WWE promised to reshuffle Raw as part of the Superstar Shake-up and did exactly that Monday night.
The Miz led off Raw by attacking SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon, indicating his move to the company's flagship show.
That set the tone for Raw, as a number of marquee stars switched brands. Here are the results from the first half of the Shake-up.
New Additions to Raw
- The Miz
- AJ Styles
- The Usos
- Lacey Evans
- Rey Mysterio
- The Viking Experience
- Zelina Vega
- Cedric Alexander
- Eric Young
- Aleister Black
Lacey Evans made an immediate impact. She defeated Natalya for a shot at Becky Lynch's Raw women's title.
AJ Styles teamed with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to defeat Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley in the main event.
For the most part, SmackDown Live arguably didn't lose too much.
Styles is a former world champion but had exhausted all of his realistic options on the blue brand's roster. He'll benefit from a change of scenery. The same goes for The Miz—though he and Daniel Bryan are once again separated—and The Usos.
WWE apparently isn't breaking up The New Day or moving around the top champions—Seth Rollins on Raw and Kofi Kingston on SmackDown Live, which were two obvious routes to drastically alter things. The blue brand also seems to have held on to Asuka and Charlotte Flair to anchor the women's division.
This could be a sign of WWE's shifting priorities moving forward.
Beginning Oct. 4, Fox will broadcast SmackDown Live, kicking off a five-year, $1.025 billion deal with WWE. Because it's airing on network television, the blue brand may become the company's top priority after being perceived as mostly playing second fiddle to Raw since its inception in 1999.