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Monday Night Raw Power Rankings: Roman Empire on the Rise (10 August 2016)

With SummerSlam only two weeks away, who came out of Raw with the momentum going into the biggest event of the summer?

With SummerSlam fast approaching, RealSport’s Raw Power Rankings find the WWE Women’s Champion in the number one spot for the first time ever. Rivalries are heating up and championships are in jeopardy, but who came out of Raw with the momentum? RealSport’s Weekly Power Rankings have been put together with opinions from several writers within RealSport based on the performance and storylines going on within WWE.

Panel: Patches Chance, Gur Samuel, Thomas Clapham, Toby Durant, Liam Shone

1. Sasha Banks (Last Week: 3)

PC = 1, GS = 1, TC = 1, TD = 3, LS = 1

“The Boss” has had a strong couple of weeks as she sets her sights on a defense of the WWE Women’s Championship against former champion Charlotte at SummerSlam. This week, she had a risky situation as Sasha went up against Dana Brooke. With a win she’d be banned from ringside, but if Sasha had lost she’d have the deck stacked against her in a handicap match at SummerSlam. Fortunately for Sasha, she was able to pick up the pinfall win despite an attempt at interference from Charlotte. “The Boss” now has a fair match at SummerSlam, and looks to continue her reign with a big win over Charlotte.

2. Seth Rollins (Last Week: 1)

PC = 2, GS = 3, TC = 2, TD = 2, LS = 2

Seth Rollins kept his focus this week on his upcoming match against Finn Balor for the WWE Universal Championship. Seth made his way to the ring and berated the crowd with his exact feelings for the “Demon King,” and continued to declare that he’d come out on top at SummerSlam. Nothing new for Seth here, but he’ll need to not underestimate Balor if he wants to hold his spot.  

3. Finn Balor (Last Week: 2)

PC = 4, GS = 2, TC = 3, TD = 1, LS = N/A

Finn was absent from Raw this week, but his presence was still felt. With his match at SummerSlam looming, a segment with Finn went over exactly what the “Demon King” is made of. The aura is building, and Finn is showing absolutely zero fear as he moves towards SummerSlam. Can the arrival of “The Demon” help him become the first ever WWE Universal Champion?

4. Cesaro (Last Week: Unranked)

PC = 6, GS = 5, TC = 5, TD = 4, LS = 5

The Swiss Superman was well on his way to having an amazing night and capping it off with championship gold, but not everything went according to plan. Earlier in the night, Cesaro faced off against Sheamus in a rematch from the week before. Despite a strong showing by Sheamus, Cesaro took the win. When Rusev tried to berate Daniel Bryan and Mick Foley at the end of the night, Cesaro came out and was able to get a US Title match right then. Unfortunately, a distraction by Sheamus kept Cesaro from a win.

5. Rusev (Last Week: 4)

PC = 3, GS = 7, TC = 4, TD = 8, LS = 4

It was not a great week for the Bulgarian Brute. First, he tried to celebrate his recent marriage to Lana with a spectacle and reading of vows in the ring, but it was the leader of the Roman Empire who ruined their fun and eventually left Lana covered in wedding cake. Rusev later got to find out he’ll defend his US Championship against Reigns at SummerSlam, but also inadvertently talked his way into a defense in the Main Event of Raw. With a little assistance from Sheamus, Rusev escaped with his gold intact, but it may be a matter of time till Roman takes it from him.

6. Roman Reigns (Last Week: 10)

PC = 5, GS = 6, TC = 9, TD = 9, LS = 3

After failed pursuits at regaining the WWE Championship, Roman has a new goal as he continued to set his sights on Rusev. This week, Roman got the better of The Bulgarian Brute on two separate occasions. First, Roman’s interruption of the wedding celebration by Lana and Rusev ended with a frustrated Rusev and cake-coated Lana. It was later announced that Rusev could settle his issues with Roman at SummerSlam, but the US Title would be on the line. Finally, Roman planted Rusev with a Spear at the end of the night. Can the Roman Empire be golden once again?

7. Chris Jericho (Last Week: 6)

PC = N/A, GS = 8, TC = 6, TD = 5, LS = 7

After picking up a win in the first mixed tag team match of the New Era last week, Jericho kept his focus on Enzo & Cass this week and solidified that Kevin Owens has his back. Jericho went one on one with Enzo as the Smacktalker Skywalker tried to get some revenge, but Y2J ended up managing a DQ victory as he scurried away and set his sights on a tag match against Enzo & Cass at SummerSlam.

8. Enzo Amore & Big Cass (Last Week: 5)

PC = N/A, GS = N/A, TC = 7, TD = 6, LS = 6

For two weeks straight, Enzo’s found himself a focus of the opening segment on Raw. Unfortunately, those segments don’t always go his way. After some verbal judo with Chris Jericho, Enzo got a chance to redeem the attack by Jericho last week. Interference by Big Cass eventually cost Enzo the match via disqualification, but now this duo can get ready to take on JeriKO at SummerSlam.

9. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (Last Week: Unranked)

PC = 7, GS = 4, TC = N/A, TD = 10, LS = 9

The WWE’s new doctors diagnosed the injured Big E with a terrible case of Ringpostitis. Gallows took on Kofi later in the night and seemed poised to give Kingston his own case of Ringpostitis, but Xavier Woods was able to keep it from happening. Even without the successful post-match attack, Gallows picked up the pinfall victory over one-third of the WWE Tag Team Champions, and The Club will get their shot at the belts at SummerSlam.

10. Kevin Owens (Last Week: Unranked)

PC = N/A, GS = 9, TC = 8, TD = 7, LS = 8

The Prizefighter was in the corner of his new tag team partner Chris Jericho this week as he strongly affirmed that he’s “got his back.” Kevin played a role from the outside, and was thrilled when Jericho eventually picked up a DQ victory. Now, this duo of Owens and Jericho will get to take on Enzo & Cass at SummerSlam. Can JeriKO cement themselves as an all-star team on Monday Night Raw?

Also receiving votes: Braun Strowman, The New Day, Darren Young

Patches Chance

Yo, Patches Chance here. I'm the Content Editor for the WWE section here at RealSport. In my past, I majored in English Literature at the University of Houston. I'm a former referee with the Doomsday Wrestling promotion. I've been an avid fan for over fifteen years and have written about wrestling for over a decade. I'm also a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and have been a featured columnist for WhatTheBuc. Edge will always be my favorite, but Shinsuke Nakamura is the best thing in wrestling today.

Monday Night Raw Power Rankings: Roman Empire on the Rise (10 August 2016)

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