With so much going on in WWE, we are back to break down where the company stands at the end of its latest week. After every set of WWE shows, we will determine the top 10 talents in the company based on a variety of factors including in-ring ability, mic work, overall brand prestige, championships, recent pushes and importance to current storylines. These rankings are voted on by a small panel helmed by Brian Campbell.
We will also get into the best of the week in WWE, singling out the top superstar, match, move and promo over the last seven days. And last but not least, WWE will get a grade for the product they produced. So let’s get to it.
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WWE Power Rankings
Best of the week
Wrestler — AJ Styles: Order was restored on Tuesday when Styles shocked the WWE universe with a tape-delayed victory over Jinder Mahal in England to regain the WWE championship on SmackDown. The match delivered in terms of quality, but more importantly, it set the stage for a showdown with Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series that has “dream match” written all over it.
Match — Cesaro & Sheamus def. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins to win the tag team championship (Raw): Say what you will for the delayed finish, which saw all four members stand in the ring and watch The New Day’s lengthy invasion attempt until Sheamus used the distraction to surprise Rollins. But The New Day’s arrival fixed the holes in the “under siege” storyline, opening the door for a possible Shield match at Survivor Series. Even better, this tag team championship match was nothing short of hot fire with enough near falls, big spots and escalating drama to make it feel like a pay-per-view.
Move — Shooting Star Press from Mark Andrews on Joseph Conners (205 Live): WWE’s British invasion this week saw an influx of United Kingdom talent competing in the cruiserweight division. The result was a fresh series of matches, and in some cases, moves. Andrews, who went by the name “Mandrews” in TNA before joining WWE in January for the UK Tournament, performed the most stunning of all with his Shooting Star Press. The move lifted Andrews to victory, alongside Cedric Alexander, in a tag team win over Conners and James Drake. Honorable mention goes out to Andrews and Alexander teaming up for a tandem standing moonsault/leg drop.
Promo — Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (SmackDown): The New Day’s humorous cracks on “Sam Zayn” were golden enough, but the back-and-forth between the heels and SmackDown’s commissioner (in which Zayn even mocked Vince McMahon) properly escalated the growing tension between them.
Show — SmackDown: In a strong week across the board for WWE, the blue brand offered a more compact and quick-hitting show, complete with the exciting reveal of Styles winning the title following a top-shelf match. From the opening Zayn and Owens promo to Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin further teasing a heel turn against The Usos, this was a strong night.
Overall weekly grade: B+