The HTCWrestling Staff Answers: What Wrestler Needs To Switch Brands The Most In The Superstar Shakeup?
Cam: It’s easy to make a case for several mid card and even main event talent trading shows tonight on Raw or tomorrow night on Smackdown Live but my choice is Finn Balor/Balor Club. Raw is the A show as everyone likes to call it. All the big names hover above the big time storylines so it makes it almost impossible for guys, who may deserve it, to be featured constantly on Raw. Balor may have been the first Universal Champion but I don’t think he was ever in the long term plans to keep it. Chances are he probably would have lost it to Brock Lesnar in two minutes, so Finn relinquishing it just after 24 hours due to injury may have been a god send. Moving Finn over to Smackdown will allow him an easier and, arguably, a much more fun path back to the top of the mountain. Assuming the WWE moves Gallows and Anderson along with Balor that really opens the door to fully push the Balor Club and tease a reunion between the boys and WWE Champion, AJ Styles.
Heather: I’m gonna cop out and say Rusev. While Raw does have a lot of guys, Rusev is floundering in Smackdown. I have heard some rumors this week that he wants his release, but I’ve also heard getting pulled from the Undertaker match is all part of an angle so maybe they do have something for him.
Raw though could use a semi heelish Rusev to liven up the ranks. I’d almost say Baron Corbin could use it as well but I think he’d just get swallowed up by Braun.
The Chairman: I could sit here and honestly list numerous superstars that would benefit from a brand switch. However I’m going to pick one that would surprise you, Finn Balor. I look at the landscape of Smackdown Live and provided if AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Daniel Bryan are still there, that alone gets me excited for potential long term programs with those superstars. With part time Brock Lesnar holding down the Universal Championship, Balor isn’t even going to sniff it. The next in line are guys like Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, and Samoa Joe. Balor has hung around long enough in the Intercontinental Championship landscape with his numerous matches with Seth Rollins and The Miz in recent months that it’s time to move on. It’s time for Balor to explore greener pastures and that’s on Smackdown Live where he could become the WWE Champion. Hell he could take Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson with him because those two aren’t getting the respect they should be getting on Raw either. Plus Smackdown Live in my opinion hasn’t been the same since it’s roster got gutted last Superstar Shakeup. It’s time to start putting some life back into the blue brand and I think Finn Balor would be a step in the right direction. Raw wouldn’t miss him because Raw is stacked and Smackdown Live would gain a top main event asset.
Justin C: I’m going to go with Becky Lynch. The Smackdown Women’s division is centered around Charlotte. And while a move to RAW isn’t out of the question for her, I see her staying on Smackdown. If that is the case than Becky will never surpass Charlotte as the top face. A move over to RAW would give Becky that spotlight. I see Asuka moving over to Smackdown, allowing Becky and Bayley to be the top two faces on the RAW brand. Becky, in my opinion, is the best female wrestler in the WWE and her talents are being wasted at the moment. Hopefully Kevin Dunn gives her promo time because she always sounds relatable and down to earth when cutting promos. And if you ever see her stuff on social media, she is one of the funniest people in the WWE. The crowd wants to cheer for Becky, and maybe a move to RAW will help her become one of the top women in the WWE.
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