News on Next Week's Superstar Shake-Up; Rumors on Rusev's Status (Updated)

— Next Monday and Tuesday, WWE will hold what looks to be the annual Superstar Shake-Up. For what it’s worth, WWE is not holding a Monday Smackdown house show as usual, which means that everyone will be backstage at Monday’s Raw. Not only does this mean that virtually every wrestler is a possibility to switch brands, but also the talent themselves don’t even know yet who will be moving or who will be staying.

— A recent online report suggested that the reason WWE inserted Rusev into the fatal four way for the US Title at WrestleMania was to appease him due to the fact that he supposedly asked for his release. According to Dave Meltzer on a recent Wrestling Observer Radio that report was very likely untrue, however, late on Thursday after earlier being removed from the casket match against Undertaker, Rusev changed both his Instagram and Twitter pages (removing his name) and also added an email address for booking information. These changes seem to suggest he is no longer with WWE, but neither party has made any public statements so it’s anyone guess what’s going on.

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