Thursday, December 14, 2017

WWE Power Rankings, Week of 6/13/17

Welcome back to the weekly Get More Sports WWE Power Rankings, where we rank the top 25 WWE Superstars based on their impact, performance, and momentum. This past week saw a huge confrontation between Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe, an NXT Women’s Championship match, and the Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View.

  1. Jinder Mahal (+5)
    It’s one thing to defeat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, but it’s another to retain the title against the 15-year veteran. Thanks to the Singh Brothers attacking Orton’s father, Bob Orton, Jinder Mahal was able to recover in time to put the Viper away with the Khallas.
  2. Breezango (+3)
    Even though Breezango is out of the title picture, they are doing really well for themselves. After winning an 8-man tag in the opening of SmackDown Live, they “cracked the case” in the Fashion Files and defeated the Ascension at Money in the Bank.
  3. Carmella (-)
    The Princess of Staten Island went from 0-100 when it comes to momentum. Carmella won the first-ever Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but only because James Ellsworth ran up the ladder and grabbed it for her. Nevertheless, she is the first Ms. Money in the Bank.
  4. Samoa Joe (-3)
    Joe’s actions from two weeks ago led to Brock Lesnar appearing on Raw last week. Joe interrupted Paul Heyman’s promo and a brawl ensued between him and Lesnar, only for the Raw roster to pull them apart.
  5. The New Day (+4)
    After winning the 8-man tag on SmackDown with Breezango, The New Day defeated The Usos by count-out in their SmackDown Tag Team Championship match. Unfortunately for Big E, Xavier Woods, and Kofi Kingston, titles do not change hands in a count-out win.
  6. Sheamus & Cesaro (+4)
    In the main event of Raw, Sheamus and Cesaro defended their Raw Tag Team Championships against The Hardy Boyz in a 2 Out of 3 Falls Match, which ended in a draw. Like the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, the titles don’t change hands in this instance, so Sheamus and Cesaro retained.
  7. Cedric Alexander (+1)
    It seems like every week, Cedric Alexander is just piling on the victories. Alexander has picked up at least one victory each week since he returned, and last week he defeated Noam Dar on Raw and Ariya Daivari on 205 Live.
  8. Dean Ambrose (+6)
    The Lunatic Fringe continued his quest to get under the Miz’s skin at every opportunity last week. The Miz needed a partner for his match against Heath Slater and Rhyno, and it ended up being a guy in a bear suit. After Miz attacked the “bear,” Ambrose appeared in the same bear suit and cost Miz the match.
  9. Baron Corbin (-)
    Corbin made an impact before the Money in the Bank match even started when he attacked Shinsuke Nakamura. After Nakamura returned to the match, Corbin knocked him and AJ Styles off of a ladder, only to grab the Money in the Bank briefcase.
  10. Shinsuke Nakamura (-7)
    Speaking of the King of Strong Style, he put on a great performance in the ladder match even though he was only around for the tail end of it. Nakamura wiped out everybody when he got to the ring, and the fans were losing their minds at his confrontation with AJ Styles. Unfortunately for Nakamura, he came up short.
  11. Elias Samson (+2)
    The Drifter had a rematch against Dean Ambrose in the opening hour of Raw. Ambrose was distracted by The Miz for too long, almost getting himself counted out. When he entered the ring, Samson hit an inverted swinging neckbreaker for the win.
  12. AJ Styles (+3)
    Although AJ Styles didn’t win the Money in the Bank briefcase, his performance was probably the most memorable out of the six Superstars involved. He slammed Kevin Owens onto a ladder, got chokeslammed onto that same ladder, and hung high above the ring while holding onto the briefcase.
  13. Mike & Maria Kanellis (-)
    Maria Kanellis had been gone from WWE for seven years before returning at the Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View alongside her husband, Mike Kanellis (formerly Mike Bennett) by declaring their love for each other. It’ll be interesting to see their impact on SmackDown Live.
  14. Naomi (-)
    On SmackDown Live, Naomi picked up a solid victory over her former Team B.A.D. partner Tamina. Five days later, she successfully retained the SmackDown Women’s Championship against the debuting Lana.
  15. The Hype Bros (-)
    Sunday was the long-awaited return of Zack Ryder. After coming back from an injury, Ryder and Mojo Rawley picked up where they left off and worked well together to defeat the Colons.
  16. Akira Tozawa (-)
    After finishing his feud with The Brian Kendrick a few weeks ago, Akira Tozawa is back in action and ready to build momentum towards the Cruiserweight Championship. Tozawa is being sought after by the Titus Brand, and his stock value increased after defeating TJP.
  17. Asuka (-)
    The Empress of Tomorrow defended her NXT Women’s Championship against Ruby Riot and Nikki Cross. The match ended in a draw thanks to a brawl between Asuka and Cross, but the champion retained her title.
  18. Nikki Cross (-)
    Even though Asuka retained the NXT Women’s Championship, Nikki Cross was putting in the most work for that match. Cross was the one to eliminate Ruby Riot, and she is the reason that the match had to end in a no contest.
  19. The Usos (-)
    Jimmy and Jey Uso purposely lost their SmackDown Tag Team Championship match against The New Day by count-out, but what matters to them is that they retained the titles.
  20. Apollo Crews (-)
    After weeks of the Titus Brand losing to Kalisto, Apollo Crews finally picked up a victory over the former United States Champion. This could be the beginning of Crews getting on the right track.
  21. The Authors of Pain (-)
    The undefeated team of Akam and Rezar faced two wrestlers with no names and it went how anyone would expect. Rezar spent the whole match talking to Paul Ellering and Akam dominated both opponents by himself.
  22. Velveteen Dream (-)
    The Velveteen Dream faced the Cruiserweight Classic’s Raul Mendoza this week and he displayed an impressive amount of athleticism. He pulled out innovative moves before putting Mendoza away with a classic diving elbow drop.
  23. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (-)
    Last week was the first time that Enzo Amore and Big Cass competed together in a while, but since Big Cass was seriously hurt before the match even began, they had no choice. Gallows and Anderson won what was essentially a 2-on-1 handicap match against Amore.
  24. Heath Slater & Rhyno (-)
    Thanks to the man in the bear suit, Heath Slater and Rhyno picked up a win over The Miz, although it was only because of Dean Ambrose hitting both Miz and Slater with Dirty Deeds before dragging Slater for the pinfall.
  25. Charlotte (-)
    Outside of Carmella, Charlotte was the only Superstar in the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match to have picked up a victory this week. On SmackDown Live, she won a one-on-one match against Natalya.
  • New to the Rankings This Week: Charlotte, Heath Slater & Rhyno, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, Velveteen Dream, The Authors of Pain, Apollo Crews, The Usos, Nikki Cross, Asuka, Akira Tozawa, The Hype Bros, Naomi, Mike & Maria Kanellis, Baron Corbin, Carmella
  • Kicked off the Rankings:

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.

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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