With WrestleMania 35 in the books, it is now a new “season” for the WWE. The big event that takes place after? The Superstar Shake-Up. Think of it as a WWE Draft where either superstars or tag team go from Raw to SmackDown and vice versa. We can even see some potential call ups from NXT in the Shake-Up.
On the latest episode of The SlickBack KickBack Report, myself and Mike DeSanto made some predictions as to who goes where. Here is a full list of who I think would go where starting Monday, April 16.
Rey Mysterio to 205 Live
There is no question that Rey Mysterio is one of the most popular WWE superstars in the companies history. He has won every title under the WWE brand, from the World Heavyweight Championship to the original WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
While it might not happen, why not throw him on 205 Live. He is one of the pioneers in cruiserweight wrestling and would certainly bring the star-power 205 Live desperately needs. Think of the matches he could have with Cedric Alexander and Tony Nese for example.
Tyler Breeze to NXT
Since coming up to the main roster, Tyler Breeze has not done a lot. He is no doubt talented, but WWE seems to have no creative direction when it comes to Prince Pretty.
He had a lot of success in NXT and given that he recently has taken part in a few NXT matches again, why not send him down. He was very popular with the NXT crowd back in the day and could help out the brand in developing new stars.
Buddy Murphy to Raw
Buddy Murphy recently had his six-month reign as Cruiserweight Champion come to an end at WrestleMania 35. It could be a perfect time for him to be sent up to the main roster. Put him on Raw and make him the red brands version of Mustafa Ali.
Finn Bálor to SmackDown Live
It is quite traditional to have the secondary titles (the United States and Intercontinental championships) to switch brands around this time so it makes sense.
Bálor needs a fresh start. He seemingly is not in the Universal title picture at the moment and had the potential to start up new feuds for the blue brand. Plus, imagine him, A.J. Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson reuniting against to for The Club.
Samoa Joe to Raw
Since winning the United States title, Samoa Joe has been on a tear recently beating the previously mentioned Rey Mysterio in one-minute at WrestleMania 35. Like Bálor, given he holds a secondary title, he could switch brands to change the titles up in WWE.
Braun Strowman to SmackDown Live
WWE dropped the ball with Braun Strowman. A few years ago, he was on the top of the Raw brand but was never given the push he deserved with the Universal Championship. Give him a fresh start on SmackDown and have him pushed to the top sooner rather than later.
Luke Harper to Raw
Luke Harper was out of action for a few months due to wrist surgery but recently came back in at WrestleMania 35 in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Harper is a talented wrestler but has always been looked at as a tag team specialist. He deserves a single’s push and putting him on Raw could be a start to that.
The Revival to SmackDown Live
The Revival has had an up and down run since being called up to Raw post WrestleMania 33. Injuries to both Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson derailed their start but have done well since, including a run with the Raw Tag Team titles.
The Usos to Raw
The Usos have bee on SmackDown Live since the second brand split in 2016 and have become tag champs for the blue brand four times.
They went through every tag team on the SmackDown roster and they are one of the best tag teams in all of wrestling. Have them switch brands to see if they can capture the Raw tag titles.
Heavy Machinery to SmackDown Live
The Usos are gone in my predictions leaving the blue brand without a top tag team. Heavy Machinery could be in the mix for that title if booked correctly.
Nikki Cross to SmackDown Live
She was great in NXT as SAnitY. SAnitY is currently not doing anything. Pair them together to bring back the NXT magic they had.
Lacey Evans to Raw
Lacey Evans is on pace to big the next star in the women’s division. Look for her to be in the title picture against Becky Lynch.
Dana Brooke to SmackDown Live
She looked impressive at the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal and cut a promo to “congratulate Becky Lynch.” She could be in the mix of a push. Have her switch brand to have a clean slate.
Naomi to Raw
Naomi had been on SmackDown since 2016 and was a two-time women’s champion during her nearly three-year run. Plus, WWE likes to keep couples together with the long travel schedule they have. With The Usos going, I have Naomi going along with them.
Ember Moon to SmackDown Live
Ember Moon looked to have a great start on Raw after WrestleMania 34 but injuries and the rise of other Raw stars did not allow that to happen. Give her a fresh start on SmackDown.
EC3 to SmackDown Live
WWE does not seem to know what to do with EC3. Last week he was in a dark match with Drake Maverick as his manager. The two have chemistry together dating back to their days at Impact Wrestling. So why not?
Lars Sullivan to Raw
He had plans to debut on Raw until personal issues got in the way and forced him to take a leave of absence. Now he seems back and better than ever so it makes sense to bring him to Raw full-time and stick with their original plan.
Ricochet to SmackDown Live
After losing a chance to win the Raw, NXT and SmackDown tag team championships in the span of a week, I do not see Ricochet and Aleister Black being a tag team for much longer. I have them going to separate brands and they could be a toss up here on who goes where.
Imagine a Ricochet/Mustafa Ali feud.
Aleister Black to Raw
Like I said above, I see Aleister Black and Ricochet breaking and going their separate ways.
Imagine Black having a feud with Seth Rollins for the Universal title.
Roman Reigns to SmackDown Live
Coming at the height of his populairty, Roman Reigns has done a lot on Raw, winning the Universal, United States and Intercontinental championships in the span of three years.
It is time for a change and what better way to do it than now.
Daniel Bryan to Raw
Who knew back in 2016 for the second brand split Daniel Bryan would even be in this conversation for who goes to what brand. Bryan has been excellent in his return and was great as “The New” Daniel Bryan as WWE Champion.
He was not around for the SmackDown after ‘Mania, which makes me believe he will switch sides. The Universal Championship could be next in his quest to become “The Planet’s” Champion.