The WWE is gearing up for their next Superstar Shake-up and there has been a lot of speculation as to who will be moving from the sports entertainment company’s flagship show, Monday Night Raw, to SmackDown Live and vice versa.
The roster moves will take place during this week’s Monday Night Raw in Hartford, CT at the XL Center and SmackDown Live Providence, RI at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
Obviously, both shows will air on the USA Network. The last WWE Superstar Shake-up occurred in April of 2017.
There is one SmackDown star that may be on his way to Monday Night Raw and that is Rusev.
I think it’s safe to say that we are all hoping that Aiden English goes with him to the red brand as they have been a great pairing on WWE television.
Rusev, on the other hand, signed with WWE in September of 2010 and was assigned to WWE's Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) developmental territory in Tampa, Florida, where he adopted the ring name Alexander Rusev.
Lana debuted on the October 23, 2013 episode of NXT by scouting Rusev. The following month, WWE put her as Rusev’s manager on television. They had a short run while in the developmental brand.
Lana made her main roster debut on the January 31 episode of SmackDown where she and Rusev in the following weeks appeared in a series of self-promotional videos and speeches.
Fast forward to May of that year; they made their television debut. WWE has kept both Rusev and Lana strong on television. Rusev would end up winning the United States Title while with her.
Fast forward, WWE did a breakup angle after Lana quit on Rusev’s behalf during an I Quit Match with John Cena at the Payback PPV event in 2015. There was a brief storyline where Lana was aligned with Dolph Ziggler against Rusev.
In October of that year, TMZ reported that Lana had gotten engaged to Rusev, which Lana confirmed. This led to Lana making her return to WWE TV as a villainess and by Rusev’s side. WWE then took her off of TV until February of 2016 where she was pushed as a singles star.
Lana faced off with Brie Bella in a tag team match on the WrestleMania 32 pre-show. This would be Lana's in-ring debut.
After this match, WWE once again put her with Rusev until they were drafted to SmackDown Live earlier this year. There is a trend here. When Lana and Rusev are together, they have success, but when separated, not so much.
PWInsider is reporting that Rusev is in Hartford, Connecticut for tonight’s (April 16th, 2018) episode of Monday Night Raw and is expected to be backstage at the TV event. This could be an indication that he will move to Raw this week.
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