After the first Superstar Shakeup, the landscapes of Raw and SmackDown Live are set to change drastically. The first Raw has passed us, and we will see how the recent shakeup has benefited, or hurt superstars of the red brand. For some it was a chance to start new feuds with existing superstars and opportunities at future title matches, while others are faced with the past. Lets see.
The Miz/Dean Ambrose (Losers, for now)
If you thought the Superstar Shakeup meant fresh feuds, then your partially right. The Miz and Dean Ambrose have entered Raw, but decided to pair up in what should end up being an interesting feud. The problem, these two already feuded over the Intercontinental Championship back in January, so many fans may have been hoping for these two go their separate ways. Give or take the feud never went into high gear as Ambrose captured the title and set off to battle Baron Corbin, so in theory this fued is somewhat fresh. The problem is that these two will have to push each other to the limit to sell this feud to the audience, but with Miz’s superb mic skills nothing else should be expected other than extraordinary.
Alexa Bliss (Big Winner)
If Charlotte isn’t the queen of the women’s division, then Alexa Bliss claims the throne, and for good reason. She has proven time and time again that she can put on good matches, but more importantly kill it on the mic. And on Raw she demonstrated her importance by jumping ships to Raw and cutting the line to the Raw Women’s Championship winning a fatal four way match. Now she is set to face Bayley in the future, and establish her legacy by becoming the first woman to capture the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships.
Finn Balor (Neither Loser or Winner)
Finn Balor is an interesting case. He returned from injury and tagged with Seth Rollin against Samoa Joe and Kevin Owens and secured the victory where he got one of the loudest reactions. Now he sits idol, facing the likes of Jinder Mahal and Curt Hawkins while being watched by future Raw superstar Bray Wyatt. Balor is one of the hottest commodities right now, yet he has no feud. Wyatt is currently battling Randy Orton to reclaim the WWE and Championship and Rollins has a date with Joe, so Balor is the odd man out and will be until Wyatt enters Raw. Does Balor deserve this treatment? Absolutely not, but are we excited to see The Demon vs. The Eater of Worlds down the road? Hell Yeah.
Braun Strowman (Biggest Winner)
After WrestleMania 33, it seemed like Braun Strowman was losing momentum. He lost cleanly to Roman Reigns then proceeded to get stuck in the Andre Battle Royal, where as a heavy favorite he lost. So Strowman decides to annihilate the roster, starting with Reigns last week. This week he continued his carnage destroying R Truth, Goldust, Kalisto, and lastly the Big Show. Not only that but he had the privilege of performing the superplex that imploded the ring, something not seen since 2011 with Mark Henry and Big Show. After Raw Strowman has all the momentum he needs to vanquish Reigns at their upcoming match and move on to bigger things in the form of a certain Beast.
The biggest question looming over Raw is the situation with the Universal Championship. Will it be defended? Are superstars going to make claim to it as it continues to hide from television? We know Finn Balor is due a rematch, but what Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman? The Universal Championship is suppose to be the highest title on Raw, so it should be in the spotlight, or at the very least while Lesnar is on vacation a weekly tournament should be established to crown the #1 contender.