Welcome to this week’s WWE Raw Rankings. Here I will rank every Superstar and Diva from worst to first based on their performances on this week’s edition of Monday night Raw.
This week’s show summed up WWE television over the last year. There was a lot of bad segments filled with underutilized or misused talent, but there was also some A grade booking mixed in.
One day they’ll get it all right – regardless, here are this week’s rankings:
- The Cosmic Wasteland and Tyler Breeze
Tyler Breeze has been on the main roster for less than three months and he has already been relegated to a full-time jobber. Last week, he even lost clean to Jack Swagger on SUPERSTARS. Breeze has worked harder to get to this point than just about everyone and seeing him squashed so quickly is pretty devastating. Cody is in the same position. He could be the single most talented guy on the roster and yet he’s stuck at the very bottom of the card. It’s a shame really. The Ascension need to go back to NXT full-time, simple as that – there’s just nothing for them on the main roster.
- Brie Bella and Alicia Fox
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: Women’s wrestling before NXT. This shambles of a three minute match featured EVERYTHING that was wrong with the women’s division before Triple H, Sarah Del Ray and The Four Horsewomen set fire to the place. It was a match simply there to advertise Total Divas, Paige returned, inexplicably turning face, Brie and Alicia competed, inexplicably turning heel, after TURNING FACE THIS MONTH and the match was over before you could say piss break. All I can say about this whole segment is thank you Triple H.
- Wade Barrett
Barrett returned to TV on SmackDown, but the man is clearly not cleared for action yet, staying far away from all action. Except when Rusev chopped him unexpectedly, that was hilarious. Honestly, Barrett would do well in a managerial role and maybe this is a chance for him to have a go at something like that.
- Natalya and Paige
It’s more or less the same as above with Natalya and Paige. The problem comes from the fact that both of these women are too good to be wasted on something like this. Natalya could be the best pure wrestler the WWE has ever had and Paige is more or less the face of the division. Yet here they are having their talents squandered as a commercial for Total Divas. Paige turning babyface here marks her fifth change since debuting 2014. I’d wager a bet and say she’s turned more times than anyone else in that time period. This is the worst of the five. There was just no reason for it. It made about as much sense as Divas wrestling did pre-NXT. Thank you Triple H.
- The Social Outcasts
Well, there you go. It took them three weeks but they’ve been buried. A four on one more or less and Big Show wiped the floor with them. What an opportunity to show how strong these guys are as a unit. Yes, they may not be any good individually (kayfabe), but as a unit they can take down the Big Show. Nope, they were knocked out in comedic style for no reason. These guys will be off entirely Raw by Fast Lane.
Kudos to Tamina here for hanging with Becky and putting on an acceptable match. She still can’t bump whatsoever, but this was an adequate performance. Obviously, the match was a side-show to the promo afterwards and Team Bad without the injured Sasha Banks is about as likely to succeed as the Social Outcasts are.
- Ryback and The Dudley Boyz
Ryback might as well be an honorary Dudley Boy at this point. He’s teamed with them so many times, all he needs is the glasses and the camo pants and he would probably look like a giant Bubba. Neither of these guys are really going anywhere and are serving as fodder to, rightly, build up the Wyatt Family for the Rumble. Expect them to be eliminated rather quickly in the Rumble Match. Apparently, Ryback got an incredibly loud ovation on the India tour and was one of the most popular guys on the roster – (un)fortunately fans over here aren’t quite as enthusiastic about the Big Guy.
- Mark Henry, Neville, R-Truth and Titus O’Neil
The hilarious part about this segment is the fact that while this segment really only existed to highlight a few guys before the Rumble, I’d be willing to bet that only Neville and one of O’Neil or Henry actually make into the match. This was pointless time filler that only served to make heels look sillier. Side-note: The fact that Titus can throw Breeze clean over Mark Henry’s head like that without trying is terrifying.
- Big Show
He’s on fire! Can anyone eliminate a seven foot, 400 pound giant from the Royal Rumble? No chance, Big Show is going to win, he’s too big. Did you see him take out FOUR men on Raw? He’s going to WrestleMania as the champ, nobody can stop him.
Rusev versus Roman Reigns should feel a lot more important than this dud did. It was a match of no significance with an obvious result and so there’s not much to say about it. Here’s a prediction for you, Rusev will be entrant number two in the Rumble Match.
- The Usos
The Usos are in limbo a bit at the moment. Yes, they have a title match at the Rumble, but it certainly feels like the time filler match of all the matches on the card and you’d assume The New Day will win via some kind of shenanigans and keep rolling on. The tag division will need some fresh faces after the Royal Rumble. It will be the perfect time to debut Enzo Amore and Colin Cassidy.
After being number one in last week’s rankings, WWE decided to hit the brakes on Kalisto’s momentum and send him back into the role of chasing the title – and I love it. Kalisto winning the title back at the Rumble, which I think he will, will skyrocket him up the card whereas the win on Raw did not. You know why? Because everyone is outraged about Kalisto dropping the title, what they’ve done is managed to get the fan base behind him, united in outrage and when Kalisto wins, they’ll all cheer because he won back the title that he should never have lost. Or I’m giving WWE too much credit and Del Rio will retain and Kalisto will go back to irrelevancy.
- Dean Ambrose
Ambrose and Owens are going to tear the house down at the Rumble. Expect the match to go on first to give them some time to prepare for the Rumble Match itself. Ambrose probably will retain, but at the same time, you could mount a good argument for Owens winning the title back. This is going to be a classic.
Ambrose and Owens going on first means one thing, Charlotte and Becky Lynch have to be put in the main-event slot before the Rumble Match. Unlike the Paige/Charlotte feud, they’ve earned it here. It’s been the best booked feud on the card and Charlotte is doing an outstanding job staying in this character that has developed since TLC. She thinks she’s above everyone, especially Becky, because she’s a Flair and she’s the champion. Having Ric snap rather than Charlotte was a great decision too. They need one last confrontation on SmackDown. A contract signing would be the way to go. I’d have Charlotte lay out Becky and standing tall. She needs to take the momentum into the Royal Rumble.
- Alberto Del Rio
As mentioned more times than I can count at this point, Del Rio should never be allowed to speak – ever. His promos are woeful and considering he’s part of a stable, just let Sheamus, Barrett and Rusev do the talking. I’m tipping Kalisto to regain the title at the Royal Rumble and Del Rio will be moved on to a different feud.
Sheamus will be in a good place after all this is said and done. He’s not going to be in the main-event, but he’ll be the top heel in the mid-card and that’s the best place for him. I can’t see Roman Reigns winning the Royal Rumble and if was to bet who’d be the one eliminating him, it’ll either be Triple H or this man right here.
- Chris Jericho
Jericho is rather flat right now. He has next to nothing to work with and the segment to start the show proved that. The crowd is apathetic towards him because they have no reason to cheer for him. However, he found his groove later in the night. His promo with Heyman was Jericho at his absolute best and a segment between Heyman and Jericho deserves to be the main-event of the night. Jericho won’t win the Rumble, but if he’s sticking around until WrestleMania, I hope they turn him heel and we get some vintage, 2008 Chris Jericho back.
- The New Day and Francesca
The New Day were at their best tonight. The funeral scene was hilarious and highlighted just how good Xavier Woods in particular is. Big E getting a singles win is good. He needs to be kept as strong as possible. Onwards and upwards for The New Day who should retain the titles. They need a big feud going into WrestleMania.
- Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch has had the best month of her career. This week, she cut an outstanding promo showing she’s becoming much more comfortable on the mic than she was even a few months ago. Becky is brilliant at expressions and making angles feel real and this was a great example where she went toe to toe with Ric freaking Flair and didn’t look out of place whatsoever. She also managed to drag a good performance out of Tamina, which is no easy task. Becky will, in all likelihood take the title at the Royal Rumble and hold it through to WrestleMania. Regardless of what else happens at the Rumble, it should be the feel good story of the night. Expect them to put on a top class match too.
- Brock Lesnar
It’s not often you see Brock get completely dominated, but this was one of those weeks where we got to see just how good this man is at taking a beating. He sold two spears as if he was Dolph Ziggler and then took the Wyatt beating very well. Not having Brock stand tall two weeks in a row was smart and it builds tension between Brock and Roman who have unfinished business. It looks more likely that Lesnar versus Roman will be the main-event of WrestleMania this year and after their performance last year, that’s absolutely fine with me.
- Roman Reigns
The number one entrant in the Royal Rumble match kicked off Raw tonight, calling out Brock Lesnar. I think the WWE have found a nice balance for Reigns, keeping his promos short, but giving him enough material to make segments interesting. If anything, it was Jericho and the League of Nations that let the opening segment down and not Roman.
- The Wyatt Family
The Wyatt Family contain three giants and a maniacal leader who’s taken on everyone from Cena to The Undertaker. They SHOULD be being booked as the absolute odds on favourites to win this Rumble and WWE nailed it this week. First by giving them a nice win over the Dudleyz and Ryback and then following it up by having them lay out Lesnar and Reigns. The Royal Rumble this year is all about stables with The League of Nations, the Social Outcasts, The New Day and The Wyatt’s all a part of the match. It is going to be very interesting to see who walks out strongest, but expect The Wyatt’s to dominate most of the Rumble match like they did tonight on Raw.
Who’s my pick to win the Rumble Match? Brock Lesnar, last eliminating Kevin Owens.