It has been a week since the conclusion of the Superstar Shake-up, which was meant to literally "shake up" the complexions of the rosters of Raw and SmackDown Live. We have already begun to see the effects of this in the storylines currently being portrayed on the weekly shows. With 26 days to go for WWE's next pay-per-view, Money In The Bank, new feuds are being lined up so as to break free from the long build-up created that was leading up to WrestleMania 35.
However, there are some decisions from the Superstar Shake-Up, which the WWE is apparently not comfortable with. Thereby, WWE has now decided to overturn these decisions without any explanation and justification. Let us have a look at three of these decisions.
During the Superstar Shake-Up, we saw the NXT Tag Team Champions being drafted to Raw to shore up the struggling tag team division of the show. The team of Hanson and Raymond Rowe, who had made their names in the independent circuit as The War Machine, had already been renamed to The War Raiders upon their arrival at NXT. However, when they arrived on Raw last week, they were bafflingly introduced as The Viking Experience, with Raymond Rowe renamed as Erik and Hanson renamed as Ivar.
The move was received negatively by fans and fellow wrestlers alike. The Internet Wrestling Community complained about the massive gap in storytelling between the main roster shows and NXT. This was also solidified by the fact that the NXT Tag Team Champions appeared without their tag team titles.
To placate the damage from the previous week, WWE has once again renamed the tag team to The Viking Raiders, a bit closer in line with their name on NXT. However, inexplicably, they are now being portrayed as heels even though they are babyfaces on NXT. How much of a success would The Viking Raiders be on the main roster remains to be seen. However, the early signs are not very encouraging, especially due to the vast disconnect between the main roster and NXT.