After an epic WrestleMania and eventful Raw and Smackdown afterwards, WWE isn’t slowing down. Tonight’s Monday Night Raw started a Superstar Shake-Up that could change the landscapes of both main roster programs. There’s the potential for titles to move, tag teams to split up, old feuds to end, new feuds to start, and last week’s NXT call-ups to immediately get shuffled to the show on which they didn’t debut.
Raw kicked off by immediately shaking up its secondary title picture. Jinder Mahal, who became United States Champion at WrestleMania 34, moved from Smackdown to the A-show. The former WWE Champion immediately confronted General Manager Kurt Angle. He said that he’s better than everyone on the Raw roster and demanded Lesnar perks, plus a limo with a motorcade to every show.
Kurt responded by issuing open challenge on the Modern Day Maharaja’s behalf, which was quickly answered by Jeff Hardy. The recently returned Hardy put up a good fight, and won the United States Championship after a Swanton Bomb. This is the first time in his career Hardy has won the U.S. Title. He has also now dethroned Seth Rollins as WWE’s newest Grand Slam Champion.
On Smackdown last week, Randy Orton became number one contender for the U.S. Title match at Backlash, so get ready to see these two vets go at it soon. PPVs are co-branded, again, so it’s not even a weird thing! Unless Jinder wins the title back at the Greatest Royal Rumble!