Reports are surfacing that there may be another Superstar Shake-up taking place as early as the week after SummerSlam.
Following WrestleMania 33, the WWE roster was subject to what Vince McMahon wanted us to refer to as a Superstar Shake-up. Rather than completely redrafting the entire locker room onto either Raw or SmackDown Live, a few select Superstars and tag teams switched between Monday and Tuesday nights. Now, less than four months later, it appears another Shake-up is in the works.
After Wrestlemania, SummerSlam is the biggest event in the WWE calendar, so the company needs to do something to counteract the lull that comes after it. Last year, it was the re-crowning of a Universal Champion, the year before it was the beginning of Seth Rollins’ feud with Sting, and this year the attempt to maintain ratings could come in the form of some Superstars calling new shows home.
Both PWInsider and the Wrestling Observer reported that another Superstar Shake-up is set to take place directly after SummerSlam, although it will be slightly different than the one that took place in April. As well as wrestlers moving from Raw to SmackDown Live and vice versa, some talents that creative doesn’t have plans for might make the move to NXT.
April’s Shake-up saw a multitude of moves, some that have worked out for the better and some not so much. Alexa Bliss swapping SmackDown Live for Raw has only seen the three time Women’s Champion career progress, while Charlotte Flair moving the other way has resulted in The Queen becoming a little stale. The Miz and Dean Ambrose also switched brands, yet their feud is still ongoing and has been for what feels like almost a year now.
Another Superstar Shake-up will undoubtedly generate interest in the short term for WWE, but will likely have more damaging effects in the long run. Time and time again WWE has attempted to make separate rosters work, yet their inability to refrain from letting the Superstars from each show mix soon makes the whole process pretty convoluted. John Cena is a free agent, Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar are appearing on SmackDown Live house shows, and now we may have yet another Shake-up in our midst.
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