WWE Power Rankings - Week of August 15th
The weeks following a PPV tend to be easier to rank and that reason is because most feuds are settled or there is at least a clear-cut favorite while a feud is still going. After an amazing weekend and Monday and Tuesday in Toronto, the WWE is moving forward with their storylines and it will be interesting to see what happens between now and Clash of Champions. This week I have a lot of duos, which I wanted to avoid, but it was difficult to. I will try to limit those moving forward, but I feel like this particular week warranted at least a couple. Here are my rankings for this week in WWE.
- 10: Braun Strowman (NR)
For the third time this year, The Monster Among Men is on the WWE Power Rankings. On Monday night, he came to the aid of Seth Rollins in the main event. Rollins had a Champion vs. Champion match against AJ Styles. The other members of The OC got involved and Strowman fended off Styles, Anderson, and Gallows. It’s good to see him back on TV in a relevant story and it appears that he may be facing Seth Rollins at the next PPV. It’ll be awesome to see him in a major title match in front of his home crowd.
- 9: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (5)
The tag team champs dropped 4 spots from last week, but they had another great match on RAW this week. They went head-to-head with the Kabuki Warriors and successfully retained their titles. I didn’t expect them to remain a team for this long, but they seem like they have great chemistry together. We’ll see how long this reign lasts, but this was another successful week for Bliss and Cross.
- 8: Kofi Kingston/Randy Orton (2, NR)
The WWE Championship title picture wasn’t the most talked about thing coming out of SummerSlam and it wasn’t this week either, but it has maintained a relevance. Orton and Kingston are great in the ring and it appears that they are going to ride this momentum, at least until the next PPV. It seems like there could be a few title changes next month and this is possibly one of them. This is a testament to the great product that they have been putting out lately.
- 7: Drew McIntyre/Cedric Alexander (NR, NR)
McIntyre and Alexander’s television rivalry has been actually pretty interesting. They had another amazing match on RAW and I thought it was the best match of the night. McIntyre has been on the outside looking in for quite a while now, but hopefully things start going in his favor soon. These matches, however, I feel benefit Alexander more than McIntyre at the moment. Fans that haven’t paid attention to the 205 Live product, probably don’t know much about Alexander other than his PPV matches. This feud is giving him recognition, and I feel that he will be seen, by all main roster fans, as a formidable competitor from here on out.
- 6: Kevin Owens (NR)
KO had a strong outing at SummerSlam, but it appears that it is more of the same with him and Shane McMahon. If this feud keeps going on, it will get tiring for fans and they will lose interest in Owens. He had a match with Samoa Joe on Tuesday and it was a poor execution for Joe and Owens characters moving forward. Owens is going to be in the King of the Ring tournament and at the moment, I would say he is the odds-on favorite, but I haven’t seen any odds on this.
- 5: Roman Reigns/Buddy Murphy (6, NR)
I was just going to put Roman Reigns on the list, but it felt wrong to leave Buddy Murphy out. They fought on SmackDown and I thought they had the match of the week, excluding SummerSlam, and TakeOver of course. Buddy Murphy looked very impressive and Roman sold Murphy’s moves wonderfully. Hopefully this is a good sign for Murphy moving forward, but it appears Roman is going to be involved in a feud with Daniel Bryan. A great week for these two superstars.
- 4: Sasha Banks (NR)
The Boss returned this week and she made a huge impact. I had a feeling that she was going to make an appearance pretty soon and it looks like she will have a heated feud with Becky Lynch. Sasha is much better as a heel and she should embrace that moving forward. The biggest takeaway from this was the Toronto fans for me. What was up with them this week? They talked junk about Natalya, and thanked Sasha for attacking her. What did Natalya do? They also gave more love to AJ Styles while he was in the ring with Seth Rollins to kick off the show. I think fans need to get a grip. Anyways, Sasha coming back will help out the women’s division and I shouldn’t be biased, but I’m totally on Becky Lynch’s side.
- 3: Charlotte Flair (7)
She and Trish Stratus put on a wonderful match at SummerSlam and she had a good victory against Ember Moon this week. If I were to place a bet on who she will face at Clash of Champions, I’d go all in on her facing Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. It seems pretty obvious to me that she will be in a title match in front of her home crowd and it would shock me if she doesn’t walk away with the title. This also would mean that The Four Horsewomen of WWE would all be involved in championship matches. This should be an interesting few weeks.
- 2: Bray Wyatt (3)
The Fiend didn’t make an appearance on this week’s shows, but his SummerSlam appearance warranted a Top 2 spot in my book. I haven’t seen WWE push someone this hard, especially a push that the fans love, in a very, very long time. The highly anticipated return of Bray Wyatt exceeded high expectations and it appears that he will be on a limited schedule, at least for now. I think that this is the right move for him, because this is a special character and I think he would lose his value if he is pushed on every show.
- 1: Seth Rollins (10)
I don’t think I could’ve went with anyone else here. Rollins is the champ that fans want to see at the moment and his match at SummerSlam was great. He had another match in the main event with AJ Styles and he won by DQ. He wasn’t the star of this segment, but he was involved and the friendly exchange with Braun Strowman. This could signify another storyline is on the way. I’m interested to see what happens here between now and the PPV, because there is no way Strowman is getting booed in the main event of a PPV in Charlotte, NC. He is a hometown hero.