Charlotte Flair and 5 WWE Superstars Who Should Have Switched in Roster Shake-Up

Kevin Wong@@kevinjameswongFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2019

Charlotte Flair and 5 WWE Superstars Who Should Have Switched in Roster Shake-Up

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    Another Superstar Shake-up is in the books. And assuming there are no 11th-hour changes in the next couple of weeks, the rosters are locked for the next 12 months until WrestleMania 36, for better or worse.

    And while some Superstars got the fresh starts they needed, others remain on brands where they have been lost in the shuffle, or where they're too dominant and suck the oxygen out of the room.

    Here are five WWE Superstars who should have switched during the Superstar Shake-up, with tag teams grouped together. It's going to be a rocky year for them unless something changes.

Shinsuke Nakamura

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    Currently on: SmackDown

    Should have switched to: Raw

    The King of Strong Style is currently languishing on SmackDown in a tag team with Rusev. And by subsuming his identity into the duo's, he's almost completely lost the edge that made him special.

    A switch to Raw could have been exactly what he needed. It could have easily turned out badly, but the unknown is better than what is on offer for Nakamura on the blue brand. So long as he's on SmackDown, we know exactly what he's going to be doing for the next 12 months. It will be neither eventful nor pretty.

The Revival

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    Currently on: Raw

    Should have switched to: SmackDown

    The Revival dropped the Raw Tag Team Championships to Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins at WrestleMania 35. And although it was a feel-good moment that popped the hometown crowd, it was yet another blow to Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, who are consistently misused on Raw by putting over teams less talented than themselves.

    The SmackDown tag team division is currently less crowded than Raw's. A place on the blue brand would allow The Revival to dominate their competition and give them a much-needed chance to rehabilitate their reputation. This duo was once recognized as greats in NXT. They need to get back to that standing.

Bray Wyatt

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    Currently on: Raw

    Should have switched to: SmackDown

    Raw has too many heels; SmackDown has too few. And Bray Wyatt, currently signed to the Raw brand, will suffer for it.

    He's been running creepy montages for the past couple of weeks, hyping a return as some sort of figurative puppeteer/ventriloquist. But this is going to be a rebuilding process; he's going to need several minor feuds to build his reputation before challenging the top guys.

    Keeping him on Raw is setting him up for failure. Once again, he'll be put in a high-profile feud with a top babyface, and once again, he'll lose the rivalry to keep the good guy looking strong.

    A move to SmackDown would give the Eater of Worlds some much-needed flexibility. The last time he won the WWE Championship was when he was on SmackDown, and he stands a much better chance of competing on equal footing with Kofi Kingston than he does with Seth Rollins.

Ricochet

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    Currently on: Raw

    Should have switched to: SmackDown

    Aleister Black and Ricochet's tag team has run its course. It should have never happened in the first place; the two have completely different aesthetics, styles and motivations. Putting them together just because they're new shows a lack of imagination on WWE's part.

    Now, they'll be forced to break up the hard way. And in the ensuing Black vs. Ricochet feud, who goes over? Both men need to be protected.

    Splitting up the tag team would solve this problem and allow both individuals to prosper on their own. And since Black is married to Zelina Vega, who's also on the Raw brand, Ricochet should be the one to switch.

Charlotte Flair

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    Currently on: SmackDown

    Should have switched to: Raw

    And lastly, we arrive at the WWE Superstar who has the opposite problem of everyone else on this list. She's not booked too weakly; she's booked too strongly.

    SmackDown is loaded to the brim with underutilized talent. It now has Bayley, Ember Moon, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, Kairi Sane, Asuka, Peyton Royce and Billie Kay. There's finally a chance for the blue brand to build a new star, but that will never happen organically so long as Charlotte Flair is on the top of the card.

    Flair is the most dominant woman on the entire roster; Becky Lynch may have beaten her recently, but Flair has always been in the championship picture ever since her debut. And that's why she belongs on Raw with former champions Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax and Sasha Banks.

    The SmackDown rookies need the time to get over, and Charlotte needs to stay far away to give them that opportunity to mature. Facing them now would mean burying them.