably why it looks like Roman Reigns will be making an appearance on the red brand this Monday. As much as some fans don't like The Big Dog, ratings seem to follow him wherever he goes.
Injuries have also hampered WWE from being able to start afresh. Take Jeff Hardy, for example. As pointed out by Wrestling Inc, with Hardy out, SmackDown Live has been left with just four active tag teams. Heavy Machinery, The Colons, Nakamura and Rusev, and The B-Team. Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas's arrival on Tuesday nights this week was definitely not a coincidence.
So as it stands, SmackDown Live's tag division is made up of a team stolen from Raw, a team we haven't seen for three weeks, a pair of randomly matched up Superstars, and The Colons who haven't wrestled on TV since Survivor Series. Plus, the division also doesn't have any champions. What makes all of that exponentially sadder is that just a month ago, SmackDown Live's tag division was one of the best things about WWE.
It is plain to see that WWE is in panic mode, even if it doesn't want to admit as much. That likely means the changes will continue in the coming weeks. As confusing as the Shakeup has been, that is annoyingly how it has to be. Otherwise, the blue brand's tag team matches and storylines are going to leave a lot to be desired in the coming months.