Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

The biggest winners and losers from last night's Raw (April 16)

WWE Talk: Superstar Shakeup Draft preview for RAW, SmackDown WWE Superstar Shake-Up 2018: Mock Draft for Top Raw, SmackDown Picks
Nicole Thomas | 17 April, 2018, 17:12

Another WrestleMania has come and gone.

Seth Rollins is a worthy successor and will no doubt continue to make the title feel important by producing show-stealing performances. Numerous matches seemed to set up storylines going forward rather than being the culmination of an arc, but that's good news for the future. He may get a chance to wrestle more, which would be great.

"The Empress of Tomorrow" Asuka would make an excellent addition to the Monday Night Raw roster.

Mahal found new success when he moved to Smackdown during last year's Superstar Shakeup - whether or not he capitalized on that success is in the eye of fans. WIth Absolution losing Paige, it seems like WWE might want to bring a female stable to RAW.

WWE popped the tweet up on the Raw broadcast later in the evening, which prompted Miz to break out Bryan's "Yes!"

Mike Kanellis: Kanellis returns from battling through some person struggles as well as the birth of his first child with wife Maria Kanellis, and he will do so as a fresh member of the Raw brand.

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn: The explanation of Stephanie McMahon overruling Angle's decision from last week was logical, but if she was such a fan of Owens & Zayn. then why didn't she hire them immediately when they were fired from her brother's show?

Russian Federation threatens retaliation as United States & its allies launch attack on Syria
Peter's Square to express his deep concern over the failure of world leaders to come up with a plan to end the violence in Syria. He said he takes "a back seat to no one" in his view of the threat that Russian Federation presents to the US.

This is a bit of vindication for McIntyre, who had an impressive, though somewhat brief run, in NXT.

It's pretty obvious that Finn Balor is in dire need of a change. It would be cool to see Elias take his talents to the blue brand. Who will get a title match? The three-hour long show had quite a few surprises-not as many as the Raw after Mania though.

While I don't see these brands trading Champions Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles, it wouldn't be unreasonable to switch midcard title holders.

Jinder Mahal was the first one to leave Smackdown and brought the US Championship with him - as well as Sunil Singh. Yes, the experiment of a payperview every two weeks is mercifully over.

The same could not be said for The Miztourage's Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel, who now find their futures uncertain following the departure of their leader. When Dolph Ziggler showed up halfway through the show, I can't say I was all that interested, especially when he's sporting the same gimmick that's failed to get off the ground over on SmackDown.

"Asuka Lock vs. Figure 8 vs. Rousey Armbar" sounds like a license to print money.

WWE introduced us to the Superstar Shakeup a year ago as opposed to a traditional draft. We'll update as soon as information becomes available.

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