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WWE Superstar Jey Uso Traded to Monday Night Raw: How Common Are Trades in WWE?

Jey Uso is now on RAW. Superstar trades don't happen often, but they shock the WWE Universe when they do!

By Chris Phelan
Jey Uso kneels against the ropes

It's only been a few days since he beame an official member of the Monday Night Raw roster, but Jey Uso is already distancing himself from the The Bloodline drama that's marred his career in recent years.

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The WWE Universe was shocked when, during WWE Payback, Cody Rhodes (of all people!) announced that Jey Uso had been traded from SmackDown to the red brand. It was a stunning moment. For the time being, it looks like Jey will get a chance to live up to his "Main Event" Jey persona, finally removed from Roman Reigns and the endless drama surrounding the family. Interestingly, WWE hasn't revealed which Superstar makes up the other end of the trade, and as of press time, it hasn't been officially announced who Jey was officially traded for. 

Even though he had only been officially part of Monday Night Raw for less than 48 hours, Jey Uso made an impact during the September 4 episode of the long-running show. After seemingly reuniting with Sami Zayn, he shared tense moments with former enemies Matt Riddle and Drew McIntyre, possibly painting a picture of what's to come. 

Surprisingly, the WWE Universe has not witnessed many trades in the history of WWE. Swapping Superstars are rarer than you think as, historically, the rosters of Raw, SmackDown, and NXT are primarily filled via the semi-annual WWE Draft. However, some of the most well-known Superstars have found themselves on the trading block in the past few years, proving that being traded is unlikely – but not impossible.

What Superstars Have Been Traded in WWE History?

Rey Mysterio

Rey Mysterio raises his arms above his head and he walks ti the ring

Just last year, the wrestling world was rocked when JBL announced a trade involving Raw's Rey Mysterio and SmackDown's Baron Corbin. This transaction set off a chain of events that eventually led to Mysterio capturing the United States Championship just a few weeks ago on SmackDown.

In retrospect, SmackDown definitely "won" that trade – Rey Mysterio's stock has arguably never been higher, while Baron Corbin is toiling away in obscurity. 

AJ Styles

AJ Styles poses outside of the ring

Back in 2020, AJ Styles was traded to SmackDown in a shocking moment – but what was even more interesting was that he was officially shipped to the blue brand for "compensation to be named later." The WWE Universe was shocked when, weeks after the fact, it was revealed that SmackDown sent not one but two Superstars over to Raw: Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. In another win for SmackDown, AJ Styles made the most of this sudden change in scenery by capturing the Intercontinental Championship in June 2020, enjoying a lengthy months-long reign with the title. 

Alexa Bliss

Alexa Bliss walking into the ring

In addition, female Superstars are not exempt from being traded, as proven in the fall of 2019. Before a crucial episode of SmackDown, Triple H announced that Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross had been traded away from Monday Night Raw, inferring they would make their SmackDown debuts imminently. Raw received future draft considerations in the deal. 

Who Was Jey Uso Traded to SmackDown For?

Sometimes, the most exciting trades are the ones with a mystery component attached to them. The WWE Universe wasn't part of the negotiations that ultimately brought Jey Uso to Monday nights, so there's anticipation building over who exactly Jey was traded for. After all, WWE Superstars primarily move from brand to brand via the WWE Draft or an official Superstar Shakeup, and trades – while uncommon – are nevertheless unexpected by fans worldwide. 

Jey Uso stands inside the ring

In the wake of the last few days, the WWE Universe is sitting on the edge of their seats, wondering who will be making the move from Raw to SmackDown. "Main Event" Jey is one of the hottest Superstars currently competing in WWE, and common sense says that the blue brand will be expecting one of the top competitors on Raw to make the jump. One – or more – Superstars could make the move. Could SmackDown receive a tag team like the Street Profits? What about an established main-eventer like Drew McIntyre? Could the WWE Universe see a faction like The Judgment Day be split up because of Jey Uso's arrival? Anything can happen, but one thing is sure:

Raw and SmackDown just got a lot more intriguing.

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