WWE Power Rankings Top 25 Superstars This Week: 9/17/2017 | Smark Out Moment

WWE Power Rankings Top 25 Superstars This Week: 9/17/2017

Posted by Callum Wiggins Sunday, September 17, 2017
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?

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25. Brock Lesnar

There are many words to describe Brock Lesnar. Vulnerable typically isn't one of them. But that's how he appeared at the hands of Braun Strowman on Raw. Having called out the Monster Among Men, Lesnar's trademark German Suplex had no effect, as he was laid out once again with a Powerslam.

24. Jack Gallagher

There was no match on 205 Live for Jack Gallagher this week, but a major change in direction. After months of feuding with The Brian Kendrick, Gallagher shockingly aligned himself with the veteran, assaulting his opponent Cedric Alexander on Tuesday night's main event.

23. Emma

Emma is enjoying greater exposure now she is in No Mercy's title match, but is not experiencing a major turnaround in fortunes. On Raw, Emma battled Sasha Banks, but was left tapping out to the former Raw Women's Champion.

22. Baron Corbin

Baron Corbin has never been a fan of fair fights, so picked his spot to take down both AJ Styles and Tye Dillinger on SmackDown Live. After their match for the United States Championship, Corbin decimated both men, and declared himself the next challenger for Styles's coveted title.

21. John Cena

John Cena was riding high last week, but came crashing down hard on the latest episode of Raw. It started well, as he came out on top of yet another verbal battle with Roman Reigns. But, he ran into the brick wall of Braun Strowman later in the evening. While Cena technically scored the victory by disqualification, the smack of the steel steps meant he felt nothing like a winner by the end.

20. Sheamus & Cesaro

The former Raw Tag Team Champions were originally set to face Gallows & Anderson on Raw this week. However, following a spat with Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins on commentary, Sheamus & Cesaro ended up teaming with The Club to take on their main rivals and the Hardy Boyz, which they lost.

19. Enzo Amore

In another case of a 'winner' feeling anything but by the end of the match, Enzo Amore fell victim to The Miz's cutting promo skills and the numbers game of the Miztourage on Raw. In a match with the Intercontinental Champion, Amore was destroyed by Miz, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas, leaving Cruiserweight Champion Neville laughing with glee.

18. Naomi

Naomi's attempt to regain the SmackDown Women's Championship at the first attempt fell short on Tuesday, as she was once again left tapping out to Natalya's Sharpshooter. With her mandatory rematch fulfilled, Naomi will have to earn her next opportunity to bring the glow back to the gold.

17. Tye Dillinger

The Perfect 10's second attempt to wrestle away the United States Championship from AJ Styles was far more competitive than his first, but it still wasn't enough. Tye Dillinger came very close on occasion, even connecting with the Tye-Breaker for a long two-count. But, he was soon caught in the Calf Crusher and forced to tap out.

16. The Usos

The latest instalment of the never-ending feud between The Usos and The New Day ended with new champions, as the twin brothers lost the belts in the Sin City Street Fight. It was another excellent contest between both teams, but with no other teams stepping up to the challenge, there is likely one more chapter left in this epic feud.

15. Jason Jordan

Few people have benefitted from consecutive losses than Jason Jordan these last two weeks on Raw. His match with Roman Reigns this week surpassed his previous effort with John Cena, with the crowd getting behind him in the babyface role. Despite some innovative and exciting offense, a Reigns Spear led to another defeat.

14. The Miz

There's going to be another little A-List star soon, as The Miz and Maryse announced they are having a baby. In one of the proudest moments of his life, the Intercontinental Champion once again faced disrespect in the form of an Enzo Amore interruption. After putting the cruiserweight in his place verbally, the Miztourage decimated Amore around ringside, at the cost of a loss by disqualification.

13. Elias

The Drifter was back to perform on Raw, both on his guitar and in the ring. After singing about how much Anaheim sucks, Elias took on Kalisto and finished the masked superstar with relative ease. As far as between the ropes goes, this was arguably one of Elias's best matches - although that's not saying much.

12. Benjamin & Gable

The newly formed partnership between Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable got their second win in as many matches together, this time overcoming the Hype Bros. Their victory was overshadowed by Zack Ryder walking out of the post-match handshake, but this new union continues to rise the ranks of the SmackDown Live tag team division.

11. Rich Swann

In 205 Live's example of a never-ending feud, Rich Swann defeated his sometime friend, sometime enemy, TJP in a competitive match. Of course, it was another good match between the two, but there's only so many times you can see the same good match before they lose all meaning.

10. The Hardy Boyz

When Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins needed to find another tag team for Raw's main event, the Hardy Boyz were happy to answer their calls. They couldn't have asked for better allies (literally) as the Broken Brothers helped this formidable foursome win over Sheamus & Cesaro and Gallows & Anderson.

9. Sasha Banks

After a couple of disappointing weeks losing the Raw Women's Championship and allowing two other people to barge into her rematch, Sasha Banks could afford to smile after defeating Emma on Monday night.

8. Roman Reigns

Despite criticizing John Cena for taking his time with Jason Jordan last week, Roman Reigns found out on Raw that Jordan was a tougher prospect than he thought. In a stellar opening match, the pair traded near-falls, with Reigns feeling comfortable in the heel role. A Drive-By, Superman Punch and Spear later, Reigns was victorious in the ring, but once again struggled with dodgy material on the microphone against Cena.

7. Bray Wyatt

An angle with Bray Wyatt that makes sense? Yes, Raw this week proved miracles can happen. To prepare to expose Finn Balor as someone who can only overcome threats with face paint, Wyatt took down Goldust in straightforward fashion. The post-match wiping of the paint screaming 'He's just a man' is the most impactful Wyatt has looked in months.

6. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins

The honeymoon period of Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins's reunion is still going strong. They were assaulted on commentary by both Sheamus & Cesaro and Gallows & Anderson early on Raw. But, thanks to support from The Hardy Boyz, the Raw Tag Team Champions won an eight-man tag, Ambrose pinning Anderson after the Dirty Deeds.

5. AJ Styles

The United States Open Challenge continued on SmackDown Live, and AJ Styles came out the other side still with the gold around his waist. This week's challenger was Tye Dillinger, and produced a fun, competitive contest. Despite a couple of scares, the Phenomenal One forced the Perfect 10 to tap out, only to soon be wiped out by Baron Corbin.

4. Natalya

The Queen of Harts was a winner in Las Vegas, as Natalya enjoyed a successful first title defense on SmackDown Live. In a SummerSlam rematch against Naomi, the result was the same as before - a submission to the Sharpshooter.

3. Braun Strowman

Braun Strowman continues to rule Monday nights, even when Brock Lesnar is on the prowl. The Monster Among Men did not shy away from the Universal Champion's challenge on Raw, and after popping up from a German suplex, Strowman crumpled Lesnar with a powerslam. Then, Strowman delivered an even greater beating to John Cena, ending with a disqualification when he slammed Cena on the steel steps.

2. The New Day

New Day, new champs! The New Day are once again SmackDown Tag Team Champions after they bested The Usos in the Sin City Street Fight. These teams continue to trade the belts in several exciting matches, but the question is when will they have their final battle? With Hell in a Cell a few weeks away, maybe the steel structure will be a fitting conclusion.

1. Kevin Owens

SmackDown Live was The Kevin Owens Show this week. Owens didn't even have a match on Tuesday, but dominated the whole flow of the show. It started with a showdown with Daniel Bryan, talking about how he would soon own WWE and be making some serious changes. But the real story came in his confrontation with Vince McMahon. McMahon told him he'd be facing his nemesis Shane McMahon inside Hell in a Cell, and Owens responded with a headbutt to the Chairman which drew blood.

Do you think anyone should be listed differently?
What can these Superstars do to get back up at the #1 spot?
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Callum Wiggins hails from Essex in the United Kingdom. He recently graduated from the University of York with a degree in History and has been a fan of professional wrestling since 2002. Outside of wrestling, he is also a fan of Arsenal FC and enjoys video games, darts, and Formula One. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter.


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