WWE Power Rankings Top 10 Superstars This Week: #312 - NXT Eventually Crowns A New Champion | 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. The Usos [NR]

One week after becoming Number One Contender for the Universal Championship, Jey Uso valiantly battled Sheamus & King Corbin on SmackDown on his own for most of the main event, until Roman Reigns swept in at the last-minute to score the pin in their tag match.

9. Nikki Cross [NR]

For what feels like the 100th time this year, we are going to see Nikki Cross take on Bayley for the SmackDown Women's Championship after she won a Fatal 4-Way match against Lacey Evans, Tamina and Alexa Bliss.

8. Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax [-2]

Now Women's Tag Team Champions, Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax can now look forward to the prospect of losing on TV week in and week out. This trend began this week with Baszler losing a Handicap Match to The Riott Squad on Raw, with Jax set to suffer the same fate if not for an interruption by Retribution.

7. Rhea Ripley [NR]

In a fiercely-fought Steel Cage Match to cap off Wednesday's edition of NXT, Rhea Ripley overcame Mercedes Martinez, in spite of interference of Robert Stone, pushing her closer towards an opportunity to reclaim the NXT Women's Championship.

6. Jeff Hardy [-1]

Jeff Hardy's Intercontinental Championship defense on SmackDown against AJ Styles was cut short due to interference by the "rightful" champion Sami Zayn, causing Hardy to suffer a DQ defeat.

5. Finn Balor [NR]

Following a draw in last week's Iron Man Match, Finn Balor and Adam Cole battled once again this Wednesday to crown the new NXT Champion. A grueling match saw The Prince reassert his dominance over the Yellow Brand, defeating Cole and becoming only the third 2-time NXT Champion in history.

4. Drew McIntyre [-1]

Drew McIntyre made an impactful return to Raw on Monday, with Randy Orton the clear target of his malice. The WWE Champion delivered a trifecta of Claymore Kicks to Orton as revenge for the 3 Punts McIntyre received 2 weeks ago.

3. Roman Reigns [+1]

Over on SmackDown, Universal Champion Roman Reigns continues to conserve his energy while still scoring victories. After watching his cousin and next challenger Jey Uso fight Sheamus & King Corbin 2-on-1 for a long time, Reigns finally emerged to tag himself in to score the decisive pin.

2. Asuka [-1]

Asuka teamed up with Mickie James on Raw and was victorious in their match against Natalya & Lana. Next week, the Raw Women's Champion will have to contend with James challenging for her coveted title.

1. The Hurt Business [+1]

The Hurt Business is booming, and expanding. On Raw The Hurt Business finally added Cedric Alexander to their ranks, helping the group win not 1, but 2 tag team matches on Monday night's show.

HONORABLE MENTIONS


The Mysterios - Dominik Mysterio scored a big win over Murphy on Raw's main event, with the whole Mysterio family then venting their frustrations on the disciple of Seth Rollins.

Mickie James - After teaming with Asuka to defeat Natalya & Lana on Raw, Mickie James now has an opportunity at the Raw Women's Championship to prepare for.

Peyton Royce - Monday marked the end of The IIconics, with Peyton Royce defeating Billie Kay in a one-on-one match to end their partnership.

Bronson Reed - Bronson Reed continues to build momentum on NXT with a strong victory over Austin Theory on Wednesday night.

Lucha House Party - While this trio doesn't exactly seem on the same page, Lucha House Party capitalized on a distraction on Friday night to beat the SmackDown Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura.

Dropped from Last Week's Power Rankings


  • Bray Wyatt
  • Breezango
  • Randy Orton
  • Keith Lee

The Power Rankings Table (since WrestleMania 36)


  • Drew McIntyre - 23 weeks (7 weeks at #1)
  • Bayley - 18 weeks (8 weeks at #1)
  • Sasha Banks - 18 weeks (8 weeks at #1)
  • Asuka - 18 weeks (5 weeks at #1)
  • Braun Strowman - 16 weeks (1 week at #1)
  • Charlotte Flair - 12 weeks (1 week at #1)
  • Keith Lee - 12 weeks
  • The Hurt Business - 11 weeks (1 week at #1)
  • AJ Styles - 8 weeks
  • Apollo Crews - 7 weeks

BIGGEST MOVES THIS WEEK

The Hurt Business & Roman Reigns +1
Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax -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. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter.

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