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 felt very much like a filler show on the road to WrestleMania.
Everything about it seemed to be done to set up something else between now and WrestleMania and while that’s not a bad principal, it made for a rather average show all-round.
There were three separate Authority promo’s which meant other segments times’ were slashed and that hurt the show.
There weren’t many standout performances so let’s get into the ratings.
- Adam Rose
The Social Outcasts took another beating this week, this time at the hands of Ryback. Rose sold Ryback’s offence like a pro, but unfortunately was nothing more than a means of showing Ryback’s new aggressive side. Rose is the best of the four Social Outcasts and could be so much more if taken seriously. WWE can’t make this same mistake with Tyler Breeze.
- The Miz and Dolph Ziggler
What even happened here? These two had an argument on last week’s pre-show so they settle it seven days later in a 65 second match? This segment should’ve been saved for SmackDown because it was a total waste of time. For a show that struggles to fill three hours they certainly rush segments. The time this match got should’ve either been given to the Divas number one contenders match or to the main-event because it was pointless.
- Brie Bella
Brie Bella has returned to her rightful place on the card which is taking losses to far more talented women. Having said that, I am very intrigued with where they’re going with her and Lana. More on that later, but Brie telling ANYONE that their boyfriend needs to shave is a tiny bit ironic.
- R-Truth and Goldust
These segments have (mostly) been good, but it’s time to just get this tag team started. What they should do is have one more segment on SmackDown with Truth looking for but being unable to find Goldust. From there, they should be off WWE television until the night after WrestleMania.
- Kevin Owens
Owens seems to be stuck in limbo right now. They clearly have WrestleMania plans for him, but his most probable opponents in AJ Styles and Chris Jericho are in the middle of their own thing which leaves Owens with a filler feud for the time being. Owens and Show is a fresh match up, but let them actually go at it. This cutesy similar count out finish thing was a poor choice to get the ball rolling here.
- The Usos and The Dudley Boyz
This feud was rather interesting for about a fortnight, but hasn’t actually progressed whatsoever since then. They’ve had two singles matches, but the story hasn’t progressed at all. There’s really nothing to add until they do. This should end with a Tag Team Tables Match on the WrestleMania pre-show.
- The Lucha Dragons
Sin Cara is holding Kalisto back. Split these guys up and gave Kalisto a U.S. Championship reign that actually means something. Until then, these guys are, like a lot of the roster, in a feud-free limbo.
Naomi has a new finisher. She no longer does the splits in mid-air and hits people in the face with her butt. This is a much, much needed improvement. She can keep the move, but it better not get her another three count ever again.
- Big Show
The Big Show is simply a filler feud for Owens as we get closer to WrestleMania. They issue here is that there are too many filler segments on Raw and that makes the show as a whole not worth watching. We’re less than five weeks from WrestleMania and more than half the card is still up in the air.
- Vince McMahon and The Undertaker
The Undertaker’s entrance was roughly four minutes longer than the amount of time he spent speaking. There are still several weeks for them to flesh this story out, but the impatient part of me wanted Taker to explain why he’s agreeing to fight for Vince right here and now. Unfortunately, all we got was an incredibly badass, but incredibly short threat. This feud is too interesting for them to stuff it up with a lousy storyline so I’m happy for them to take their time.
Lana confronting Brie and Brie taking a shot at her for never stepped in a ring before was one of the most intriguing moments of the night. I don’t know if Lana can wrestle or if she’s even had any training, but hey, she can’t be any worse than Brie! The possibilities here are very interesting. Let’s see where this goes.
- Rusev and Sheamus
Firstly, Rusev’s Maserati is a beautiful car. I was almost hoping Kalisto would body slam him and take the car. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, you clearly don’t have Twitter because Maggle Cole and the commentators barely mentioned Rusev’s suplex competition which was reasonably interesting and seemingly scrapped. This was a good win for the League of Nations’ two members who should be challenging for the Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania, assuming that’s the feud they’re going with.
Ryback is two weeks into this heel turn, but he is thriving. The change in attitude is being reflected in everything he does and the turn is realistic. He hasn’t gone from a smiley babyface to a crowd hating killing machine. The change has been a subtle change in mind set and it’s worked brilliantly. Good for you, Big Guy.
- The New Day
The New Day have to take the titles into WrestleMania at this point, they’ve earned that right by being consistently entertaining for close to 10 months now. Their match with Y2AJ in Chicago next week should be fantastic, but whether it’s The League of Nations (yawn) or Enzo and Cass (hooray) they deserve a fantastic entrance and to come in as champions.
- Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks
Becky and Sasha were not given enough time considering what was at stake. Yes, they did a great job with the time they were given, delivering a fast pace, action packed match, but it deserves to be a 15 minute chess match. Unlike when they fought earlier in the year and were given 15 minutes, which was too long with nothing at stake, this was the time do so. They have the chance to redeem that on SmackDown this week where these two will face off again. This match, in a perfect world, SHOULD MAIN-EVENT SMACKDOWN and end with Charlotte interfering and setting up the triple threat that we all want. Even the Raw crowd was split down the middle in cheering for both of this girls and even chanted for a triple threat post-match.
- Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio worked an excellent match with Ambrose. The story told was of a babyface who was clearly injured fighting against a heel who wanted to hurt him and take advantage of his injuries. When Alberto feels like it, he can be one of the best storytelling wrestlers in the company. He just hides it behind far too many layers of boringness for people to realize.
- AJ Styles and Chris Jericho
The team now known as Y2AJ is an interesting, but hopefully short term mix. Both of these guys are too good as singles stars to be used in the tag team division and their match with The New Day next week should end with Jericho turning on Styles and costing him his first title in the WWE. From there, this should lead to a triple threat with these two and Owens for the Intercontinental Championship. Maybe throw Ziggler or Miz in and make it a Fatal 4-Way.
- Stephanie McMahon
Stephanie’s segment screamed of time filler, but was one of the better promos you’ll ever hear. Everything she said made sense to the point where it almost seems like she should be the person we’re rooting for here. Stephanie is the queen of promos and she made this segment gold that’ll be brilliant for the promo package when they’re putting this match together. Part of me was hoping either Linda McMahon or Ronda Rousey would make an appearance!
- Dean Ambrose
This story with Ambrose and Triple H was almost a clone of what happened with Roman last week. The only difference is the crowd booed when Triple H was beating on Ambrose, like they should, whereas the crowd cheered when he took out Reigns. Ambrose’s promo at the start of the show was a little long, but it highlighted just how popular he is and the fact that we’re getting him and Triple H in a title match whatsoever is going to be awesome. Don’t kid yourselves though, Triple H will retain and Ambrose will go on to face Lesnar in an entirely separate feud.
- Triple H
For the second straight week, Triple H has reminded us just how good he is at everything he does. Yes, he hasn’t defended his title or even competed since the Rumble, but he’s making a fantastic champion and while this is another filler feud with Ambrose, it’s one I’m very excited to see play out. His match with Roman at WrestleMania will steal the show because nobody is expecting it to.