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The winners and losers of the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up

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After a two-night showing in Montreal, WWE will move on from the Superstar Shake-up with largely-altered rosters.

SmackDown has a new belt on its show and added to that with arguably the greatest acquisition since the Brand Split came back into play in 2016.

Raw meanwhile have added some stellar ring generals to their talented roster in the form of AJ Styles and The Usos, amongst others

Let's take a look at what individuals, and certain sections of Raw and SmackDown have benefitted from the Shake-up, and divisions that are now perhaps lacking something.

Winners

Roman Reigns

Simply put, Reigns needed a change of scenery after being the top challenger on Monday Night Raw for so long.

Roman Reigns was the high-profile acquisition for SmackDown Live

And with SmackDown getting a ton of new talent alongside him as they prepare for the move to Fox in the USA, the WWE Title could genuinely start main eventing pay-per-views once again if he's challenging for it.

There's a plethora of superstars he could face on Tuesday nights - Elias, Kofi Kingston, Daniel Bryan, Lars Sullivan - the list is endless.

SmackDown Live Women's Division

After being neglected in the run-up to WrestleMania, the SmackDown Women's title picture has been given a major boost.

Ember Moon and Bayley are just two of the women who have been added to the SmackDown roster

Not only have the likes of Charlotte, Asuka and Carmella been retained, the likes of Ember Moon, Bayley, Mickie James and Kairi Sane have all been added to what looks like a competitive division.

There's going to be no shortage of suitors for Becky Lynch's title in the coming weeks and months.

Andrade

Floundering a bit on the blue brand after his first year on the main roster, Andrade and Zelina Vega needed a switch-up to freshen themselves up.

Andrade looks like he will have a bright future on Monday Night Raw

El Idolo was a victor over Finn Balor on his first night on Raw and with the look and in-ring prowess at his disposal, the sky really is the limit for the Mexican.

Not to say that it will make a difference at all, but he recently went public in his relationship with WWE golden-girl Charlotte Flair, whether she or Ric Flair could have any influence in a mega-push for him in the future remains to be seen.

Losers

The Miz

It feels as though just six months ago we were talking about how The Miz could have a Feud of the Year contender with Daniel Bryan after the latter's return to the ring.

For the third time in as many years, The Miz switched brands in the Superstar Shake-up

But that was put on the backburner and as Bryan became a dastardly heel and WWE Champion, The Miz was shifted into a sympathetic babyface character for the first time in a long while.

From an outsiders point of view, Miz had a much better chance of reclaiming a world title on the blue brand rather than Raw, but it kept up his run of being switched every single year in the Shake-up.

Lets hope his momentum can continue on Monday nights but until it does, it has to be seen as a negative.

SmackDown Live Tag Team Division

At one point in 2019, the SmackDown Tag Team Championships were a hot commodity, with The Usos, New Day and The Bar all having classic matches with one another.

The Hardy Boyz do not have many competitors for their Tag Team titles

Now though, the division looks very sparse indeed.

The Hardy Boyz are current champions, but with Jimmy and Jey off to Raw, one-third of New Day injured, The Bar's status in question and only Heavy Machinery added to the show this week, the division looks wafer-thin.

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson could easily be built back up into strong contenders, but with the pair reportedly rejecting new contracts with the company, don't expect that to happen any time soon.

Raw's Main Event-Level Heels

Looking at the Raw roster right now, they have two of the biggest babyfaces in the company with Seth Rollins and AJ Styles.

The main event-level heels for Monday Night Raw look alarmingly thin on numbers

The other side of the spectrum though does not look so solid.

If you think of Andrade and Sami Zayn as mid-card title challengers for now, that leaves just Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre as contenders for the Universal Championship.

Corbin, whilst defeating Kurt Angle at WrestleMania, isn't really a strong contender, the fans have not taken to Lashley since his return, which leaves McIntyre, who is the most realistic first challenger for Rollins' throne.

Not a thrilling list you'd have to admit, and added to the fact that Rollins has already beaten all of them recently, it's actually quite underwhelming.

The Viking Experience

This one doesn't need any real explaining.

The NXT Tag Team Champions were brought up to the main roster - and renamed 'The Viking Experience'

The War Raiders - Hanson and Rowe - were a hugely-dominant NXT tag team, and the current champions of the brand.

So what does Vince McMahon decide to do? Call them up to Raw and rename them Ivar and Erik - The Viking Experience.

As expected there was a huge backlash to the alteration on social media, but it's unlikely to be reverted.

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