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The 2017 WWE Superstar Shake-up was the eleventh draft produced by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE. It is a two-day event, taking place on the April 10 and April 11 episodes of Raw and SmackDown Live, respectively, on the USA Network in the United States.

Background

On the April 3 episode of Raw, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced that on the April 10 and April 11 episodes of Raw and SmackDown Live, respectively, "it's time to shake things up around here", effectively announcing the 2017 draft, or what was labeled the "Superstar Shake-Up". Instead of a traditional draft, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle and SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan have the "opportunity to make trades, deals and other moves that they feel fit".

Selection

Raw

The following is the list of wrestlers and other personnel who changed brands on the April 10 episode of Raw. The first and last two entries happened before and after the show, respectively. Although not part of the Superstar Shake-up, NXT's Elias Samson made his main roster debut on Raw.

Pick # Brand (to) Employee Role Brand (from) Notes
1 Raw Apollo Crews Male Superstar SmackDown Announced prior to Raw via WWE's social media.
2 Raw The Miz Male Superstar SmackDown
3 Raw Maryse Manager SmackDown
4 Raw Dean Ambrose Male Superstar SmackDown Bringing the WWE Intercontinental Champion to Raw.
5 Raw Curt Hawkins Male Superstar SmackDown
6 Raw Bray Wyatt Male Superstar SmackDown
7 Raw Kalisto Male Superstar SmackDown
8 Raw Heath Slater Male Superstar SmackDown
9 Raw Rhyno Male Superstar SmackDown
10 Raw Elias Samson Male Superstar NXT
11 Raw Alexa Bliss Female Superstar SmackDown
12 Raw Mickie James Female Superstar SmackDown
13 Raw David Otunga Male Announcer SmackDown Announced after Raw via WWE's social media. Traded for Byron Saxton.

SmackDown Live

The following is the list of wrestlers who changed brands on SmackDown Live on April 11. The first entry happened before the show.

Pick # Brand (to) Employee Role Brand (from) Notes
1 SmackDown Byron Saxton Male Announcer Raw Announced after Raw via WWE's social media. Traded for David Otunga.
2 SmackDown Jinder Mahal Male Superstar Raw Announced prior to SmackDown Live via WWE's social media.
3 SmackDown Kevin Owens Male Superstar Raw United States Champion. If Chris Jericho wins the United States Championship at Payback, he will replace Owens on SmackDown and Owens will go back to Raw.
4 SmackDown Sami Zayn Male Superstar Raw
5 SmackDown The Shining Stars (Primo & Epico) Male Superstars Raw Moved to SmackDown as a tag team.
6 SmackDown Tamina Snuka Female Superstar Free Agent Tamina went undrafted in the 2016 WWE draft as she was out for injury. The Superstar Shake-up was her first appearance on WWE television since before the 2016 draft.
7 SmackDown Charlotte Flair Female Superstar Raw
8 SmackDown Sin Cara Male Superstar Raw
9 SmackDown Rusev Male Superstar Raw Currently out of action due to shoulder surgery that he received in March 2017.
10 SmackDown Lana Female Superstar Raw Drafted separately from her husband Rusev.
11 SmackDown The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) Male Superstars Raw Moved to SmackDown as a stable. Kofi Kingston is currently out due to an ankle injury.

See also

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