WWE Power Rankings Top 10 Superstars This Week: #223 - A New Era for the Power Rankings | Smark Out Moment
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?

Here is the key code for the rankings shorthand when referencing their position in relation to the previous week:

NR = Not included in last week's rankings at all
+ Green = the number of moves up in the rankings compared to last week
- Red = the number of moves down in the rankings compared to last week
Honorable Mentions = five superstars who just barely missed the cut

Power Ranking WWE wrestlers list roster

10. Mustafa Ali [NR]

Mustafa Ali has exploded on the scene on SmackDown Live. After last week's impressive debut, he teamed with AJ Styles in the main event on Tuesday against Daniel Bryan and Andrade Cien Almas, and pinned the WWE Champion clean. Not a bad way to introduce yourself to the masses.

9. Johnny Gargano [NR]

Johnny Gargano got the better of Aleister Black in their latest meeting inside a steel cage, but not without a big assist by his nemesis and former tag team partner Tommaso Ciampa. They delivered their signature tag team finisher to Black for Gargano to score the pin.

8. The Usos [-2]

The Usos continue to drop down the Power Rankings after failing to capture the SmackDown Tag Team Championships at TLC, and then being assaulted by a returning SAnitY on the following episode of SmackDown Live.

7. Dean Ambrose [NR]

There's a new Intercontinental Champion, and his name is Dean Ambrose. In a match both he and Seth Rollins would rather forget, Ambrose planted his former Shield brother with the Dirty Deeds to capture his third reign with the IC title.

6. Becky Lynch [-2]

She may still be The Man, but she's no longer The Champ. Following a gruelling TLC match and interference by Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch lost her SmackDown Women's Championship to Asuka, setting her up nicely for next year's Royal Rumble.

5. Natalya [NR]

It was a good week personally and professionally for Natalya. At TLC she avenged the disrespect towards her father's memory by sending all three members of The Riott Squad through tables. Then on Raw, she stood tall at the end of a gauntlet match for the right to challenge Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women's Championship next week.

4. Seth Rollins [-3]

A bad week all around for Seth Rollins, as not only did he lose his Intercontinental Championship to Dean Ambrose at TLC, but he did so in a match that has been roundly lambasted by fans and critics. Hopefully he can still enjoy a happier holiday season after this rough December.

3. Daniel Bryan [-1]

Daniel Bryan did successfully defend his WWE Championship against AJ Styles at TLC, transitioning one small package into another to retain by the skin of his teeth. But, the shine of his week was diminished on SmackDown Live, as he was pinned cleanly by Mustafa Ali in a tag team match also involving Styles and Andrade Cien Almas.

2. Ronda Rousey [+1]

The title defenses keep racking up for Ronda Rousey, as she bested Nia Jax at TLC in another impressive performance in her rookie year with WWE. The Raw Women's Champion's fine form continues as she heads into another defense against her good friend Natalya next week.

1. Asuka [+4]

Finally, after many months of waiting in the wilderness for her opportunity, Asuka finally captured the SmackDown Women's Championship. In a fantastic main event match at TLC, and a bit of help from Ronda Rousey, Asuka defeated Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair to earn the championship.

HONORABLE MENTIONS


Buddy Murphy - Another honorable mention spot for Buddy Murphy this week as he successfully defended his Cruiserweight Championship against the former champ Cedric Alexander.

Finn Balor - A mixed week for Finn Balor, as at TLC he defeated Drew McIntyre thanks to Dolph Ziggler's interference, and then got beat up by Ziggler backstage. On Raw, Balor defeated Ziggler by DQ, but was assaulted by McIntyre in the process.

Rey Mysterio - Rey Mysterio gained vengeance on Randy Orton for his vicious assaults in recent months by defeating him in a Chairs Match at TLC.

The Revival - After weeks of being made to look like fools by Lucha House Party Rules, The Revival revived their booking on Raw by winning a Fatal Four-Way to become number one contenders for the Raw Tag Team Championships.

The Bar - Another tag team rounds off the rankings for this week, as The Bar held onto their SmackDown Tag Team Championships against the threats of The New Day and The Usos at TLC.

BIGGEST MOVES THIS WEEK

Asuka +4
Seth Rollins -3

Do you think anyone should be listed differently?
What can these Superstars do to get back up at the #1 spot?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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THIS POST WRITTEN BY: CALLUM WIGGINS

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. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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