This year’s Superstar Shake-up has come and gone. While there is bound to be a trickle-down effect from the moves WWE made over two days of non-stop trades, debuts and surprises, the bulk of whatever it was WWE had planned is over. We can all breathe a little easier.
Big names like AJ Styles, Finn Balor, The Miz, Roman Reigns, Elias and the Usos have switched nights. It was expected the company would choose to shake things up and for a lot of the sizeable swaps that were made, the WWE Universe hasn’t complained that much on social media. That in and of itself is a small victory WWE can be proud of.
The same can’t be said for some of the debuts, smaller accent moves and/or changes that didn’t happen. WWE missed opportunities, they made questionable decisions with talent who might not be huge stars now but could be in the future and some of their choices were so far out in left field, one has to wonder if they were added last minute.
After two nights of the Superstar Shake-Up, here are the 12 things WWE got completely wrong.
The Viking Experience
Ok, let’s get the big one out of the way first. This decision was just awful. It’s so bad, one has to wonder what exactly Triple H does when these brainstorming sessions take place?
And, we’ve just learned before the company settled on Viking Experience, they almost went with The Berzerkers… can you imagine?
For a man (Triple H) that works so hard to build NXT, that he would let Vince (or whoever came up with the name Viking Experience) get rid of the War Raiders moniker, it’s simply shocking that The Game isn’t working harder to keep some of the NXT brandings alive. I mean, c’ mon man, at least realize you have the power to stand up and say, “No way Vince. This one is not changing. I won’t let you and I’m putting my foot down.’ It’s not as though Vince is going to fire his son-in-law.
I feel bad for the former NXT Tag Champions. It’s great to be called up and there will certainly be perks that come with being on the main roster but this name is going to hurt them coming out of the gate. They are simply too good a team to be saddled with something so awful upon their debut.