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.
Raw this week was a perfect example of everything that is great with WWE – mashed in with everything that is wrong with it.
You had fantastic matches in the first two hours, the women’s division was prominent and we got great promo segments, but you also had the land of the slow giants in the main event, injuries and pointless segments in a show that ran overtime.
Let’s get into the rankings.
- Mark Henry
Henry facing The New Day made logical sense after what happened a week beforehand and considering The New Day are having a segment with Edge & Christian at Fast Lane, this made for a watchable filler feud. Unfortunately, at some point during his match with Big E, Henry injured his ribs leading to an incredibly awkward finish with E dropping Henry down and pinning him. Henry’s career is approaching its end, but he deserves a grand exit. Hopefully he’s able to compete at WrestleMania in some capacity.
- Zack Ryder
Ryder versus Slater is the quintessential match for Main Event or Superstars and yet it found its way onto Monday night Raw. Ryder got a cool little dive spot in, but other than that this was just another loss for Ryder who’s probably close to next on the WWE contract chopping block.
Full credit to Paige who continues to show what a team player she is. In the early stages of the Divas Revolution, she put over everybody in sight and now she’s done the same for Summer Rae. While this was nothing more than a match to promote Total Divas and clearly the segment that should’ve been chopped given they ran overtime, the match, for what it was, was a fun contest.
- Kalisto, Sin Cara and Neville
This was a really average segment that didn’t really do anything for anyone. Kalisto is going to need to split from Sin Cara sooner or later and be a solo performer if his U.S Title reign is going to mean anything. That leaves Sin Cara in a fairly ordinary position on the card, but there are plenty of options for him at that point. One of them could even be teaming with Neville, someone who also can’t seem to get himself any screen time. Neville could be in the ten best wrestlers in the world and yet can’t get a regular go on Raw outside of being the sixth wheel in a tag match.
- Brie Bella and Charlotte
This segment had a lot of passion and a lot of energy, but unfortunately neither woman here had the promo skills to execute the segment. Brie Bella is very one dimensional on the microphone, with everything she says sounding like she’s reading from a script, and Charlotte can’t say anything serious without sounding like she’s yelling into the microphone. This feud also highlights everything that is wrong with the Bella’s. Brie is in this match because of her sister getting injured and because of her husband retiring and she’s using them to get herself over. She hasn’t earned any reaction from the crowd, she’s borrowing a pop from her retired husband and gaining sympathy from her injured sister. Their match at Fast Lane will be nothing special and if the result is anything other than Charlotte retaining, be it clean or through interference, then the WWE will have undone all the good work they’ve done with the women’s division in 2016. Brie Bella has not earned a championship and does not deserve to be the one to retire the Divas Championship.
- The League of Nations
Sheamus is one of the toughest people you will ever lay eyes on. There is no chance in hell he should’ve been out there wrestling, let alone taking suicide dive spots. His arm can’t have healed and even in a six man tag match, he stood out as someone who looked a step behind. They’ve already made this mistake by letting Barrett wrestle injured, but Sheamus should given time to let his body heal. As for Del Rio, his match with Kalisto has been confined to the pre-show, despite the stipulation, while the Divas tag team match and the awful six man tag match featuring the Wyatt’s remain on the main card. That should highlight how little people care for Del Rio. It’s a shame this Fast Lane United States Championship match isn’t against someone like Neville or Rusev who have shown better chemistry with Kalisto. Kalisto should retain against Del Rio and take the title into WrestleMania.
- Team BAD
Team BAD should have taken some momentum into Fast Lane considering they’re no chance of picking up a win unless one of Sasha or Becky turns on the other. Having Becky more or less beat both of them single handedly puts them right behind the eight ball. Along with Charlotte and Summer Rae, Naomi and Tamina are the only two heels on the women’s roster right now which should keep them in the mix of the division through to WrestleMania, but don’t expect them to have too large a role, if any.
- R-Truth and Goldust
I think R-Truth must’ve forgotten that he’s married. Who was he on a date with? He’ll have some explaining to do when he gets home, that’s for sure… Unless that was his wife… Google that one for me. These segments continue to be entertaining and these two will make a good team eventually.
- The Social Outcasts
Another win for The Outcasts, but it’s hard to see anything for them to actually do outside of beat jobbers. Where are they going, towards the Tag Team Championships? That might be hard while The New Day are champs as we rarely see big heel versus heel matches. A win over Zack Ryder doesn’t exactly give them much momentum either.
- The Wyatt Family
Bray needs a filler feud before moving onto Lesnar, but this taking down the titans thing just isn’t interesting. A solo feud with The Big Show or Ryback would’ve been more interesting than this as this is nothing more than a six man tag match that would be better placed on Smackdown. Bray versus Lesnar is barely holding my attention as it is and this is the clear pee break of Fast Lane… and it somehow headlined Raw. Vince McMahon having Show and Strowman in the main-event is the most Vince McMahon thing in the history of Vince McMahon things.
- Big Show, Ryback and Kane
How this was the main-event of Raw, I’ll never understand. This segment went on last to allow Kane to emerge through the ring – that is simply cringeworthy in 2016. If anything, this match should be the one on the pre-show as it’s is by far the least exciting on the card. Show and Ryback have hated each other for over a year now and all of a sudden they’re pals? Remember, at last year’s Fast Lane, Big Show and Kane teamed up AGAINST Ryback. None of this works and none of it is remotely interesting.
- Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks
This was a really strange segment. First, Becky beats Team BAD clean by herself – which isn’t too big a problem because Becky should be booked as better than Naomi and Tamina combined – but considering they’re going into a tag team bout on Sunday, it’s a little strange that the booking has been so one sided. Secondly, Sasha walking to the ring, taking her earrings off, walking all the way to the other side of the ring and then slowly getting into the ring while Naomi and Tamina retreat was either really poorly executed or just a strange way to end the segment. Tamina actually was able to get two more moves in on Becky while Sasha was making her way to the ring and then Sasha allowed them to retreat at their leisure. Expect Becky and Sasha to win comfortably at Fast Lane and the build towards the triple threat will begin.
- Summer Rae
Summer is not on the same level as Paige, Becky, Sasha or Charlotte as a performer, but she can more than hold her own against them. She’s an incredibly underrated talent overall. If given the opportunity to perfect her craft, she could be a very handy mid-card wrestler to go with her elite promo skills.
Stardust had an incredibly funny and interesting meeting with Stephen Amell at Dallas Comic Con which led to Stardust throwing water in Amell’s face, but they didn’t mention any of it on commentary! Amell and Cody have done a fantastic job of raising money for Drax Shadow, but it doesn’t seem to have been mentioned on WWE television at all. The five competitors in the Fatal 5-Way match were all some of the most talented wrestlers in the company and while the match could’ve gone a bit longer, it was good to see Stardust in a prominent match.
- Tyler Breeze
Breeze got an opportunity to show how good he is and he delivered. He executed the finish to the match perfectly and looked more than a match for the four veterans in the ring. It’s a shame they’ve all but given up on him, which was evident by the crowd’s lack of response for Tyler, but he still could be anything if the right work is put into building him up.
- Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler continues to do exactly what he has always done. He performs week in week out and while he won’t be in a prominent position on the WrestleMania card, his match with Owens at Fast Lane will be fantastic.
- Roman Reigns
Reigns again wasn’t overly prominent on Raw, but his promo with Heyman and the exchange that followed was fantastic. Heyman sold the main-event beautifully as only Heyman can and the tension between Reigns and Ambrose felt palpable. What isn’t coming across is a sense of desperation from Reigns. He’s had The Authority take everything from him time after time and yet it is Ambrose who we’re leaning towards because he wants it more and he is coming off as more of the underdog. Reigns is actually coming into this match as the person who will be cheered for least.
- The New Day
The New Day were at their best, as always, with the mic in hand – it’s just a shame Henry got injured during the match. The idea of having them in a talking segment with Edge and Christian at Fast Lane is brilliant. It helps promote their new show, lets The New Day do what they do best and means we get a funny an interesting segment rather than a match as there are really no babyface contenders in the division right now. This segment is perfectly set up for the debut of Enzo and Cass as well.
- Chris Jericho
Jericho in one segment showed how easy WWE commentary is. He put over AJ, he put over The Miz, he made the match feel important by highlighting Miz’ history and explained Styles’ backstory in an interesting and thought provoking manner. In all honesty, he made Byron Saxton sound dumb and made JBL sound even more like a cartoon character with how good he was on commentary. Making everyone wait until SmackDown makes SmackDown more important and is a veteran Jericho move. He has been outstanding since the Rumble.
- The Dudley Boyz
The Dudley Boyz are back. Forget everything they’ve done since SummerSlam, they are back. These are the Dudley’s that made them the most dominant tag team in WWE history. Their promo wasn’t much different to what they said on SmackDown, but it once again highlighted just how good Bubba is. Attacking Reigns and Ambrose and potentially aligning with Heyman is a really intriguing move. Credit to Michael Cole for playing up the potential of The Dudley’s working with Heyman or The Authority as they would make fantastic mercenaries for Triple H leading into WrestleMania.
- The Miz
The Miz will never get the credit he deserves for his 2016 so far. He would be in the top ten best performers of the year so far. He had a couple of great matches with Dolph before the Rumble, then he was fantastic in the Rumble match itself, then he absolutely nailed two or three Miz TV segments and now he’s put on two fantastic matches with Styles. While some may argue that Styles is carrying Miz, you can’t deny that Miz is hanging with the phenomenal one and has actually delivered two better matches with Styles than Jericho has. Credit has to go to Miz who is an absolute star and would make a great commentator one day.
- Dean Ambrose
Ambrose dropping the Intercontinental Championship makes him a legitimate threat to win on Sunday. While Reigns is, rightly, the odds on favorite for the match, the potential of the big swerve with Ambrose winning feels real going into Fast Lane. Unfortunately for Roman and the WWE, the majority of the crowd will be in Ambrose’s corner, knowing that Brock won’t win and knowing that they’d rather see Ambrose face The Game than Reigns. Reigns losing and going on to face The Undertaker would be a win-win for everyone.
- Kevin Owens
I don’t think anyone predicted Owens to walk out of Raw with the Intercontinental Championship, but it was a brilliant decision. Owens deserves to be prominent come Wrestlemania and deserves to take a championship into the event. Owens and Ziggler will have a great match at Fast Lane and expect Owens to face Styles, Jericho or both at WrestleMania for the title in what will be a match worth the hefty price of admission.
- AJ Styles
As already mentioned, Styles and Miz put on another fantastic match this week and that was backed up with Jericho doing a fantastic job on commentary. Styles has seamlessly transitioned to the WWE, putting on fantastic matches and it’s great to see the WWE treating him like the star he is. Expect him to beat Jericho and go on to face Owens at WrestleMania for the Intercontinental Championship.