Every WWE Brand Switch Of 2020

2 years ago by Liam Winnard

Every WWE Brand Switch Of 2020

WWE’s brand split is often a topic of debate. Does WWE adhere to it as strictly as it should? Should it even exist? Well one thing is for sure, just because you’re on one brand doesn’t mean you won’t get shifted to another.

As such, we’ve compiled a list, that we’ll be updating every time it happens, of every WWE star who has changed brands in the year of 2020! We’ve also included the date they were moved, which brands they were moved from and to, and any extra details.


Riddick Moss

From: NXT

To: Raw

Date: January 27

Details: Debuted as then-24/7 Champion Mojo Rawley’s backup before turning on him and winning the title himself


Angel Garza

From: NXT

To: Raw

Date: February 3

Details: Brought in as Zelina Vega’s new client when Andrade was suspended, move became permanent


Shayna Baszler

From: NXT

To: Raw

Date: February 10

Details: Targeted Becky Lynch and went on to challenge her for the Raw Women’s Title at WrestleMania


Mojo Rawley

From: Raw

To: SmackDown

Date: March 13

Details: Moved to be alongside real-life best friend Rob Gronkowski who left the company soon after


Austin Theory

From: NXT

To: Raw

Date: March 30

Details: Replacement for injured Andrade as Angel Garza’s tag team partner at WrestleMania, move then became permanent


Bianca Belair

From: NXT

To: Raw

Date: April 6

Details: Debuted aligning with the Street Profits with real life husband Montez Ford


Apollo Crews

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: April 6

Details: Wasn’t being used on SmackDown, Paul Heyman (Raw executive director at the time) saw potential in him, went on to win US Title


The Forgotten Sons – Steve Cutler, Jaxson Ryker & Wesley Blake

From: NXT

To: SmackDown

Date: April 10

Details: Called up after WrestleMania but soon pulled from TV due to controversial social media posts from Ryker during Black Lives Matter movement


AJ Styles

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: May 22

Details: Reportedly fell out with Paul Heyman (Raw executive director at the time) resulting in being moved as part of the Intercontinental Title tournament, which he won


Matt Riddle

 

From: NXT

To: SmackDown

Date: June 19

Details: Debuted by crashing AJ Styles’ Intercontinental Championship celebration then beating him in a non-title match


Dolph Ziggler

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: June 22

Details: Lack of credible challengers for WWE Champion Drew McIntyre resulted in Ziggler being switched


Robert Roode

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: June 22

Details: Was inactive during the COVID-19 pandemic but was moved with Dolph Ziggler being his tag team partner


Mustafa Ali

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: July 20

Details: Hadn’t been used on SmackDown for several months, was rumoured to be ‘SmackDown hacker’ but the angle was dropped


Ridge Holland

From: NXT UK

To: NXT

Date: July 29

Details: Debuted in the North American Title three-way series


Keith Lee

From: NXT

To: Raw

Date: August 24

Details: Debuted by cutting off Randy Orton, but lost debut match by DQ due to Drew McIntyre interference


Austin Theory

From: Raw

To: NXT

Date: August 26

Details: Exact reason unknown but came after he had been pulled from Raw TV months earlier following sexual misconduct allegations had been made against him


Mandy Rose

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: September 12

Details: Reason unknown, was announced out of nowhere by The Miz on Talking Smack


RETRIBUTION

From: NXT

To: Raw

Date: September 21

Details: All five members were completely rebranded as a new faction for the main roster after separate time in NXT. They had appeared before this date but this is when they ‘unmasked’ themselves and were properly revealed


Dana Brooke

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: September 28

Details: Switched brands to form a new tag team with Mandy Rose


Toni Storm

From: NXT UK

To: NXT

Date: October 4

Details: Announced the switch via video during TakeOver 31 following conclusion of Women’s Title match


Ember Moon

From: SmackDown

To: NXT

Date: October 4

Details: Arrived at TakeOver on a motorcycle after weeks of mysterious videos


Mercedes Martinez (RETALIATION)

From: Raw

To: NXT

Date: October 9

Details: Removed as member of RETRIBUTION and moved back to NXT only weeks after emerging as a member of the group


Seth Rollins

From: Raw

To: SmackDown

Date: October 9

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


AJ Styles

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 9

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Naomi

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 9

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Bianca Belair

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 9

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Dominik & Rey Mysterio

From: Raw

To: SmackDown

Date: October 9

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


The Miz & John Morrison

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 9

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods

Pictured left & right

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 9

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Murphy

From: Raw

To: SmackDown

Date: October 10

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Drew Gulak

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 10

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Tucker

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 10

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Street Profits

From: Raw

To: SmackDown

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Braun Strowman

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Matt Riddle

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Kevin Owens

From: Raw

To: SmackDown

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Jeff Hardy

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Alexa Bliss

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Elias

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Lacey Evans

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Sheamus

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Nikki Cross

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode

From: Raw

To: SmackDown

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Apollo Crews

From: Raw

To: SmackDown

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Aleister Black

From: Raw

To: SmackDown

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Natalya

From: Raw

To: SmackDown

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Riott Squad

From: Raw

To: SmackDown

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Billie Kay

From: Raw

To: SmackDown

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Zelina Vega

From: Raw

To: SmackDown

Date: October 12

Details: Moved as part of WWE Draft


Arturo Ruas

From: Raw

To: NXT

Date: October 18

Details: Moved back to NXT after Raw Underground was scrapped


Jaxson Ryker

From: SmackDown

To: Raw

Date: December 14

Details: Brought back to TV as Elias’ ally after being off TV for several months due to comments made during the Black Lives Matter movement

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