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Five brand switch predictions for the WWE Superstar Shake-up

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With WrestleMania 35 now in the books, a new season, essentially, of WWE booking angles and storylines has begun.

With this new direction, WWE will also have a Superstar Shake-up for the third year in a row, and it will also be the 13th Draft/Superstar Shake-up in WWE history.

WWE aired an advertisement during this week's Monday Night Raw confirming the return of the Superstar Shake-up for April 15 and April 16 when Raw and SmackDown Live take place in Montreal.

Fans already saw some superstars appear on other brands this week on the Raw and SmackDown episodes following WrestleMania, although these switches are yet to be set in stone.

With this in mind, here are five predictions for this year's Superstar Shake-up.

Drew McIntyre to SmackDown

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Drew McIntyre to SmackDown Live is a Superstar Shake-up move which WWE already has the wheels in motion for this week, as he tag teamed with The Bar vs The New Day in the blue brand's main event on Tuesday.

McIntyre would be a welcomed addition to SmackDown as well as it will be a new name in their WWE title picture and possibly the first feud for new champ Kofi Kingston, although they might be better off having a long build rivalry instead with a match at a later date.

Nevertheless, The Scottish Psychopath's move to WWE's blue brand should see him capture the WWE Championship before the end of 2019, possibly at SummerSlam, and ahead of their broadcasting switch from the USA network to FOX Sports in order to get their new deal off to a fresh start that will give fans intrigue to watch.

He could then go on to have feuds with Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens, Ali, and Rey Mysterio.

AJ Styles to Raw

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To balance McIntyre's move to SmackDown, a big name star should be making a move in the opposite direction to Raw in the Superstar Shake-up, and the perfect choice would be AJ Styles.

Styles may be on the sidelines at the moment due to a hip injury he picked up during his match at WrestleMania with Randy Orton, but this shouldn't stop WWE from pulling the trigger and moving him over to their red brand. He needs a change of scenery.

Not only would The Phenomenal One become one of the top stars on Raw upon his move, but he would also likely be injected straight into the Universal Championship picture, giving it some much-needed freshness after Brock Lesnar's reign came to an end at WrestleMania.

With the freedom to be used as a face or heel, Styles could feud against the likes of Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Finn Balor, Bobby Lashley, and Sami Zayn on the red brand.

Braun Strowman to SmackDown

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Another spoiler for this year's Superstar Shake-up was potentially revealed this week on WWE programming when Braun Strowman showed up on SmackDown and had an altercation with Samoa Joe.

Strowman has lost a lot of momentum over the past couple of months, as he's slipped from being in the main event scene with Brock Lesnar for the Universal title, to appearing on WrestleMania's pre-show in the Andre the Giant Battle Royale.

Thankfully, The Monster Among Men won the Battle Royale at The Showcase of Immortals, and following his altercation with Joe on SmackDown this week, he looks like he could be The Destroyer's first post-WrestleMania challenger for the United States Championship.

Following his feud with Joe, Strowman could be used as a face or heel and feud with almost anyone on WWE's blue brand roster.

Kairi Sane to SmackDown

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This week on NXT, it was revealed Shayna Baszler will defend her NXT Women’s Championship against Kairi Sane next week. NXT's General manager William Regal agreed with Baszler’s stipulation request that if Sane loses, she can no longer challenge for the title.

This seems like a way WWE will remove either Baszler or Sane from NXT and call them up to Raw or SmackDown, and the most likely candidate seems to be the Pirate Princess considering what else we saw on WWE TV this week.

After watching The IIconics win on SmackDown, Paige announced that she would be bringing a team to WWE's main roster as part of the Superstar Shake-up.

This could mean Sane and her Sky Pirates partner Io Shirai could be Paige’s new clients, and their call-up to the main roster would add much-needed depth to the women's tag team division.

The Usos to Raw

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The Usos have been featured on WWE's blue brand since the draft in 2016, so it's about time they received a change of scenery. WWE indicated towards a possible brand switch in this year's Superstar Shake-up on SmackDown this week.

After retaining the SmackDown Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania, The Usos lost the titles on the first SmackDown following The Showcase of Immortals to The Hardy Boyz.

This loss could open the door for Jimmy and Jey Uso to switch brands from SmackDown to Raw in the Superstar Shake-up next week.

Switching The Usos to WWE's red brand would allow them to have new feuds against the likes of The Revival, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, and The Authors of Pain. 

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