WWE 2023 Draft: 10 Superstar Switches I Like And Dislike


The 2023 WWE draft has concluded, and we now know the roster of the upcoming seasons of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown. While quite a few stars remained on the shows they’d been on in the previous year, there were a few key moves that occurred this year worth mentioning. These moves will likely have a major impact on the fans for either positive or negative reasons. 

While it’s entirely too early to predict how these switch-ups will impact upcoming WWE events or anything of that nature, I do have some gut feelings on moves I really like and dislike from a show perspective. Obviously it’s all subjective, but I think more fans than not will agree with a bulk of these takes. 

Superstar Brand Switches I Really Like

While it feels like more people stayed in their brands than left, we saw some major stars hop brands in the 2023 WWE Draft. Below are some of my favorite moves and why I think it’s great for whatever show they’re a part of. 

Gunther with Imperium on SmackDown

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Gunther And Imperium To Monday Night Raw

Gunther has had a tremendous run in the WWE since his debut, as well as some killer showings at Premium Live Events. Quite frankly, the only thing lacking with him and Imperium right now is more quality storylines, of which there’s not a ton of time for on SmackDown even when you’re the Intercontinental champion. The move to Raw will bring Imperium and Gunther against some fresh opponents and allow him a chance to prove himself as a main-event talent worthy of taking on Roman Reigns

Bayley, Dakota Kai, and Iyo Sky in the WWE

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Damage CTRL To SmackDown

I don’t think it’s unfair to say that there has been a disparity in quality between the women’s tag division in Monday Night Raw vs. SmackDown for a while. Meanwhile, Damage CTRL has been the highlight of the women’s tag scene and is worthy of being the leading women’s stable on SmackDown that can also highlight their competitors. Bayley, Iyo Sky, and Dakota Kai deserve to shine on a show that needs their help, and I’m all for it. 

Cody Rhodes after winning the 2023 Royal Rumble

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Cody Rhodes To Monday Night Raw

To be candid, this isn’t exactly a superstar switch. I am choosing to accept it as one, however, as Cody Rhodes kind of popped around both SmackDown and Monday Night Raw when he wasn’t injured. Making Cody the top face and star of Raw to better juxtapose Roman Reigns on SmackDown is a great call. Assuming both superstars will eventually have a rematch as well, this is really the best way to keep them from crossing paths for the foreseeable future. 

Edge at the 2023 Royal Rumble

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Edge To SmackDown

The Rated-R Superstar Edge has had some solid feuds in the past year, including a great match with Finn Bálor that made our top 10 matches at WrestleMania 39 list, but let’s be honest, there are others more deserving of a slot on Monday Night Raw. Edge is an established veteran who can work a solid match, but there are not many wrestlers in the brand who are right at the door of 50 and operating as full-time singles competitors. A move to SmackDown is appropriate for where Edge is at in his career, and will still give him plenty of time in the spotlight. 

Indi Hartwell in the WWE

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Indi Hartwell To Monday Night Raw

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