Welcome to another edition of Power Rankings from Smark Out Moment!
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?
A decidedly poor week for the Real American, who has gone from being his country’s hope against Rusev to jobbing at the flick of a switch. On RAW he lost to Fandango in quick fashion, never a good start to your week. This was followed with a much better performance on Main Event against former Intercontinental Champion Luke Harper, but the same result of a defeat.
Another bad week passes for the Golden brothers, and when you’re losing to a dwarf in a bull costume, you know things aren’t going your way. On RAW they were on the worse end of a match against Los Matadores and El Torito. Then, on Main Event, Stardust was on his own against Big E of the New Day, but once again couldn’t get a positive result heading into the New Year.
It’s a massive drop for Kane this week after being on top in the previous Power Rankings. Only competing in one match this week, he fell to rival Ryback on SmackDown without much hassle. However, he did get some measure of revenge by chokeslamming the Big Guy post-match, leaving him open to an assault from Rusev.
The Big Show came off second best in a pair of encounters with Roman Reigns this week. On RAW, the World’s Largest Athlete allowed himself to be counted out against the former Shield member after being punched to ringside. And SmackDown didn’t reap any better results, as he teamed with Seth Rollins in defeat to the pairing of Reigns and Dolph Ziggler.
The United States Champion did the unthinkable this week and actually competed in a match, but that doesn’t benefit his ranking a great deal. On RAW, Rusev and Lana were guests on Piper’s Pit, and were chased off by Ryback. On SmackDown, he got revenge on the Big Guy by locking him in the Accolade after his match with Kane, but was then ordered by Hulk Hogan to face Dean Ambrose with his title on the line. Rusev lost the match, but thankfully for him it was by disqualification when Bray Wyatt interfered, protecting his title reign.
R-Truth made a triumphant return to television on RAW, getting a victory over Adam Rose that caused the leader of the Exotic Express to finally snap. However, Truth was not as fortunate in the rematch, as he suffered defeat to Rose on SmackDown.
Brie Bella competed in a pair of matches this week with a mixed record. Still receiving a number of babyface pops despite being a heel alongside her sister Nikki, she fell to Natalya on RAW in a short match. She stepped up her game on Main Event though, defeating Summer Rae on Main Event following a missile dropkick.
Los Matadores once again return to the rankings after a long absence, helped by a victory on RAW against Gold/Stardust alongside their faithful mascot El Torito. However, this momentum could not benefit them heading into Main Event, as without the ½ man advantage they couldn’t overcome Cesaro and Tyson Kidd.
Since the Authority was forced out of power, Rollins’ win-loss record has taken a catastrophic downturn. On RAW, he fell to long-term rival John Cena in the night’ opening match, despite attempted interference by his security team. Then on SmackDown’s main event, he and the Big Show went head-to-head with two of Rollins’ other major foes Roman Reigns and Dolph Ziggler, and again this ended with a defeat.
All teams have to start somewhere, and the pairing of the under-valued Cesaro & Tyson Kidd finally got their first official victory as a tandem on Main Event. In a performance that accentuated their in-ring talents, they bested Los Matadores.
This was the week where for one creature the Exotic Express derailed. Following a defeat on RAW to R-Truth, Adam Rose finally broke ties with the Bunny, slamming him hard into the steel steps for good measure. With this new aggressive attitude in full flow on SmackDown, Rose paid back Truth with a victory.
Alicia Fox endured a mixed week, but it started off with a festive victory in the Santa’s Little Helper tag team match. Fox herself scored the pinfall over Cameron for her team that included Naomi and Emma. But, things took a turn for the worse when she took on former partner Naomi on SmackDown. In a solid match between two of the most athletic women on the roster, Fox suffered defeat due to a split-legged moonsault.
The New Day continue their winning ways on Main Event this week, with their powerhouse Big E carrying the burden for them. On Main Event, he took on Stardust to continue the feud between the buoyant newcomers and the grouchy golden brothers, and pulled out the victory with a Big Ending.
The dancing superstar stopped being Roman Reigns’ chew toy this week on television, and even managed to return to winning ways. The ‘New and Improved’ Fandango defeated Jack Swagger on RAW with his flying leg drop from the top rope, as he and Rosa Mendes celebrated victory.
The Big Guy didn’t make a big splash this week. Ryback looked to get some vengeance on US Champion Rusev on RAW, only for the Bulgarian to run for the hills. But, this situation was somewhat reversed on SmackDown, as although Ryback defeated Kane, he suffered a post-match attack by both the Corporate Demon and Rusev. Ending his night locked in the Accolade was not exactly ideal.
The Usos were split into singles action this week opposite the Miz, with one brother coming up good and the other tasting defeat. Jey Uso was the losing member on RAW as the A-Lister grabbed a handful of tights in the pin. But, things improved in the match between Jimmy Uso and the Miz, as the husband of Naomi too great pleasure in inflicting defeat on his wife’s suitor.
The Tag Team Champions were only in singles action this week, as the Miz carried the burden whilst Damien Mizdow entertained at ringside. Miz scored the victory over Jey Uso on RAW with a cheap roll-up. But, when placed opposite his desired ‘protégé’ Naomi’s husband Jimmy Uso, he couldn’t repeat the feat as he was splashed into a loss.
Natalya placed herself definitively into the reckoning for the Divas Championship on RAW. In a short match with Brie Bella, Natalya followed up last week’s tag team victory with a small package pinfall. Then, she immediately knocked Nikki Bella off the apron, hoisting her Divas Championship aloft in a clear signal that she is ready to capture the butterfly belt once again.
The former Intercontinental Champion was given an opportunity to reclaim the belt on RAW, but came up short in his efforts. Despite a pre-match assault and a fantastic match between the pair, Luke Harper once again was unable to put away Ziggler for a three-count. However, he was able to score a victory on Main Event against Jack Swagger after another strong performance. Harper continues to be the Wyatt Family’s standout performer.
The Lunatic Fringe continued to produce performances that get the crowd on their feet, but his results proved less than ideal. On RAW Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt took the festive season in an entirely different direction in a Miracle of 34th Street Fight, where every Christmas-themed object was employed to good effect. But Ambrose fell to Wyatt after becoming very familiar with a Singapore Candy-Cane. This led to SmackDown where Ambrose looked to become US Champion against Rusev, but Wyatt once again proved a thorn in his side, handing Ambrose a victory but only by disqualification.
On a night where Hulk Hogan was in control, it was undoubted that John Cena would play a pivotal role. In the first match of RAW, Cena was placed against his long-time enemy Seth Rollins, with J&J Security lurking at ringside. After connecting with a double AA on both Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury, he then hit one on Rollins himself to earn the first win of the week.
Naomi continues her fine vein of form that will almost certainly place her in contention for the Divas Championship in the near future. On RAW she was on the winning side of the Santa’s Little Helper tag, Naomi with Alicia Fox and Emma defeating Paige, Summer Rae and Cameron. Then on SmackDown she was placed opposite Fox in singles match, and in a battle that demonstrated both of their talents, Naomi came out on top, the Miz applauding on from backstage.
The Eater of Worlds took to the festive occasion with gusto, but had a warped vision of the spirit of the season. The only thing Bray Wyatt was gifting was a number of beatings for Dean Ambrose. In a street fight on RAW, the two unstable rivals had a brutal match with plenty of spots, winning after slamming Ambrose’s eye into a cane. Then on SmackDown, he demonstrated that wasn’t the conclusion of their feud as he interfered in Ambrose’s US Championship match with Rusev.
Roman Reigns has returned on fire, taking on all comers on his road to the Royal Rumble. He took on the Big Show on RAW, the Giant having made no secrets about his desire to take Reigns out. He couldn’t manage that on Monday though, as Reigns punched Show to ringside to earn a victory by count-out. Then on SmackDown, he teamed with Dolph Ziggler to defeat Big Show and former Shield partner Seth Rollins, hitting the decisive Spear on the turncoat Rollins.
Whilst some may accuse me of being the President of the Dolph Ziggler fan club, there is no denying the rich vein of form he is in. Ziggler defended his Intercontinental Championship on RAW against the man he won the title from at TLC, Luke Harper. Despite being assaulted before the match, Ziggler’s heart and will to win overcame the power of Harper to retain his title. This was followed with a main event victory on SmackDown, as he was paired with fellow Royal Rumble favorite Roman Reigns to defeat Seth Rollins and Big Show.