Less than a week remains before the WWE roster is split down the middle, and this week’s RealSport Power Rankings show just how eager everyone is to keep their stock high going into the draft. Some champions have slipped down the rankings, while challengers are bursting onto the scene. 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, Toby Durant, Gur Samuel, Liam Shone, Thomas Clapham, Max Hickman
1. Dean Ambrose (Last Week: 1)
PC = 1, TD = 1, GS = 1, LS = 1, TC = 1, MH = 2
Once again, the WWE Champion tops this week’s Power Rankings. Ambrose found himself once again offering a rebuttal to the constant smacktalk that comes from Seth Rollins, but this time he put The Architect in his place with a verbal assault. By the time Ambrose was done talking, you could feel the tension through the screen, and it was clear just how dangerous Ambrose is as champion. He made sure that Seth understood how much he went through to get the WWE Championship, and how much more he’d be willing to do to keep it.
2. Seth Rollins (Last Week: 2)
PC = 2, TD = 2, GS = 2, LS = 2, TC = 2, MH = 1
The man who once had a bit of a rivalry with talk-show host Jon Stewart has now debuted his own show. The Rollins Report aired for the first time this week on Raw, and some excellent (and hilarious) editing let Rollins continue to bash the still-suspended former-champion Roman Reigns. Not only that, but Rollins managed to get under Dean’s skin and convince him to set up a one on one match for the WWE Championship. Rollins scurried away, declaring he’d get the shot on “his time,” but his time comes next week on Raw.
3. John Cena (Last Week: 4)
PC = 3, TD = 3, GS = 3, LS = 3, TC = 3, MH = 3
As much as The Club would have loved to spend the majority of Raw showing how much the like to #BeatUpJohnCena, it was declared early on that the poster-boy wasn’t going to be on Raw due to prior obligations hosting the 2016 ESPY Awards later this week. Unfortunately for The Club, they got some bad information. Just as they were about to pounce on the suddenly outnumbered Enzo & Big Cass, John Cena burst into the arena and made the save. The Club was sent scrambling, and Cena stood tall as he looks on towards the six-man tag at Battleground.
4. Kevin Owens (Last Week: 12)
PC = 6, TD = 5, GS = 4, LS = 5, TC = 5, MH = 4
Kevin Owens has had a heck of a week, starting last Thursday night on SmackDown as he demolished Sami Zayn following the main event. This week, Zayn intended to be on commentary for Kevin’s match against Cesaro, but Owens managed to get Zayn removed due to complaints to Stephanie about an “unsafe working environment.” With no Sami at ringside, Owens went on to have a spectacular match against Cesaro and defeat him with an unorthodox swinging neckbreaker. Zayn, of course, came out after the match and the two ended up brawling, but this week the momentum goes to Kevin Owens.
5. AJ Styles (Last Week: 3)
PC = 4, TD = 4, GS = 6, LS = 4, TC = 4, MH = 16
The Phenomenal One didn’t get to #BeatUpJohnCena this week. While he had a decisive victory on SmackDown against Enzo Amore, AJ drops this week after being forced to retreat by none other than…John Cena. AJ did successfully intervene in the match where Gallows & Anderson took on Enzo & Cass, but before he got get the wanted beatdown, ol’ Cena made the save. With Battleground and the draft getting closer and closer, can AJ gain some momentum moving forward?
6. Sami Zayn (Last Week: 9)
PC = 7, TD = 6, GS = 5, LS = 12, TC = 6, MH = 5
While Sami Zayn ended SmackDown laying on the mat in a heap, before he was ambushed by Kevin Owens, he managed a decisive victory over Chris Jericho. On Raw, Zayn attempted to join the party on commentary in Kevin’s match, but was forced out. He quickly returned to shut Owens up after the match, and the neverending brawl continued. Can Sami finally vanquish Kevin Owens for good at Battleground?
7. Rusev (Last Week: 7)
PC = 9, TD = 11, GS = 8, LS = 7, TC = 7, MH = 6
The United States Champion continues to keep the #7 slot on lock in this week’s Power Rankings. He was approached by Zack Ryder backstage as Ryder issued a challenge for the United States Championship. Before Rusev responded, Ryder was attacked by Sheamus, who he had a scheduled match with on Raw. While Ryder managed to defeat Sheamus, it was Rusev who got the last laugh as he attacked Ryder after the match and locked in a torque-heavy Accolade as he screamed that he accepted Ryder’s challenge.
8. The Wyatt Family (Last Week: 8)
PC = 11, TD = 8, GS = 10, LS = 8, TC = 10, MH = 7
While they weren’t present on Raw, we did get to see what happened when The New Day visited The Wyatt Family at their compound. It was smart of Xavier Woods to be worried about being at the turf of the Wyatts, as Bray, Braun, and Harper all issued a devastating assault on The New Day at the compound. The New Day got a few shots in, but it was clear that The Wyatt Family won this encounter. Is it only a matter of time before they take the WWE Tag Team Championships from The New Day?
9. Cesaro (Last Week: 15)
PC = 12, TD = 7, GS = 7, LS = 6, TC = 13, MH = 13
The Swiss Superman was the third wheel this week in the ongoing rivalry between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, but that didn’t stop him from putting up a hell of a fight and nearly spoiling Kevin’s plan to come out on top with Sami exiled from commentary. A good performance pushes him up the rankings, but what’s next for Cesaro?
10. Enzo Amore & Big Cass (Last Week: 6)
PC = 8, TD = 12, GS = 9, LS = 15, TC = 11, MH = 8
This week it looked like Enzo & Cass were going to have to struggle with the numbers game against The Club, but they still held strong. The duo fought hard against the former IWGP Tag Team Champions, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, but as they were nearing victory interference by one AJ Styles forced the disqualification. Enzo was isolated in the ring and it looked like The Club was about to demolish him, but John Cena came out to even the odds and was able to stand tall along side Enzo & Cass as The Club made a quick exit.
11. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (Last Week: 14)
PC = 10, TD = 13, GS = 11, LS = 11, TC = 12, MH = 9
Gallows & Anderson creep up the rankings a few spots this week thanks to the circumstances of the performances of others, but they remain below their current targets Enzo Amore & Big Cass. These two members of The Club were unable to put away the team on Raw, and ended up losing to them by disqualification after AJ Styles got involved. Will they be able to successfully #BeatUpJohnCena along with Enzo & Cass at Battleground?
12. The New Day (Last Week: 10)
PC = 14, TD = 9, GS = 15, LS = 9, TC = 9, MH = 10
The WWE Tag Team Champions tried their hardest to use the Power of Positivity this week, but they were completely out of their element. The trio ventured to the compound of The Wyatt Family, and it was clear who was in control the entire time. After a failed escape, the Wyatts revealed and enormous sheep-masked army standing guard. Can The New Day escape the terror of The Wyatt Family?
13. The Miz (Last Week: 13)
PC = 15, TD = 10, GS = 13, LS = 10, TC = 8, MH = 14
While he earned a modicum of revenge on SmackDown after defeating Kalisto following the food-fight incident from July 4th, The Intercontinental Champion got to sit back and enjoy himself on Raw as several men fought it out in a battle royal to determine the new #1 Contender to The Miz’s Intercontinental Championship. Darren Young emerged victorious, and seems to be on a new roll with former WWE Champion Bob Backlund at his side. Can The Miz stop Young’s momentum before it starts?
14. Sasha Banks (Last Week: 5)
PC = 5, TD = 14, GS = 12, LS = 14, TC = 14, MH = 11
Despite a successful night on Raw, “The Boss” Sasha Banks tumbles down the rankings as several others managed to outshine her on Raw. However, Sasha still remains ahead of WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte in the rankings after successfully defeating her protege Dana Brooke with the Banks Statement on Raw. Is it just a matter of time before Sasha takes the championship?
15. Darren Young (Last Week: Unranked)
PC = 13, TD = 17, GS = 14, LS = 19, TC = 17, MH = 12
We’re gonna make Darren Young great again! Aside from the part where no one remembers Darren Young being great in the first place, the revamped Young managed to meander his way into an Intercontinental Championship match this week on Raw. Young survived the battle royal until near the end, where the two remaining competitors ended up eliminating each other simultaneously. Young has his eyes set on gold, and with Bob Backlund at his side, he just might get it.
16. Zack Ryder (Last Week: 19)
PC = 17, TD = 16, GS = 18, LS = 13, TC = 15, MH = 15
Long Island Iced Z continues to man-up and set his sights on the United States Championship, but it came at a cost this week. Ryder had a rematch from SmackDown against Sheamus on Raw, which (despite a pre-match ambush) he won yet again. Ryder’s victory celebration didn’t last long, as he was quickly attacked by Rusev. Ryder has been granted his US Championship match, but can he survive long enough to get it?
17. Charlotte (Last Week: 11)
PC = 16, TD = 15, GS = 17, LS = 16, TC = 16, MH = 17
The WWE Women’s Champion falls hard down the rankings this week as she continues to hide behind her protege Dana Brooke. Not only that, but Brooke was handily defeated by Sasha Banks this week on Raw. With Charlotte on the ropes, she’ll have to recalculate her gameplan if she wants to hold onto the Women’s Championship for much longer.
18. Breezango (Last Week: Unranked)
PC = 18, TD = 18, GS = 16, LS = 17, TC = 18, MH = 20
The odd-couple of Tyler Breeze and Fandango seems to be more in-sync than ever, as the two successfully defeated former NXT Tag Team Champions The Lucha Dragons this week on Raw. With the draft only a week away, if they don’t get split up, Breezango could have Tag Team Championship gold in their future.
19. Sheamus (Last Week: Unranked)
PC = 19, TD = N/A, GS = 19, LS = N/A, TC = 20, MH = 19
The Great White seems to have an attitude problem as of late, stemming all the way back to his failure to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match earlier this year. His latest frustration is that he can’t seem to beat Zack Ryder, which is a problem that no one has had in a long time. With three pinfall losses to Ryder in a row, Sheamus is struggling to stay relevant, and barely sneaks into the rankings this week.
20. Titus O’Neil (Last Week: 18)
PC = 20, TD = 20, GS = N/A, LS = 20, TC = N/A, MH = 18
Titus O’Neil was victorious on Raw, but don’t blame yourself if you’ve already forgotten who he faced. After several unsuccessful attempts to capture the United States Championship from Rusev, Titus went up against Social Outcast member Heath Slater this week. Titus did what everyone does against Heath Slater, he dominated. Can Titus refocus with the draft only days away?
Also receiving votes: Apollo Crews, Dana Brooke