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.
Fresh off an amazing Royal Rumble pay-per-view, the WWE needed to keep the momentum rolling on the road to WrestleMania and despite a few average segments and questionable booking decisions, they more or less did.
Here are this week’s rankings:
- Natalya, Paige, Brie Bella and Alicia Fox
This was another totally pointless Total Divas segment that I’m not going to waste words on.
Kane and Bray simply had the filler match of the night, but there are few matches that promise more boredom than this one. At this stage, Kane deserves a send-off at WrestleMania, because with the depth in the roster right now and the guys to come back from injury, it’s hard to see him having a spot on the roster. Of course, someone like Kane would be invaluable to the company from an educational point of view so far be it from me to tell him what to do.
- The Miz
Miz emerging from the limo was a genius move and kicked off what was a brilliant segment. The Miz has absolutely nailed this Hollywood thing and he’s always fun when he’s on screen. His match with Kalisto was a match to simply showcase the new champion and there was nothing special to it.
- Goldust and R-Truth
The tag team division needs new depth and a comedy tandem of Truth and Goldust would be highly entertaining. I’m glad they’re going with Golden Truth rather than Truth Dust because the latter sounds a little fishy.
- The Dudley Boyz
The Dudley Boyz’ are hard to get a read on. The WWE has absolutely nothing for the veterans, but they don’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. In a normal year, they would’ve won the Tag Team Championships soon after returning, but the momentum of The New Day was something we haven’t seen in the tag team division in a very long time and so it’s left the Dudley’s with more or less no place on the roster. We’ll see where they go post-WrestleMania.
- The Social Outcasts
As entertaining as Bo and Slater can be, I still think they’re lacking the x-factor to get over with the crowd and that x-factor would be Sandow. Funnily enough, Sandow can also rap so he’d have been perfect for tonight’s segment. Having said that, Bo Rida was great and it just goes to show you how talented WWE Superstars are when you see them take down a professional like that.
- Sheamus and Rusev
I wish Rusev had brought that TV monitor from the Royal Rumble out with him. He should now carry that everywhere. Where did Alberto Del Rio and Wade Barrett go after the match? They just vanished and left Rusev to be put through the table. It might be time for these two to have a crack at the Tag Team Championships. Yes a heel versus heel match would be odd, but the crowd will cheer for The New Day regardless.
- The Usos
The Usos have been pretty stagnant for a while now and need something to stay fresh. Obviously, it made perfect sense for them to be worked into the segment with The Rock tonight but going forward, they can’t continue as they are without receiving reactions like they did at the Rumble. Whether they could pull off a heel turn, I don’t know, but something needs to change.
- Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler and Owens have great chemistry together and hopefully they get the chance to put on a match of substantial length one day. This match was simply there to get some momentum behind Owens after losing last night and when you need to get someone over, there’s no one better at doing that than Dolph.
- The Wyatt Family
The prospect of Bray Wyatt versus Brock Lesnar is honestly underwhelming. Braun Strowman vs Lesnar would be downright terrible, so forget that, but outside of some killer promo work between Bray and Heyman, the match itself would be incredibly average. In fact, the best possible scenario would be Lesnar versus Luke Harper. Make it no holds barred and they would probably actually steal the show.
It’ll be interesting to see how Kalisto goes as champion. Putting the title on him was the right call, but it’s always interesting to see how guys go once they make the transition from challenger to champion, especially underdogs. I hope he brings back the Open Challenges. Big wins and a chance to show the crowd what he can do outside of the box will get him right over.
- Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch
Despite a weird ending, Becky and Charlotte did a brilliant job in the spotlight at the Rumble. They were given the main-event single’s slot, they got a promo and proper championship introductions. Tonight, Becky and Sasha were simply there so that Charlotte could get some more heat, but it’s good to see the women’s division with great characters and a great feud going into WrestleMania. There were rumours that Sasha was injured, but thankfully that’s not the case. From here, they should have Charlotte versus Sasha at Fast Lane, with Charlotte cheating to retain again and then the big triple threat match at WrestleMania.
- Chris Jericho
Did we see the beginnings of a Jericho heel turn? He did shake AJ’s hand, but in both his entrance and after the match, the 2008 Jericho heel mannerisms started to shine through. Jericho seemed a step behind Styles in the ring, but you can probably put that down to the fact they’ve never wrestled before. It was also Jericho’s first proper match since returning.
Charlotte is thriving in this heel role. From here, the best thing they can do is have Charlotte aim to take the championship into WrestleMania. That should be her motivation. Therefore she should not want to defend the title and she should continue to attack Lynch and Banks from behind. She should get one more victory through cheating at Fast Lane before getting the Triple Threat at WrestleMania.
- Kevin Owens
Owens has a lot of options heading into WrestleMania. Whether it’s a match with AJ Styles, Sami Zayn or maybe even The Undertaker, it looks as though he’s going to get quite the showcase – and as he damn well should. Owens continues to be one of the most consistently entertaining parts of the show and deserves a big match at WrestleMania.
- The New Day
As soon as The Rock came out, I was hoping it would be these guys that interrupted him. As great as The New Day have been, going toe to toe with The Rock on the mic is a task not many can pull off, but they nailed it. It won’t happen, but if The Rock is to wrestle at WrestleMania, a six man tag with him and The Usos against The New Day would be interesting.
- Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns
It’s almost like the WWE know that Roman really isn’t that great of a babyface. All you have to do is look at Ambrose last night. As soon as Roman was eliminated, fans weren’t upset about Reigns being eliminated, they went nuts because Ambrose was in the final two. Now they’re going with a triple threat at Fast Lane with Reigns, Ambrose and Lesnar. Despite how random adding Brock to the match seems, this could be one of the best matches of the year. The prospect of Ambrose and Lesnar in the same ring is just plain awesome. Obviously The Wyatt Family will probably take Brock out, but it’ll still be an amazing match up. Unfortunately it means the Intercontinental Championship gets a little lost in the whirlwind, but I think Ambrose will have a big WrestleMania match revolving around it.
- AJ Styles
It’s almost surreal including him in these rankings. Styles made his Raw debut in a high profile match against Chris Jericho. While the match wasn’t the smoothest match ever, it did its job of highlighting what Styles can do and it got a big win under his belt. The idea to keep him from hitting the Styles Clash is smart too. It just builds the pop for when he eventually does nail it. Next week, they should have him face either Neville or Tyler Breeze so he can work someone younger and quicker than Jericho. As long as they continue to treat Styles like a massive signing, they’re on track to create a top superstar.
- The Rock
The Rock popped into Miami to casually remind us that he is the greatest sports entertainer of all time and that nobody comes close. From the moment his pickup truck rolled in, everything went up a gear. That entire backstage segment from Big Show to Lana to baiting the crowd from the curtain was brilliant and it just got better once The New Day showed up. We still don’t know what he’ll be doing at WrestleMania, it’ll probably be similar to Hogan’s role for WrestleMania 30, but knowing that Rock is around just adds more buzz to the show.