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.
The Raw Rankings are back and with the all-important Money in the Bank pay-per-view around the corner, let’s have a look at how the WWE performed this week.
- Jack Swagger
Swagger was the home town guy tonight on Raw and he got a small pop for his appearance. Unfortunately, we’ve seen Rusev versus Jack Swagger that many times, that there’s nothing left to see. The idea of Rusev facing O’Neil is iffy for some fans, but throwing Swagger in the mix really leaves Rusev look like a part of the undercard. At least use Kalisto if you’re going to make it a triple threat match.
- Charlotte and Dana Brooke
The women’s division is currently in the worst state it’s been in for a long time, and it’s not the roster’s fault. Tonight was another example of a nothing segment, featuring Charlotte’s feud with Natalya which has dragged on two months too long. Adding Dana Brooke, who isn’t ready for the NXT Women’s title picture let alone the main rosters, was a disaster and now the probability is that we’re going to get a tag team match at Money in the Bank which would be an absolute waste of time.
- Golden Truth
The slow build of Golden Truth continues, but they’re being completely cast in the shadow of Breezango who are far more entertaining. This segment was one of those cringe worthy ones where you hope people who don’t like wrestling aren’t in the room. We’ll have to wait and see if Golden Truth ever get near the title picture, but you wouldn’t think it’d be any time in the near future.
- Becky Lynch and Natalya
Natalya needs to be allowed to do what she does best, and that’s wrestle. She’s had two pay-per-views ruined by interference when the best thing to do would’ve just been to let Charlotte beat her clean and now we’re looking at the prospect of a third match and all the heat has gone out of this feud. They should’ve cut their losses after the terrible Extreme Rules booking and moved on. Instead, they’ve roped Becky in and turned this into a tag feud. Just let the women wrestle, please.
Tyler Breeze and Fandango are two naturally entertaining people and while they probably won’t be given much opportunity in the tag team division, it’s good to see them getting some screen time. The back shaving scene was very well done. Of course, this is well beneath someone of Breeze’s talents, but at this stage, we’ll take anything with him.
- Titus O’Neil
Titus has never really had a single’s title feud before so this is a good chance to see what he is capable of. Just keep Swagger out of it and let Rusev and O’Neil have a couple of hard-hitting, strong matches. Rusev should keep the title, but they should be given a chance to put on a quality match. No shenanigans, let’s just see what they can do.
- The Vaudevillains
The Vaudevillains trying to re-injure Enzo was a great little inclusion to the match, but can you imagine if they actually succeeded? That would’ve been awkward. Now we have a rather interesting looking fatal 4-way match up and while this is probably the team that is just there to make up the numbers, it’ll be a fascinating match with a realistic chance for the other three teams to leave with the titles.
Rusev has beaten Swagger clean that many times that he probably wanted to vary things up and take a count out win. This is the picture definition of beating a dead horse and Rusev deserves a more interesting title run than beating Swagger on successive SmackDown’s and Raw’s. Lana getting her entrance music and introducing Rusev again makes him seem like a bigger deal, but they actually have to book him in the same vein to achieve that.
- Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady
These two might have just come up to the main roster at the wrong time. Their popularity is soaring, but it would make more sense to put the titles on The Club rather than Enzo and Cass and that means they might get lost in the shuffle. As long as they keep doing what makes them so popular, they should be fine. Just don’t split them up.
- Sami Zayn
Zayn probably came out of tonight’s show looking the weakest of the six men. Del Rio beat him clean in a rather short match and that’s off the back of Zayn taking a loss to Jericho recently too. Del Rio has absolutely no momentum and is simply making up the numbers in this match and a win for Sami would’ve been a credibility building win, but instead he takes another loss on the road to Money in the Bank.
- Chris Jericho
Jericho was at his best tonight. Claiming he won the sixth Money in the Bank Ladder Match was probably a slip up that he ended up having to run with, but his improvisation with Owens and Sami was hilarious. One day, we’ll find this match that took place in Apple that Jericho speaks of. He also put Cesaro over clean in a match that actually gives Cesaro some strong credibility going into the pay-per-view. Who knew? Imagine giving a babyface a win over a credible heel and that face being more popular because of it? Watch Cesaro lose clean to Jericho on Raw next week to even things out.
- Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio may have beaten Sami, but he was easily the weakest on the mic, coming across as a generic 1980’s villain in a ring filled with real people. On top of that, his finisher remains the dumbest move in the WWE and probably on par with the Cobra if we’re ranking it among the all-time worsts. Him winning the briefcase would be the worst decision WWE could possibly make.
- The New Day
A serious New Day is a good New Day. Their antics are fun and entertaining, but watching them take a breath and have a serious match was refreshing. You forget just how good they all are as individual performers sometimes. Big E is a freak of an athlete, Kofi Kingston showed against Styles on SmackDown that he can still put on amazing singles matches and Xavier Woods was electric here. His charisma was off the charts, his Street Fighter move set is super entertaining and who knew he had flips in him too!
- Kevin Owens
Owens is the odds-on favourite to leave Vegas as Mr Money in the Bank and it was a strange situation on Raw with both guys deserving a clean victory which meant someone had to take the fall. Going with Ambrose was the smart move because he can take that into his Ambrose Asylum next week (we’ll talk about that later!). Owens is the WWE’s MVP right now. He never has a bad match and has never had a boring segment. He just needs the gold to go with it.
- Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
Gallows and Anderson seem to finally be being treated like the dominant tag team they should’ve been all along. As Styles’ muscle, they’ll be at their best and they should serve as the main heels of the tag team division across the summer. It would be a smart move to put the titles on them at Money in the Bank without having them pin New Day. They might wait until SummerSlam, but this Gallows/Anderson vs New Day feud should carry the division for a while.
- Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns
Seth Rollins returned to Raw two weeks ago to the biggest ovation a superstar has gotten all year, by far. Two weeks later, he’s not even on the show! In two weeks, WWE have turned their biggest star heel, made him look like a coward, and now not even given him a chance to appear on the show. Digressing, these hype packages were interesting because they made Seth look like the underdog who fought for everything he’s gotten and is fighting back from tragedy to claim what he never lost and made Roman look like an arrogant guy who thinks Seth isn’t capable of beating him. If you made a non-wrestling fan watch those video packages and then ask them to tell you which one the bad guy was, they would, without a doubt, say Roman. The Ambrose Asylum segment for next week looks incredibly interesting however. That is the perfect go-home segment for this feud.
- Dean Ambrose
Speaking of Dean, he’s got quite a bit of momentum coming into Money in the Bank. He’s got successive wins over Jericho, he’s pinned Owens two weeks in a row on Raw and since WrestleMania, has won far more matches than he’s lost. Outside of Owens, he’s the clear favourite for the match and I hope they touch on him winning in his segment with Roman and Seth next week. Imagine Ambrose winning the briefcase, cashing in on Roman or Seth and us getting a triple threat match at SummerSlam for the title. It’s the only thing that would be better than Kevin Owens winning the briefcase.
- AJ Styles
Styles today had one of the toughest tasks in pro-wrestling, going toe-to-toe with Cena on the mic. We’ve seen how this can make superstars look like a tier below the main-event (Rusev), and we’ve seen superstars who can elevate themselves against Cena on the mic and become main-event-level guys (CM Punk & Kevin Owens). Styles, didn’t quite reach the levels of Punk and Owens, but he didn’t struggle either. You could tell both men went off script and you’d say Cena won the battle, but Styles getting personal was exactly the edge this feud needed. It’ll be interesting to see where they go next week.
As already mentioned, Cesaro came out of Raw looking better than anyone else. A clean, submission win over Jericho makes Cesaro look like the star he is. If Ambrose and Owens don’t win (and Bray doesn’t get added to the match next week), then Cesaro is the clear number three favourite. Along with Sami, that makes four (possibly five) guys in the ladder match who would all make fantastic winners. This is shaping up as one of the most anticipated matches of the year.
- John Cena
Speaking of highly anticipated, the match Cena and AJ will produce will be a thing of beauty and Cena has re-entered the WWE with a surge of momentum. The fans that once avidly booed him clearly missed him and Cena is probably more over than he’s ever been. There is such an interesting and real dynamic to this feud and WWE need to just let these two men do their thing and, as has been the trend of this whole article, LET THEM WRESTLE.