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.
It’s been a while since we’ve had two excellent Raw’s back to back, but a sense of direction and purpose has energized the product since Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series is shaping up as one hell of an event.
Of course, there were a few weak spots, but overall this was one of the better shows of the year and there seems to be a shift more towards longer matches and better wrestling which always makes for a better show.
So let’s get straight into these rankings to see how the leader board will start to shape up with three weeks to go until Survivor Series.
Truth just released an album and is probably raking in a lot of money right now so he doesn’t necessarily need to be out there, but being used solely as a jobber isn’t going to get him any higher than bottom spot.
- The Miz
The Miz’s stock has fallen dramatically to the point where he is nothing more than an enhanced heel jobber. He is still entertaining, but he is currently going nowhere slowly.
- Alberto Del Rio
Did you hear that? No, no you didn’t, because what you heard was the crowd remembering why they didn’t care about Del Rio to begin with. The man is as good in the ring as anyone, but at the end of the day he is what he always has been, boring and that is already shining through. The United States Championship already feels like it has returned to its status as a prop. Del Rio needs a realistic challenger as soon as possible.
- Sheamus and King Barrett
I love the idea of these guys as a tag team, more because it gives them something to do while simultaneously keeping Sheamus out of the title picture. Think about it, Sheamus just LOST to Sin Cara. He ain’t going over Seth or Roman at Survivor Series… hopefully.
- The Cosmic Wasteland
[adinserter block=”1″]They didn’t actually do anything. Stardust sat in the crowd eating popcorn and looking through a spyglass, not a periscope, Michael Cole. What shined through was the difference between Alberto Del Rio and Cody Rhodes. Rhodes is stupidly entertaining no matter what he is doing and he stole the segment from the crowd. It’s time to move this Cesaro/Stardust feud along though. Have Stardust and The Ascension attack Cesaro on SmackDown.
- Tyler Breeze
Breeze continues to look strong which is a positive, but he hasn’t really been given anything to do on Raw as of yet. SmackDown is one thing, but we all know how few people actually watch SmackDown nowadays and so Prince Pretty is going to need some Raw spotlight in order to get the crowd reactions he is well and truly capable of getting.
Took a back seat this week which allowed the other women to step right up and steal the show. She had an outstanding backstage segment where her frustration with Paige was palpable. She’s out to prove that she’s more than just Ric Flair’s daughter and that’s the right angle for this feud and for her development as a character.
- Brie Bella
Brie performed decently tonight in all honesty. She didn’t try to do anything outside her talents and she sold the offence of the other three women quite well. Good for her. Nikki taking some time off is the best thing to happen to this women’s Revolution since Sasha Banks’ theme music hit on Raw for the first time. Nikki isn’t bad, but the spotlight moving away from The Bella’s is what the division needs.
The Big Guy, as I said last week, is treading water. He doesn’t have a title and he doesn’t have a feud and it’s shown in the last two weeks with Ryback teaming with the Dudley Boyz one week, teaming with Ambrose and Cesaro on SmackDown and then being a part of Roman’s team on Raw. Maybe Ryback should be the one to go after the United States Championship and Alberto? Just on the Dudley Boyz quickly, I’m glad they weren’t on Raw this week. If they haven’t got anything to do, don’t waste them. Save them up for one last big tables match at TLC.
- Bray Wyatt
I’ve decided to put Bray in the middle because I cannot for the life of me decide whether I liked his promo on Raw. I’ve seen people praising it as the coolest thing ever and people calling it lame and cheesy and I don’t know which to think. At the end of the day, it’s 2015 and kayfabe is well and truly dead which means the average wrestling fan probably cringes at something like that despite it really being an intriguing story angle. Someone taking the powers we’ve taken for granted from the Brothers of Destruction? It’s not bad and Bray’s delivery was as good as ever, but whether you think it’s good or bad, it’s all for naught if he loses at Survivor Series – which he will.
A nice little exhibition match for Cesaro. A win is a win and with the Cesaro section growing every day, expect his momentum to continue to increase. Don’t expect him to be pushed to the moon before WrestleMania though.
- Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks, at 23, already has more quality matches to her name than any WWE women’s wrestler ever and she added another one to that list tonight. Her chemistry with Becky Lynch is incredible and the two carried the match and showed what the women’s revolution should REALLY be about and that is wrestling. It’s amazing. You give us 3 months of awful promos and long, boring six person tag matches and no one cares. Then you give us ONE fatal 4-way match with three immensely talented women and the number one contendership at stake, a nice, simple storyline and the crowd start chanting this is awesome. It’s as easy as that. Just keep the good women’s wrestling coming.
- Dolph Ziggler
A good match for Ziggler who continues to be the best seller in the company. Owens went straight after the knee and Ziggler limped and hobbled like a pro, keeping him looking strong as the plucky babyface while making Owens look that much meaner. This eventual Ziggler versus Breeze match is going to be awesome. If I had to pick one person from the main roster to feud with Breeze, it would have been Ziggler. The two are so similar, it’s almost like a passing of the show-off-torch.
- The New Day
New Day awesome backstage segments and promos on the way to the ring are so commonplace now that you can just look forward to it every single week. They were legitimately rocking out to Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins’ theme songs while Xavier played the air guitar on the trombone. Tell me there is anyone more entertaining. Xavier being eliminated straight away was hilarious. They fall behind the other competitors in the match though for being the first three eliminated from their team.
- Dean Ambrose
It’s amazing that despite not actually having a feud of his own since Money in the Bank, Ambrose still gets consistently big pops from crowds. He is that guy that will forever be over as a babyface because he simply is Dean bleeping Ambrose. Brilliant that once again this match came down to the Shield boys and hopefully Ambrose pinning Owens leads to them going at it for the Intercontinental Championship. You know you want to see it.
- Roman Reigns
Reigns versus Rollins is going to be excellent and they need to continue to build this up as Reigns getting payback for not only WrestleMania but for the Shield break up. Remember, their scheduled one on one match at Night of Champions that was supposed to be about them settling their differences over the Shield split never happened with Reigns getting injured. This is their first pay-per-view one on one match between them and they need to build it up as such. As far as this week goes, Reigns did his thing, but he didn’t really stand out in the match so he’ll sit a little lower down the rankings this week.
- The Usos
The Usos were getting pretty stale before Jey’s injury, but I legitimately missed them during their time off. Their energy and speed always made for good matches and with The New Day running riot, a clash between the two would be perfect, but it shouldn’t be rushed. Let the Lucha Dragons get their shot at Survivor Series, give the Dudley Boyz one last match at TLC and then build The New Day versus The Usos for the Royal Rumble. Jimmy Uso will still go down as the best commentator of 2015, uce.
- Becky Lynch
[adinserter block=”2″]Finally, Becky got her spotlight. It has been three months and that was the first glimpse of what Lynch can do that we’ve seen on the main roster. She was probably the hottest thing going, male or female, in NXT when she was called up and she showed why with her incredibly exciting offence and many, many suplex variations. On top of that, her backstage segment finally allowed her to show off the charisma she has in abundance. Her time will come, she’s too good to be shunted aside or forgotten. Paige winning and pinning Becky was probably the smartest way to end the match. Hopefully we get some one on one action between the two soon.
- The Lucha Dragons
If treated as a credible threat, Kalisto could have one hell of a single’s run one day. Sin Cara can hold his own in this tag team, but it’s Kalisto who’s getting the crowd off their feet. The Dragons debuted after WrestleMania and they immediately got the crowd cheering for them, but they were soon pushed into the background without ever really getting a title shot. This was a great match and a massive upset that should catapult them straight into the title scene at Survivor Series.
- Seth Rollins
Seth attacking Dean and Roman with chairs was a great little nod to the past. Because, as Triple H mentioned on that fateful night, even when your team has been eliminated, there’s always a plan B. Seth came out of this Raw looking like a cocky heel who knows he’s going to need to pull something out of the bag to beat Reigns, which is exactly how it should be. Rollins versus Reigns needs to be booked exactly like any Edge versus Batista match. Yeah, Batista should always be booked stronger, but Edge is the one who walked out with the title more often than not.
- Kevin Owens
Owens adds another clean win over Dolph to his ever growing list of accomplishments. Dolph took a swing at Tyler Breeze who was innocently taking a selfie, that doesn’t count as a distraction whatsoever. Take your eye off the Intercontinental Champion at your own peril. He also looked great in the main event and I’m very curious to see if the follow up on Rollins owing Kevin Owens one.
Paige did brilliantly in this match. She manipulated the other three women perfectly, spending a large portion of the match waiting in the shadows. It’s brilliant heel booking that allowed Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch to get some spotlight while allowing Paige to swoop in and steal a victory and the number one contender spot. Paige not respecting Charlotte is the best way to go about booking this feud and credit to Charlotte for firing up in her backstage promo and putting the feud right over. It was a great night for the women’s division and a great night for Paige.
With this week’s rankings completed that brings us to overall scores. For those that haven’t read the previous rankings articles, the scoring works like this. R-Truth, for finishing at the bottom of the rankings gets one point. Paige, for finishing first, gets 22 points because there were 22 competitors on Raw this week. Everyone else scores in between Truth and Paige. If someone does not appear on Raw, for example, Neville, he gets a zero.
We are two weeks into this period’s rankings and it’s time to look at the top ten so far:
|1||Kevin Owens||21, 21||42|
|3||Roman Reigns||22, 16||38|
|4||Dolph Ziggler||20, 13||33|
|5||Seth Rollins||13, 20||33|
|6||Kofi Kingston*||15, 14||29|
|7||Big E||14, 14||28|
|8||Bray Wyatt||16, 10||26|
|9||Becky Lynch||5, 18||23|
|10||Alberto Del Rio||19, 3||22|
*labels defending rankings champion.
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