The first day of the Superstar Shake-up is officially in the books with fans breathing a sigh of relief that Monday Night RAW didn’t hijack SmackDown LIVE for their elite stars.
In total, 20 stars have joined the red brand with the likes of Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal and Bobby Roode being the biggest direct arrivals from the Tuesday night show.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were also confirmed as RAW superstars, despite neither man picking up a win in their singles match last week in an attempt to get a RAW contract, while The Miz is the first star to move to SmackDown at the request of former general manager, Daniel Bryan.
However, one of the more interesting moves that took place saw Dolph Ziggler switch brands, only to bring NXT’s Drew McIntyre with him as they wiped out Titus Worldwide with minimal effort.
Ziggler actually received a decent reaction from the fans - perhaps better than expected - until he was interrupted by Titus O’Neil, Apollo Crews and Dana Brooke, offering him a chance to join the team.
When Ziggler announced that he wasn’t alone, McIntyre was probably the last person fans would have thought of, even though a call-up had been speculated for him this week.
With the two now joining forces, WWE fans on Twitter are all in agreement that the team of Ziggler and McIntyre reminds them of Shawn Michaels and Diesel.
HBK & DIESEL
It’s easy to see why. A lot has been made about Ziggler trying to be the next Michaels while McIntyre is a much bigger man than The Showoff, so that bodyguard dynamic is already there which is how the company could play it out by showcasing Ziggler as an in-demand, must-watch star that needs to be protected.
While the actual comparisons are a little bit of a stretch as Ziggler isn’t on the level of Michaels, the actual storyline can make sense and help elevate McIntyre to that next level, just like it helped Kevin Nash as Diesel during his time alongside Michaels as Two Dudes With Attitudes.
WWE will be hopeful that McIntyre’s run is a lot more successful than his first, and the way to avoid another 3MB situation is by building him up as a monster like Diesel, before letting him break out again.
If we’re talking about easing him back and letting him get to the top naturally, then sticking him with Ziggler in the bodyguard type of role could be a worthwhile opportunity.
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