The 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-Up came to a close with Roman Reigns landing on SmackDown Live.
Elias, who is now officially a member of the blue roster as part of the Shake-Up, was interrupted and Superman punched by The Big Dog.
The crowd went wild as Reigns followed it up with a Superman punch on Vince McMahon.
“I don’t care what he says. SmackDown Live is my yard now.”
SmackDown Live’s biggest acquisition, Reigns, will be the top babyface when the blue brand moves to FOX this October.
Last night on RAW, Reigns wrestled his last match for the red brand when he teamed up with Universal Champion Seth Rollins and newest member AJ Styles to defeat Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre in tag team action.
With Dean Ambrose leaving the company in the coming weeks, it makes sense for WWE breaking up The Shield by moving The Big Dog to SmackDown Live who would have otherwise been perceived as a threat to The Kingslayer’s Universal Title.
On the other hand, hot babyface Kofi Kingston is in for a lengthy reign as WWE Champion and the company can’t risk turning Reigns heel which is why both men must be booked wisely when it comes to making The Big Dog the next WWE Champion.
At this point, it would be safe to predict Reigns vs. Rollins in a Champion vs. Champion match at Survivor Series with the storyline culminating at next year’s WrestleMania.
Given the blue brand’s decimation at the hands of RAW for the last two years at Survivor Series, the results could be much different with Reigns’ arrival and SmackDown’s move to FOX in the fall.
In the coming weeks, Reigns could be booked in non-title feuds since his safest bet, heel United States Champion Samoa Joe has been moved to RAW and Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor’s jump to SmackDown Live will see him continue as a babyface.