The upcoming WWE Superstar Shake-up has everyone rightfully guessing which stars could end up on which brand, especially with the company not scared to move some of the biggest names around.
Since 2017, some high-profile names have been speculated to switch brands but it’s clear that WWE constantly changes their minds when it comes to major decisions like this. For example, it’s been claimed that the company might only finalise the Shake-up right before Monday Night RAW later tonight, and might not even tell the stars who is moving where to gauge a more realistic reaction.
However, it’s obvious that WWE will have had some indication or at least created some plans for stars moving in opposite directions when looking ahead.
This is because several advertisements online have shown that certain superstars are being advertised for events that are for the opposing brand. The biggest one that has come from that in recent weeks is RAW’s Asuka being advertised for SmackDown LIVE events; a move many are expecting to happen anyway.
When speaking on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, a fan revealed that the WrestleMania programme they received in New Orleans listed several RAW stars as SmackDown stars, and vice versa.
According to that programme, WWE’s original Shake-up plans could have featured AJ Styles, Naomi, The New Day and Jinder Mahal as RAW superstars, while Finn Balor, Roman Reigns and Asuka had been listed as SmackDown superstars.
Again, these might still happen.
Despite Styles being featured in a WWE Championship feud with Shinsuke Nakamura right now, Alvarez claimed that the programme could be correct. This is because he referenced a previous poster which had Nakamura listed on the heel section, something which came to fruition at WrestleMania.
According to Still Real To Us, he said: “There is a show and I cannot remember which show it is, but it’s way down the road like this fall and there was a poster out for it to promote it and it had various stars on it.
"Somebody there had said this is an interesting poster because, you know, because obviously plans can change a million times - but at the time the poster was made, the idea was the individuals who were on the top were babyfaces and the individuals at the bottom were going to be heels at the time. Now again, this could change a million times.
“But I look at the poster and Nakamura was on the heel side I thought, ‘huh, how about that?’ Well, low and behold, Mania comes and Nakamura turns heel.
“So, I don’t know if that’s a coincidence, I don’t know, but the point of this is sometimes when they do these things, sometimes there’s a reason for it and sometimes it’s completely at random.”
Alvarez also stated that the possible reason WWE booked Bryan vs. Styles last week on SmackDown was because one of them could be on the move. While that remains to be seen, it will be interesting to see who the WWE finally decides to move over the next couple of days.
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