WWE Power Rankings Top 10 Superstars This Week: #431 - John Cena's Winning Return To SmackDown | 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 oneself, 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

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10. The New Day [-5]

No in-ring action for NXT's Tag Team Champions this week, with The New Day restricted to the hazing of Top Dolla backstage on SmackDown.

9. John Cena [NR]

Maintaining his record of wrestling at least one WWE match every year since 2002, John Cena teamed with Kevin Owens, played his greatest hits and scored a victory over The Bloodline on SmackDown.

8. Ronda Rousey [NR]

Bit of mixed feelings ranking Ronda Rousey this week, but in fairness she did successfully defend her SmackDown Women's Championship against Raquel Rodriguez before then immediately dropping the title to a returning Charlotte Flair minutes later.

7. Roxanne Perez [-3]

On NXT, Roxanne Perez vowed to follow in the footsteps of the NXT Women's Champions that came before her in a backstage interview.

6. Wes Lee [NR]

In NXT's final match of 2022, Wes Lee held off the challenge of Tony D'Angelo, thanks in part to an assist by Dijak, to retain his North American Championship.

5. Kevin Owens [+5]

Remaining a relentless thorn in the side of The Bloodline, Kevin Owens teamed with John Cena to win SmackDown's bumper tag team main event over Roman Reigns & Sami Zayn.

4. Damage Ctrl [-1]

Like the overwhelming majority of the Raw roster, Damage Ctrl'smembers got Monday off to celebrate the holiday season.

3. Seth Rollins [-1]

Likewise Seth Rollins was also resting at home, building up for his shot at Austin Theory's United States Championship on the first Raw of 2023.

2. The Bloodline [-1]

Although Solo Sikoa did earn an impressive victory over Sheamus on SmackDown, the parting memory from this show will be Roman Reigns & Sami Zayn failing to overcome Kevin Owens & John Cena in the main event.

1. Charlotte Flair [NR]

Out of nowhere, Charlotte Flair returns to end 2022 the way she started it - on top. Flair promptly challenged a tired and worn Ronda Rousey, who bizarrely accepted, allowing Flair to pin her and become SmackDown Women's Champion, her 14th world title reign.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Diamond Mine - Julius Creed's win over JD McDonagh kicks off this all-NXT collection of honorable mentions.

Wendy Choo - Spurred on by the bullying antics of Cora Jade, Wendy Choo reached down deep to beat her rival on Tuesday's show.

Scrypts - While the gimmick remains terrible, Scrypts does continue to pick up wins, defeating Ikemen Jiro on NXT.

The Schism - The blissfully happy Schism picked up a Six-Man Tag Team victory over Odyssey Jones, Edris Enofe & Malik Blade.

Fallon Henley - In the 'Battle for the Bar', Fallon Henley pushed back the challenge and bid from Kiana James on Tuesday night.

The Power Rankings Table (since WrestleMania 38)

  1. The Bloodline - 33 weeks (9 weeks at #1)
  2. Bianca Belair - 24 weeks (5 weeks at #1)
  3. Bobby Lashley - 20 weeks (5 weeks at #1)
  4. Damage Ctrl - 20 weeks (4 weeks at #1)
  5. Toxic Attraction - 18 weeks
  6. Liv Morgan - 16 weeks (3 weeks at #1)
  7. Bron Breakker - 16 weeks
  8. Judgment Day - 16 weeks
  9. Seth Rollins - 14 weeks (2 weeks at #1)
  10. Roxanne Perez - 12 weeks (2 weeks at #1)

BIGGEST MOVES THIS WEEK

Kevin Owens +5

The New Day -5

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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