WWE Smackdown Live viewership for the "Superstar Shakeup" night two
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 8:58
Brendan Morrow is a Heavy contributor who covers news, politics, professional wrestling, and more. SmackDown Live's undercard acquisitions include Sin Cara, Jinder Mahal, and arguably the Shining Stars.
With his House of Horrors Match against new Raw Superstar Bray Wyatt at WWE Payback looming, WWE Champion Randy Orton looked to make a statement against Wyatt's disciple, Erick Rowan, on SmackDown LIVE. Raw got the stars they needed in two-time SmackDown Women's Champion Alexa Bliss and six-time WWE Women's Champion Mickie James. AJ Styles got himself in the mix before Smackdown Live general manager Daniel Bryan made it clear that Owens will need to defend his United States title against Chris Jericho in the at Payback in three weeks time and then only will the title officially become a part of the Blue Brand. I actually think that he would have a good chemistry with Miz as well. Zayn getting a fresh start could immediately push him to the the top of the card, and it would not shock anyone if Sami ended up having the better run on his respective brand.
After Kevin Owens traded verbal blows with Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn entered. There was one name mentioned that didn't make the switch, though - Sasha Banks. They could finally get Rusev back to 2015 levels, and finally fulfill the promise he had in the first year of his WWE career. The women's division needs a bit more pairings so this seems like a flawless fit. This comes following the building media storm over Mauro Ranallo reportedly leaving WWE because of JBL's rumoured backstage bullying. I bet he just blocked me on Twitter. One fan shared another photo on Twitter of the man before he was ejected, showing how close he was to JBL.
That number was up eight percent from last week's post-WrestleMania SmackDown and well above the 2.57 million the show has been averaging since the brand split. Meanwhile, in your opinion, 54% gave the show an AvRAWge, while 29% thought it slightly better at Cor.
Finn Balor def. Jinder Mahal by pin following the Coup de Grace. Superstars who've already proven that they're main event caliber, like Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose, have seen renewed vitality since the draft, with Ambrose in high profile storylines with John Cena, Styles and The Miz, and Owens in perhaps the most entertaining program of the year with Chris Jericho.