RAW: New GM, Balor Returns, NXT Call-ups, ‘Superstar Shakeup’ Announced, Goldberg Says Goodbye

Kurt Angle RAW GM

Kurt Angle Is RAW’s New General Manager

Kurt Angle was named the new General Manager of RAW last night as part of Vince McMahon’s plan to “shake things up.” The 2017 Class WWE Hall of Famer replaces Stephanie McMahon, who is out injured in storyline after going through a table at WrestleMania.

Initially Teddy Long came out, but Vince soon made it clear that the Hall of Famer he was talking about was the Olympic gold medalist.

Superstars To Be Drafted Next Week

McMahon also announced a draft-like ‘superstar shakeup’ that will take place on next week’s RAW and SmackDown LIVE.

Mr. McMahon announces WWE will “shake things up” next week on Raw and SmackDown LIVE
ORLANDO, Fla. – “It’s time to shake things up around here,” Mr. McMahon loudly exclaimed to the raucous Amway Center crowd during the Raw after WrestleMania.

The Chairman and CEO of WWE surprised everyone Monday night in Orlando when he came out to the ring and thanked the WWE Universe for making WrestleMania 33 The Ultimate Thrill Ride. Surprise turned to shock, however, when Mr. McMahon then announced that the WWE roster will undergo a seismic shift on next week’s editions of Raw and SmackDown LIVE.

Mr. McMahon also announced he has already conferred with lead representatives from Raw and SmackDown LIVE in advance of the shake-up that will take place for both brands. That includes the newly named Raw General Manager, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, as well as SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan, who are already in ongoing discussions with each other regarding next week’s anticipated Superstar movement, WWE.com has confirmed.

The WWE Chairman will be granting both sides an opportunity to make trades, deals and other moves that they feel fit, according to WWE.com sources. There are many potential maneuvers that the WWE Universe will surely be buzzing over. Could we see recently engaged SmackDown stars John Cena & Nikki Bella on separate brands as a result of the shake-up? What about a monster like Braun Strowman causing havoc on the SmackDown LIVE roster instead of Raw? The possibilities are endless.

Stick with WWE.com for more on the Superstar Shake-up as news develops, and tune into next week’s Raw and SmackDown LIVE to see where things stand within WWE’s New Era.

Emma who made her in-ring return in a losing effort with Nia Jax and Charlotte against Bayley, Sasha Banks and Dana Brooke, says she doesn’t care where she ends up in the draft:

Bayley and Sasha also discussed the shakeup in a fallout segment:

Could AJ Styles be headed to RAW?

Finn Balor Returns

After being spotted earlier in the night Finn Balor made his return to RAW as Seth Rollins’ surprise partner against Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe.

Balor got the victory over Owens with a Coup de Grâce.

Triple H and Tom Phillips noted on Twitter how the main event featured all former NXT champions.

The Revival Debut

Former NXT tag champions The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) made their RAW main roster debut when The New Day issued an open challenge.

It was New Day that ended up staring at the lights at the hands of the newcomers.

Goldberg Says Goodbye … for now

In a Network exclusive segment following RAW Goldberg brought his son in to the ring and gave an emotional farewell, however it was a “goodbye for now” not necessarily forever.

Also On RAW …

– Roman Reigns simply declared that it was his yard!

– The Hardy Boyz def. Gallows and Anderson.

– Neville def. Mustafa Ali.

– Bayley, Sasha Banks and Dana Brooke def. Emma, Nia Jax and Charlotte.

– Braun Strowman went face to face with Brock Lesnar.

– Sami Zayn def. Jinder Mahal.

– Cesaro and Sheamus def. Enzo and Cass, for a shot at the Hardyz.