WWE Power Rankings Top 10 Superstars This Week: #328 - Unexpected (And Unwanted) Title Contenders | 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. Shinsuke Nakamura [NR]

Much like Kofi Kingston a couple of years ago, a SmackDown Gauntlet Match renewed the prospects of Shinsuke Nakamura, seemingly turning him babyface and giving him credible wins over Rey Mysterio, King Corbin and Daniel Bryan. However, The King of Strong Style suffered an attack by Roman Reigns & Jey Uso, allowing Adam Pearce to win the match.

9. The Dirty Dogs [NR]

The Dirty Dogs ended The Street Profits' nearly year-long stranglehold over the Tag Team Championships on Friday's edition of SmackDown, with Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode capturing the titles at their second attempt.

8. Finn Balor [NR]

In yet another hard-hitting, aggressive affair between Finn Balor and Kyle O'Reilly at NXT New Year's Evil, The Prince reaffirmed his status on top of the ladder by retaining his NXT Championship.

7. Charlotte Flair [-3]

Thanks to her own father incompetently tripping her up on Raw, Charlotte Flair was pinned by Peyton Royce in tag team action, also involving Asuka and Lacey Evans.

6. Drew McIntyre [+2]

A more successful performance by a champion on Raw came from WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, who overcame the threat posed by Keith Lee to defend his title and start the New Year the right way. Next in his sights? Goldberg.

5. AJ Styles [+1]

For the second straight week, AJ Styles picked up a win over Elias on Raw, and then was saved from a post-match guitar attack by his associate, Omos.

4. Asuka [-1]

While she didn't suffer the pinfall herself, Asuka had to deal with the igmany on Raw of witnessing her and Charlotte Flair suffer a loss to the makeshift pairing of Peyton Royce & Lacey Evans.

3. The Hurt Business [-2]

A really bad week for The Hurt Business, as 3 of their 4 members fell to defeat in non-title matches. Bobby Lashley suffered a controversial loss to Riddle, and later in the night, Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin fell to Lucha House Party.

2. Big E [+3]

Even though it seemed for a second that Big E's Intercontinental Championship reign would be surprisingly short-lived, he managed to fight back the challenge of Apollo Crews to retain his title.

1. Roman Reigns [+1]

Despite again not being in action on SmackDown, Roman Reigns' star presence, influence on the main event finish and the failures of others on the Power Rankings sees the Tribal Chief rise back to the top.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Peyton Royce & Lacey Evans - Thanks to the flirtations of Lacey Evans confusing Ric Flair enough to trip his own daughter, Evans & Peyton Royce scored a big win over the Women's Tag Team Champions.

Riddle - Although he did tap out to Bobby Lashley on Raw, a distracted referee allowed Riddle to get a victory over the United States Champion.

Legata del Fantasma - Another successful Cruiserweight Championship defense for Santos Escobar on NXT, as he defeated Gran Metalik on Wednesday's show.

Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez - Another big win for Raquel Gonzalez on NXT, as in spite of Dakota Kai's failed interference, she overcame Rhea Ripley in the Last Woman Standing Match.

Adam Pearce - Although he was essentially handed the victory in SmackDown's Gauntlet Match by Roman Reigns & Jey Uso, there is no denying that Adam Pearce is now the Number One Contender for the Universal Championship.

The Power Rankings Table (since WrestleMania 36)

  1. Drew McIntyre - 38 weeks (8 weeks at #1)
  2. Asuka - 35 weeks (11 weeks at #1)
  3. The Hurt Business - 28 weeks (6 weeks at #1)
  4. Sasha Banks - 26 weeks (8 weeks at #1)
  5. AJ Styles - 21 weeks (1 week at #1)
  6. Roman Reigns - 19 weeks (4 weeks at #1)
  7. Bayley - 18 weeks (8 weeks at #1)
  8. Braun Strowman - 17 weeks (1 week at #1)
  9. Charlotte Flair - 15 weeks (1 week at #1)
  10. Keith Lee - 13 weeks

BIGGEST MOVES THIS WEEK

Big E +3

Charlotte Flair -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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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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