By Josh Coulson @BristolBeadz
Summer has begun and it seems like the pay per views are about to come thick and fast once again. While there wasn’t one this past Sunday, it was the go home week for Backlash this weekend as well as NXT Takeover: Chicago. While no NXT stars warranted a place among the Kayfabe Today WWE Power Rankings this week, plenty of SmackDown Live Superstars did and will have chance to continue their rise with a PPV Sunday night. Without further ago, let’s get underway.
10. Seth Rollins (NON MOVER)
Seth Rollins had somewhat of a blockbuster main event match on Raw this week, a first time ever against Bray Wyatt. A PPV worthy match that was thrown into disarray once again because Samoa Joe simply can’t stop himself from attacking The Architect. Another win for Rollins but a hollow one of course as it was via disqualification. What does Seth need to do to stop The Destroyer attacking him each and every week?
9. Samoa Joe (NEW ENTRY)
Speaking of watch, swiftly on to the Samoan Submission Machine. Joe may not have had a match this week per se, but his continued attacks and dominance over his rival Seth Rollins have finally warranted a place for him on our weekly rundown. There’s no end in sight for these two as the pair will not both enter the Extreme Rules’ Fatal 5 Way.
8. Sheamus and Cesaro (DOWN 4)
Sheamus and Cesaro are still the number one contenders for the Raw Tag Team Championships. Nothing can take that away from them. The Irish half of that pairing didn’t fair so well on Raw this week as he went one on one with Jeff Hardy. Despite the antics of Cesaro and then Matt Hardy outside the ring, Jeff managed to pick up a win and notch up one more in the Hardyz column.
7. The Hardy Boyz (NEW ENTRY)
So if Sheamus and Cesaro remain in the top ten, then of course their rivals the Hardyz need to be in it as well. As mentioned above, the younger of the veterans’ earned a win against Sheamus this past week on Raw. The Raw Tag Team Champions previously dropped out of the rankings following last week but make a welcome return thanks to that win.
6. Randy Orton (NEW ENTRY)
You can understand why Brock Lesnar doesn’t make this top ten due to his absence, but it’s worrying when he WWE Champion doesn’t make the cut on a regular basis. Well this week he does, and hopefully it’s a sign of things to come. Randy Orton did battle with Baron Corbin in SmackDown Live’s main event this past week and picked up an impressive win as he once again hit his signature RKO out of nowhere.
5. Breezango (UP 3)
The Fashion Police are getting much more of a push than I ever expected them to. Not only do they continue to have a regular segment viz their Fashion Files, but they’re picking up wins and gaining momentum. This week they defeated the Colon Brothers who came to Tuesday nights following the Superstar Shakeup. Me thinks that momentum will come to an abrupt end when they clash with The Usos at Backlash however.
4. Roman Reigns (NEW ENTRY)
The highest new entry in this week’s Power Rankings, Roman Reigns. His beat down of Braun Strowman last week really got Roman kick started again and this week on Raw he picked up an impressive win over Finn Balor on what was probably match of the week across all WWE television. Balor defeated Reigns before SummerSlam last year and now Roman has levelled the score. Rubber match anyone?
3. Bray Wyatt (NON MOVER)
Bray Wyatt continues to impress since his move to Monday nights. He’s still not quite doing enough to warrant breaking what is an extremely strong top two at the moment though. The Eater of Worlds featured in Raw’s main event in a first time ever match against Seth Rollins. As mentioned Samoa Joe stuck his nose in and brought an abrupt end to the match, but Bray was the one left standing tall. Wyatt delivered Sister Abigails to both his opponent and to his future Fatal 5 Way foe Samoa Joe.
2. Alexa Bliss (DOWN 1)
Alexa Bliss slips out of the number one spot this week. She put in a good showing on Raw, but she didn’t actually have a match. The Raw Women’s Champion and her upcoming contender Bayley clashed in the ring though and year again it was Bliss who got the better of her current rival. She put an exclamation mark on the segment by showing Bayley what’s in store for her at their Extreme Rules match in a little over two weeks time, hitting her in the back with a kendo stick.
1. Jinder Mahal (UP 1)
Number one contender to the WWE Championship, Jinder Mahal did more than enough to warrant swapping places with Alexa Bliss in the rankings this week. The Maharaja defeated The Phenomenal One, AJ Styles on this week’s SmackDown Live. Yes AJ may have been distracted by his Backlash opponent Kevin Owens, but take nothing away from Mahal who notched up yet another impressive scalp. He’ll need to work hard to keep hold of this top spot though. He faces Randy Orton for the WWE Championship this Sunday and if he doesn’t leave with the belt he’ll more than likely be slipping down this list.