5 reasons why WWE didn't have a second Superstar Shake-up in 2017
Hands up, who was looking forward to a second Superstar Shake-up in 2017? It’s something many WWE fans wanted, but something they didn’t get.
There was a feeling after the post-WrestleMania shake-up that, despite recruiting big names like Kevin Owens and Charlotte Flair, SmackDown Live was short of drawing power compared to Raw.
It was a fair point, taking into account that the red brand had a more star-studded roster even before the arrival of ‘free agent’ John Cena, and it led to reports that WWE was considering another round of changes after SummerSlam.
Of course, that didn’t happen, so we’ve taken a look at five reasons why they decided against another summer shuffle of Superstars.
#1 Changes had already been made
Just because there wasn’t an official Shake-up, it doesn’t mean the rosters didn’t get shaken up.
Where was Jason Jordan after the last Shake-up? SmackDown. Where is he now? Raw. The same can be said for John Cena — although, technically, he’s a ‘free agent’.
Mike and Maria Kanellis are other examples of superstars who weren’t on SmackDown after the shake-up, but they are now. Shelton Benjamin, too.
As for NXT call-ups, Bobby Roode is now a SmackDown Superstar, while the WWE Universe is eagerly awaiting the debut of Raw recruit Asuka at TLC.
So, when you look at it like that, there was a Shake-up of sorts; it was just sporadic!