As noted earlier in the week, AJ Styles was penciled in for a move to Monday Night Raw but those plans were changed at the last minute. In fact, there were a lot of changes made at the last minute but it’s not a surprise since Vince McMahon is known to change his mind all the way up until the live broadcast. The latest WWE trading card app update had Styles moving to Raw.
Bray Wyatt seemingly replaced Styles when they announced that he was moving to Raw. Months ago, when they decided to do the post-WrestleMania shake-up, they already had Styles in mind for a move to Raw. They also talked about moving Roman Reigns to Smackdown Live but they realized that they would have to move Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar over with him if they wanted to stick to their plans. Reigns is currently programmed with Strowman and the long-term plans for WrestleMania 34 are for Reigns vs. Lesnar.
WWE officials are saying that there will be a lag at the house shows so some of the names announced as switching brands will not switch at the house shows right away.
So, here is the list of names that have switched over to Raw: Bray Wyatt, Miz, Maryse, Apollo Crews, Dean Ambrose, Kalisto, Curt Hawkins, Mickie James, Rhyno, Alexa Bliss, Heath Slater and David Otunga. Otunga will be replaced by Booker T on commentary for a few weeks while Otunga films a movie.
Here are the names that have moved to Smackdown Live: Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, New Day, Charlotte (they’ve apparently dropped the Flair part of her name), The Shining Stars, Sin Cara, Rusev, Lana, Jinder Mahal, Tamina and Byron Saxton.
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