WWE held its annual Superstar Shakeup on Raw this week where several stars from NXT and SmackDown made the jump to the red brand. The Superstar Shakeup has proved to be an excellent rating draw for the WWE as Raw averaged 3.62 million viewers last year while SmackDown had 2.796 million viewers. If we compare it to the December 2018 ratings of Raw (2.286 million viewers) and SmackDown (1.948 million viewers) then we can see the difference.
It was an exciting episode of the Monday Night Raw as several big names from the other brands officially joined the red half of the company. For WWE, the post-WrestleMania Superstar Shakeup serves as a fresh starting point to their build for the entire year. So who were the superstars who joined Raw this week-
The A-Lister came back to Raw only after a year of joining SmackDown Live. He has changed brands on every Superstar Shakeup since it started in 2016. He confirmed his arrival when he attacked Shane McMahon at the start of the show.
2. The Viking Experience
The NXT champions formerly known as War Raiders joined the main roster this Monday. WWE has changed their name to the “The Viking Experience” which ties to their history of being inspired by Vikings. Ivar (previously Hanson) and Erik (previously Rowe) got the win on their debut, alongside The Revival, over Aleister Black, Ricochet and tag team champions Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder. They will surely boost the depleted tag team division of Raw.
3. Cedric Alexander
The former cruiserweight champion was announced as the official member of Raw after leaving 205 Live. He is an excellent wrestler and would be a welcome addition to the roster.
“El Idolo” has been making waves in the WWE with some impressive performances on SmackDown Live. He calls himself the future of WWE, so can the former NXT champion make a splash on the red brand? His win over Intercontinental champion Finn Balor on his RAW debut suggests so.
5. Rey Mysterio
“The Master of 619” rejoined WWE last year. He has had a fantastic series of matches against Andrade on SmackDown, so will they resume their rivalry on RAW? He was immediately attacked by WWE’s new legend killer Lars Sullivan.
6. Ricochet & Aleister Black
Although they have been wrestling on Raw for months, this felt like the official confirmation of their arrival on the red brand. Both were successful singles stars on NXT but it seems Vince McMahon is keeping them as a tag team for the time being.
6. The Usos
The Usos have been extremely successful on SmackDown for the past two years. They have won numerous championships while being the leaders of the tag division along with the New Day. Now they will bolster the tag division which has already received a boost with Black, Ricochet and The Viking Experience’s arrival.
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Source:: Daily times