The last Superstar Shake-Up in WWE was right after WrestleMania 33. It was also the first Superstar Shake-Up, and no one had any ideas what the rules were either heading into it or during. That was only a few months ago: the first Shake-Up was in April, and we’re not even quite into August yet. Despite this, there is a rumor going around that WWE is planning another Superstar Shake-Up after SummerSlam, and here’s hoping that’s one rumor that turns out to be false.
There is already a counter rumor to that, at least, found in Friday’s Rumor Roundup, that says WWE won’t hold the next Shake-Up until after WrestleMania 34. That’s the better plan, really, given it’s been only a few months since the last one. WWE has barely scratched the surface of the stories it can tell on RAW or SmackDown with the new rosters. There’s no shortage of star power on either brand right now: the issue is in how the stars they do have are being used.
Heading into the first Superstar Shake-Up, RAW was loaded with talent, but it was also written poorly and many fans preferred SmackDown. Following the most recent Shake-Up, it’s RAW getting all the (deserved) credit for story telling, while SmackDown has at times felt like it’s enacting revenge against anyone who enjoyed it. It has nothing to do with the talent and everything to do with how that talent is being utilized. Look at RAW’s main event, for instance: that’s helped carry the show for months even when the stories weren’t of the quality they are now, and all four of Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, Brock Lesnar, and Braun Strowman were already on Mondays before the Shake-Up.
RAW has something good going now that could continue through WrestleMania 34. SmackDown needs help, but they need it in creative, not by juggling talent. There’s still so much potential in the two rosters as is, and airing another Shake-Up just to bump up ratings for two days is a shortsighted solution. If RAW and SmackDown aren’t going to give the wrestlers who bounce around fulfilling stories or enjoyable television time, fans won’t really care about who is on what show at all.
- WWE is selling an amazing Braun Strowman t-shirt and you’re damn right I already bought one.
- Global Force Wrestling continued its recent run of putting on solid shows, as you will find if you read Kyle Decker’s recap.
- WWE Network’s subscriber count is down to 1.63 million, whereas around WrestleMania 33 it was sitting close to the coveted 2 million mark. I have an idea, WWE: try having two good shows at the same time.
- WWE confirmed Renee Young will be working on both RAW and SmackDown going forward.
- Emma is still threatening to date Jason Jordan. I hope this ends with Kurt Angle giving her a championship match believing she’ll be taught a lesson by the champ, and then Emma wins.
- Here’s the recap for the latest episode of Ring of Honor. While you’re reading about non-WWE wrestling, we’ve also got a Progress recap.
- And for even more not WWE, here’s the retro Best and Worst of WCW from August 18, 1997, which includes an nWo birthday party.
- Elias Samson dropped the Samson, so now he’s just Elias. He can still ask if you want to walk with him, so no harm there.
- Paste wonders why WWE is so afraid of intergender wrestling.
- Don’t worry, wrestling fans, AJ Styles wants to face Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleMania as much as you want him to.
- Carmella spoke with The Wrap on a number of subjects, including Total Divas, the show she’s set to join for next season.
- Cody Rhodes discussed his plans for “escaping” WWE with the Charlotte Observer.