The 2018 WWE Superstar Shakeup has come and gone. Which show came out victorious in the wheeling and dealing?

Smackdown Live. That’s it. That the article. But seriously, Tuesday nights got much stronger. Let’s review.

The stars that switched shows are listed below courtesy of Bleacher Report:


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


SmackDown Live

  • The Miz
  • Jeff Hardy
  • Absolution
  • Samoa Joe
  • Big Cass
  • Asuka
  • Gallows and Anderson
  • The Bar
  • R-Truth
  • Andrade “Cien” Almas
  • Sanity

The good for Raw:

Jinder Mahal can be in the mix for the IC title and eventually be a challenger for the Universal Championship. Same goes for Baron Corbin. Maybe Bobby Roode turns heel and has a IC run of his own. Natalya either helping or eventually being an opponent for Ronda Rousey will be good for Rowdy down the line.

The bad for Raw:

Smackdown dumped it’s entire midcard directionless talent onto the Raw roster without giving up ANY headlining talent. If Kevin Owens is your biggest loss, that’s a good deal for Smackdown Live.

The good for Smackdown Live:

Basically everything! Let’s start with who was kept. AJ Styles, Shinsuke, Rusev, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Naomi, and the top tag teams. Smackdown trimmed the fat. Without adding anybody, Smackdown won this shakeup. Then the “B show” just piled on by adding Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy, The Miz, and Asuka. Think of the match combinations WWE can make on Tuesday nights! Add in some of my favorites like IIconic (called up last week) and Andrade Chen Almas and this show is stacked. Big Cass and The Bar aren’t my personal faves but are no doubt great additions.

The bad for Smackdown Live:

Fitting all of this talent in a two hour show. That’s really it.

Why did Smackdown dominate this shakeup? Forbes.com suggests that making the rosters more even will help the tv negotiations. In all likelihood, Raw is going to Fox and Smackdown Live is going to FS1. Maybe this helps. WWE stock has never been higher. Raw beat out NBA playoff games in the ratings last night, via Clay Travis. Things are trending up for the company out of Connecticut, and having strong shows on Monday AND Tuesday nights will only continue that upward trend.