The Superstar Shake-Up doesn’t appear to be over, as Samoa Joe looks to be switching brands this week. He was reportedly going to be in an angle with Braun Strowman. Strowman had shown up on Smackdown the previous week and had a brief interaction with the current United States Champion.
Samoa Joe Changing Allegiances?
None of that happened, however, because Samoa Joe was said to have been “to the point of barely functioning” backstage before the Superstar Shake-Up began. Since Joe could not appear on camera, the show was rewritten at the last minute. What we were subject to instead was a Strowman squash of EC3. It looks that going forward, Samoa Joe will work a program against Braun Strowman on RAW.
A report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com states that Joe is currently slated to appear at this week’s taping of RAW. He is not scheduled to appear at the Smackdown. Finn Balor bringing the WWE Intercontinental Championship to the blue brand seemed to confirm this switch for Joe.