Well, there most certainly was a “shakeup” courtesy of WWE RAW Monday night. Ironically, the best part of the show had nothing to do with new faces, just two RAW mainstays. Honestly, I don’t have a clue what the future holds creatively for SmackDown at this point. But something tells me that we’re about to find out Tuesday!
Here are five reasons to watch WWE SmackDown Live tonight.
1. Superstar Shakeup Continues
So here’s the list of talent WWE SmackDown Live lost to RAW in the Superstar Shakeup: Apollo Crews, The Miz (and Maryse), Dean Ambrose, Curt Hawkins, Bray Wyatt, Kalisto, Heath Slater & Rhyno, Alexa Bliss and Mickie James.
— WWE (@WWE) April 11, 2017
That’s quite the talent loss. It includes the Intercontinental Title, the former top men’s and women’s title holders, and the brand’s second best overall performer over the last year (that’s Miz, if you had to ask).
At least SmackDown’s top overall performer, AJ Styles, (presumably), seems to be safe as far as staying on Tuesdays is concerned.
The question now is who will the Blue Brand be getting in return? RAW having both secondary singles titles makes no sense. Therefore, I envision United States Champion Kevin Owens coming over. Yes, he’s working Payback against Chris Jericho. But these trades are seemingly being made without that pay per view in mind. Plus, he jobbed in last night’s main event (to Ambrose). I also anticipate Charlotte (who also jobbed Monday night) coming over to fill the void left by Bliss. As for who else moves, your guess is as good as mine. The New Day has been rumored.
One major name that will be working Tuesdays from here on out is Shinsuke Nakamura. His main roster debut, the unequivocal highlight of last week, wouldn’t have taken place on SmackDown Live if he wasn’t staying here. Speaking of that debut, it’s already been viewed in excess of three million times, so what’s one more?
Interrupting The Miz led me to believe that would be Nakamura’s first feud. Thanks to the Superstar Shakeup, we now know that is NOT the case. So who will it be? Whomever the choice is, it should build to a big match at the next SmackDown Live only pay per view, which is Backlash on May 21st in Chicago.
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