Following the WWE Superstar Shakeup, many things went according to plan that we reported early in the week.
One of the things that was last minute was The Bar going to Smackdown. This left the RAW brand very depleted on teams and the Smackdown brand heavy on top teams with the likes of The Usos, The Bar, Bludgeon Brothers, New Day, and Sanity with top teams on Raw only Authors of Pain, and the tossed together teams of Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt as well as Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler. When the smoke blew over, WWE realized this and has toyed with the idea of getting a team back to the RAW brand. One of the ideas talked about was having Sheamus and Cesaro winning the tag titles at Greatest Royal Rumbleand playing this into a storyline and getting them back to RAW.
The NXT call ups went as expected if you have been following WNW premium. With The Inconic Duo, Andrade Almas, SAnitY, No Way Jose, and Drew McIntyre. There were internet rumors of Velveteen Dream being called up however I never heard any of that information first hand, however bottom line is that it was simply too early. Patrick is so young and has plenty of time to grow in NXT and fine tune his in-ring skills. While he has had some great matches with top level talent, he has also had some less-than-clean matches with non top talent on the road and at tapings. This is in no way an insult to Patrick who is only 22 years of age, this is more of an instance where they must take time with their talent and not rush them into the main roster.
Killian Dain was a back-and-forth decision for officials as some wanted him to stay in NXT and do a singles run while others felt you could not really have the group without him. The call was made that Killian would be part of the group and that Nikki Cross would be kept in NXT due to the women call-ups they had and not wanting to deplete the division.
The decision to add Drew McIntyre with Dolph Ziggler was a last-minute call and is not expected to be a long-term plan. WWE felt BobbyLashley got lost in the shuffle during the shakeup and did not want the same thing to happen to Drew. It is even more interesting that until as late as Friday,BigCass and McIntyre were both pegged to play Dolph's partner/enforcer with the other the heel on Smackdown. While many felt the roles switched would have benefited both men, Vince ultimately made the call for Cass to get the big push on Smackdown.
The big change we did not see this week was Randy Orton to RAW and Finn Balor or Seth Rollins to Smackdown.