By Josh Coulson @BristolBeadz
Just a simple week in WWE to break down for this week’s Power Rankings. No pay per views, no takeovers. It felt a little bit weird didn’t? Just Raw, SmackDown Live, NXT and 205 Live at the Superstars’ disposal to improve their standing in our top ten, and this how it finished up.
10. Dean Ambrose (NEW ENTRY)
Dean will defend his Intercontinental Championship against The Miz this Sunday at Extreme Rules. With the disqualification rule thrown in the odds are very much not in his favour. He got a little momentum on Raw this week though as he and The Hardy Boyz defeated his PPV opponent and Cesaro and Sheamus in six man tag team action.
9. Jinder Mahal (DOWN 8)
Our new WWE Champion was nowhere to be seen on SmackDown Live this week, at least not in person. We had to settle for a video package recapping The Maharaja’s celebrations from last week instead. Safe to say if he wants to stay in these rankings in seven days time he’s going to actually have to be in the building and live on Tuesday night.
8. Roderick Strong (NEW ENTRY)
Roderick Strong makes a deserved debut on our Power Rankings. In all fairness his Takeover win against Eric Young almost got him here, but not quite. That combined with his win over Sanity with the help of Kassius Ohno this week, now that definitely warrants a place. Strong didn’t really have a direction in NXT but this past month has certainly changed that.
7. The Hardy Boyz (DOWN 1)
I think Matt and Jeff may have been in more of these Power Rankings than any other Superstar. Another win for the veteran Tag Team Champions this week in six man action as they continue to get one over on their Extreme Rules opponents. Can they do it again inside a steel cage on Sunday, or will their luck finally run out?
6. Sami Zayn (DOWN 2)
I didn’t expect to see Sami Zayn after the post match beating he took from Baron Corbin last week, but The Underdog showed up in the nick of time to help Shinsuke Nakamura from a two on one beat down from Corbin and KO. That subsequently led to a tag match which between the four of them and Sami found himself on the winning side.
5. Pete Dunne (DOWN 2)
Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate put on one of the matches of the year at NXT Takeover. Well Dunne decided to stick around for this week’s NXT and had a pretty hard hitting match with Danny Burch. The new United Kingdom Champion managed to connect with the Bitter End eventually and continue to prove why he’s the best thing about the UK wrestling scene right now.
4. Dolph Ziggler (NEW ENTRY)
The Showoff faced off against AJ Styles in the main event of SmackDown Live this week, and I think the result shocked us all. Ziggler hit AJ with a Super Kick and picked up a win against The Phenomenal One. A clean win. No funny business, just a whole lot of momentum for Dolph as we move closer to Money in the Bank.
3. Roman Reigns (NEW ENTRY)
Raw boasted the fact that it had two main events this week, and the one of them that closed the show was Roman Reigns versus Seth Rollins. The pair know each other so well so it was always going to be a great match. In a not as shocking, but still a little surprising, climax it was Reigns who managed to connect with a spear and pick up a win over his former Shield brother.
2. Shinsuke Nakamura (UP 7)
How Nakamura is being used on SmackDown Live is still confusing me, but I’m starting to like it. His first two matches on Tuesday nights may have been tags but he has picked up decisive victories and pinned US Champion Kevin Owens in both. Next week The Artist will have to face The Prizefighter one on one, and you’d think a win there would warrant a future title shot and a place atop this list.
1. Samoa Joe (UP 6)
Match of the week this week goes to Raw’s other main event, Joe versus Bray versus Balor. Wyatt and Joe spent the majority of the match taking it in turns to whale on Finn, but not also holding back on each other. The winner of this would get some great momentum heading into Sunday’s Fatal 5 Way and it was The Destroyer who stood tall once the dust had settled. After Balor hit Wyatt with a Coup de Grace, Joe pounced and capitalised on it however after shoving Balor into the ring post.