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Acknowledge them. That's all you have to do. Acknowledge Roman Reigns. Acknowledge Jimmy Uso. Acknowledge Jey Uso. Acknowledge The Bloodline.
The Superstar Power Rankings have been overtaken by the dominant Samoan trio in a week that saw plenty of shakeup as things start to take shape for SummerSlam on July 30 on Peacock. Dolph Ziggler is back, The Beast is stirring, Riddle is rising once again and The Viking Raiders are running roughshod on SmackDown. Let's not waste any more time and get into things.
1. Roman Reigns – Undisputed WWE Universal Champion (Last Week: 1)
“The Tribal Chief” made his return to Smackdown last Friday and while he didn’t get physical in the ring, his presence was a welcome sight. There’s no shortage of threats to his marathon title reign, which was highlighted on Friday’s show. With The Bloodline in the ring, Paul Heyman said that Reigns would need to be more “violent” than ever and deliver the performance of his career to put down Brock Lesnar in their Last Man Standing Match at SummerSlam. Theory made a lap around the ring with his Money in the Bank briefcase to remind Reigns that he’s a threat. Meanwhile, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus have eyes on a matchup for Clash at the Castle. It’s a crowded scene, but Reigns remains the standard bearer for now.
2. The Usos – Undisputed Tag Team Champions (Last Week: 6)
The Usos continue to rise in the ranks and why not? They have all the gold and continue to deliver entertaining segments across both shows. “The Ones” took care of business against Los Lotharios last Friday and (with the help of Omos) were victorious in a Six-Man Tag Match against The Street Profits and R-Truth on Monday. A rematch against The Street Profits is lined up for SummerSlam, this time with a special guest referee. The match at Money in the Bank was a banger (albeit with a questionable ending), so the stage is set for something more definitive this time around.
3. Bobby Lashley – United States Champion (Last Week: 5)
Lashley continues to be red-hot right now. He was entertaining with Riddle in Monday’s Tag Team Match against Seth “Freakin’” Rollins and Theory, including one backstage segment and a funny moment down the aisle after their victory. Lashley unleashed a wicked Spear of Rollins through the barricade during the match and Dolph Ziggler came out of nowhere to help the U.S. Champion and Riddle notch the win. It’s a murky situation approaching SummerSlam, but Lashley is in the middle of a great babyface run.
4. Bianca Belair – Raw Women’s Champion (Last Week: 2)
Belair falling a couple of spots in the rankings this week is more about what the others have done than anything she did or didn’t do over the past seven days. “The EST of WWE” lost by countout while defending her title against Carmella on Monday, but that was only because of a distraction by Becky Lynch. Their rivalry clearly isn’t over, and now Carmella can even make a claim for the gold. Triple Threat Match in the making?
5. Riddle (Last Week: 7)
Riddle fell out of the Top 5 last week after falling short in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but he’s slowly starting to climb his way back up. He can seemingly make anything work in the ring, on the mic, or backstage these days and Monday’s pairing with Bobby Lashley was no exception. Thanks to some assistance from Dolph Ziggler, he scored an RKO and a pinfall over Theory for a measure of revenge. He’s going to have to wait for more singles gold, but a potential match against Seth “Freakin’” Rollins at SummerSlam could be a king-making moment.
6. Theory (Last Week: 3)
After an crazy rise following Money in the Bank, Theory comes down to Earth just a bit in the week following. While the holder of the briefcase got some quality screen time with Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar on SmackDown and Raw, Theory took an L and ate the pin in a tag-team match against Riddle and United States Champion Bobby Lashley in Raw's main event. Then as a cherry on top, a returning Dolph Ziggler – who cost Theory the match – superkicked the blue chipper's head off to close out the show. That's a rough enough end to the week to get knocked out of the Top 5.
7. Becky Lynch (Last Week: 8)
"Big Time Becks" seemed increasingly desperate and a bit unhinged in her promo segment on Raw after learning she wasn't going to get a Raw Women's Championship Match after beating Asuka in a No Holds Barred Match last week. It was a great, logical next step to her character as she begins to resort to doing anything and everything to rile up Bianca Belair and the powers at be enough to make that match happen at SummerSlam. And she may have accomplished just that by costing Belair a match against Carmella by getting "The EST of WWE" counted out last night.
8. Gunther – Intercontinental Champion (Last Week: 4)
While Gunther himself has seemed unstoppable, the same can't be said of his associate, Ludwig Kaiser. Kaiser was felled by former Intercontinental Champion and threat to current champion Gunther's reign, Shinsuke Nakamura, in singles competition on SmackDown. Gunther made Kaiser pay after the match with some vicious chops to teach his compatriot a lesson, but The Ring General had to be dropped a few spots due to the loss by association and the fact that those above him had a better week.
9. Liv Morgan – SmackDown Women’s Champion (Last Week: 10)
Liv didn't do much in the aftermath of her emotional victory at Money in the Bank, but she did get some quality promo time on SmackDown and WWE appears to be setting her up with a SummerSlam program opposite Ronda Rousey. This warrants a one-spot bump as a result, with the big question being whether or not Morgan will still have the SmackDown Women's Championship when that high-level program is over.
10. Ronda Rousey – (Last Week: 11)
Ronda moves back into the Top 10 after surprisingly showing up on SmackDown despite the hints dropped at Money in the Bank that she could be absent a bit with an injury angle. Instead, WWE opted to keep Ronda strong by having her beat her Money in the Bank challenger Natalya again on Friday night, this time on just one good leg. This positions her right at the top of the contenders list for the SmackDown Women's Championship that she lost via Morgan's cash in.
11. Drew McIntyre (Last Week: 12)
McIntyre moves up a spot by virtue of defeating Butch from The Brawling Brutes on SmackDown. He also cut through the ring rope with a swing of his sword, Angela, to close out the show. It was originally supposed to be a No. 1 Contender’s Match against Sheamus, but "The Celtic Warrior” backed out with the claim that he was under the weather. This confrontation could be headed to SummerSlam, with an eye on a date with Roman Reigns (or Brock Lesnar or Theory) at Clash at the Castle.
12. Seth “Freakin’” Rollins (Last Week: 9)
Rollins was No. 3 two weeks ago when it looked like winning the Money in the Bank briefcase was a real possibility, but he’s slipped a bit since. He’s not in the title scene and was on the losing side (along with Theory) on Monday, even taking a brutal spear from Bobby Lashley through the barricade toward the end of the match. With his talent and persona, Rollins is capable of jumping on this list at any time and a probable match against Riddle at SummerSlam should give both performers plenty of shine.
13. A.J. Styles (Last Week: 13)
Styles stays in the same spot as he continues his program with The Miz. “The Phenomenal One” teamed up with Ezekiel against The Miz and Ciampa on Monday and walked away with another victory, this time by disqualification. He had The Miz in his patented Calf Crusher before Ciampa interfered. Styles delivered a Phenomenal Forearm to Ciampa outside the ring while The Miz bailed on him and ran up the ramp. The Miz appears in line for a match against Logan Paul at SummerSlam, so it’s unclear where Styles is headed from here.
14. Brock Lesnar (Last Week: 17)
Lesnar rises again with his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Last Man Standing Match against Roman Reigns awaiting him at SummerSlam. His segment with Paul Heyman on Raw was effective to set the stage of the confrontation and his star power gave legitimacy to an interruption from the upstart and Money in the Bank briefcase holder Theory. “The Beast” even got a bit physical on Monday, showing off his freakish strength following an attempted attack by Alpha Academy, including F-5-ing Otis through the announce table. Whether Lesnar can actually walk away with the gold at SummerSlam remains to be seen, but he’s still capable of popping a crowd like few in the business.
15. Asuka (Last Week: 14)
Asuka falls another spot from last week, when she lost a brutal No Holds Barred Match against Becky Lynch on Raw. “The Empress of Tomorrow” is seemingly no longer in the title picture, as she teamed up with Alexa Bliss on Monday to defeat Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H. We’ll have to see where this leads, but she’s in danger of falling further down this list in the coming days. Of course, that’s more because of where she is on the card than anything she does in the ring.
16. The Brawling Brutes (Last Week: 15)
As mentioned earlier, Sheamus and The Brutes look to be headed for a SummerSlam program with Drew McIntyre to help determine a No. 1 Contender for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championships at Clash at the Castle, which is good for the group. But McIntyre beat Butch on SmackDown and then terrfied the trio by cutting apart the top rope with Angela, which was bad for them. The good is more long-term and outweighs the bad, but the bad is enough to drop Sheamus and Co. down one spot here.
17. The Viking Raiders (Last Week: 20)
If things keep going the way they are for The Viking Raiders, expect their rise in these ranks to keep going and going. They once again made quick work of their competition on SmackDown, easily defeating Jinder Mahal and Shanky. The New Day then came out to deliver an ass whopping to the Raiders, but instead got their asses whopped. Erik and Ivar could be challenging for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships sooner rather than later.
18. The Street Profits (Last Week: 16)
Man, it's been a rough two weeks for The Street Profits. It felt like yesterday that they were knocking on the door of the Top 10 and now, they're at serious risk of falling out into "On the cusp" despite being lined up for a SummerSlam rematch with The Usos. While the duo had a decently entertaining promo with their rivals that featured R-Truth and Omos, they were on the losing side of a six-man tag involving "The Ones" and the two aforementioned Superstars. They are without a doubt one of the best, most talented tag teams in WWE, but their losses are piling up. They need to turn things around and fast.
19. Dolph Ziggler (Last Week: Unranked)
Oh hey there, Dolph! It's nice to see you again.
Coming straight through "On the cusp" and into the No. 19 spot, Ziggler made an impactful return to Raw on Monday by showing up to the surprise of all during the main event and sitting ringside before costing Theory the match and superkicking his head into orbit afterward. It seems the Triple Crown Champion and former NXT Champion has a bone to pick with Mr. Money in the Bank, turning him face as a result. It'll be interesting to learn the reasoning behind Ziggler's actions, but an impact he most certainly made last night.
20. Madcap Moss (Last Week: 18)
Madcap Moss clings to the end of our rankings here based on things holding status quo for him this week. He didn't have a match, but he did get a curious backstage pop-in on a Theory promo. That could just be a setup for a singles match between the two for this Friday, especially given the Ziggler development, but it's better than being absent from TV completely or eating a loss.
On the cusp: Happy Corbin, Ezekiel, Omos, Alexa Bliss, The Miz, Ciampa, New Day, Lacey Evans, Shinsuke Nakamura, Carmella, Edge, The Judgment Day
Who’s NXT: Bron Breakker, Mandy Rose, Cora Jade & Roxanne Perez, Carmelo Hayes, The Creed Brothers, Cameron Grimes, Tiffany Stratton