Even though looking at this years Superstar Shakeup I will say that things have gone actually quite well with Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Good Brothers, & Dolph Ziggler being able to switch brands. This means that they not only they will be able get a fresh start on the new brand, but it will give the brand a new look. However, I do think that some things could've changed and done a little different without focusing on the lower mid card. Though fact is doing this could give some very underused talent a chance to get back on television, but now we look at two mistakes I think they made with the Shake up this year.
Don't get me wrong there were some people that didn't really need to move as one way or the other their position in the company will not change. Keeping that in mind I think that giving Rusev a change of scenery would have been good for the man with his own holiday. Though it is pretty clear that someone in management doesn't want Rusev to be over as a good guy even though he and Aiden get some of the biggest reactions in the company; it could change things having him on a different show. The person that I don't think needed to move was Mojo as it doesn't matter if he is on Raw or Smackdown Live I don't think his position will change. However, I think now is a great time to try and strike with Rusev as the iron is hot and I think he is at the peak of his run so far and the interesting thing is WWE always tries to turn talent at some point & normally it is a dumb decision but now it would be the best decision for the company and the talent, but they refuse.
As for the name I think that should've moved to Smackdown Live it is a little tougher as I think there could've been a few choices. With the departure of The Miz from Raw I think that Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel will move back to the position they had before Miz which would be a mistake & honestly they all should've stayed together at least until Maryse came back. The other choice for me that should've switched was Finn Balor; even though the last few months have gone a lot better for Finn it has been a bumpy ride for him on the main roster. Now don't get me wrong Finn can carry a promo, but I think shifting him to the brand where match quality takes precedent over promo skills would've been better then keeping him on Raw. Especially now with his former Bullet Club mates now on the other brand. As for who I think could've remained on Raw well I think that even though starting him on Smackdown is the right decision I think Big Cass returning on Raw would've made more of an impact.
Overall I feel like I can make more of a case for a Rusev switching then I can for Finn because I think that the haul Smackdown Live got was pretty good with both Samoa Joe & Jeff Hardy moving over. I also feel like the Raw haul was more in cause of giving the show some depth to the roster with a lot of lower card talent coming over. Some fans have pointed out that they could be stocking Raw up with the upcoming programming deal expiring at the end of year. For once though it will be very interesting to see where things go from here.
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