Welcome to this week’s WWE Raw Rankings. Here I will rank every Superstar from worst to first based on their performances on this week’s edition of Monday night Raw. This week’s show was another step in the right direction before the brand split with a few strong angles that are gathering momentum as we approach Battleground.
However, there were a few flat spots which is a worrying sign since soon they’ll have to fill all three hours of Raw with only half of the current roster.
Here are the rankings for Raw June 27.
- Summer Rae
Legend has it that Summer Rae is still in Tampa right now, waiting in the middle of the ring for her match with Becky Lynch to start.
The use of Kane to set up a title match was mildly entertaining and a good little segment. The use of Kane as the participant in that match was the biggest disappointment of the night. Unfortunately, when a title match with a surprise participant is announced, everyone gets their hopes up and when those hopes are let down so spectacularly, the match itself is completely forgotten about. Given the WWE were in Florida, the home of NXT, many people were hoping for someone like Finn Balor to answer the challenge. Even Cesaro would’ve been acceptable, but Kane, at 49-years-old, no thank you.
- Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus
This tag team match contained four of the most talented pro-wrestlers in the world and yet it was the least interesting thing on the show by a long way. The WWE mid-card isn’t great right now and these two are up there in terms of heels with the least momentum going into the brand split. Let’s just hope Del Rio turning on Sheamus doesn’t lead to any sort of feud because nobody wants to see that. Neither man should be a babyface either.
- Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady and the Social Outcasts
WWE have completely struck out with this one. Instead of giving us the potentially white-hot feud of Enzo and Cass versus The New Day, we’re left with two underwhelming feuds. Focusing on this, The Social Outcasts are well beneath Enzo and Cass who should be beating them as quickly as they handled those enhancement jobbers. This is clearly a case of WWE just buying time until the brand split.
- The Miz
Many people will disagree, but The Miz has done a fantastic job as Intercontinental Champion. He is the holder of the ‘work-rate’ championship that all the great technical wrestlers have held. The title that’s supposed to be defended regularly and in long matches… and he’s off shooting a movie with it. Normally, this would be cause for annoyance, but since this is clearly been deliberately done, it just makes Miz more hateable and getting people to hate him is something Miz is fantastic at. Now that he’s back, it’s for Cesaro to take the title from him and capitalize on the heel heat Miz has.
- Apollo Crews and Cesaro
Crews and Cesaro picked up a win in a tag team match that had zero implications and might as well have taken place at a house show. There isn’t anything to analyse here because nothing happened. Bank the win and on to the next show.
- The New Day and The Wyatt Family
Two weeks in and this feud still isn’t working. These two teams simply should not crossover. The silliness of The New Day detracts from The Wyatt Family’s aura and vice versa. On top of that, the Tag Team Championships feel like a prop and have had no significance in this feud whatsoever. Do the Wyatt’s want a title shot or are they just mad that New Day interrupted them? By far the most intriguing part of this is Xavier Woods who is seemingly afraid of Bray and his family. That’s the only part of this rivalry that’s clicked so far.
- Becky Lynch and Natalya
There were two women’s segments on Raw? Wow, that’s like a record or something. Natalya didn’t do a particularly great job of explaining why she turned on Becky, but we’re passed the point where we’re expecting much from Natalya on the microphone. The only thing carrying this so far is Lynch’s intensity and passion which makes everything she does feel real and important. She’s the Dean Ambrose of the women’s division in that regard. IF given the chance, these two could put on a show stealing match.
- Dana Brooke and Charlotte
There was nothing special about this tag team match, but it was well executed by every participant. It was smart to keep Charlotte and Sasha away from each other for the most part as they should be kept apart until their singles match. Charlotte has plateaued as a character and this feud with Sasha is seriously needed as dropping the championship might be the thing to make Charlotte more interesting as a character.
- Rusev and Titus O’Neil
In a similar vein to Lynch and Natalya, this feud needed some intensity and that’s what it got last week. This week needed to build from that and a count-out victory for Titus, on paper, doesn’t sound like a great follow up, but it was well orchestrated and both men brought a lot of heat to the match. It felt like the hard-hitting fight their Money in the Bank match should have been. Just keep it simple with these two from here.
- Paige and Sasha Banks
One of the only legitimate criticisms of women’s wrestling in the last few years is that it can sometimes lack smoothness, especially in transition from spot to spot. These two cannot be accused of that. They are probably the two best WWE-style women’s wrestlers on the main-roster and that showed in this tag team match with simply how well they worked it. With the brand split a few weeks away (and let’s hope they don’t destroy the division by splitting it), it’s hard to know if we’ll be getting Sasha Banks versus Charlotte at Battleground or whether it’ll be saved for SummerSlam, but for the time being, this dynamic of Paige and Sasha is working very well.
- John Cena
Whenever Seth Rollins and John Cena step into the ring together, you can expect gold. Their match at SummerSlam last year would have gone down as the best match of 2015, had it not been for John Stewart’s interference. Tonight was obviously never going to be on the same level as that, but it was another quality match with a finish that made perfect sense. Anyone who thought Cena and Styles were going to be added to the title match clearly doesn’t watch wrestling very often as both men costing each other their respective matches was about as obvious as can be. However, obvious does not equal bad as it was logical and effective in taking this Cena/Styles feud to the next level.
- AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
AJ Styles’ transition from new guy in town to one of the consistently strongest parts of the show has been incredible. He is now a genuine main-event talent and that was on display here. The crowd was right behind him in the opening segment and the duelling chants in his match with Ambrose showed the crowd was invested in the match, even if the result was obvious. Anderson and Gallows have unfortunately not fared as well and have become nothing more than Styles’ minions. They should be a serious tag team, going after the title belts, but instead they’ve been made to look pretty weak.
- Chris Jericho, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens
This was perfect and everything it needed to be. The passion was palpable from Sami Zayn and Owens’ defiance in believing he’s the victim was equally outstanding. Both men made clear points and the best part is the heel’s motives feel real and understandable. He’s not a comic book villain, he’s a real person fighting with someone who used to be his best friend. Jericho stole the show however and continues to thrive in this semi-comedic role. Only the gift of Jericho could temporarily reunite Zayn and Owens. Drink it in, man.
- Dean Ambrose
Having Steph McMahon actively trying to get the title off Ambrose is a good idea. She’s never liked him and this is a case of WWE booking logically and having her trying to bring him down. Ambrose being ‘crazy’ enough to be fine with three, four or five opponents is also quite funny and continues to flesh out his character as a champion. His match with Styles was as good as you’d expect and we got to see Dean flex his muscles and go beyond his usual arsenal of moves.
- Seth Rollins
When you pin John Cena and finish the show holding up the WWE Championship, you’re going to rank number one. Seth is as he is billed, the man. Think about it, in the space of a fortnight, he’s beaten Roman Reigns clean and pinned John Cena. He’s been booked so strongly that there’s no doubt he’ll be one of the premiere members of whichever brand he is drafted to.