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4 theories on why WWE has moved three Raw Superstars back to SmackDown Live

  • Aleister Black is one of three Superstars who has surprisingly moved to SmackDown Live.
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Modified 23 Apr 2019, 02:30 IST

Aleister Black was originally listed as a Raw Superstar
Aleister Black was originally listed as a Raw Superstar

It looked as though the Raw and SmackDown Live rosters had been finalised following the 2019 Superstar Shake-Up last week. However, with no explanation given, WWE has quietly moved new Raw recruits Aleister Black, Andrade and Zelina Vega over to SmackDown Live.

All three Superstars now have a SmackDown Live logo next to their pages on WWE’s official website (H/T Credit: Pro Wrestling Sheet), while the bio section of Black’s profile has been changed to include the following sentence:

“After the 2019 Superstar Shake-up, Black set his sights on changing the landscape of SmackDown LIVE.”

In WWE’s storylines, Vega is the villainous business associate of Andrade who accompanies him to the ring during his matches and often gets involved, even attacking male Superstars on occasions, to help “El Idolo” pick up victories.

In reality, Vega is the wife of Black, who has been teaming up with fellow main-roster newcomer Ricochet ever since he made the jump to Raw and SmackDown Live in February 2019 from NXT.

Following the Superstar Shake-Up, Black, Andrade and Vega were confirmed as members of the Raw roster, but it appears that WWE has changed their plans and moved them all over to SmackDown Live.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at four theories on why the company has chosen to switch the trio to Tuesday nights.

#4 Relationship reasons

The most common theory that fans are suggesting on social media is that all three Superstars have moved to SmackDown Live due to their real-life relationships with fellow WWE personnel.


As Charlotte Flair is in a relationship with Andrade in real life, many fans are speculating that WWE has moved the Mexican back to the blue brand so they can continue to be together. In turn, Zelina Vega may have moved with Andrade due to storyline reasons, while it would make sense for Aleister Black to also move due to his real-life relationship with Vega.

Unlike previous years, WWE appears to have made a concious effort not to separate couples in the 2019 Superstar Shake-Up. Every main-roster married couple is on the same brand following the roster changes, with the possible exception of SmackDown Live star Killian Dain (it is unknown which brand his wife, Nikki Cross, will be on).

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Published 23 Apr 2019, 02:30 IST
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