WWE Power Rankings: Week of September 6th
One more week until Clash of Champions and things are getting pretty deep into storyline. Last week was more of a showing of the King of the Ring matches and other solid matches, but this week solidified some feuds and created interest for the upcoming PPV. The biggest takeaway this week was the strong feature of the women’s titles. It will be interesting to see what happens next Sunday regarding those matches. The King of the Ring should remain interesting as the tournament closes in the next week. My pick to win is still in and I expect him to still be the favorite. Here are my predictions for this week.
- 10: Samoa Joe/Ricochet (NR, 8)
These two had a great match this week, but I thought the ending was not so great. Joe and Ricochet will move on to the RAW final of the King of the Ring tournament next week. As far as future booking goes, this was the right way to go though. The Triple Threat next week should be thought of as a top match next week. I expect a lot of promos on both shows next week because of the upcoming PPV, but we’ll see.
- 9: Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville (NR, NR)
Rose and Deville secured a huge win over the Women’s Tag Team Champions on SmackDown. I could see another match involving them next Sunday, but nothing is official yet. Rose and Deville have remained a solid team, although I legitimately thought that they would split earlier in the year. They could be the next Tag Team champs and at this point, they deserve it.
- 8: Baron Corbin (6)
The future King Corbin had a very impressive matchup with Cedric Alexander this week on RAW and he is moving on to the next round. Instead of facing one superstar next week he will face Ricochet and Samoa Joe on RAW and he was understandably upset. I think this will be used to build him up and make him look like a future wrestling king heading into Clash of Champions.
- 7: Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins (1, NR)
These two still had a big role on RAW, but I thought it wasn’t really meaningful. I don’t really like the way they are planning this feud, if you call it that. This clearly is a ploy to get more interest in Strowman going into the PPV, because he will be in front of a home crowd. The whole ‘friends’ fighting for the Universal Championship and also defending the tag team titles on the same night is just weird to me. Hopefully things change next week.
- 6: Randy Orton (2)
Orton had a very strong week, but only lands at number 6 this week. Orton’s presence in the WWE title picture fits like Peanut Butter and Jelly. I expect Kofi to get the better of him next week to even the playing field, but I still think Orton has a great shot at taking the title. The Viper is still showcasing that he can be the top heel in the company and we may see more of him in the next little while if he captures the title next Sunday.
- 5: Chad Gable (NR)
With his first appearance in the Power Rankings this year, Chad Gable comes in at number 5 this week. He looked impressive against Andrade this week and their two styles meshed perfectly on Tuesday night. Every time Andrade is on TV, it is a great match, but speaking of Gable, he moves on to the SmackDown final of the King of the Ring tournament. He will face Elias and at this point, depending on what happens in the RAW final, I think he has a legitimate shot of advancing one more round.
- 4: Rowan (NR)
Rowan was the last one on top in the main event segment of SmackDown this week. After announcing that he is facing Roman Reigns next week at Clash of Champions, Rowan made a huge impact by attacking Reigns and Daniel Bryan. This appears that the acquaintanceship of Bryan and Rowan is coming to an end, but I fully expect Roman to win next Sunday and go on to have a rather long feud with Bryan.
- 3: Bray Wyatt (NR)
Bray Wyatt only appeared this week during a segment on RAW involving the Firefly Fun House, but man was it awesome. This was possibly his best episode to date. He announced that he will face the Universal Champion at Hell in a Cell next month. There should be a lot of build heading into the future match and whomever he faces, it should be an outstanding main event. The Fiend is without a doubt, the best character in the WWE and featuring him in a Hell in a Cell match is perfect. I think him facing Rollins makes more sense to me at the moment, but we could revisit some Wyatt Family tensions next month. By the way, the WWE 2K20 video game will be released two weeks after the PPV and Wyatt is going to be featured heavily in the game. It could be a little foreshadowing on WWE’s part.
- 2: Sasha Banks (9)
After a fairly disappointing week last week, Sasha was pretty strong on both RAW and SmackDown. She had a strong promo on RAW and her teaming back up with Bayley on both shows put her in the Top 2 discussion. I still think Becky Lynch is the favorite going into their match next Sunday, but Sasha still has a very decent chance to pick up the win.
- 1: Bayley (4)
Bayley finally turned heel, kinda. The Hugger made a huge impact on RAW in the main event segment of the program. Sasha was attacking Becky Lynch at the end of RAW, but Bayley grabbed Sasha’s chair and started attacking Lynch also. She made a very strong impact on Monday, but personally, I thought she was pretty weak on Tuesday night. I felt like they could’ve went full heel turn with her, but I was disappointed. Currently she is the favorite going into Clash of Champions, but I still think she drops the title next Sunday.