WWE Superstar Shake-Up 2018 Results: Updated Rosters and SmackDown Preview

WWE Superstar Shake-Up 2018 Results: Updated Rosters and SmackDown Preview


Credit: WWE.com

The first night of WWE Superstar Shake-Up 2018 saw Raw welcome a flood of new faces. Baron Corbin, Breezango, Jinder Mahal and The Riott Squad all joined Team Red, reshaping the brand. 

More roster overhaul is on its way as Tuesday’s SmackDown features the next stage of the Superstar Shake-up.

Raw general manager Kurt Angle had his shot to shuffle the deck. It’s now new SmackDown GM Paige’s turn. Providence, Rhode Island, will host as SmackDown balances building up its latest feuds and making roster moves. 

Will the blue brand snag the intercontinental champion? Will SmackDown boast an empress, an extraordinary man and a throwback tag team? 

The following is a look ahead at the second night of the Superstar Shake-up and the latest edition of SmackDown. The SmackDown preview on WWE.com and news updates help provide a peek at what’s to come starting at 8 p.m. ET on USA Network.

Raw Additions

WWE hasn’t shy about the shake-up process on day one. It moved over a dozen Superstars from SmackDown to Raw, per WWE.com:

  • The Ascension
  • Baron Corbin
  • Breezango
  • Chad Gable
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Drew McIntyre
  • Jinder Mahal
  • Kevin Owens
  • Mike Kannelis 
  • Mojo Rawley
  • Natalya
  • Sami Zayn
  • The Riott Squad
  • Zack Ryder

The United States Championship is now a part of Raw, but it’s not a given it remains there. Mahal lost the title to Jeff Hardy on Monday night. If WWE doesn’t move Hardy to the blue brand, one can expect Seth Rollins and his Intercontinental Championship to change shows instead.

News, Potential Spoilers

There’s a good chance Asuka is among those who make their way to the blue brand.

Promotional material may have given away the surprise. Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc noted: “The Empress of Tomorrow is currently being advertised for the Sunday, June 10 blue brand live event from Tupelo, Mississippi.” 

Dean Ambrose, however, appears to be staying put. In Monday’s Figure Four Online Daily Update, Dave Meltzer noted that WWE is advertising Ambrose as part of the Raw brand for its upcoming South African tour.

Is Asuka headed to SmackDown?

Is Asuka headed to SmackDown?Credit: WWE.com

Meltzer also wrote on Figure Four Online: “The Raw talent won’t be on SmackDown for the most part because after the show in Hartford, they have to fly to South Africa.”

And whether Big Cass changes brands is uncertain, but he is reportedly ready to compete again after tearing his ACL last year. PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported on Monday: “Big Cass is backstage at Raw in Hartford, CT after being cleared to return to the ring several weeks ago.”

SmackDown Preview

So far, the only name to move to the SmackDown side was The Miz.

Angle sent him to the rival show per a request from Daniel Bryan. That sets up the obvious possibility of WWE exploring a Bryan vs. The Miz feud.

There’s plenty of bad blood to tap into if that’s the direction the company goes. The Miz antagonized the former GM for months, but Bryan couldn’t retaliate as he wasn’t medically cleared. That’s no longer the case and a series of kicks to the chest await The A-Lister.

Championship chases will comprise much of Tuesday’s show when SmackDown isn’t busy adding talent from Raw or NXT.

The Usos will look to build momentum during their pursuit of the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. They lost the belts at WrestleMania thanks to a drubbing from The Bludgeon Brothers. A rematch is now set for The Greatest Royal Rumble on April 27.

Carmella will now become the hunted after snagging the SmackDown Women’s Championship from Charlotte Flair last week.

The Princess of Staten Island cashed in her Money in the Bank briefcase on a wounded Flair. Carmella’s first challenger is likely to be the woman she dethroned—The Queen .

Shinsuke Nakamura, meanwhile, has his sights set on the WWE Championship.

He’s shown so far that he’s willing to go the low route in that quest. Nakamura nailed AJ Styles with a low blow at WrestleMania. He followed up with an attack on the WWE champ on last week’s SmackDown.

Their feud is growing legs and Nakamura has looked re-energized after his heel turn. Tuesday’s show promises to showcase The King of Strong Style’s issues with Styles plenty amid the chaos the Superstar Shake-up will bring.

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April 17, 2018 at 06:29AM


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