SmackDown fans must be licking their chops at the bright new future offered by the Superstar Shake-Up.
While Raw accumulated Vince McMahon's favourites, the blue brand went all in on excitement, trading the likes of Baron Corbin and Jinder Mahal for The Miz and Andrade Almas. Zayn and Owens are gone, but Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy will compensate for their loss. Elsewhere, significant gains in the women's and tag divisions plus the departure of several directionless lower-midcarders make it hard to shake the feeling that SmackDown emerged stronger than its big red cousin.
Team Blue's triumphs are legion, but Raw wasn't without its own victories. Just like last year, WWE used the Shake-Up to address a broad range of issues with the product, and both shows looks fresher as a result.
New problems will inevitably arise as a direct result of the decisions made this week, and shoddy follow-up booking could stifle any short-term enhancements. We'll save those concerns for later, though. For now, let's take a look at the positive movements made in WWE's latest mini-draft, and how they'll impact the brands over the coming weeks and months.
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