WWE Power Rankings: Week of September 12th
On the go-home episodes of SmackDown and RAW, things were established and stories were built even further. In my opinion, RAW was a little better this week, but SmackDown had some good moments. It was cool to see Stone Cold back on TV on Monday night and Undertaker’s appearance on Tuesday night was interesting, but I thought that it didn’t really serve a purpose. I am excited to be attending Clash of Champions on Sunday and it will be the first PPV event that I have ever attended. It should be a great show with a lot of great matches and that mostly because they had sufficient build on Monday and Tuesday nights over the last few weeks. Here are my Rankings this week.
- 10: Natalya (NR)
Natalya comes in at number 10 this week after having a stronger week than last week. She has been feuding with Lacey Evans over the last couple weeks, but has really failed to gain any traction. The match this week was decent between the two and Natalya won the match. This is also Natalya’s first appearance on the Rankings in nearly two months.
- 9: Rey Mysterio (NR)
Booyaka, booyaka, Rey Mysterio is in the house. He and Gran Metalik put on a show on Monday night. Mysterio pulled out the win and it appears that it may be to push something for the future in terms of a possible retirement. The match didn’t serve a purpose, but it was a fun showcase of two cruiserweight competitors. I don’t know what’s next for Mysterio, but I will keep an eye on him.
- 8: Cedric Alexander (NR)
Alexander is back in the Top 10 after a big Monday night. I really think that I may have underrated him this week, but I think there is a good possibility he will be higher this time next week. He earned a shot at the United States Championship at Clash of Champions on Monday after coming up big in the main event of RAW. He picked up a pinfall victory over AJ Styles in the 10-man Tag match. I think he has a legitimate shot at picking up his first main roster title on Sunday. He is from Charlotte, which happens to be the location of the PPV.
- 7: Rowan (4)
Rowan showed up big again this week, but lost 3 spots. I feel bad for this, but there were more important stories to rank ahead. Rowan showcased his mic skill and honestly didn’t do a bad job, but this was more about his actions more than his words. Roman was beaten by Rowan pretty badly, but the crowd was chanting Roman’s name. That is complete music to ears of those backstage.
- 6: Viking Raiders (NR)
I feel like I probably ranked these guys a little high, but their impact was meaningful on Monday night. I like that we are getting to see these guys featured a good bit, because they are one of the most talented tag teams in the company. I think they have a tag team title reign in their near future.
- 5: Charlotte Flair/ Becky Lynch (NR, NR)
It feels like a long time since Becky Lynch has been in the Top 5, but this week, she shares it with her former foe, Charlotte Flair. These two teamed together and defeated Sasha Banks and Bayley on RAW. This was the match of the night, in my opinion, although there were some mixed reviews of the match. I think these two will emerge victorious on Sunday and will be remain at the top of the women’s division.
- 4: Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins (7)
I still think this angle is very strange, but their presence is felt on RAW. I can’t see this match not being the main event on Sunday. Stone Cold was involved in their storyline and it was a great touch, although, I personally felt like they should’ve had more heat between the two superstars. I think it will be a solid match and I’m expecting Rollins to retain, even though Strowman is going to be in front of his home crowd.
- 3: Kofi Kingston (NR)
Randy Orton has gotten the better of Kofi for the previous few weeks, but this week it was a different story. This feud has been 10 years in the making and after Randy Orton having the momentum over the last few weeks, I think the momentum has shifted back into Kofi’s favor. I feel like that has been the case with most of his opponents, but we’ll see what happens on Sunday.
- 2: Baron Corbin (8)
The top 2 spots this weeks are reserved for those that will be in the King of the Ring final. Baron Corbin moved on after defeating Samoa Joe and Ricochet on RAW. Before the tournament started, I thought Baron Corbin was the odds-on favorite to become new WWE royalty, but it could be a reality on Sunday.
- 1: Chad Gable (5)
Gable had a huge week and it landed him at number 1 this week. Never in a million years did I think Gable would be a number one, but it goes to show anything can happen in WWE. Gable has a ton of talent, but he has never seen the push necessary to showcase his talent. He faced Shane McMahon in the SmackDown final after Elias was pulled from the match. I knew once McMahon put himself in the match that Gable was moving on. It worked in terms of getting sufficient heat for the match, but McMahon and Corbin facing each other in the final doesn’t make sense. I still think Corbin is the favorite to win the tourney, but WWE has put over a lot of underdog babyfaces in the last year. We’ll see what happens.