The WWE just underwent a “Superstar Shake Up” a draft that was not a draft. WWE logic. So certain people who were on the Raw brand got moved to Smackdown and vice versa. Unfortunately Smackdown did lose Dean Ambrose, Alexa Bliss and The Miz. I like Dean but they didn’t know what to do with him despite being the Intercontinental Champion. The Miz seemed to having a resurgence in his career thanks to the brand split. No one on Smackdown could compare to his mic skills. Alexa Bliss is a rising star who’s already been champion twice and with no one to feud with.
But what did Smackdown gain? Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, The New Day, Rusev, Charlotte Flair, Tamina Snuka and Lana. Kevin Owens was my favorite wrestler on Raw with great mic skills and equal talent in the ring. Sami Zayn is a great talent who was being squandered on Raw. Charlotte Flair was a five time women’s champion on Raw and there was nothing left for her to do. All these elements play a factor in the various people brought over to Smackdown.
Already from the first night we already had a great three way match between AJ Styles, Sami Zayn and Baron Corbin to determine the number one contender for the U.S. Championship currently held by Owens. Styles won that match and it will great to see Styles and Owens feud. The Women’s Division is a bit of a question mark at the moment. Who will start feuding with Naomi for the title. It shouldn’t be Charlotte just yet as her star is so bright so it would be best to see her feud somewhere else.
The main title, the WWE Heavyweight Championship, is in something of limbo. It is currently in contention with a feud between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt. The main problem is Bray Wyatt has been switched to Raw so no way he’s winning. Randy Orton is also in something of a lame duck championship run. He’s solid but there’s no pop to him. Probably because it’s vague if he’s supposed to be a face or heel. He did burn down someone’s house.
But there is Shinsuke Nakamura who already has a huge fanbase due to his worldwide reputation and the work he put in at NXT. There is a lot of great talent on Smackdown at the moment. It already has been interesting to see post Wrestlemania and how the product is going to be. Hopefully the creative teams and wrestlers work some great programs to entertain.