On the Monday episode of Raw, WWE announced that there would be a Superstar Shakeup where wrestlers would be traded between WWE’s two main shows, Raw and Smackdown. The three-hour long show had quite a few surprises–not as many as the Raw after Mania though. The surprises included a Smackdown title holder, a stable, and two best friends coming over to the Monday night show.
Here are the major moments from this week’s episode of Raw, which also included one of Raw‘s top talents being traded to Smackdown in order to engage in a rivalry with the former Smackdown general manager. We’ll be back tomorrow night with a recap of Raw superstars who were traded to Smackdown.
During the opening of the show, Jinder Mahal joins Raw and comes to the show with his United States Title. He makes quite a few demands as champion. Kurt Angle tells him that he needs to be a fighting champion and makes the announcement that he has to defend title against anyone who wants to challenge him. Jeff Hardy comes out and ends up beating Mahal, becoming the US Champion in a pretty good match. Mahal later states he’ll fight Hardy for a rematch at Greatest Royal Rumble. Welcome to Raw, Jinder Mahal.
During the end of a battle between Sasha Banks and Bayley, the two were attacked by Smackdown‘s The Riott Squad: Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, and Ruby Riott. There were no other developments from this moment.
During an episode of MizTV–a show within a show–Miz announced the two newest members of Raw: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Kurt Angle came to break up the part, but Zayn had a letter from Stephanie McMahon saying their would be allowed a spot on Raw. This all lead to the main event of the evening, featuring Miz, Bo Dallas, Curtis Avel, Zayn, and Owens taking on Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley, and a mystery partner.
In addition to all of that, Angle announces that Daniel Bryan wants Miz back on Smackdown. However, he’s going alone. Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas are staying on the Monday night show.
Breezango shows up on Raw and tells The Bar their outfits have no theme. They proceed to give them tickets. They fought The Bar later on in the show and beat them in an upset.
While Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey were talking, Natalya showed up. Rousey embraces Natalya. Later in the show, Rousey came out to the ring to help Natalya against Absolution, which recently lost their leader, Paige, who became the Smackdown general manager.
Dolph Ziggler shows up with his entrance that contains an audio clip of a record player being scratched. He begins to cut a promo about one thing that’s changed for him but is cut off by Titus Worldwide. Dolph explains he brought someone with him, and Titus is attacked from behind by Drew Mcintyre. Now, all three former members of 3MB are on Raw.
Baron Corbin heads over to Raw via promo video, which featured plenty of footage of Corbin beating up Kalisto. He never actually appears live on Raw.
During the final 10-man tag team match, Finn Balor and company revealed their tag partner to be former Smackdown United States Champion Bobby Roode.
Check back tomorrow night for coverage of Smackdown‘s Superstar Shake-Up.
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Author: Mat Elfring
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