WWE Power Rankings, Week of 3/12/17

Welcome back to the weekly Get More Sports WWE Power Rankings, where we rank the top 25 WWE Superstars based on momentum, impact, and performance throughout the last week. This week wasn’t big on championship matches or big moments, but it helped build momentum for WrestleMania. With that in mind, how did it affect the rankings?

  1. AJ Styles (+4)
    When it comes to impact, this week is synonymous with AJ Styles. Styles attacked Shane McMahon backstage because he was screwed out of the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania, and he capped off the assault by sending the commissioner through a car window.
  2. Samoa Joe (+2)
    The Samoan Submission Machine got his first loss this week, but it was only by ignoring the referee’s instructions. Joe and Kevin Owens assaulted Chris Jericho and Sami Zayn instead of focusing on winning the match, which was more in line with their interests.
  3. Austin Aries (+8)
    Aries gets a huge jump up this week, and deservedly so. He defeated Ariya Daivari in his Monday Night Raw in-ring debut, and he won a Fatal Five Way Elimination Match on 205 Live to earn a Cruiserweight Championship match against Neville at WrestleMania.
  4. Triple H (-)
    The Game seems like he tries to stay behind the scenes as much as possible, but he made his presence known this week by treating Raw General Manager Mick Foley like garbage, then assaulting a recently injured Seth Rollins.
  5. Kevin Owens (+11)
    Kevin Owens beat up Chris Jericho, his WrestleMania opponent, to help him build momentum for their United States Championship match. Not much happened this week, so this gives him a big boost.
  6. Bobby Roode (-)
    Roode squared off this week against the returning Kassius Ohno, and they put on a great match. In his victory, Roode retained the NXT Championship to take it to the main event of TakeOver: Orlando against Shinsuke Nakamura.
  7. Braun Strowman (+14)
    There was only one thing Strowman did this week: blindside Roman Reigns on the entrance ramp. This was a shocking moment with a nasty tumble for Reigns, and it gives Strowman a rematch against Reigns next week.
  8. Mickie James (+15)
    The former Divas and Women’s Champion made a statement this week when she defeated her former friend and SmackDown Women’s Champion, Alexa Bliss, in non-title action. James will ride that wave of momentum into WrestleMania.
  9. Sasha Banks (-1)
    Banks is one of the only consistent Superstars over the past two weeks, and she keeps her spot in the Top 10 by getting a quick victory over Dana Brooke.
  10. Kassius Ohno (-)
    In his first NXT match in three years, Kassius Ohno gave Bobby Roode his all and almost came out the NXT Champion. Ohno made a great first impression to fans who might not have seen him in his first run with the company.
  11. Dana Brooke (-)
    While this should have happened several months ago, Brooke finally did something interesting by attacking her now former mentor, Charlotte. This helps give the division the variety it desperately needs.
  12. Bayley (-6)
    Bayley technically won her match against Nia Jax, but it was only because Jax didn’t listen to the referee’s five count in the corner.
  13. Nikki Cross (-)
    Cross made her in-ring return this week, where she made quick work of Macey Estrella. This was extra impressive when learning that Estrella has several years of experience in the Marines.
  14. Goldberg (-12)
    Since he holds the Universal Championship, Goldberg stays on the list. However, he didn’t do anything this week.
  15. TJ Perkins (+7)
    The former Cruiserweight Champion competed in another great match this week, and while he didn’t win, he made sure Brian Kendrick didn’t win either.
  16. Neville (-9)
    The King of the Cruiserweights also didn’t do anything this week other than a brief promo at the beginning of 205 Live.
  17. Becky Lynch (-)
    Lynch returns to the list after regaining some momentum this week in her victory against Natalya.
  18. Sheamus & Cesaro (-)
    While they were attacked at the end of their match, it led to the duo being put in a triple threat Raw Tag Team Championship match against Gallows and Anderson, as well as Enzo Amore & Big Cass.
  19. Seth Rollins (-)
    Rollins returned from injury this week, but he immediately got assaulted by Triple H. It’s a bit of a bittersweet week for The Architect.
  20. Chris Jericho (-19)
    Y2J did win his match this week, but like with Bayley, it was because his opponents purposefully broke the rules.
  21. Carmella (-)
    The Princess of Staten Island made sure she wasn’t forgotten by attacking Becky Lynch and Natalya on SmackDown, putting the division on notice.
  22. Brock Lesnar (-12)
    Brock Lesnar did a great job of standing in the ring while Paul Heyman cut a promo, which is what he normally does on Raw.
  23. Maryse (-)
    The former two-time Divas Champion cut a promo this week trying to out Nikki Bella as a liar. This was Maryse’s biggest talking segment since her return, and draws interest to the mixed tag match against John Cena and Nikki Bella.
  24. The Miz (+0)
    The Miz stays on the list for pretty much the same reasons as Maryse, except he was mainly insulting John Cena.
  25. The Usos (-)
    The SmackDown Tag Team Division actually had a televised match this week, unlike the last few. Also, Jimmy and Jey Uso scored a victory over the Tag Team Champions.
  • New to the Rankings This Week: The Usos, Maryse, Carmella, Seth Rollins, Sheamus & Cesaro, Triple H, Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross, Dana Brooke, Bobby Roode
  • Kicked off the Rankings: Gallows & Anderson, The Undertaker, Roman Reigns, John Cena, Ember Moon, Baron Corbin, Jack Gallagher, Alexa Bliss, TJ Perkins, Shinsuke Nakamura

About Travis Brinkley

Travis Brinkley is the Wrestling Contributor for Get More Sports who watches WWE and Lucha Underground. Occasionally, he will also write about sports video games.

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