We have decided to start a new weekly feature here at Wrestling Edge, WWE Power Rankings. The only superstars eligible for the Power Rankings are main roster superstars, and will include the men, women, and tag teams of both Raw and Smackdown Live. The Rankings are not based on anything other than how the superstar is performing at the moment.
This week, the top two spots still belong to the Universal and WWE champions, but the rest of our Rankings got a big shake-up this week, including a tag team making its debut in our top 10. The names may look familiar other than that, but most either rose or dropped a spot or two this week after the go-home Raw and Smackdown Live shows before The Super Show-Down this weekend.
Before we get to our Rankings, let’s see who just missed out on making our top 10:
Honorable Mentions: Dean Ambrose, New Day, The Bar, Randy Orton
Orton does not have a match scheduled in Melbourne this weekend, but the other three superstars or teams have huge matches scheduled for The Super Show-Down.
Ambrose, who teams with his Shield brothers to take on Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler, debuted in our Rankings last week, but a loss to The Monster Among Men dropped him out of the top 10 this week.
The Bar made their presence known this week as they attacked New Day, laid them out, then stood over them posing with the SD tag titles. Cesaro and Sheamus challenge The New Day for the Smackdown Live tag team titles in Australia this weekend and the winner is sure to make the jump inside our top 10 next week.
All of our Honorable Mentions this week have a chance to maneuver into our Rankings next week with The Super Show-Down going down in Australia this Saturday. With our close calls out of the way, it’s now time for our weekly top 10!
This week, we’ve decided to do our Power Rankings a little differently. Instead of the usual slide show, this week I will list our top 10 and in parentheses will be the change they’ve made in our Rankings compared to last week. If the superstar or team was not ranked last week, it will say “NR”.
10. AOP (Not Ranked)
9. The Miz (-)
8. Samoa Joe (-2 spots)
7. Ronda Rousey – Raw Women’s Champion (+1 spot)
6. Becky Lynch – Smackdown Women’s Champion(-2 spots)
5. Seth Rollins – Intercontinental Champion (-2 spots)
4. Braun Strowman (+3 spots)
3. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler – Raw Tag Team Champions (-)
2. AJ Styles – WWE Champion (-)
1. Roman Reigns – WWE Universal Champion (-)
The biggest jump in our Rankings belongs to The Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman, while three different superstars dropped two spots (Rollins, Becky, and Samoa Joe).
Strowman’s jump was due to The Monster reminding us just how dominant he can be when he took on Dean Ambrose this week on Raw. Strowman ended up winning by DQ when Reigns involved himself in the match, but Braun dominated just about the entire match. There is no denying that Strowman is one of, if not the, most dominant superstars in the WWE, and if he helps pick up the win this weekend, and even bigger climb could be made by The Monster Among Men.
Rollins drops because of his loss to Drew McIntyre this week on Raw, although Drew can thank his tag partner for the assist in the win. After the match, Drew, Dolph, and Strowman attacked Rollins, Reigns, and Ambrose, and left The Shield laying. With a huge showdown (no pun intended) this weekend in Australia between The Shield and Strowman, McIntyre, and Ziggler, our Rankings next week could look very different.
Becky’s stock looked like it was going to rise during the early part of her segment. The promo she cut literally had the crowd eating out of the palm of her hand. However, eventually Charlotte came down and got the best of the champ. The challenger even suplexed The Lasskicker into her own version of The Super Show-Down PPV poster, which depicted Becky standing over a fallen Charlotte. However, even after a slight drop this week, a title defense in Melbourne would have Becky moving back in the right direction.
Samoa Joe dropped a few spots this week, solely because he wasn’t featured on TV this week. However, arguably the biggest match of The Samoan Submission Machine’s career is coming up this weekend, and if the challenger can finally get the better of AJ Styles, Joe is sure to make a significant climb up our Rankings.
Other movement this week saw the Raw Women’s Champ climbing a spot after defeating a very game Ruby Riott on Raw, and AOP debuting in our Rankings for the first time after weeks of dominance.
WWE’s Super Show-Down is this Saturday and coverage begins at 5 AM ET on the WWE Network. With several marquee matches on the card that could affect our Rankings, next week’s top 10 could look a whole lot different.