Each week, we will break down the current roster and examine who has gone up the WWE hierarchy and who has unfortunately taken a step down the ladder. Factoring in things such as wins and losses, suspensions, injuries, making a name for one's self, being humiliated, and more, who is at the top of the food chain and who needs to make up some ground next week?
The list kicks off with Big E, who at the moment would be feeling good if he makes a televised appearance. It has been a sheer drop off the cliff for the former Intercontinental Champion, but at least his match with Rusev didn’t disappoint. Their hard-hitting, powerhouse styles meshed well together, but Big E suffered an unsurprising defeat.
Aligning herself with the warped Paige has done wonders for Alicia Fox’s television time. The athletic but unstable Fox performed well in a tag team match on RAW against AJ Lee and Layla, but ended up taking the pinfall loss. Her time on SmackDown was slightly less painful, as she and Paige laid out Divas Champion AJ.
If Total Divas is anything to believe (and don’t by the way), Natalya’s personal life has been an utter disaster. But, she is able to take some solace in a victory on RAW in a six-diva tag team match featuring her other reality stars. But, she watched her loving husband Tyson Kidd suffer defeat on Main Event due to her unintended distraction.
The Authority’s favorite demon has settled into his role of veteran enhancement talent very comfortably. He may not be as sprightly as he used to be, but he can still get the job done in the right circumstances, and his name still carries weight. After playing a thug in the RAW main event, he suffered defeat to Dean Ambrose on SmackDown due to Seth Rollins’ interference.
Layla may not be reaching the same heights as she did two or three years ago, but she is still one of the best divas in the ring. She picked up a victory on RAW, even if she did abandon partner AJ Lee in the process before suffering the wrath of the crazy champion. But, her luck ran out on SmackDown when AJ completed her revenge by making the Brit tap out.
R-Truth doesn’t get onto television much nowadays, unless of course he is playing somebody’s double. But, the veteran got a rare victory on Main Event this week, capitalizing on the marital strife between Tyson Kidd and Natalya to score the win over the Dungeon survivor.
Naomi is consistently proving to be one of the most athletic divas in recent memory with her performances. She was part of the winning team in the Total Divas fracas on RAW, and put in a solid performance against Nikki Bella on SmackDown. Unfortunately, that good work on the Blue Brand was rewarded only with defeat.
The Real American has been in and out of action the last few weeks, which are endangering the strongest run in his career. However, Swagger was given a huge task on Monday night with a match against Mr. Money in the Bank, Seth Rollins. He was more than up to the task though, putting on a strong match that sadly ended in a loss, followed by an unwarranted RKO post-match from Randy Orton.
The British crumpet had an easy week physically, only appearing in one match on RAW where she spent the majority of it on the apron. That match was lost to AJ Lee and Layla, with all the work done by her longstanding championship rival. But, she had a happier SmackDown, as she left the champion in a crumpled heap after attacking AJ post-match with the Ram-Paige, sending a message before their next encounter.
After a few weeks of feuding with the various midcard champions, Cesaro had a less manic week, with only a performance on Main Event to his name. But, it was an impressive performance against Justin Gabriel that continued to confirm his unparalleled strength and ability. Hopefully, we can see more of him this upcoming week.
The Giant’s feud with Rusev has produced the greatest threat to the Bulgarian’s unbroken winning streak on RAW this week. The size and power of Big Show kept Rusev grounded and reeling for most of the contest. But, a rally from the hero of Russia saw Big Show trapped in the Accolade, before being saved by Mark Henry at the cost of a DQ loss. Big Show proceeded to then KO Rusev, setting the scene for their collision at Hell in a Cell.
Currently the most entertaining part of the midcard, Damien Mizdow didn’t need to be in action to be ranked highly on this list. His antics at ringside for the Miz’s matches have made fans take notice of him once again, and his terrible Scottish accent when imitating Sheamus was another hilarious moment in his present run.
Nikki Bella may not have the most stable family life following her actions at SummerSlam, but her performances in the ring have grown in leaps and bounds. She may have suffered the indignity of losing to her estranged sister on RAW, Bella responded well with a victory on SmackDown over Naomi. But, her place on this list will be under threat if she were to become Brie’s personal assistant after Hell in a Cell.
The Tag Team Champions might be too preoccupied on the Cosmic Key, as their in-ring results have stalled dramatically. Stardust took the pin in the opening match on RAW to suffer defeat against John Cena and Dean Ambrose. And if that weren’t enough, they fell short in the customary six-man tag team match on SmackDown to Sheamus and title rivals the Usos.
Another champion that had a week to forget results-wise was Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler. However, his performances continue to delight his growing fanbase. Ziggler fell to Randy Orton on RAW in one of the best matches of the week, before going 0-2 to Authority members on SmackDown when he suffered defeat to Seth Rollins. He will need to pick it up if he is going to gain momentum for his next title defense.
Brie Bella may not have the support of management behind her like her sister Nikki, but she is clearly reveling in that adversity. On RAW, she was able to finally get some measure of payback for her sister’s betrayal when she pinned Nikki in the six-diva tag match. However, the real jeopardy will come at Hell in a Cell, where the two sisters’ dignity for a month will be on the line. The loser becomes the winner’s assistant, and God help Brie if she is defeated.
The Super Athlete did not have the most super week of his budding career, but his undefeated streak remained intact. The biggest test of this record came on RAW, when he almost fell to the World’s Largest Athlete, the Big Show. But, he did manage to lock the Giant in the Accolade before getting a DQ victory following Mark Henry’s interference. His night on Main Event was more straightforward, as he defeated Big E in convincing fashion.
The former tag team champions enjoyed mixed fortunes this week, but ended it in a better place than they title rivals Gold/Stardust. In the triple threat tag team match on RAW, they weren’t able to beat John Cena and Dean Ambrose, but didn’t suffer the pinfall. And on SmackDown, they were on the winning half of the six-man tag, continuing to build momentum over the bizarre titleholders.
The United States Champion has had his hands full with the Miz these past few weeks, and has been intent on landing a Brogue Kick on his million-dollar face. But, his mission stalled on RAW as due to a distraction from Damien Mizdow, Sheamus suffered his second consecutive singles loss to Miz, albeit by count out. Although he recovered on SmackDown to score the pinfall in a six-man tag when he kicked Goldust out of his bodysuit.
The Miz this week may not have had the most convincing of victories, but it proved an important one on RAW. A win over the United States Champions, even one by count out, immediately places him in pole position for a title match at Hell in a Cell, and the momentum that comes with it. And with his stunt double in his corner, we could be looking at the US title on the latest red carpet premiere in the near future.
The Viper may be seen as dull by some in the IWC, but when he is on form there are few better in between the ropes. He proved that once again on RAW, as he and Dolph Ziggler put on a stellar bout. And, true to the nature of his fantastic series of Vines that are sweeping the Internet, he won with an RKO out of nowhere, throwing Ziggler in the air and catching him as he fell. If he can do that to John Cena inside the Devil’s Playground, another victory will be secured.
John Cena pulled double-duty on RAW this week, as the face of the company endured a mixed Monday night. Teaming with unlikely ally Dean Ambrose, he was able to score a victory in a Triple Threat tag team match against the Usos and Gold/Stardust. But, in the main event of the evening his partner got one over him, as Cena lost a Contract on a Pole match with Ambrose, meaning Cena will face Randy Orton at Hell in a Cell in their ninth PPV singles match. Who will win, and more to the point will anybody care?
The Divas Champion pops up near the top of the list for an undefeated week, despite ending SmackDown in not a very pleasing manner. Although she was abandoned by her partner Layla in their tag match on RAW (mirroring AJ’s treatment of Emma the week prior), the champion still got the win over Paige and Alicia Fox. And on SmackDown AJ got retribution on the Brit with a submission victory, though she was laid out by contender Paige post-match.
The Authority’s Golden Boy had a calmer week than what he has recently been used to. The specter of Dean Ambrose still looms large, but that didn’t prevent him from scoring two big victories this week on RAW and SmackDown. On Monday he defeated Jack Swagger in a solid bout, before taking down Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler on SmackDown in another strong showing. When he is locked in the steel confines of Hell in a Cell with the maniacal Ambrose on Sunday, he’s going to need all the momentum he can muster to even survive.
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