With the Superstar Shake-up upon us, who should make the move from RAW to SmackDown Live?
There are some happenings recently that have blurred the line of the brand split. Sami Zayn, Lars Sullivan, and others have been appearing on both shows. Becky Lynch holds both Women’s championships.
The Superstar Shake-up should provide some clarity for how the brands will be divided going forward. Superstars without a brand will be given one, and some will swap brands between RAW and SmackDown Live. Here are five superstars (or teams) that should switch over to Tuesday nights.
1. Drew McIntyre
The Scottish Psychopath already has shown up on SmackDown Live, teaming with The Bar on Tuesday in a losing effort to the New Day. Having McIntyre move to SmackDown Live permanently could see him finally pushed into the world title picture. McIntyre flanked by the Bar being the first challenger to Kofi Kingston could establish Kingston’s title reign and be a fresh matchup for the main event scene.
2. Authors Of Pain
What happened to the Authors of Pain? From RAW tag team champs to afterthoughts (albeit one of them has an injury), they need a fresh start on Tuesday nights. With the Bludgeon Brothers a thing of the past, the role of monster tag team is open on SmackDown Live. The Authors could have good matches with the Hardyz, Usos, or any other team that ends up on the blue brand.
3. Dana Brooke
A surprise star of the Women’s WrestleMania Battle Royal, Dana Brooke got microphone time on RAW. If she keeps her momentum up with a switch to SmackDown, Brooke may get a title opportunity that has eluded her for some time. SmackDown offers up matches with Charlotte, Naomi, Mandy Rose, and others that could all be a part of building up the athletic Brooke for a title match down the line.
4. Apollo Crews
There is still hope for the insanely talented Crews. He has floated around on RAW, winning a battle royal for an Intercontinental Championship match back on New Year’s Eve. Since then he hasn’t found much for himself on RAW. On SmackDown Live, Crews could maybe find a tag team partner (maybe even real-life friend, 205 Live’s Akira Tozawa) and enter that scene. He could also get some more opportunities competing for the United States championship or against a bevy of talented mid-carders on Tuesdays. No matter how you slice it, Crews needs a fresh start.
5. Braun Strowman
This is another superstar who had a teaser appearance on SmackDown Live. Strowman came out to answer Samoa Joe this past week, and just the thought of that battle for the United States Championship makes this move worthwhile. Strowman could be an established main eventer to do battle with guys like Daniel Bryan and A.J. Styles, and the move to Tuesdays could get him away from some of his goofier storylines. No more tag teaming with children or beating up Saturday Night Live performers.
Let us know what you think of our picks. Obviously, there are many talented superstars who could make the move to Tuesday nights. Who do you think is most likely to move to the land of opportunity?