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Top 5: Superstar Shake-Up Moves WWE Should Make

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The WWE Superstar Shake-Up is this week, and it’s always an exciting time for the fans watching at home. You never know who will move brands, as the entire roster will be in attendance for both Raw and Smackdown.

But there is a bigger question at hand: Who should move brands?

Here are the Top 5 roster moves WWE should make in the Superstar Shake-Up. These moves include Raw/Smackdown swaps, and an NXT call-up. Read and then hit me up on Twitter @ChairshotGreg with your top moves!

5. Seth Rollins to Smackdown, Jinder Mahal to Raw

Headed into WrestleMania, I long assumed Rollins would be headed to Smackdown to take the mantle of the Blue Brand along with AJ Styles, with Shinske Nakamura heading to Raw. Today I can’t be so sure about the second half, but I still see Seth Rollins moving to Smackdown to lead the march towards WrestleMania 35.

As for Jinder Mahal? WWE is in the midst of a television courtship with Fox, and the diverse appeal represented by Mahal is probably a bigger deal than the internet fan wants to believe. Mahal is also an amazing heel, which is the key to long-term storytelling.

Another hidden reason for Mahal to go to Raw? The Authors Of Pain. Akam and Razar will be without Paul Ellering, presumably because the former doesn’t want the heavy travel schedule. While the Singh Brothers provide a great diversion, AOP won’t be thrown around quite so easily, and with The Maharaja there to do the talking, they can be a serious threat in the neglected tag team division.

4. Andrade “Cien” Almas (with Zelina Vega) to Smackdown

Andrade “Cien” Almas has been brilliant during his NXT run, despite being a bit directionless at the start. Once Zelina Vega showed up, the key piece was no longer missing. Now it’s time to take this act to Smackdown, and keep it intact.

Vega is involved in the Paige movie production, Fighting With My Family, and having her on the brand can be useful. But this is about way more than that.

Almas, a major star as La Sombra in Mexico, has proven he can carry a story to the fans, and they’ve proven they will buy-in. He’s provided some of NXT’s best in-ring performances over the past year, and Vega has been the added element needed to drive his story home.

On Smackdown you have some great potential feuds with Bobby Roode, and NXT-fan dream opponents like Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles (if he doesn’t move) and more.

Billed at 210 lbs, I wouldn’t be against him “dropping five pounds” and sticking around for 205 Live after Smackdown on occasion. The purple brand’s association with Raw has been downplayed to the point that this crossover wouldn’t be a bad thing.

3. The Usos to Raw, The Bar to Smackdown

The Usos earned their way onto the WrestleMania main card, even if it didn’t go so well. Now they’ve earned their way onto Raw, where they can reunite with their blood(line) in Roman Reigns.

Provided, that is, that Reigns doesn’t move to Smackdown!

The Bar was absolutely ravaged at WrestleMania, to the point that I don’t think you can take them seriously. I’d fully expect them to lose to Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt in Saudi Arabia, and departing for the blue brand.

I’d also expect them to break up. Sheamus vs. AJ Styles and/or Nakamura could be amazing, but the split would most benefit Cesaro. It’s no secret that I love Cesaro, and with Sheamus potentially nearing the end of his career, the time is perfect to push Cesaro.

(Pushing Cesaro, by the way, is a move I won’t ever give up on. Ever.)

2. Sasha Banks to Smackdown, Becky Lynch to Raw

Two of the three women involved in the most important women’s match in WrestleMania history (at WrestleMania 32 with Charlotte Flair) Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch are two of the pioneers of the current Women’s Evolution. And no women are in bigger need of a change of scenery than these two.

Moving her to Smackdown does mean more potential match-ups with Charlotte Flair, a match-up we say far too often on Raw before the last shake-up. But it also provides some great match-ups for Becky Lynch, who has really floundered for the last year on Smackdown.

The move also separates Sasha and Bayley, which is likely to get a blowoff (for now) this Monday on Raw.

Honorable Mentions

  • Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods to Raw – Believe it or not, this is really Xavier going to 205 Live (as suggested by Chairshot Radio’s PC Tunney), Kofi on Raw, and leaving Big E to have a singles career on Smackdown.
  • Drew McIntyre to Raw – Drew McIntyre was rushed to the NXT Championship, and almost seems out of place. He didn’t appear on the most recent tapings that I know of, and outside of Andrade has no real reason to be there. I think he could do really well on Raw.

1. Roman Reigns to Smackdown, Daniel Bryan to Raw

Even typing those words, I think I’m crazy. But this one really makes TOTAL sense.

Roman Reigns has spend forever being touted as “The Guy,” but his booking in the end doesn’t prove it. His loss to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania came three years too late, and now he seems to be lacking any real direction. Samoa Joe stepped up to the challenge, but he doesn’t even get a shot as The Samoan Sex Machine until after Roman challenges Brock inside a steel cage at Greatest Royal Rumble.

In my ideal example, Reigns loses again at Greatest Royal Rumble, coming to Raw to feud with Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles–two men he’s put on amazing matches with in the past (even if Nakamura was in a short dose at the Royal Rumble). Short of disappearing until SummerSlam, a move to Smackdown is appropriate for Reigns.

Daniel Bryan may seem like the heart and soul of Smackdown, but in reality he’s the heart and soul of the entire WWE. Sending him to Raw, especially during the aforementioned television negotiations, makes tremendous sense.

Plus moving Daniel Bryan to Raw puts him in position to complete the story of his return: winning the Universal Championship from Brock Lesnar. It’s the closest you can get to the Yes Movement, and it’s a brilliant call to the fact that Daniel Bryan was supposed to get overwhelmed by Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2014, not John Cena.


Who do you think should move? Hit me up on Twitter @ChairshotGreg with your top moves!

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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE NXT Takeover War Games 2018 Post-Show

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Bobby Fernandes checks in with his Good, Bad, and Ugly review of WWE NXT Takeover War Games!




NXT Takeover WarGames II in Los Angeles California has a lot Good, in fact was a clean sweep in my Pre-show article.  However did it deliver?

THE GOOD

Matt Riddle vs. Kassius Ohno

The “King of Bros” knocked out a tough, reputable guy.  Kassius Ohno just put him over more than he already which was a feat in itself.  I am greatly hoping we see some Lars Sullivan vs Riddle in the future.  We won’t be seeing a KO there.  All in all Good way to get the crowd going to start the show and not interfere with the pace and plans already made.

NXT Women’s Championship 2-Out-Of-3 Falls Match
Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Kairi Sane

The match at Evolution was fantastic.  Although I don’t see much bad in any of their respective work.  I love that they are going out early.  I knew this was going to be good, and it meant that the rest of the card would have to deliver after these two were done.  Fireworks from the beginning, The Pirate Princess went ape shit!  Strikes, flying around, and pulling out all the stops, the crowd showed their appreciation.

It was a bit ruined by the outside interference and a cheap first fall for Baszler.  However I do love when the wrestlers play their roles well and Shayna Baszler and her crew are pure heels.  I loved the single leg Boston Crab and the sick stomp from Baszler.  She is brutal.  So many submissions, and torture.  She is just such a bad guy (girl).  This was just so physical the whole time.  So many high risk!  I loved watching this.  Even the action on the outside was fun to watch!  They with a blink of an eye, looking like it was over Shayna Baszler escapes with the victory and retains the NXT Women’s Championship!  Wow!  One hell of a match!

Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano

Johnny Wrestling is a hell of an athlete, and puts it all out there.  Aleister Black’s future is sky’s the limit, so unquestionably this match had the makings of gold.  Black’s kicks are insane and overall they beat the living hell out of each other.  I loved the technical wrestling effort from Gargano it brought some heavy contrast to an otherwise strike heavy fight.  Bump after bump, move after move they just kept outdoing themselves and the crowd eating it up!  Two Black Masses, Aleister Black Wins!  I really think once Aleister Black goes to the WWE Roster we will see some huge things for him, he is in a position to be like a new Undertaker type character and the talent around him can definitely benefit from him being there! Great match!



NXT Championship Match
Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Velveteen Dream

You are not dreaming, the Velveteen Dream is OVA!  This match has the It Factor, with both competitors bringing top notch talent.  A real and true championship match was had.  The disrespect, and taunting from both sides, and the constant reactions were good.  They told the right story.  The pace was perfect, letting things click and sink in.  As always we heard legit gasp from the crowd, and we were pulled in.

I enjoyed the Hollywood Hulk Hogan markouts by Dream as well.  We saw a lot, and this most certainly delivered as a Championship Match, which requires a certain level.  All of the close falls, and false hopes were spot on and not a dull moment in the match. Sick DDT Between the double ring, Tommaso Ciampa retains!

War Games Match
Ricochet, Pete Dunne & The War Raiders vs. Undisputed Era

Holy Damn!  This was a crazy match!  Undisputed Era knows this battleground already and somehow survived the First time.  Now they will have to beat even better talent, even more brutal opponents.  A guy that defies gravity, a true brut and a couple of Vikings.  The odds are against them big time.  This didn’t mean a thing however as The Undisputed Era are just about as good as it gets.  The highest of levels on NXT.  Part of me really hopes they stay in NXT so that WWE cannot even try to ruin them.

Ricochet and Adam Cole started off proper.  Again highest calibers of talent.  The pace was steady, and we saw some big moves.  Adam Cole wore his opponent out, and kept him grounded.  Hansen brought the house down and went ballistic defying what a big guy can do.  This was far from boring.  Roderick Strong is just incredible.  Undisputed seemed to be in full control.  The Rowe Powerbomb Powerslam was unbelievable, I could have watched that all day.  This changed everything for a bit resulting in a complete beatdown on Adam Cole.

Things change again, Bobby Fish with a true heel move locks Pete Dunne in the cage and brings chairs into the match, destroying everyone in the ring.  Once Pete Dunne got free, the match blew up.  Complete Chaos, Wargames set off!  Back and forth no one really was ahead, then out of nowhere, a giant suplex-powerbomb was like a reset button knocking everyone out, except Ricochet.  He decides to  freakshow out and double backflip onto the pile leading to an epic standoff with straight fighting, more highspots and finish worthy exchanges.  WarRaiders, Ricochet and Pete Dunne Win!

THE BAD and THE UGLY – N/A (Get outta here!)

Pretty awesome event overall!  Great surprises, big spots, and clean action!  What a night!  Survivor Series and WWE’s Main Roster has their work cut out for them, however it’s hard to tell if the big guys even care.  I don’t think so or else the quality would be higher.  NXT is just special and it doesn’t look like that is changing anytime soon!  Thank you for watching, reading and supporting this awesome community!  Please comment and share!




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Who Wins The Daniel Bryan vs. Brock Lesnar Match At WWE Survivor Series?

Can Daniel Bryan actually get the win over Brock Lesnar?

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Daniel Bryan is on his way to the biggest war of his WWE career when he faces Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series on November 18. Bryan recently turned heel on SmackDown Live, where he defeated AJ Styles for the WWE Championship and now fans are speculating as to what will happen next.




But what does happen next? No one expected Daniel to turn, at least not in that fashion. He and Styles had chemistry and that chemistry could have led to a rivalry between the two. Daniel and AJ had plenty of stories left to tell and perhaps they will do just that. However, to make such a sudden departure from Bryan’s character and then thrust him into the ring with Lesnar seems like somewhat of a desperate move.

Is that really the case? Maybe it’s true that WWE didn’t want to book Styles to lose yet again to Lesnar. But couldn’t the match have ended with a Lesnar disqualification or perhaps even a double count-out? That finish would have protected AJ while keeping Brock looking strong as well.

But changing direction just one week after Styles celebrated one year as WWE champion is a curious move indeed. AJ was showing no real fatigue as WWE champion. He still looks sharp in the ring and he’s always on his game. Perhaps the company felt that AJ had beaten everyone he was supposed to beat and now the time was right to do something different. If that’s the case, then what better man to wear the title than Daniel Bryan?

From a pro wrestling standpoint, it was a great move. Daniel can work with anyone and can get anyone over. He’s so versatile that he can step into the ring against cruiserweights, heavyweights and super heavyweights. To Daniel Bryan, each match is another opportunity to tell a story and as a professional, he surely feels he can tell a story with anyone. That has to include Brock Lesnar.

This is the dream match that WWE fans wanted when Bryan was red-hot in 2014. He was so energetic, so full of life and so intense in the ring that he seemed like a great fit for Lesnar. Of all the men that had faced Brock to that point, Bryan would perhaps give him his greatest test because he was so different. 

Daniel’s top speed is faster than the fastest of his peers. Bryan is able to flip the switch and go flying around the ring whenever he needs to and when he does, controlled chaos ensues. It may appear as though he could fall apart at any moment. But the fact is, all of his movements are organized and none of them are wasted.




But Daniel is not just charismatic and frenzied between the ropes, he also happens to be highly skilled as well. Bryan can match anyone one the roster move for move and that is a major plus for him as a trusted in-ring talent. The company knows what it has with Daniel Bryan and that’s precisely why he’s the WWE champion right now. He’s trusted to deliver and he does that every night.

So no, Brock Lesnar has never faced anyone quite like Daniel Bryan before. Yes, most fans likely believe Daniel doesn’t stand a chance against The Beast Incarnate. That opinion does pose a very interesting question however and one that many fans are currently debating online. Who goes over in this match?

Assuming Brock continues on his seek and destroy mission, then fans can expect to see Daniel flat on his back at the end of their match at Survivor Series. Lesnar just doesn’t lose all that often. He wins so much in fact that he’s usually the favorite going into every match he works. Why would that change because he’s facing Daniel Bryan?

But the fact is Daniel just turned heel, which means he has a sudden burst of momentum. The new WWE Championship around his waist is an extra boost as well of course, which means he has a chance against Lesnar. This cannot be and shouldn’t be, a squash match. This is a tale of WWE’s two top champions going to war in the middle of the ring. If it ends in five minutes or less due to “Brock smash,” then what was the point?

However it’s actually Bryan’s heel turn that is part of the issue here. If Daniel had won the title cleanly from AJ and headed into November 18 as a babyface, then there would be no problem. Brock could win or even lose and the outcome would likely not affect Bryan either way. He would go back to the blue brand with bragging rights because he either outlasted Brock to get the win, or he went the distance and was still on his feet.

But now that Bryan is a heel, everything is different. What good comes from Brock Lesnar, who is also a heel, destroying the new heel champion that is now directly in the spotlight? Daniel does indeed have momentum and he can become the most hated Superstar on SmackDown Live. But if he takes a beating from the beginning, then how could anyone take him seriously?

By the same token, if Daniel were to defeat Lesnar, then WWE’s primary main event draw goes down to a man much smaller than him. Is it possible that Vince McMahon, or anyone around him, would actually consider allowing that to happen? It’s not a question of whether or not Daniel should go over. It’s a matter of WWE’s past history of booking Brock Lesnar as the most unstoppable force on the roster. 

No matter what happens, the truth is that Daniel Bryan is back on top and so is Brock Lesnar. Perhaps this is just a throwaway match, with no lasting implications for either man. Or maybe there’s more going on than fans know about. WWE seems intent on keeping the audience guessing. For the majority of pro wrestling fans, that is definitely a good thing.



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