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WWE RAW: 5 biggest surprises from the Superstar Shake-up episode (April 15, 2019)

  • With the first round of drafts behind us, what surprised us on Raw this week?
Ali Akber
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Modified 16 Apr 2019, 15:46 IST
Is there a deeper reason behind this team-up?
Is there a deeper reason behind this team-up?

The biggest event of the year after WrestleMania is surely the Superstar Shake-up. The reason is that many superstars get to switch brands and look for new opportunities and titles, while WWE tries to sell new rivalries to the WWE Universe.

Before the draft, fans let their imaginations run wild and predict who will move to which brand and which rivalries they will get engaged in. This allows a lot of fanfare and hype to build around the company and around the two nights on which the shake-up takes place.

Apart from that, many superstars from NXT and 205 Live get a chance to move to the main roster and showcase their skills to a larger audience and get more spotlight.

At the end of the first night of the draft on Raw, there were a few major surprises which many weren’t ready for. In this article, we will look at the 5 biggest surprises from the night, and what to expect in the days to come.

#5 Naomi and Bayley

As the Superstar Shake-up took shape, one of the biggest moves from SmackDown Live to Raw was former two-time SmackDown Women's Champion, Naomi.

Naomi also got a match for the night where she teamed up with Bayley. Since Naomi has a limited move set and is looking to move up somehow, tag team wrestling seems to be the best fit for her at the moment.


Naomi and Bayley working as a team make a ton of sense too. They feel like more natural characters working together, both bright and joyful performers.

What was surprising was that the duo took on The IIconics in a non-title match, and decisively defeated the current Women’s Tag Team Champions.

This was sort of a questionable move as Bayley and Sasha Banks lost the championships to The IIconics not too long ago, and a different partner helped Bayley defeat them in their first match together.

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Published 16 Apr 2019, 15:46 IST
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