Tonight on SmackDown Live, it’s the second night of the WWE superstar shake up. On this evening’s broadcast, we’ll find out which Raw superstars are being relocated to SmackDown Live. But if you don’t want to wait until the show starts, we’re now beginning to learn some potential spoilers about tonight’s trades.
On today’s edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer reports that The New Day is going to SmackDown Live. This had been rumored for the past week, and nothing we saw on last night’s Monday Night Raw really suggested that this is not still the case, as the tag team is not engaged in any major storylines other than a feud with The Revival. For the next several weeks, however, Kofi Kingston will be away due to an injury.
Another spoiler from Meltzer is that Kevin Owens is going to SmackDown Live. That’s not a surprise either considering that Dean Ambrose was transferred to Monday Night Raw this week, and it wouldn’t make much sense for Daniel Bryan to trade Ambrose for a non-champion. Ambrose is the current intercontinental champion, and Owens is the current United States champion. Owens is currently expected to have a rematch against Chris Jericho for the United States championship at Payback, and so if Owens is transferred and Jericho is not, we’d have several matches at Payback that are not limited to one brand; the other would be the match between Bray Wyatt, now of Raw, and Randy Orton.
In addition, Dave Meltzer reports that a few lower-tier superstars like Jinder Mahal will be going to SmackDown Live. The WWE will probably announce these trades in a similar fashion as they did last night: by putting graphics up on screen rather than having full segments. Mahal in particular going to SmackDown makes some sense considering he had a confrontation with Mojo Rawley at WrestleMania 33.
In the women’s division, Dave Meltzer says that two female superstars are going to move, and he thinks that it’s going to be Charlotte and Sasha Banks. Charlotte going to SmackDown is something that had been widely speculated, but Sasha Banks going with her would be shocking. For one, Sasha is still in a storyline with Bayley, something that was left unresolved last night when an apparent Sasha heel turn was interrupted by Alexa Bliss. But one would also think that the WWE would want to keep Sasha and Charlotte on different brands if only to allow them both to have fresh storylines and not keep facing one another in matches.
It should be noted that none of this is definite, and the WWE’s plans are always subject to change at the last minute. Dave Meltzer was pretty sure AJ Styles would be going to Raw, for example, but this did not end up happening; he speculates on today’s Wrestling Observer Radio that Bray Wyatt took AJ Styles’ place and that Styles himself will soon be feuding with Randy Orton.
Part two of the WWE superstar shake up takes place tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the USA Network.