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The 2018 WWE Superstar Shake-up was the twelfth WWE draft, produced by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE between the Raw and SmackDown brands. It was a two-day event, taking place on the April 16 and April 17 episodes of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live, respectively, on the USA Network in the United States. Raw broadcast from Hartford, Connecticut at the XL Center, and SmackDown Live broadcast from the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.


On the April 9 episode of Raw, WWE announced that on the April 16 and April 17 episodes of Raw and SmackDown Live, respectively, the Superstar Shake-up would occur. Instead of a traditional draft, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle and SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan have the opportunity to make trades between their respective talent and other deals. The following day on SmackDown, Paige, who announced her in-ring retirement the previous night, replaced Bryan as the SmackDown General Manager as Bryan returned to being a full-time wrestler.



The following is the list of wrestlers and other personnel who changed brands on the April 16 episode of Raw.

Pick # Brand (to) Employee Role Brand (from) Notes
1 Raw Jinder Mahal with Sunil Singh Male Superstar SmackDown WWE United States Champion
Drafted as a superstar/manager combo.
2 Raw The Riott Squad
(Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan)
Stable SmackDown
3 Raw Kevin Owens Male Superstar Free agent Owens and Zayn were (kayfabe) fired from SmackDown Live on March 20, 2018, and failed to regain their jobs at WrestleMania 34 and the following Raw, however were awarded contracts by Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon.
4 Raw Sami Zayn Male Superstar Free agent
5 SmackDown The Miz Male Superstar Raw
6 Raw Breezango
(Fandango & Tyler Breeze)
Tag Team SmackDown
7 Raw Natalya Female Superstar SmackDown
8 Raw Dolph Ziggler Male Superstar SmackDown
9 Raw Zack Ryder Male Superstar SmackDown Announced his transfer on Twitter.
10 Raw Drew McIntyre Male Superstar NXT
11 Raw Baron Corbin Male Superstar SmackDown
12 Raw Mojo Rawley Male Superstar SmackDown Announced on WWE's YouTube channel.
13 Raw Bobby Roode Male Superstar SmackDown
14 Raw Mike Kanellis Male Superstar SmackDown Announced on WWE's Twitter.
15 Raw The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) Tag Team SmackDown Announced through WWE's Instagram.
16 Raw Chad Gable Male Superstar SmackDown Announced on WWE's Twitter.

SmackDown Live[]

Pick # Brand (to) Employee Role Brand (from) Notes
1 SmackDown The Miz Male Superstar Raw
2 SmackDown Jeff Hardy Male Superstar Raw Drafted with the WWE United States Championship.
3 SmackDown Absolution
(Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose)
Female Tag Team Raw
4 SmackDown Samoa Joe Male Superstar Raw
5 SmackDown Sanity
(Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain & Nikki Cross)
Stable NXT
6 SmackDown Big Cass Male Superstar Raw
7 SmackDown Asuka Female Superstar Raw
8 SmackDown Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson Tag Team Raw
9 SmackDown Sheamus & Cesaro Tag Team Raw Challengers for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship at Greatest Royal Rumble
10 SmackDown R-Truth Male Superstar Raw
11 SmackDown Andrade "Cien" Almas with Zelina Vega Male Superstar and manager NXT


Immediately after being traded to Raw, Kurt Angle announced that Jinder Mahal would defend his United States Championship in an open challenge against the Raw roster, which was answered by Jeff Hardy. Hardy won the following match, and Mahal invoked his rematch clause to gain a match at the Greatest Royal Rumble.

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