WWE announced Friday that this year's Superstar Shake-Up will take place on the dates of Apr. 15 and 16, during the week's episodes of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.
You can see the video of the announcement below:
That means the roster changes will take place a week after WrestleMania 35 in East Rutherford, New Jersey - set to take place on Apr. 7. A year ago, the Superstar Shake-Up happened on Apr. 16 and 17.
Last year, there were a whopping 14 moves involving SmackDown superstars going over to Raw in the shake-up. This included Natalya, Bobby Roode, Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler. Superstars that moved over to the blue band included The Miz, The Bar, Asuka, Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy.
This year's Superstar Shake-Up should be a lot more interesting, given the uncertain futures regarding numerous performers. The likes of AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, The Usos and Gallows & Anderson have contracts expiring soon.
On top of that, Mike and Maria Kanellis, The Revival, Lana and Rusev are reportedly unhappy in the WWE, and one can't help but wonder if they'll look to jump ship and head to All Elite Wrestling.
Throw in Dean Ambrose's looming departure - and the rumor that Ronda Rousey will go on hiatus after WrestleMania 35 to start a family - and we can expect some drastic roster changes to take place here.
Some of the top talents that should get moved might include Bayley, Sasha Banks, Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, Shinsuke Nakamura, Jeff Hardy and Bobby Lashley. These superstars are deserving of being main eventers, but it hasn't happened on their respective brands. Perhaps a "shake-up" will do wonders for them.
What This Means
With a handful of injuries, looming departures and disgruntled superstars looking to leave, it'll be interesting to see how this shake-up plays out. We should expect a good deal of main event superstars to get moved out, as the WWE tries to enhance his product amid AEW's rise.