We are just a few hours away from Monday Night RAW and the WWE is already shuffling the deck between RAW and Smackdown. Last week Vince McMahon announced that there would be a Superstar Shake-up tonight on RAW where WWE wrestlers would get moved around to freshen both shows up now that Wrestlemania is in the rear view mirror. Smackdown’s Apollo Crews was announced as the first superstar to change brands. Crews will now be featured on RAW.
Crews struggled to find his footing on Smackdown after getting called up to the main roster after Wrestlemania 32 in Dallas last year. Now with a fresh start maybe the former NXT star can establish himself as a middle-tier babyface on RAW and work himself into position to challenge for Kevin Owen’s United States Title now that Chris Jericho is about to head off to pursue music. A heel turn could be a good move since Crews never could get the fans to embrace him as a good guy.
Rumors have been swirling for a week that AJ Styles could be headed to RAW and that Roman Reigns is going to Smackdown but those rumors have cooled a bit in the past few days. It’s more likely we see Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson jump to Smackdown to be with Styles and potentially Shinsuke Nakamura. Finn Balor appears to be staying on RAW which is a shame because the WWE is missing out on some Balor Club merchandise they could sell if they had Nakamura, Styles, Gallows, Anderson and Balor on the same show. It would also create a hot, cool faction for fans to get behind.
We’ll have to tune in tonight to see what Vince McMahon has planned. One thing is for sure, he will have to get some star power over to Smackdown since John Cena is now working a part-time schedule. RAW is top heavy with Reigns and Brock Lensar on Monday so shipping Reigns to Thursday makes a lot of sense.