Tough to be too inspired after this week of wrestling as there seemed to be a lot of filler. RAW had its worst show in weeks and SmackDown did little as we build towards Backlash. There were some strong performances however, so let’s get to the rankings.
- Jinder Mahal (Last Week – 5)
Yes, this is a real thing and not a work. Jinder Mahal deserves to be the top dog this week in my rankings. The don’t hinder Jinder movement is a distant memory now, as the Maharaja pinned the WWE champion Randy Orton in the main event of SmackDown Live. I want him to be WWE champion.
- Sheamus & Cesaro (Last Week – 15)
What a week for Shesaro as they steam rolled through the entire RAW tag team division on their way to once again becoming the #1 contenders for the RAW Tag Team championships. The new attitude has been a success and I am digging everything Shesaro right now.
- Kevin Owens (Last Week – 3)
The new face of America is set to square off with AJ Styles at Backlash. The main event players for the blue brand were all lumped together this week to let the mid card shine a bit more this week. Owens is a stud and his match with Styles should be a spectacle.
- AJ Styles (Last Week – 4)
The face that runs the place was awesome in that main event per usual as he prepares for his match with Kevin Owens at Backlash. Styles is a stud.
- Braun Strowman (Last Week – 1)
The monster among men may have had the line of the night when he said he was going to crush Kalisto “like a beer can,” but it was all downhill from there for Braun. Roman Reigns returned and “injured” Strowman as it appears he will be off TV for a while. We all lose in this scenario.
- Alexa Bliss (Last Week – 2)
Little Miss Bliss had me rolling with laughter during her entrance on RAW when she denied a fan a high-five. It’s the little things that draw me to her character and why she has become can’t miss TV for me. In the ring, she did not have her best match against Mickie James. It was surprisingly sloppy and lackluster. Regardless, the intrigue in Bliss is still an all-time high for me right now.
- Randy Orton (Last Week – 10)
The WWE champion kicked off SmackDown Live and was interrupted by his Backlash opponent Jinder Mahal. Orton took the pin fall versus Mahal and could officially see his reign as champion ending soon.
- Roman Reigns (Last Week – 12)
THE guy returned to RAW this week and got his revenge on Braun Strowman. Not sure what the immediate future holds for Reigns with Braun likely out of the picture for a while.
- The Miz (Last Week – 6)
In what was the focal point of a strange RAW, The Miz became co-GM for the night alongside his nemesis Dean Ambrose. The Miz faced Finn Balor in singles action in what was a solid match as well.
- Bray Wyatt (Last Week – 7)
The eater of world’s main evented RAW this week and picked up the win against Dean Ambrose. Bray needs to keep picking up wins and I hope they ramp up this feud with Finn Balor soon.
- Dean Ambrose (Last Week – 8)
The Intercontinental champion was once again the focal point of RAW alongside his #1 contender The Miz. The co-GM things was a bit strange to me, but it was a unique way to make this feud the centerpiece of the show yet again. I am surprised this title match is taking place next week on RAW.
- The Hardy Boyz (Last Week – 9)
The RAW Tag Team champions watched Shesaro bulldoze their way through the entire division to once again become the No. 1 contenders. We are still in wait and see mode if the BROKEN gimmick will be coming to WWE in its entirety.
- Breezango (Last Week – Not Ranked)
The Fashion Files were great once again and the payoff with the Ascension grunting in the closet was the highlight of the week (see below). Breezango then defeated that duo later in the night and had their first standoff with their opponents at Backlash, The Usos. These guys are taking full advantage of their spotlight.
- Dolph Ziggler (Last Week – Not Ranked)
I thought Ziggler’s promo on SmackDown this week was very strong. He delivered it masterfully and it did get me invested in his match with Nakamura at Backlash. I’m in on this feud big time now.
- Shinsuke Nakamura (Last Week – Not Ranked)
The artist known as Shinsuke Nakamura has yet to wrestle on the main roster, but he did get physical with Dolph Ziggler this week. As mentioned above, I am very excited for this feud to culminate at Backlash now.
- Finn Balor (Last Week – 13)
The Demon King (not to be confused with the Demon Kane) was in action against The Miz on RAW and picked up the win when Dean Ambrose restarted the match after The Miz tried to walk away.
- Baron Corbin (Last Week – Not Ranked)
The lone wolf returned from his suspension this week and was part of the 6-man tag match main event on SmackDown. Corbin was great in the match and has his sights set on Sami Zayn as Backlash.
- Neville (Last Week – 17)
The King of the Cruiserweights was on commentary for RAW this week and told his protégée TJ Perkins he would get a title shot if he beat Jack Gallagher. Perkins was victorious and I think we are headed for a triple threat match at Extreme Rules.
- Becky Lynch, Naomi, & Charlotte (Last Week – 16)
This trio has a lot of star-power and talent, but this storyline is very meh. The most intriguing part for me is when it goes horribly, horribly wrong. Let’s hope that happens sooner rather than later.
- The Usos (Last Week – Not Ranked)
The SmackDown Tag Team champions returned to television this week and cut a “12 days” promo on Breezango after their match. My main takeaway here is they successfully engrained it in my mind that Backlash is in 12 days and that counts for something.
Fell from Rankings: Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, The Welcoming Committee
Video of the week is the Fashion Files featuring The Ascension grunting in a closet. You’re welcome.