Week two of SmackDown Live has come and gone, but who has stood out so far? Dolph Ziggler is holding his place, but one WWE veteran has dropped completely off the rankings. 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.
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1. Dean Ambrose (Last Week: 1)
PC = 1, TD = 1, GS = 1, TC = 1, LS = 1
Unless you have a terrible week, there’s really not much arguing against the WWE Champion. Dean Ambrose continues his reign, and he looks as solid as ever in his spot. While Dolph Ziggler definitely did a good job of staking his claim, Ambrose still holds the championship advantage and a hell of a few months of momentum behind him going into SummerSlam. Can the Lunatic Fringe roll out of it with his championship intact?
2. Dolph Ziggler (Last Week: 2)
PC = 2, TD = 2, GS = 2, TC = 2, LS = 2
The Show-Off has struggled in recent years to really make his mark and take himself to that next level. This week, he proved without a shadow of a doubt that he’s got that ability in him. Ziggler let out more intensity than he has in a long time during a war of words with Ambrose, and even went on to put his championship shot on the line against Bray Wyatt in the Main Event. Ziggler was victorious, but a post-match attack by Wyatt and Erick Rowan made it a bittersweet win.
3. Apollo Crews (Last Week: 9)
PC = 4, TD = 3, GS = 4, TC = 3, LS = 7
SmackDown Live’s most athletic young talent made his mark last week by winning the battle royal to earn a spot in the Six Pack Challenge to find a new #1 Contender for the WWE Championship. While he came up short, he left quite an impression. This week, Apollo Creed Crews took on Baron Corbin and Kalisto for a shot at the Intercontinental Championship and got a strong victory to set his sights on championship gold.
4. Bray Wyatt (Last Week: 4)
PC = 5, TD = 5, GS = 6, TC = 4, LS = 4
The Eater of Worlds may have come up short in getting a shot at the WWE Championship just yet, but his presence has been felt through SmackDown Live with a vengeance, and Dolph Ziggler got the worst of it this week. Even without the monster that is Braun Strowman, Wyatt and Rowan delivered a beating to Ziggler at the end of the night, and it was clear who got the last laugh.
5. The Miz (Last Week: 7)
PC = 6, TD = 4, GS = 3, TC = N/A, LS = 3
The A-Lister loves to grab the spotlight, even when he’s on the sideline. The Miz got to sit back and watch the chaos as the three young bucks fought for a shot at his Intercontinental Championship. Miz spent most of his time enjoying the view, but a Skull Crushing Finale to the new #1 Contender after his match put the exclamation point on things.
6. American Alpha (Last Week: Unranked)
PC = 8, TD = 6, GS = 7, TC = 5, LS = 5
They’re Ready! Willing! And Gable! The hottest tag team from NXT has finally made their SmackDown Live debut, and they did so in dominant fashion. Gable and Jordan took on fellow NXT-alumni The Vaudevillains and finished with a dominant victory. With rumors of SmackDown getting its own pair of Tag Team Championships, American Alpha went a long way to staking their claim this week.
7. Baron Corbin (Last Week: 10)
PC = N/A, TD = 7, GS = 5, TC = 6, LS = 6
The Lone Wolf tried to pick up his own championship shot this week against Kalisto and Apollo Crews, but the chaos of the triple threat match ended up leaving him high and dry as Crews rolled up Kalisto for the win. Afterwards, in a fit of frustration, Corbin ended up planting the current Intercontinental Champion with End of Days to get the final world on things for the night.
8. Randy Orton (Last Week: 3)
PC = 3, TD = N/A, GS = 9, TC = 7, LS = 8
The Viper decided to take an impromptu trip to Suplex City on Monday as he invaded Raw and hit his SummerSlam opponent, Brock Lesnar, with a true blue #RKOouttanowhere. Unfortunately, what goes around comes around. And it came around in the form of an F-5 delivered by The Beast Incarnate as Orton was facing off against Fandango. Brock has fired back, but can these two keep this up until SummerSlam?
9. AJ Styles (Last Week: 8)
PC = 10, TD = 10, GS = 8, TC = 9, LS = 8
The Phenomenal One was all talk this week, and as a result manages to just barely hold onto a spot in the rankings. The long standing issues between AJ and John Cena were on display once more, and AJ seemed at first to only be interested in whining. He did succeed in getting Cena to accept a challenge at SummerSlam for one last fight to settle the score. Can AJ pull off a victory over Mr. Hustle, Loyalty, Respect without the help of The Club?
10. Becky Lynch (Last Week: 5)
PC = 7, TD = N/A, GS = N/A, TC = 8, LS = N/A
Becky Lynch looked like she was finally going to get to settle the score against All Red Everything, but just as Eva Marie finished up her lengthy over the top entrance, she “injured” herself and had the match called off. Becky stood back and let the moment pass, but you can be this won’t be the last time these two fiery personalities meet as Becky continues to try to solidify herself as the top of the women’s division on SmackDown Live.
Also receiving votes: Kalisto, John Cena