Author Topic: *OFFICIAL* "Superstar Shake-Up" SmackDown Discussion Thread: 17th April 2018  (Read 292 times)

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Night one of the 2018 Superstar Shake-up proved to be momentous, as Team Blue stalwarts like Bobby Roode, Jinder Mahal, Dolph Ziggler and Natalya made their way to Monday nights.

On the flip side, former Intercontinental Champion The Miz was acquired by Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Paige at the behest of former GM Daniel Bryan. Who else will be joining The A-Lister on Tuesdays?

Shinsuke Nakamura has unveiled a new side of his eccentric persona in the days following his shocking attack on WWE Champion AJ Styles at WrestleMania. The Rockstar taunted his opponent with a disingenuous apology for the low blow on The Grandest Stage of Them All, then ruined the fantasy match between The Phenomenal One and Daniel Bryan, clobbering The “Yes!” Man with a thunderous Kinshasa and hitting Styles with another heinous low blow.

Will Nakamura continue to torment Styles when he least expects it, or will The Phenomenal One get the payback he’s looking for?

Last Tuesday, Carmella stunned the WWE Universe. After the debuting Iconics opened the door for her with a vicious attack on Charlotte Flair, The Princess of Staten Island walked through and cashed in her Money in the Bank contract on the spot. With one boot to the battered Queen’s face, Carmella left New Orleans with the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

Now that she’s on top of the mountain, how will the moon-walking, trash-talking Princess of Staten Island officially kick off her reign? Will The Queen be waiting to dethrone her?

The Usos defeated The New Day last week to earn a SmackDown Tag Team Championship opportunity against The Bludgeon Brothers at the Greatest Royal Rumble event next Friday. Jimmy & Jey did not have any time to celebrate their victory, as Harper & Rowan arrived to remind them of what awaits in Saudi Arabia, pointing their mighty mallets at their challengers.

The Usos have stated that they are ready to take on the champions, but are they truly prepared to do what it takes to knock off the malicious duo and reclaim their titles?

One of the most shocking moments of the first night of the 2018 Superstar Shake-up came when Kurt Angle arrived on “Miz TV” to tell The Awesome One that he would be heading to SmackDown LIVE without The Miztourage.

The A-Lister’s first turn on Team Blue was controversial, as he clashed with John Cena and was a consistent antagonist of then-General Manager Daniel Bryan, who was not cleared to compete at the time. Now, Bryan apparently demanded Miz’s return to SmackDown LIVE. Does he have payback on his mind?

What does the first new arrival to Team Blue have in store? Find out during night two of the 2018 Superstar Shake-up on SmackDown LIVE, tonight!
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As with the first night, the second night of the "Superstar Shake-Up" had some very interesting changes, such as the United States Championship returning to SmackDown already, courtesy of Jeff Hardy being drafted. I had thought that it was going to be a straight swa, with Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins most likely being drafted to SmackDown, but I guess this way works too.

Great to see Samoa Joe on SmackDown, I look forward to seeing him decimate his opponents there too.

I loved Paige quoting Teddy Long, a really fun backstage segment, made funnier by the brief Teddy Long-style dancing by Shane until Paige re-appeared a moment later.

I had been thinking it would make sense if Asuka was going to head to SmackDown, so it was great to see that I was right.

R-Truth was an interesting development, we'll see how that pans out.

Big Cass was even more unexpected, given the fact that it had been a while since he had last been seen on Raw.

Andrade "Cien" Almas and Zelina Vega being called up to the main roster from NXT were another great addition that I look forward to seeing.
Quote from: CM Punk
Please, if you say ‘Because it’s your destiny’, I swear to jeebus I’m going to start drinking.