With the WWE Draft looming on the horizon, this week’s RealSport Power Rankings show several superstars clawing onto a ranking and others emerging after a long drought. While Raw was lackluster at best, some have pushed their way back up the rankings in an attempt to increase their stock before the draft. 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, Max Hickman, Liam Shone, Thomas Clapham
1. Dean Ambrose (Last Week: 1)
PC = 1, TD = 1, GS = 1, MH = 1, LS = 1, TC = 1
While the WWE Champion found himself at the mercy of Seth Rollins a few weeks ago, this was certainly one where The Lunatic Fringe came out on top. Ambrose went one on one with current Intercontinental Champion The Miz and was victorious after a hard-fought match. Not only that, but after rattling Seth Rollins from commentary, Ambrose managed to plant Rollins head-first into the announce table with Dirty Deeds. The Champ is on a roll heading towards Battleground.
2. Seth Rollins (Last Week: 2)
PC = 2, TD = 2, GS = 4, MH = 4, LS = 2, TC = 2
Despite Ambrose coming out on top during their brawl, The Architect still stood strong in the rankings after an impressive victory over Dolph Ziggler. The two put on possibly the match of the night, despite the fact that there wasn’t a lot of meaning to the match. Rollins continued to berate the still suspended Roman Reigns, and has stayed focused on his upcoming WWE Championship match.
3. AJ Styles (Last Week: 3)
PC = 3, TD = 3, GS = 2, MH = 2, LS = 3, TC = 6
The de-facto leader of The Club has had John Cena’s number for weeks now, and this Monday’s edition of Raw was no different. AJ has come into his own on the microphone, and no one can deny the fact that going toe to toe in a battle of words with Cena is no easy task. AJ continued to have his insurance policy at his side, but another gang-like attack on Cena was foiled when Enzo Amore & Big Cass made the save. Without the numbers game, how will AJ proceed?
4. John Cena (Last Week: 4)
PC = 4, TD = 4, GS = 3, MH = 3, LS = 4, TC = 5
John Cena has been fighting an uphill battle against AJ Styles and The Club ever since him and AJ squared off at Money in the Bank. While Cena has fought hard, his resistance hasn’t made much difference thanks to a constant numbers disadvantage. This week, he finally got some help, and he’ll be looking to build momentum going into a huge six-man tag at Battleground.
5. Sasha Banks (Last Week: 9)
PC = 6, TD = 6, GS = 7, MH = 6, LS = 7, TC = 4
The Boss didn’t even have to break a sweat this week in order to skyrocket up the rankings. While Charlotte certainly wanted to simply spend the night talking about herself, this was foiled as Sasha continues her path to an inevitable WWE Women’s Championship Match. After a verbal beating, Sasha put the cherry on top by locking Charlotte into the Bank Statement. Dana Brooke made the save, but Banks has all the momentum right now.
6. Enzo Amore & Big Cass (Last Week: 10)
PC = 7, TD = 7, GS = 6, MH = 5, LS = 5, TC = 9
Speaking of momentum, this duo probably had one of the best overall nights this week on Raw. To start, Enzo Amore listed off every American president from memory. That’s impressive enough, but the duo went on to defeat Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas of the Social Outcasts in dominant form. Later in the night, they showed up to even the odds in support of John Cena against The Club. With Battleground looming, these two will have a big challenge as they team with Cena against The Club.
7. Rusev (Last Week: 7)
PC = 5, TD = 10, GS = 9, MH = 7, LS = 9, TC = 3
The Bulgarian Brute continues to make his case for being the greatest United States Champion ever, and even Titus O’Neil dressed as Uncle Sam on the 4th of July couldn’t do anything about it. Titus put up a good fight, but it ended as it always does with Rusev. The Accolade. After Titus tapped out, Rusev stood tall and wished America a very happy birthday. Can anyone stop him? No, probably not.
8. The Wyatt Family (Last Week: 12)
PC = 12, TD = 9, GS = 11, MH = 8, LS = 8, TC = 8
Bray Wyatt has finally found some footing in leading the Wyatt Family once again, despite the continued absence (due to injury) of Luke Harper. Bray played his cards perfectly this week, and the master of mindgames has gotten under The New Day’s skin. They invited The New Day to their “compound,” and goaded them into accepting. Will this prove to be the end of The New Day?
9. Sami Zayn (Last Week: 6)
PC = 8, TD = 12, GS = 5, MH = 9, LS = 12, TC = 13
Despite a few fun segments and a spot in the main event, Sami had a pretty uneventful week. His inclusion in the “Multi-National Alliance” has had the same effect on him as every other competitor in that match. It’s dropped him down the rankings. Sami’s issues with Kevin Owens seem far from over, but Zayn will need momentum going into Battleground.
10. The New Day (Last Week: 8)
PC = 10, TD = 8, GS = 14, MH = 12, LS = 13, TC = 7
The WWE Tag Team Champions have been a perfect positive unit for nearly two years, and they’re even closing in on the record for single-longest WWE Tag Team Championship reign held by Paul London and Brian Kendrick. Unfortunately, the threat of The Wyatt Family is causing cracks to form, and this week the danger got to Xavier Woods. Can The New Day hold together?
11. Charlotte (Last Week: 15)
PC = 14, TD = 5, GS = 8, MH = N/A, LS = 6, TC = 11
While she’s risen in the rankings this week thanks to the fall of some others, WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte has had a relatively unsuccessful time as of late. While she remains champion, Charlotte’s biggest challenge ever, Sasha Banks, is on the prowl. Even with her protege, can Charlotte hold onto her championship against The Boss?
12. Kevin Owens (Last Week: 5)
PC = 9, TD = 11, GS = 10, MH = 10, LS = 11, TC = 14
Kevin Owens had a far less than successful week, as his night on Raw began with a foiled attempt to avoid a large food fight. After a literal pie in his face, Owens went on later in the night to compete in with the “Multi-National Alliance.” While he certainly made a statement with a Pop-Up Powerbomb on Mark Henry to eliminate him, he was disqualified soon after for using a steel chair. Can Owens gain momentum going into Battleground?
13. The Miz (Last Week: 14)
PC = 16, TD = 13, GS = 13, MH = 11, LS = 10, TC = 10
The Intercontinental Champion was back in action on Raw this week after successfully defending his championship last week against Kane. Miz fought hard in a Champion vs. Champion match against Dean Ambrose, but unfortunately he came up short. It’s unclear what’s next for The Miz, but he can only go so long without a legitimate challenger.
14. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (Last Week: 11)
PC = 11, TD = 14, GS = 12, MH = 13, LS = 14, TC = 12
AJ Styles’ insurance policy came in handy this week as they, once again, backed him up. While the two made a statement as they helped make their case to constantly #BeatUpJohnCena, which quickly came true once again. Unfortunately, they were foiled when Enzo Amore & Big Cass saved John Cena from yet another beating. Now, Gallows & Anderson will be looking for revenge on their way to a huge six-man tag at Battleground.
15. Cesaro (Last Week: 13)
PC = 15, TD = 17, GS = 18, MH = 15, LS = 16, TC = 16
The Swiss Superman found himself also absorbed into the nonsensical “Multi-National Alliance.” While Cesaro had a decent showing amongst all the nonsense, he falls this week due to a lack of purpose. Cesaro could put his focus on The Miz and pursue the Intercontinental Championship once again, but as of now it’s unclear just what’s next for Cesaro.
16. Becky Lynch (Last Week: Unranked)
PC = 17, TD = 16, GS = 15, MH = 14, LS = 17, TC = 20
The Lass Kicker made a statement this week as she burst back into the rankings. After her match never got started last week, Lynch squared off against Summer Rae on Raw. Summer got in some offense, but in the end Becky got the Disarmher locked in and it was all over. The submission gives Lynch a big boost heading into a match with Natalya at Battleground.
17. Dolph Ziggler (Last Week: Unranked)
PC = N/A, TD = 15, GS = 20, MH = 16, LS = 15, TC = N/A
The Show-Off didn’t win, but he sure tried. You know, like always. Ziggler supposedly requested his match with Rollins because of the possibility of them being split up with the draft. Apparently, he wanted one last chance to make a statement against Seth, and he did so by putting on a great show and losing. Classic Dolph.
18. Titus O’Neil (Last Week: 16)
PC = 13, TD = N/A, GS = N/A, MH = 17, LS = 20, TC = 19
Uncle Sam AKA Father of the Year AKA Titus O’Neil AKA Infinite US Title Shots went up against Rusev…again. Guess what? Titus O’Neil lost…again. While a strong showing has kept him in the rankings in recent weeks, this latest run may finally come to a screeching halt, as Rusev has triumphed at every turn. What’s next for Titus?
19. Zack Ryder (Last Week: Unranked)
PC = 20, TD = 20, GS = 16, MH = 18, LS = 19, TC = N/A
Long Island Iced Z found himself on top at the end of Monday Night Raw for the first time in…probably ever. After his quick failure to hold onto the Intercontinental Championship after WrestleMania, Ryder has struggled to find a foothold. However, this week’s cluster of a main event worked in his favor as Ryder picked up the final pinfall to give Team USA a victory. Can Zack capitalize on this?
20. Big Show (Last Week: Unranked)
PC = N/A, TD = N/A, GS = 17, MH = N/A, LS = N/A, TC = 15
Speaking of capitalizing on the main event, The Big Show played a huge role this week on Raw. He served as Team USA’s General Patton, and delivered a speech that really should not have been compared to Patton at all. However, he rallied his troops and ultimately played a crucial role in the outcome that brought Team USA the victory on Independence Day. Good for you, Show.
Also receiving votes: Alberto Del Rio, Chris Jericho, Apollo Crews, Kane, Golden Truth