As we saw on post-WrestleMania 33 edition of Raw, Mr. McMahon announced that a “Superstar Shakeup” will take place on next week’s episode of Raw.
Below is what WWE.com posted regarding what this “Superstar Shakeup” thing is all about:
“It’s time to shake things up around here,” Mr. McMahon loudly exclaimed to the raucous Amway Center crowd during the Raw after WrestleMania.
The Chairman and CEO of WWE surprised everyone Monday night in Orlando when he came out to the ring and thanked the WWE Universe for making WrestleMania 33 The Ultimate Thrill Ride. Surprise turned to shock, however, when Mr. McMahon then announced that the WWE roster will undergo a seismic shift on next week’s edition of Raw.
Mr. McMahon also announced he has already conferred with lead representatives from both Raw and SmackDown LIVE in advance of the shake-up that will take place for both brands. That includes the newly named Raw General Manager, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, as well as SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan, who are already in ongoing discussions with each other about next week’s anticipated Superstar movement, WWE.com has confirmed.
The WWE Chairman will be granting both sides an opportunity to make trades, deals and other moves that they feel fit, according to WWE.com sources. There are many potential maneuvers that the WWE Universe will surely be buzzing about. Could we see recently engaged SmackDown stars John Cena & Nikki Bella on separate brands as a result of the shake-up? What about a monster like Braun Strowman causing havoc on the SmackDown LIVE roster instead of Raw? The possibilities are endless.
According to the Wrestling Observer, the following top Raw & SmackDown Live stars are expected to switch brands next week:
There was speculation going on that “The Guy” Roman Reigns might get drafted to SmackDown Live, but the plan as of now is for “The Big Dog” to stay on the flagship show of WWE, Monday Night Raw.