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Analyzing WWE Landscape After Wrestlemania 33/Superstar Shake-Up

Just when Smackdown Live was about to go on commercial break, it was announced by the commentary team that the longest reigning tag team champion, The New Day, will be joining the Blue Brand next week. The red brand has been struggling with viewers while SmackDown beat Raw past year thanks in large part to Styles.

SmackDown Live opened this week with its newest acquisition, the United States Champion Kevin Owens. "I am here for me, and I am here to be the new face of America". He was briefly interrupted by The Lone Wolf Baron Corbin. Nearly immediately, The Miz, Maryse and Intercontinental champion Dean Ambrose all proclaimed their allegiance to Raw, making the prestigious prize property of the flagship show in the process.

Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens have been linked for nearly the entirety of their wrestling careers, and that should continue over the next year.

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Of course, given the persistent rumors of WWE purchasing Ring of Honor from Sinclair, perhaps it might have a ready-made influx of talent soon regardless. They have been doing terrific work on Smackdown Live, and this gives them an opportunity to up their work rate yet again on the red brand.

Owens is set to defend his title against Chris Jericho in one of two cross-branded matches on that card April 30, with the victor earning the right to become a full-fledged member of SmackDown Live. That is post-Wrestlemania, and a number of interesting things have been going down since the grandest show of them all. Wrestling News World are reporting the AJ trade was switched for Bray Wyatt in "a last minute change". Hot start to the show with a couple fan favorites, though I maintain this process is so convoluted, especially with matches still being held at Payback. He really had only feuded with Randy Orton, and both Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are still on Smackdown.

Rowan hit Randy with steel steps to make the contest disqualified.

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Moving the four-time champion off RAW gets her out of the cycle of matches with Bayley and Sasha Banks that we've seen and puts her in position to be the linchpin for a Smackdown women's division that lost former two-time champion Alexa Bliss and talented veteran Mickie James. Rowan then planted Orton in the middle of the ring.

A week after WrestleMania 33, the WWE landscape has seen significant changes. The initial reactions for Styles and Charlotte could be great but if there's no long-term planning, then they could be left to flounder. But with another clean Usos win, it feels like Alpha is being buried when they should be featured.

Jinder Mahal's jump was announced over Twitter, as Mahal challenged Mojo Rawley to a match. I know it's the offseason, but does he not have better things to do? After their loss, Gable and Jason Jordan are attacked by the Shining Stars, who seem to have a newfound aggression.

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Shane McMahon addressed the Women's division on Smackdown and introduced Tamina Snuka to the roster. He also said that SmackDown just got a huge upgrade because he's here now.



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