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 was up and down with some great developments in some areas and some sloppy segments elsewhere.
Regardless, it’s time to rank all 18 superstars that appeared as we get closer to the Royal Rumble.
- Brie Bella and Alicia Fox
Brie and Fox were more or less props this week, out there simply to get to the fight between Becky and Charlotte. However, with news breaking that both Paige and Sasha Banks are injured, expect these two to be getting a lot more TV time in the short term. It’s time for the WWE to bring Natalya back into the fold.
I’m not really sure what’s going on with Ryback. The Social Outcasts were in the middle of a legitimate match, an opportunity, in kayfabe, that those four men would’ve been dreaming about and Ryback storms the ring and disqualifies the match. Not a very babyface thing to do. Not to mention, what was his plan if the Social Outcasts didn’t help? Was he going to take the Wyatt Family by himself?
This probably needs to be the end of the feud between O’Neil and Stardust. Unfortunately, all it has done is hurt Stardust and not elevate O’Neil. Cody deserves so much better than this and should be one of the top guys on the roster right now with all the injuries.
- The Social Outcasts
So they’re a babyface group now? I don’t quite get how that works. Their whole premise is perfect for a heel group. What I think has happened is the WWE have realized how imbalanced their roster is and adding another four mid-card heels would make booking the Rumble impossible. There’d be something like 18 heels and 12 faces.
- Chris Jericho
I love Jericho and always will, but this return has flopped. In theory, throwing Jericho and New Day together is gold, but they have no material to work with. There’s nothing between them to make a feud out of. The best thing to do here is simply ride out the next few weeks to the Rumble, because it’s probably too late to do something drastic like turning Jericho heel or starting a feud with someone else. We all know we’re getting Jericho and The Usos versus The New Day next week on Raw. You can absolutely lock that in.
- The New Day
As mentioned above, the lack of material for Jericho and New Day to work with has really flattened this feud out. For the sake of filling out a three hour card, you assume we’re going to get The Usos versus New Day for the Tag Team Championships, so might as well actually build that up rather than continuing down this path with Jericho.
- The Wyatt Family
It wasn’t a busy week for the Wyatt’s but their intentions are clear and the path is set. They’re one of the few parts of WWE right now that are moving in a clear direction. Bray Wyatt wants to win the Rumble Match and he has three giants that want to help him. Bray must be made to look like one of the biggest threats in this match. He should actually close Raw next week, standing tall with his family. That would send the message that he might actually win this thing. Finally, where did the Wyatt Family go in the main event? They were out there and then when Lesnar appeared they were gone?
- Titus O’Neil
Another clean win for Titus, unfortunately I don’t think it’s really improving his position on the card. His finisher is one of the coolest on the roster, if that counts for anything. Hopefully he gets a good showing in the Rumble.
Hey, the Divas just had a four minute segment, why isn’t everyone up in arms? Because good storytelling trumps time and that’s what the WWE missed back when this ‘Revolution’ started. We were getting 12 minute six Diva tag matches that nobody cared about so the momentum the women had slowly dissipated. Now, this was the perfect segment for this feud and Charlotte more or less feigning an injury and not competing is the perfect move for her character.
- The Usos
Standard win to set up a number one contendership for the Tag Team Championships. This segment didn’t really click and the match that followed is certainly not the caliber of match we’ll see these teams put on when the titles are on the line.
- Becky Lynch
Becky’s character development since Survivor Series has been incredible. She’s gone from an eccentric, friendly girl who’s happy to be a part of things to a focused, legitimate number one contender. It’s amazing what can be done with such a simple storyline. You take two best friends, one of them wins a title, it goes to their head and they become a different person. The champion turns on her friend when she starts to look like a threat and the challenger feels betrayed, but focused on taking what’s most important to the champion. It needs to culminate at the Royal Rumble and I think they’re going to nail this feud.
Unfortunately, we knew this match was going to end in a count out from the second the camera panned to the referee who was counting. It’s little sloppy mistakes like that which give away endings to informed fans. We’re stuck in that period between TLC and the Rumble where a lot of people don’t have feuds with the Rumble Match coming up and that means a lot of matches like this which people can’t invest in, because they don’t mean anything.
- Dean Ambrose
Ambrose’s feud with Owens is the best thing on the roster right now, but now it’s time for them to have a talking segment. We’ve seen them beat the crap out of each other for months, now it’s time to flesh out the rivalry with a contract signing or one simply calling out the other.
- Alberto Del Rio
Stunningly dropped his title out of nowhere in what was a very good match. Where they go from here will be interesting, but I get the feeling the WWE have realized they made a mistake pushing Del Rio to the moon. He still can’t cut promos and he still can’t get fans to care about him. Great decision having him drop the title.
- Roman Reigns
The One versus All match might as well have just been a one on one match as Roman didn’t actually defeat anybody! If you think about it, Owens actually finished Raw looking stronger, having not been defeated by Roman at all. Reigns and Owens put on a good match, but unfortunately with no real stakes and no chance of Roman winning, it was hard to get invested. A battle royal with the winner getting the number 30 spot, but if Roman loses he gets the number one spot would’ve been far more entertaining. Just have Lesnar come out late and win the thing.
- Kevin Owens
As already mentioned, Owens finished Raw looking better than the champion and also took out Ambrose. All in all, it was a good night for Owens who has a lot on his plate going into the Royal Rumble. Hopefully, Lesnar suplexing him is the start of something.
- Brock Lesnar
Lesnar did what Brock does best. He absolutely destroyed everyone and everything in his path including The New Day, The League of Nations, Kevin Owens – everyone… Except The Wyatt Family who disappeared. Lesnar taking out Roman was the best part because it signaled that he wasn’t there to save the day, he was there to send a message to the champion. Consider that message delivered. Brock Lesnar is winning the Royal Rumble barring some massive swerve.
I love it when Dirt Sheets are wrong; all the reports that WWE were not going to push Kalisto because of his height and a few weeks later, he’s the United States Champion. Extremely happy for Kalisto who seems like a genuinely humble and nice guy on top of being one of the most talented wrestlers on the roster. The sky’s the limit for Kalisto if the WWE get behind him.