Sunday Sermon: Has the WWE botched the Superstar Shake-up

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Craig Wilson, Brian Damage and Benjamin Trecroci

So, we’re just two weeks into the superstar shakeup and moves have been undone and names changed. So, has this year’s been botched? That’s the focus of this latest Sunday Sermon.

Craig: It’s got a very chaotic feel about it, hasn’t it?

I mean, we’ve seen the War Raiders become the Viking Experience then the Viking Raiders. We’ve seen Andrade, Zelina Vega and Alester Black move back to Smackdown after much fanfare. Ultimately, the former is tough to explain at all whilst the latter has to do with the company keeping couples on the same brand, so should be praised.

However, it’s not like their hand was forced to make the original roster changes and nor was it thrown at them last minute. They’ve had a long time to get this right and two weeks on, have they got it right?

Brian: To me, it is still too early to tell. The moves were not earth-shattering by any stretch of the imagination. WWE is trying to be more “fan friendly” and I respect them for that. It is not easy to make everyone happy with what they do as a company. I think they are doing a good job so far. The shows, for the most part, have been solid.

I like that they are giving Bobby Roode errr I mean Robert Roode another singles run. I am intrigued by the new Bray Wyatt gimmick. Kevin Owens turning on New Day was well done and I especially like Sami Zayn laying into the fickle fans.

The WWE shares are up to 100 bucks a share so business overall is doing really well even if we as fans don’t like everything the WWE hands us.

Benjamin: The Superstar Shakeup seems to still have some aftershocks going on. Read that Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas are reportedly going to SD Live. The tag division on Smackdown really took a hit, honestly can’t think of who The Hardy Boyz would even face.

Loved the quick turn by Kevin Owens, that immediately puts him at the head of the heel table on Smackdown. Also, I really like that Aleister Black is away from Ricochet. Thinking he might be more a heel, not sure.
Wish that besides the roster moves, they would’ve shaken up the feuds and alliances. Don’t need to see Lashley, Corbin and Drew McIntyre…ever …again.

I’m somewhat excited to see what happens but probably in about two weeks, we’ll see the same match-ups.

Craig: I’m also fairly intrigued by the Bray Wyatt gimmick and welcome the solo run, as well as the fantastic facial hair, of Robert Roode. Curious to see where both go from here.

Agree about Black being separated from Ricochet too, and also welcome the reasons behind the shift – keeping couples together. Mean spirited to part them. And, yes, the Kevin Owens turn was fantastically executed. Credit where credit is due.

However, whilst the outcome is positive. It doesn’t detract from the fact that this whole shake-up has been fairly clumsy, no? I mean, the WWE knew who the couples were and created their only PR troubles before quickly resolving them. No?


You can read all previous Sunday Sermons here.


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One thought on “Sunday Sermon: Has the WWE botched the Superstar Shake-up

  1. How can anybody be happy with the Owens turn? It was too quick after hus return and he’s spent so much time as heel you need to give fans time to buy him as a face so they care when he turns. Thats why the great heel turns work, because the fans care. Not just because they have no credible heels so they panic and just turn the usual guy heel after a couple of weeks.
    It’s stuff like this that I find annoying almost as much as the ridiculous war raiders name situation – if it aint broke dont try to “fix it”
    Oh and fingers crossed for Bray that he gets a good chance to make it work before the writers get bored and go back to his old character.

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