The Royal Rumble has come and gone as the first peg in WrestleMania season is now behind us. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble and will now “main event” WrestleMania. John Cena tied Ric Flair’s 16-time world championship reigns and Kevin Owens successfully defended his Universal Title. Neville and The Club also won their first championships in WWE and are now poised to control their respective divisions. Also a quick note, the three members of the Wyatt Family will once again be ranked separately.
The Royal Rumble is one of the WWE’s best events of the calendar year. It kicks off Wrestlemania season in style with one of the most exciting matches of the year (thanks, Pat Patterson).
But one of the things that makes the Royal Rumble so great is the surprise entrants that are usually sprinkled throughout.
No. 1 through N0. 29, there were no such surprises.
That’s why when No. 30 rolled around people were getting excited.
The lights go and the crowd rises to their feet
The Graveyard Symphony begins and flames start shooting up from the stage
The legendary Undertaker emerges on the stage and slowly saunters down the ramp. The hair on the back of your neck stands up, it’s the entrance you’ve been looking forward to all night long.
He walks up the ring steps, raises his hands and the lights turn on. He steps into the ring, removes his hat and coat.
Then you come crashing back to reality.
The Royal Rumble is approaching as RAW and SmackDown continue their roads to WrestleMania. Some big returns this week with more set to continue in the coming weeks are changing the landscape on both shows. SmackDown once again was by far the superior show and I even give some love to 205 Live this week. Continue reading JC’s Weekly Top 20 Power Rankings! (1/11/16)
The first week of the New Year continued the SmackDown dominance over RAW as the A-show in WWE. The fast-paced nature and you never know what will happen appeal makes it more enjoyable as a viewer. RAW did have two incredibly strong segments, but the rest of the show mostly fell flat. Let’s get into the rankings! Continue reading JC’s Weekly Top 20 Power Rankings! (1/4/16)
2016 is coming to a close. RAW finished with more of the same, while SmackDown had some shocking new champions and an incredible show to close the year. There are certainly a lot of young and exciting superstars who have found their way in 2016 and who appear poised to continue their ascent in 2017. Continue reading JC’s Weekly Top 20 Power Rankings! (12/28/16)
WWE Roadblock: End of the Line was predictable and a lackluster effort overall. One surprising return and some new champions did add some intrigue as we turned to RAW, which had some very strong segments, but SmackDown once again put out some phenomenal television although I am getting concerned about the constant title matches every week. Let’s get to the ranks! Continue reading JC’s Weekly Top 20 Power Rankings! (12/21/16)
Another strong week of WWE programming as both RAW and SmackDown were solid shows. Lots of new number one contenders, and some big title matches, as we prepare for yet another PPV on Sunday. This time it is RAW’s turn to take the Sunday spotlight at Roadblock: End of the Line.
TLC was a great way to start the week with two new champions crowned and a surprising turn in the main event! Quick note: The Wyatt Family will be ranked as one entity for the time being (this includes Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, and Luke Harper). I’ll be honest, I have enjoyed the past two weeks of WWE programming, and these rankings have been very difficult recently as a result. Continue reading JC’s Weekly Top 20 Power Rankings! (12/7/16)
A quick note before we get started: since Goldberg did not appear on WWE TV this week, and likely won’t for a while, he will be left off these rankings for the time being.
This was a fun week of wrestling with two solid matches to end RAW, another strong SmackDown, and the first ever 205 Live which saw a new Cruiserweight Champion crowned. Let’s get into it!