LAST night WWE embarked on a long trip to next year’s WrestleMania with the annual Superstar Shake-Up, which sees superstars switch brands between Raw and SmackDown.
Here are five big talking points from the Superstar Shake-Up edition of Raw.
AJ STYLES JOINS RAW
Among the names joining the ranks of the red brand are The Miz, EC3, The Usos, Naomi, Rey Mysterio, and NXT’s War Raiders – now going by the dreadful name “The Viking Experience” for some bizarre reason.
Miz made an impact when he charged onto Raw with a savage, chair-swinging assault on Shane McMahon – which left Miz’s own head badly busted open.
Meawnhile, Braun Strowman destroyed EC3 for no reason and choke-slammed him through the Raw the stage floor.
But the biggest name was saved for last, when AJ Styles revealed himself as a mystery partner for Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins against Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, and Bobby Lashley.
After some hard-hitting action, Styles picked up the win for the team when he nailed Lashley with a Phenomenal Forearm.
It’s the right time for AJ to leave SmackDown – and there’s huge potential in a Styles v Rollins feud over the Universal Championship.
LACEY NUMBER ONE CONTENDER
Raw and SmackDown women’s champ Becky Lynch made easy work of Ruby Riott in singles action.
She beat Ruby with the Dis-Arm-Her and dispatched her Riott Squad goons after the match.
Natalya then arrived to congratulate Becky on her historic WrestleMania win and threw down the gauntlet to challenge Becky for the Raw title.
But Lacey Evans – who attacked Becky twice last week – interrupted and called Natalya a “classless has-been”.
Lacey then informed fans that a match was booked between herself and Natalya to determine the No1 contender for Becky’s Raw title.
The last time we saw Lacey wrestle on the main roster was the Royal Rumble, but it was worth the wait.
Lacey beat Natalya with a hard punch – or the “Woman’s Right” – and a springboard moonsault to become number one contender.
ANDRADE BEATS FINN BALOR
Andrade has had mixed fortunes on SmackDown.
After a blistering feud with Rey Mysterio, he was reduced to a spot in the worthless battle royal at WrestleMania.
But Andrade has already notched up a big win after moving to Raw last night, when he beat Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor in a non-title match.
The action was fast and furious.
In one impressive spot, Balor took a big dive over the ropes – and right over the head of Andrade’s business associate Zelina Vega – to take out Andrade.
But Zelina launched herself off the ring apron to nail Balor with a crisp hurricanrana while the referee was distracted.
Back in the ring Andrade planed Balor with his hammerlock DDT for the win.
Could Andrade be a serious contender to the IC title? Or will he be back to jobbing duties next week?
SAMI ZAYN V QUEBEC
Sami Zayn appeared on A Moment of Bliss and came out to an incredible reaction from his hometown crowd in Montreal, Quebec.
After a roof-raising sing-a-long of Sami’s theme tune and “Ole!” Sami turned heel on the crowd by announcing he loves Quebec but hates the people.
Sami said to the fans: “You project your unaddressed issues – your anger, your insecurity, your failures – and you project all that onto me.
“Quite frankly, I’m not accepting it. I think it’s disgusting and you should all be ashamed of yourselves.
“I was born here, but these are not my people… I moved to sunny Orlando, Florida.”
Sami stormed off under a thunderous hail of boos.
If WWE gives Sami the wins to back this up, his new snowflake-like heel character could be a work of genius.
LARS DESTROYS REY MYSTERIO
Last week Lars Sullivan finally made his main roster debut and steamrolled through Kurt Angle and the Hardy Boyz in unprovoked attacks.
He did it again last night by attacking Rey Mysterio in a one-sided demolition job.
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The attack came after Rey had himself interrupted Elias, who was still reeling from John Cena and Undertaker interruptions last week.
Mysterio got the better of Elias in a quick scrap (though Rey did slip off the ropes in one of his trademark spots) before Sullivan arrived for the beat-down.
Lars pummelled Rey with the Freak Accident slam and a running sit-down powerbomb. Brutal stuff.