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Rumors: Asuka moving to SmackDown Live after Superstar Shakeup

Superstar Shakeup

We noted before how WWE announced the return of the Superstar Shakeup for next week’s episode of Raw and SmackDown Live.

The company also revealed that it will play out like last year, meaning that the stars who change shows will just appear on their new brands during the event.

While there is no news on the male stars who may change their brands next week, we may now know the first big female name who is going to be moved.

Local promotions for June 13th SmackDown Live Event in Tupelo, MS are advertising the former NXT Women’s Champion Asuka for the show, which may be an indication of her going to the Blue Brand.

As we noted before, Asuka was originally expected to beat Charlotte at WrestleMania and win the SmackDown Women’s title which would have meant that she would have moved to Smackdown Live.

So after this revelation, it appears that WWE is moving forward with their original plans of a brand switch for Asuka despite her loss at the Show of Shows.

Throughout the week, we’ll keep you posted on any other similar reports on the stars expected to switch brands during next week’s superstar shakeup


  • Keith Learmonth

    Ah! Fantastic, thanks for clarifying that one. WWE keeps changing the rules. 😛

  • Arnold Jackson

    Yeah you are right, in that scenario if worded any differently, they would have said it was a spoiler that she was going to lose at Mania. No win situation for the advertising people. That’s why is always says at the bottom, the card is subject to change.

  • CC

    Thats not what I said. I said this would have been sent out before WM and by advertising Asuka it would have made people think she won the title and thus not breaking the streak.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    It will most likely be Daniel Bryan. Because Daniel Bryan vs Brock Lesnar for the Unverlasial Champion at Summerslam is a money maker.

  • Arnold Jackson

    You have a valid point, you never know. I think most likely it will be Daniel Bryan moving to RAW. They did the match between him and AJ so quick on free TV, you know one of them is on the move.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    That don’t mean a thing it not like WWE is going to give the surprise away. I am most likely wrong but we will see.

  • Arnold Jackson

    AJ implied before WM that the champs were exempt from THIS shakeup.

  • Arnold Jackson

    Wait what? Explain in more detail how you think the streak could be reinstated?

  • Arnold Jackson

    No, she was only SD property if she WON their title. Otherwise she stays on RAW. It’s the Chris Jericho rule now from his US title bout that’s the standard.

  • Arnold Jackson

    No six person matches suck, last thing we want is more of those. Leave things as they are, the other way too many people were being buried. How about a 205 tag team title or even more daring, actually give the Women’s Division a one hour weekly show. I’d be tempted to cancel 205 and replace it with the Women’s show. Also the British wrestling show was a great idea. Too bad the money fell through or whatever their excuse was.

  • BiggEZ

    Get rid of the damned Brand Split and have:
    1. WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
    2. WWE Women’s World Champion.
    3. WWE World Tag Team Champions.
    4. WWE Women’s World Tag Team Champions.
    5. WWE World Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight Champion.
    Then, for the secondary titles you could have:
    1. WWE combine the Intercontinental and US title and have ONE champion.
    2. WWE creates a secondary Tag Team title.
    3. WWE creates a secondary Women’s title.
    They could even go old school and:
    1. Create a World Six Man Title AND
    2. Create a World Six Woman Title.
    Just a thought…

  • Keith Learmonth

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t her challenging Charlotte mean she’s already on Smackdown? That’s how that RR loophole has always been implied to work in the past… it’s an opportunity to switch brands.

  • CC

    Asuka might very well change brands, but seeing as she was wrestling for the SD title at WM might just mean that any info sent out before WM included Asuka on both brands so as not to give away the result or just for SD to sucker people into the streak not being broken.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    I have this funny feeling WWE Champion AJ Styles is going to Raw.