WWE Power Rankings: Week of August 8th
Next on the schedule for the WWE is SummerSlam, otherwise known as the “The Biggest Party of the Summer.” I personally think the buildup for the biggest matches has been pretty poor honestly. It still is an exciting card, but there hasn’t been much substance as of late. The intrigue isn’t quite there for me as it should be, but I’m still excited for the show. The go-home episodes this week were actually pretty decent though. There was a lot of good segment, but there were some questionable ones. For one, Roman Reigns’ ordeal has been probably the biggest story of the last two weeks, but he doesn’t have a match advertised at SummerSlam. I think he will be involved in the show, but we’ll see. There are a lot of matches that can go a lot of different ways, which is interesting in a sense. I thought it was very difficult to rank my Top 10 this week, because storylines have been all over the place. I really can’t tell you which match that creative finds most valuable. I would think Lesnar and Rollins, but in some cases, it’s difficult to say. Here are my Power Rankings this week, although they may seem pretty jumbled.
- 10: Seth Rollins (NR)
In the words of good ol’ JR, The Architect has been taken to the woodshed in the last two weeks and it is likely that he will endure another beating on Sunday at the hands of Brock Lesnar. Rollins will look to regain his Universal Championship, he even guaranteed a win on Sunday. I’m not going to spoil my SummerSlam predictions in this article, but I think he actually has a decent chance to regain his title.
- 9: Aleister Black (NR)
Black vs. Zayn was supposed to take place at SummerSlam, but fans were treated to this great match on SmackDown this Tuesday night. Black picked up the win and along with it a decent amount of momentum. I think that his win would’ve been more significant at the PPV, but this is an example of wanting to give fans a greater value on television. I don’t know what is next for The Dutch Destroyer, but I’m excited to see him get a push.
- 8: Dolph Ziggler (8)
Ziggler kinda came across as cowardly on Monday night when Goldberg was announced as his PPV opponent on Sunday, but made up for it on SmackDown. He came out to Goldberg’s music on Tuesday and I thought it was a cool way for him to get more heat. He was supposed to face Rey Mysterio, but the match never got started because he attacked Mysterio. Ali then came out and he and Ziggler had a match. Ziggler won the match, which will give him extra momentum going into Sunday.
- 7: Trish Stratus/Charlotte Flair (NR)
I think each interaction that these two ladies have had have been great, but I wish they could’ve built a longer feud. This feud is only getting a two-week buildup, but they have made the most with what they had. This is fantasy booking at its finest and I think that this match can truly turn into something special on Sunday. Trish has casually mentioned that this will be her last match and I think that it will be awesome to see her performing in front of a home crowd for the final time in her career.
- 6: Roman Reigns (6)
Roman’s booking the last couple of weeks has been bizarre. Last week, he had stage equipment and shelves fall on him and this week he is almost hit with a car. The attacker in both instances is unknown, but we do know that Rowan was at the scene of the car incident. I don’t know what this means going forward, but it may mean that Joe and Rowan are tied together somehow. Roman doesn’t have a match on Sunday as of today, but they may slide him in before Showtime.
- 5: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (NR)
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships were finally defended this week on RAW in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination tag match and the champs were eliminated first. I like the majority of wrestling fans thought that this would be a lock for the Kabuki Warriors, but to my surprised, the team of Bliss and Cross won the match and the titles. This match was very entertaining and I’m glad that they gave this match the airtime that it deserved. Bliss has won all women’s titles on the main roster and this is the first main roster title win for Cross. Hopefully they can give this title more attention, because they didn’t give The IIconics a sufficient opportunity to prove themselves as legitimate competitors.
- 4: Shane McMahon (NR)
THE BEST IN THE WOOOOOOOOOORLD is coming in at the 4th spot today and he looked very strong on Tuesday. He viciously attacked Kevin Owens on SmackDown and will look to end his career on Sunday. I think that this feud has run its course, but it has been pretty entertaining. I don’t expect Shane to be on next week’s list, but crazier things have happened.
- 3: Bray Wyatt (7)
Wyatt attacked HOFer Kurt Angle on Monday night while he was the special guest referee in a match between Cedric Alexander and Drew McIntyre. Wyatt also had another episode of Firefly Fun House this week. Wyatt and Bálor is the most intriguing match on the card on Sunday in my opinion and I’m interested to see what happens next for The Fiend. There is so much potential with this character, I hope they don’t ruin it.
- 2: Kofi Kingston (2)
I thought this was a very difficult week for rankings, but I decided to go with the top two champs in the WWE yet again this week. Kofi had a video package for Randy Orton this week and it was interesting enough to keep him in the Top 2. WWE has everyone beat in putting together video packages and this was another example of this. It feels like this feud has taken a backseat over the last couple of weeks, but it still is very interesting. I’m interested to see what happens on Sunday here.
- 1: Brock Lesnar (1)
I didn’t think Lesnar deserved the number one spot as much as he did last week, but it was a difficult week so I kept him here. He attacked Rollins again with a chair and hit him with multiple F-5’s yet again and Lesnar looks like he will deliver yet another beating on Sunday. I’d be shocked if this match isn’t the main event at SummerSlam and it should be an entertaining bout.