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Raw Recap: The Superstar Shake-up Begins

Tonight begins the Superstar Shake-up, meaning that a ton of new Superstars will be coming to Raw this week, while others will be going to SmackDown tomorrow. Highlights tonight include the main roster return of Drew McIntyre as well as the Miz’s last night on Raw.

Kurt Angle Begins the Superstar Shake-up
Just as Kurt Angle kicks the show off, he is interrupted by Sunil Singh. The first pick of the Superstar Shake-up is Jinder Mahal, the current United States Champion. This could only mean that Seth Rollins, the Intercontinental Champion, is going to SmackDown Live for the first time.

Since Jinder Mahal thinks he is better than everyone on Raw, Kurt Angle makes him prove it by making a match. He has to defend the United States Championship against the first person to answer the open challenge: Jeff Hardy.

Jinder Mahal (c) (w/Sunil Singh) vs. Jeff Hardy – United States Championship
Just eight nights ago, Jinder Mahal created his WrestleMania moment when he won the United States Championship from Randy Orton in a Fatal Four-Way match. The last time Mahal was on Raw, he was just getting into his returning run. In his time on SmackDown, he became WWE Champion and ruled through most of last year.

In an incredible surprise, Hardy never allows Mahal to hit the Khallas. Hardy lands the Swanton Bomb and picks up the United States Championship for the first time in his career. Mahal immediately invokes his rematch clause for the Greatest Royal Rumble event. Winner, and NEW United States Champion: Jeff Hardy

Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
After weeks of rising tension, two “friends” finally collide in a match that will either escalate their problems or solve them. What is certain is that when they are facing each other, it is very entertaining.

A match turns into a brawl and it looks like Bayley is going to tap to the Bank Statement when they are both assaulted by the Riott Squad. This means that Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan, and Ruby Riott are coming to Raw. Result: No Contest

The Authors of Pain vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno
Last week, former NXT Tag Team Champions the Authors of Pain debuted on Raw and defeated Heath Slater and Rhyno. After dumping their manager Paul Ellering, they compete in a rematch.

After throwing Heath Slater out of the ring, Akam and Rezar dominate Rhyno with the Last Chapter. Winners: The Authors of Pain

MizTV feat. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Even though both Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn lost their opportunities at Raw contracts last week, Stephanie McMahon signed them to Raw anyway. The Miz finds this a perfect opportunity to form a 5-man alliance, but Kurt Angle gives him some news. Per request of Daniel Bryan, The Miz is being sent to SmackDown, while the Miztourage stays on Raw. There will also be a 10-man tag match in tonight’s main event.

The Revival vs. Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt – Tag Team Eliminator
Last week, Kurt Angle started the two-stage Tag Team Eliminator to figure out which team will battle the Bar for the vacated Raw Tag Team Championships at the Greatest Royal Rumble next Friday. The Revival defeated Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson while Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt picked up a win over Titus Worldwide.

After Wyatt hits Scott Dawson with Sister Abigail, they hit an assisted Twist of Fate on Dash Wilder to advance to the title match in Saudi Arabia. Winners: Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt | Eliminated: The Revival

After the match, The Bar is backstage when they get tickets for violating the laws of the Fashion Police. Breezango and Tyler Breeze are now on Monday Nights.

Ember Moon vs. Mickie James
It has been a week since Ember Moon made her debut on Raw and she is in action again to take on Mickie James. Last week, Moon teamed up with Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax to defeat James and former champ Alexa Bliss.

Just like last week, Moon picks up a win with the visually impressive Eclipse. Winner: Ember Moon

Dolph Ziggler Comes to Raw w/ Drew McIntyre
The next Superstar to come to Raw in the shake-up is Dolph Ziggler, who is interrupted by Titus Worldwide. After rejecting Titus O’Neil’s services, he reveals that he came with former NXT Champion Drew McIntyre. Ziggler and McIntyre assault Titus Worldwide before heading to the back.

Mandy Rose (w/Sonya Deville) vs. Natalya
Even though the leader of Absolution, Paige, is not the SmackDown General Manager, Mandy Rose doesn’t have to go at it alone. At least for now, she still has Sonya Deville with her at ringside.

Rose attempts a jumping knee, but Natalya catches her legs and transitions into a Sharpshooter for the win. Absolution assaults Natalya after the match until she is saved by Ronda Rousey. Winner (via submission): Natalya

Breezango vs. The Bar
After receiving fashion violations earlier tonight, Sheamus and Cesaro look to fight those tickets in the ring.

Sheamus and Cesaro take Breezango lightly and a distraction leads to Tyler Breeze rolling up Cesaro for the surprise win. Winners: Breezango

The Miz, The Miztourage, Kevin Owens, & Sami Zayn vs. Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley, & Bobby Roode
With so much happening in the Superstar Shake-Up, this is really the only way to cap it off. This could also be the last night on Raw for several Superstars, while Miz is already confirmed to be going to SmackDown Live.

After the Miztourage heads to the back leaving the Miz to fend for himself, Braun Strowman put him away with the running powerslam. Winners: Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley, & Bobby Roode

About Travis Brinkley

Travis Brinkley is the Wrestling Contributor for Get More Sports who watches WWE and Lucha Underground. Occasionally, he will also write about sports video games.

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