10 Things We Learned From WWE Smackdown Live! (April 11)

Opportunity Knocks.


Smackdown Live!'s losses were Raw's gains, as The Miz, Maryse, Alexa Bliss, Mickie James and Dean Ambrose all departed the blue brand along with a host of other supplementary talents to conclude the first evening of the 'Superstar Shake-up'. It wasn't all bad though, Bray Wyatt left as well.

However, in the shadow of the Monday's broadcast and an explosive spell in Orlando the week prior, could the Tuesday night show rebound?

In somehow managing to hold on to AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and (when he returns again) John Cena, the show hasn't been robbed of star talent in the way many thought, and some choice talents making the jump from Raw could actually see the 'B-show' looking better than ever.

From a storyline perspective, the company again failed to properly explain how and when the decisions were made on the new arrivals, but if one can imagine Daniel Bryan gleefully offering away The Miz in favour of Charlotte, then the rest can probably be put together out of shot as well.

Pouring through the start of a new era on Tuesday nights, here are 10 things we learned from the April 10 edition of WWE Smackdown Live!


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