WWE Power Rankings Top 10 Superstars This Week: #225 - Welcome to 2019 | Smark Out Moment

WWE Power Rankings Top 10 Superstars This Week: #225 - Welcome to 2019

Posted by Callum Wiggins Friday, January 4, 2019
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. Matt Riddle [NR]

For the second time in a matter of months, Matt Riddle overcame Kassius Ohno in the first NXT main event of 2019. It took significantly longer than the last time, and Riddle took a beating both during and after the match, but it was a big win to kick off what is set to be a big year for the King of Bros.

9. Drew McIntyre [NR]

After several weeks of muddling around with Finn Balor and Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre may have taken a step forward with his dominant victory and post-match destruction of Ziggler in their Steel Cage Match on Raw.

8. Becky Lynch [NR]

A sign of her rapid ascent in the second-half of 2018, Becky Lynch tore down John Cena in a promo segment, before teaming with him to defeat Andrade Cien Almas and Zelina Vega in a Mixed Tag Team Match. 2019 could be a standout year for The Man.

7. Rusev [-2]

A night for celebration turned into a night to forget for Rusev on this week's SmackDown. The new United States Champion was attacked by a vengeful Shinsuke Nakamura, leaving both Rusev and Lana hurt.

6. Daniel Bryan [-2]

The WWE Champion was absent from in-ring competition this week, as Daniel Bryan sat back and watched AJ Styles earn another opportunity at his title at the Royal Rumble. With these two, we can only expect another classic encounter.

5. Natalya [+1]

Natalya had the honor of main-eventing the final Raw of 2018, teaming with Ronda Rousey to defeat the pairing of Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka. It was a celebratory end to what has been a challenging year for the Canadian.

4. Asuka [-1]

Another SmackDown champion who took a week off from the ring this week, the only sight we got of Asuka on Tuesday was in a backstage segment discussing who her next challenger will be.

3. AJ Styles [NR]

In a week where many didn't stand out, AJ Styles shot up the Power Rankings by defeating several of SmackDown's top stars for the right to challenge Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble. Styles overcame Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Mustafa Ali and Samoa Joe for this opportunity.

2. Seth Rollins [No Change]

Seth Rollins has quickly cemented himself as the voice of the people on Raw in this 'new era' of WWE. After a promo segment with the McMahons, Rollins got himself disqualified in a match with Bobby Lashley by destroying him with multiple chair shots.

1. Ronda Rousey [No Change]

A fitting No. 1 for the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019, Ronda Rousey keeps on winning. The Raw Women's Champion teamed up with Natalya to defeat Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka in Monday's main event, setting the tone for another year on top.

HONORABLE MENTIONS


Akira Tozawa - Akira Tozawa earned an opportunity at the Cruiserweight Championship on 205 Live, defeating Drew Gulak in a qualifying match.

Kalisto - Like Akira Tozawa, Kalisto will also be part of an upcoming Fatal Four-Way for Buddy Murphy's Cruiserweight Championship after he defeated Lio Rush.

Apollo Crews - Eliminating eight men in a Battle Royal on Raw, Apollo Crews earned a match for the Intercontinental Championship, which he later lost to Dean Ambrose.

Samoa Joe - Making up for last week's count out defeat, Samoa Joe defeated Jeff Hardy to earn a spot in the Fatal Five-Way main event on SmackDown, eventually won by AJ Styles.

John Cena - The Champ is back, and although he was verbally castrated on his return by Becky Lynch, John Cena teamed with her to defeat Andrade Cien Almas and Zelina Vega on SmackDown.

BIGGEST MOVES THIS WEEK

Natalya +1
Daniel Bryan & Rusev -2

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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AUTHOR OF THIS POST: 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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