This week marks a new era in WWE and the SmackDown brand is already adverting some segments for this week's first show with their new (and improved?) roster.
Last week saw WWE conduct their latest "Superstar Shakeup," bringing new talents to both RAW and SmackDown. When all was said and done, the following performers moved rosters:
Monday Night RAW
- AJ Styles
- The Miz
- Zelina Vega
- Rey Mysterio
- The Usos
- Eric Young
- Cedric Alexander (from 205 Live)
- The Viking Experience (formerly The War Raiders)
- Aleister Black
- Lacey Evans
- Samoa Joe (expected to be announced this week)
- Roman Reigns
- Finn Balor
- Ember Moon
- Chad Gable
- Apollo Crews
- Mickie James
- Liv Morgan
- Kairi Sane
- Lars Sullivan
- Buddy Murphy (from 205 Live)
The main event of this week's show figured to a bout involving WWE Champion Kofi Kingston. The new champ will face-off against Shinsuke Nakamura in a non-title match. WWE has advertised the fact that both Xavier Woods and Kevin Owens will be in Kofi's corner, while Rusev and Lana will join Nakamura.
ALSO, #WWEChampion @TrueKofi (w/ @XavierWoodsPhD & @FightOwensFight) collides with The #KingOfStrongStyle @ShinsukeN (w/ @RusevBUL & @LanaWWE) this Tuesday on #SDLive! https://t.co/GhBE1JK7Ck pic.twitter.com/ITmzL467sS— WWE (@WWE) April 20, 2019
Receiving a lot of attention is WWE announcement that WWE RAW and SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch will have an in-ring face to face with Charlotte Flair on the show. We expect that Flair will get a rematch against Lynch at some point after losing her championship to Becky at WrestleMania, while it was revealed last week on RAW that Lacey Evans is the new RAW Women's Championship number one contender and figures to get a championship opportunity in the near future.
This Tuesday, for the first time since their #WinnerTakeAll Match at #WrestleMania, @BeckyLynchWWE & @MsCharlotteWWE will come face-to-face on #SDLive! https://t.co/tBVlq0qWca pic.twitter.com/Mv5UAWdS7w— WWE (@WWE) April 20, 2019
Lastly, we saw Roman Reigns physically assault WWE Chairman Vince McMahon on last week's show. WWE has been speculating on their website and social media that McMahon will have some kind of consequence for Reigns during SmackDown this Tuesday night.
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