WWE Superstar Shake-up: Why Raw, not SmackDown, won the reshuffle

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The Superstar Shake-up took place earlier this week in the WWE on Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live and in total, 36 superstars made the switch between brands including six call-ups from NXT.

Several new feuds have been created across both of the two brands which should provide some exciting entertainment for WWE fans between now and just after WrestleMania 35 in 2019 when the next Superstar Shake-up will most likely take place.

It began with Jinder Mahal turning up on Raw as the red brand's general manager Kurt Angle's first acquisition, and it finished with the blue brand's general manager Paige bringing in Big Cass, who stood tall over Daniel Bryan at the end of this week's SmackDown. Both rosters are now set for the rest of the year.

Many WWE fans have come to the conclusion that SmackDown won this year's Superstar Shake-up due to their additions of Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy, The Miz, Asuka, and The Bar, but that shouldn't be considered the case at all. 

Let's take a look at why Raw, and not SmackDown, won the 2018 WWE Superstar Shake-up by analyzing the men's, women's and tag team divisions.

Raw has a more balanced men's roster


What many people picked up on following the Superstar Shake-up was how each show's men's roster looks like. SmackDown acquired Jeff Hardy, Big Cass, Samoa Joe, R-Truth, The Miz, and Andrade "Cien" Almas.

Raw, on the other hand, obtained Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Jinder Mahal, Bobby Roode, Zack Ryder, Mojo Rawley, Chad Gable, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Mike Kanellis, and No Way Jose. 

On the face of it, SmackDown's men's division is now extremely top heavy, with the likes of Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton already competing for the United States title just to balance things out. There simply aren't enough mid-carders on the blue brand's roster, and that could be a problem later this year.

Raw, however, now has plenty of mid-carders, so when Rollins does lose the Intercontinental title, there are plenty of options to pick up the batton. Plus, there are also more mid-carders to battle against the main event stars to put them over ahead of pay-per-views.

Raw's Women's division is more open


Following the Superstar Shake-up, there is a feeling now that the Raw women's division has now been put on ice until Ronda Rousey is good enough in WWE's eyes to be Raw Women's Champion, but that is far from the case.

The Superstar Shake-up saw Natalya, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan move to Raw, while SmackDown acquired Asuka, Mandy Rose, and Sonya Deville. The Empress of Tomorrow's move to the blue brand has blown the red brand's division wide open, and that can only mean good things.

There's a really great chance now that either Ruby Riott or Ember Moon could be given a run with the Women's title on Raw by the end of the year in preparation for when many expect Rousey to ascend to the throne. Natalya will keep Rousey occupied in the meantime.

SmackDown, on the other hand, will have a lot of superstars in their women's division playing second best to Charlotte Flair, Carmella, and Becky Lynch, and Asuka's inclusion only makes things even more tough to push a new face to the top.

Raw's tag team division will provide exciting new champs


There's is a valid argument that SmackDown's tag team division, with the additions of The Bar, Gallows & Anderson, SAnitY, is now incredible. What Raw has though is an unknown tag team division that can give us fresh storylines and new champions.

The additions of Breezango and The Ascension might be considered weak compared to what SmackDown has, but with The Bar and Gallows & Anderson gone, it means The Authors of Pain, The Revival, Bray Wyatt & Matt Hardy, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre and other teams could now rise to the top and be champions, and relatively first-time main roster tag champs too.

We've already seen The Bar, Gallows & Anderson, The New Day, The Usos, and now The Bludgeon Brothers as champions, and that's basically the whole division on SmackDown, so it's good that Raw is changing the dynamic and giving new faces a chance at the top of the tag team card.

Plus, with Breezango now on Raw, the Fashion Files can now be revived thanks to the extra hour Raw has, and who wouldn't want that back on our screens.

What are your thoughts on the Superstar Shake-up? Which brand won overall? Raw or SmackDown? Have your say in the comments section below...


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