The Miz, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, and Alexa Bliss are some of the people who jumped ship from Smackdown to Raw. That’s not even everyone. Kalisto, Apollo Crews, Mickie James, Heath Slater, and Rhyno also joined forces with Raw. Even
Chad Curt Hawkins switched brands.
Many feel as if Smackdown was robbed in this Shakeup. We need to remember, though, that this is nothing new for Smackdown. We just dealt with this last July. Smackdown will live on and continue to be the better brand.
Don’t Forget, People Will Be Joining Smackdown as Well
If it looks like the talent pool of Smackdown is a little shallow right now, you’d be absolutely right. People just left with no one replacing them yet. Of course there’s less people, you dolt.
While the likes of Ambrose, Miz, and Bliss will be missed, they’ve accomplished everything they possibly could. Ambrose can’t fight AJ Styles forever. Bliss can’t just keep making Becky Lynch look like a doofus. Raw will allow for fresh opponents and new starts.
Don’t forget though, that some people from Raw will be leaving as well. Byron Saxton’s on the blue brand. Potential transfers include Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Charlotte, and others. These fresh faces will do much for the roster. New feuds and programs can begin. Talent in need of breathing room or a career renaissance will be afforded these opportunities. For example, Seth Rollins, who might be lost in the crowded main event scene of Raw, can now break out on his own.
And even if Team Blue gets people like Curtis Axel or Titus O’Neil, they’ll be fine. Smackdown turns what they’re given into gold.
Smackdown’s Strength Is Not In Its Superstars
Remember in the last draft how we were all saying that Raw stole everyone? Sure, yeah, Smackdown had Orton, Styles, and Ambrose, but Raw had Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, and Titus O’Neil. But when it came to it, Raw wasted almost everyone for a few months while they focused on Rollins – Reigns – Owens – Jericho. While that was happening, on the other side, Miz and Dolph Ziggler had one of the best feuds of 2016. Heath Slater and Rhyno took us on an amazing, heartfelt quest to win the tag team titles. The Usos became thugs.
If the brand split had not happened, those superstars would have been doing a whole lot of nothing. At the start of 2016, Ziggler lost a lot and then kicked Baron Corbin in the gonads. At the end of the year, he, AJ Styles, and Baron Corbin would put one one hell of a contest for the WWE Championship. Kalisto had just come off a lackluster run with the US belt at the start of the year. At the end of the year, he put on one of the best Chair matches ever with Baron Corbin. Baron Corbin got kicked in the gonads at the start of the year. By the end of the year he was an unstoppable force.
When it comes down to it, Smackdown made these superstars, not the other way around. While for a time it felt Raw was coasting on its star power, the blue brand was working to create stars. No one was going to tune in to see Baron Corbin or Dolph Ziggler. Smackdown had to make people want to see them.
At the Time of Writing, AJ Styles Is Still on Smackdown
The episode of Raw passed with no sign of the Phenomenal One. Hopefully that means he’s staying where he is. After all, Smackdown Live is the house that AJ Styles built. Or so he claims, at least.
It really looked like Styles was due for a transfer. He kicked Shane’s ass at Wrestlemania, and constantly dissed his bosses. Now that he’s staying, he can fight all the new members of the blue roster. In case you’ve forgotten, Shinsuke Nakamura is once again on the same roster as AJ Styles. Those two fought at Wrestle Kingdom 10 last year, and if you haven’t seen it, you may want to check it out. NJPW’s match style is very different from WWE’s match style, but that doesn’ stop it from being an excellent contest between two gifted athletes.
This also keeps AJ Styles on the same brand as Randy Orton. While Orton had possibly one of the worst matches in recent history against Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania 33, AJ could carry him. They fought before, and it was a fun fight. With the WWE title on the line, they could potentially steal the show and give Orton that match. That’s not even all of it. Styles – Zayn? What about Styles – Rollins, or even Styles – Rusev? There are so many exciting combos.
Also, we still get to hear Greg Hamilton announce his name. That’s the best part.