2018 is off and running in WWE as we kicked off the Road to WrestleMania with the best Royal Rumble event in years. We had not one, but two fantastic Rumble matches which saw two internet darlings in Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka win their respective Royal Rumble matches. WWE has officially signed Ronda Rousey to a full-time contract, which is huge for the company and the women’s division. The Miz has returned from shooting the latest edition of the Marine and won back his Intercontinental championship. So lets get right into it!
- AJ Styles (Last Month -1)
The WWE Champion had a successful title defense against the duo of Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (Kami!) at the Royal Rumble. Now it appears the champ that runs the camp will be defending the title of them all at the grandest stage of them all at WrestleMania. There is one more SmackDown exclusive PPV in March (FastLane), but the expectation is Styles will retain his title at that event. Styles remains #1 as we kick off 2018, but there is some stiff competition right behind the phenomenal one.
- Braun Strowman (Last Month – 2)
He may not have won the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble, but The Monster Among Men is unquestionably the best thing going in WWE. He only comes in at #2 because he is yet to win a championship. That could end in the coming months as Braun will have an opportunity inside the Elimination Chamber to become the #1 contender for Brock Lesnar’s championship.
- Brock Lesnar (Last Month – 4)
The WWE Universal champion finally defended his championship for the first time in what feels like forever at the Royal Rumble. The beast pinned Kane to retain and now gets to rest up until the main event of WrestleMania. This could be the last legitimate run for Lesnar before he becomes even more of a part-timer so I guess we should try to enjoy it while it lasts.
- The Miz (Last Month – Not Ranked)
He’s back and that’s AWESOME! Not only is the most must see superstar of all-time back, but he has won back his Intercontinental Championship for his 8th reign. The Miz is one of the best characters and performers in WWE and I am very excited for that is to come on his road to WrestleMania.
- Roman Reigns (Last Month – 3)
He may have lost the Intercontinental Championship to The Miz, but the big dog is still, well the big dog. Reigns will now likely compete to enter the Elimination Chamber where he will be a heavy favorite to win that match and go on to challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania. It is impossible to drop Reigns out of the top 5.
- Asuka (Last Month – Not Ranked)
NOBODY WAS READY FOR ASUKA! The Empress of Tomorrow won the first ever women’s Royal Rumble match and will now go on to WrestleMania to challenge the champion of her choosing. Even though she only eliminated two competitors she eliminated the last one and that is all that matters. Asuka’s star is coming to its peak and she will shine at her first WrestleMania.
- Elias (Last Month – 17)
WHO WANTS TO WALK WITH ELIAS!?!?!?!?! We all do. What a stud. This guy continues to get better and better the more screen time he gets and he is yet to under deliver on any segment. Elias defeated Matt Hardy to qualify for the Elimination Chamber and will likely be a star of that match as well. Remember everyone, WWE stands for WALK WITH ELIAS!
- Shinsuke Nakamura (Last Month – Not Ranked)
The artist known as Shinsuke Nakamura won the 2018 men’s Royal Rumble after he eliminated Roman Reigns. Nakamura made his intention know immediately he wants AJ Styles and the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. That is a match we all wanted to see. I did not think he needed the championship, but WWE clearly does. Regardless, I look forward to that match at the show of shows.
- The Usos (Last Month – 5)
WELCOME TO THE USO PENITENTIARY! The Usos won both falls against Benjamin & Gable at the Royal Rumble to retain their SmackDown Tag Team Championships. Despite their dominance, The Usos slip a bit from last month but not out of their own doing. I look forward to the best tag team on the planet continuing their reign.
- Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (Last Month – 6)
“Kami” was unsuccessful in their opportunity to become the first ever co-WWE champions at the Royal Rumble. Sami Zayn then stole Tye Dillinger’s spot in the Rumble itself, but he was unsuccessful in his quest to earn a championship match at WrestleMania. These two continue to be a lot of fun on SmackDown Live and I am excited for what is to come for “Kami.”
- Finn Balor & The Balor Club (Last Month – 13)
The extraordinary man who does extraordinary things (man that is a mouthful) continues to be one of the most popular superstars in the company. Balor came in at #2 in the Royal Rumble match and lasted 57:38, which was good for the “iron man” title for 2018. Big things are coming Balor’s way, but we must continue to be patient.
- Rusev Day (Last Month – 9)
HAPPY RUSEV DAY EVERYONE! Speaking of being incredible over, Rusev & Aiden English come in at number 12. Rusev was the first man in the Rumble match, while English came in much later. Both men are studs and I enjoy every millisecond they are on screen.
- Charlotte (Last Month – 8)
The SmackDown women’s champion, well hasn’t done much lately since the Rumble happened. Yeah that’s about it.
- The Bar (Last Month – 10)
The now four-time RAW Tag Team champions come in at 14. They slip as well, but again not their fault. They bested Rollins & Jordan at the Royal Rumble and then proceeded to defeat Titus Worldwide on RAW. These two have become such a fantastic duo over the past year and deserve to once again be champions.
- Alexa Bliss (Last Month – 16)
Much like Charlotte, Little Miss Bliss hasn’t been up too much lately with the Royal Rumble festivities. Alexa did learn on RAW she will have to defend her RAW women’s championship in the first ever women’s Elimination Chamber match. I am excited for that one, but I do believe Bliss will drop her title in that match.
- Sasha Banks (Last Month – (Not Ranked)
I am now going to be referring to The Boss as the workhorse of the women’s division. She kicked off the Royal Rumble match and made it all the way to the Final 4. Banks is one of the WWE’s best performers in the ring and that is a big reason why they leaned on her all throughout that match. The next night on RAW the Boss challenged Asuka to a match, which was superb. Banks was not victorious, but rest assured Sasha Banks will continue to be a focal point as the women of WWE continue to break down barriers.
17. Bobby Roode (Last Month – Not Ranked)
The glorious one was victorious in a tournament which crowned him the new United States champion. Roode then proceeded to defeat Mojo Rawley on the pre-show of the Royal Rumble. Roode has absolutely lost major steam in recent months and is in desperate need of a heel turn to make him interesting again. I do not think that is coming soon however because of that entrance.
18. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin (Last Month – Not Ranked)
This tag team started off not so hot, but man did they go on a strong run the past month and a half. The heel turn was effective and their chemistry in and out of the ring has flourished. They did not beat The Usos at the Royal Rumble, but this team is still one of the better acts going right now.
19. The Revival (Last Month – Not Ranked)
SAY YEA! Dash & Dawson are finally healthy and getting some time on WWE TV. There is definitely a lot of work to be done to continue to get the audience accustomed to their old school style, but if they continue to get time in matches and on the mic everyone will definitely be saying YEA!
20. Ronda Rousey (Last Month – Not Ranked)
And at #20 comes in the newest signee to WWE. Rousey caused a huge stir when she made her WWE debut after the main event of the Royal Rumble and pointed to the WrestleMania sign. It will be a few weeks before Rousey is consistently involved in WWE as she finishes up shooting a movie, but there is no doubt Rousey will be a huge part of the Road to WrestleMania.
Fell from Rankings: Samoa Joe, Kane, Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Absolution, The Zo Train, Jinder Mahal, The Riott Squad