Smackdown continues the Superstar Shakeup. Last night was maybe less then what we expected. Other then Kevin Owens and we can’t say a main eventer came over from Smackdown… unless you want to include Jinder. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I was excited about Drew McIntyre coming back up (all three of 3MB on RAW) as well as KO/Zayn. Hopefully tonight gives us a bit more to be excited about. Especially as the women’s and tag divisions could use some new blood.
Jeff Hardy – B+
The move for Jeff is probably better then you’d think. Getting him away from Matt and Bray allow them to do their thing before all are reunited in a year. Jeff can do the brother Nero character down the road. Also, Jeff as a single is better on Smackdown due to all the faces currently on RAW.
The Miz – A+
This makes the most sense of any move in the shake-up. We finally get a Daniel Bryan/Miz feud and the Miz WILL move up the card on Smackdown. I’d also enjoy programs with Styles, Rusev and Shane McMahon. It would be entertaining to watch Miz annoy the Smackdown authority figure.
Absolution – B
Smart to move these gals over. Especially for Sonya who needs to be on a seperate brand from Ronda Rousey. Also, at some point, Paige can turn heel and play favorites for her girls in Absolution. The women’s division needs more help though as they lost Riot Squad and Nattie. Hopefully more women move over to the blue brand.
Samoa Joe – B-
Why build up a feud with Roman? I’m a big of Joe and think he should be pushed into the title picture. But aren’t Joe and Rusev in the same spot? Big bruiser heel that can demolish opponents. Wish Rusev looking like a heel Tuesday the characters effectiveness might not be less then it should be. Hopefully Joe goes to the moon and we see programs with Orton, Styles and Bryan. And, hopefully a title reign along the way.
Sanity – A with Nikki Cross; B without Nikki Cross
Kind of hard to give this any other grade. Smackdown gets another tag team, singles wrestler in Dain and one of my favorites in Nikki Cross. She can be a linchpin to the women’s division for years to come with her character work and technical ability. Although, I’m not seeing her in the promotional picture so if she’s not in the faction then the grade goes down a full grade. I also like keeping them on a seperate brand from Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt so both brands can have some crazy.
Big Cass – C
Cass has a lot of potential. But he needs work in all facets of his game. Going on to smack down, he’ll be forced to try and stand out even more since its a two hour program. At least on RAW, you can be stashed away on a larger roster. If Cass has improved on the mic and with his in ring storytelling then hopefully he can start to reach some of that potential.
Asuka – B+
The women’s roster needed some star power and they got it. Between the addition of the Iconics, Absolution and Asuka the women’s division looks solid. Her chasing Carmella for the title, then a rematch at Summer Slam would be interesting. The only down side for me is that Becky Lynch might be taking a back seat to Charlotte, Asuka and probably Naomi. 😦
Good Brothers/Club/Anderson and Gallows – C+
Love these guys out of the ring now more then in. But, that’s mostly due to the booking. Perhaps a reunion with Uncle Alan will bring some life to them and help their spot in the tag division. I don’t see them climbing above the Bludgeon Brothers, New Day, Uso’s or even Sanity but you never know.
The Bar – C-
So the issue with this is it pretty much says who’s winning the tag titles in Saudi Arabia. Both guys can go between tags and singles which is good because they might need to take a slight backseat in a crowded tag division.
I honestly didn’t know which program was on before all this. Glad the knowledge was dropped on me.
Andrade Almas – A-
Smackdown gains a high upside heel who can do wonders with his athleticism, story telling and pairing with Zelina Vega. He would be a great choice to take the US title off Jeff Hardy, or anyone else in the near future.
- The day he office embraces Rusev is the day I will believe they like money.
- Is Gables character that he can’t keep a tag partner?
- Who would have thought out of Enzo, Cass and Carmella that Carmella would be the breakout star at this point.
- Whoever took Carmella’s new WWE render with the Women’s title should lose their certification as a photographer. She’s gorgeous and that photo makes her look like she had some hackjob facial surgery.
- So the Billie doesn’t get to have a win on her debut match?
- Oh man. We get that awesome Daniel Bryan/Big Cass feud.
- I didn’t have a grade on Mike Kanellis because he really hasn’t been a part of the roster.