WWE Rankings: Bianca Belair is Back

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We're getting closer. WWE SummerSlam 2022 is just a week-and-a-half away from airing live on Peacock as the platform's next Premium Live Event on Saturday, July 30 and the card is starting to solidify.

Certain matches are now a lock, while others are having their stories play out to what will surely result in announcements next week. With it comes the jockeying for position on our Superstar Power Rankings, highlighted this week by a Raw that featured a big performance by Bianca Belair, the return to WWE TV by Logan Paul and a segment between Riddle and Seth "Freakin'" Rollins that has poured a heap of gas onto the fire of their rivalry.

Let's get to it. And for a further breakdown, be sure to read on beyond the table.

Change Key:
NC = No Change from last week
NR = Not Ranked last week
Plus = Moved up from last week
Minus = Moved down from last week

Rank

Superstar

Brand

Change

1

Roman Reigns - Undisputed WWE Universal Champion

SmackDown

NC

2

Bianca Belair - Raw Women's Champion

Raw

+2

3

Bobby Lashley - United States Champion

Raw

NC

4

The Usos - Undisputed Tag Team Champions

SmackDown

-2

5

Liv Morgan - SmackDown Women's Champion

SmackDown

+4

6

Becky Lynch

Raw

NC

7

Riddle

Raw

-2

8

Theory

Raw

-2

9

Gunther - Intercontinental Champion

SmackDown

-1

10

Drew McIntyre

SmackDown

+1

11

Seth "Freakin'" Rollins

Raw

+1

12

A.J. Styles

Raw

+1

13

Ronda Rousey

SmackDown

-3

14

Asuka

Raw

+1

15

Brock Lesnar

N/A

-1

16

Dolph Ziggler

Raw

+3

17

The Street Profits

Raw

+1

18

The Judgment Day

Raw

NR

19

The Viking Raiders

SmackDown

-2

20

Logan Paul

N/A

NR

1. Roman Reigns – Undisputed WWE Universal Champion (NC)

"The Tribal Chief" didn't grace our screens this week, but that doesn't change the fact that his presence is ever-felt and he still holds the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. It also helped that one Mr. Paul Heyman had a few interesting backstage segments with Theory and Madcap Moss advocating as only he can (i.e. underhandidly with a silver tongue) on behalf of Reigns.

2. Bianca Belair – Raw Women’s Champion (+2)

Belair got herself some really good promo time with Carmella and Becky Lynch before picking up a big victory on the former to retain her Raw Women's Championship on Monday night. The promo time with Lynch was especially good, really playing into the history between the two women dating back a full calendar year and selling the growing hatred they have for one another. With that heated discussion and the defeat of Carmella, we appear to be full steam ahead for a "Big Time" SummerSlam matchup between Belair and her year-long rival.

3. Bobby Lashley – United States Champion (NC)

"The All Mighty" stands pat at No. 3 this week by virtue of not being on television and those below him not doing enough to overtake him while Belair and The Usos swap places. Bobby Lashley has been on a major roll for the last month and it felt unwarrented to drop him for having a week off, given the performances of those around him.]

4. The Usos – Undisputed Tag Team Champions (-2)

The best way to sum up The Usos' week after landing No. 2 on our list would be the shrug emoji. They ended the week well, standing tall over The Street Profits alongside Omos, but they were dealt a tough loss on SmackDown on Friday when Jimmy Uso lost to Angelo Dawkins in the same controversial fashion that The Usos beat The Profits at Money in the Bank. Not the kind of week that should knock them too far down, but also not the kind that warrants them staying just underneath their cousin.

5. Liv Morgan – SmackDown Women's Champion (+4)

The SmackDown Women's Champion continues her climb on the list after getting a clean victory over former No. 1 Contender Natalya this past Friday. Though the match wasn't either Superstar's best, there was an awkward segment or two, the win kept Liv looking strong while the speed of it (or lack thereof) allowed for a nice natural progression for her program with Ronda Rousey without Ronda being present. It also does a good job of making Liv out to be the underdog for this upcoming SummerSlam clash despite wearing the championship around her waist.

6. Becky Lynch (NC)

Lynch has a Raw Women’s Championship match awaiting her at SummerSlam. And her opponent was made official after Bianca Belair outlasted Carmella on Monday to retain the title. That was despite Lynch’s best efforts to put Belair at a disadvantage. The rivals exchanged words in the ring prior to the match, which ultimately led to a 2-on-1 beatdown with Carmella assisting Lynch. “Big Time Becks” even used her patented Manhandle Slam, but Belair managed to defeat Carmella anyway. Still, Lynch sent a message to the "EST of WWE" this week.

7. Riddle (-2)

Riddle is officially lined up for a high-profile singles match against Seth “Freakin’” Rollins at SummerSlam, which legitimately has a chance to steal the show. However, the scheming Rollins gained the upper hand on Monday. Riddle was Kevin Owens’ guest for an entertaining edition of “The KO Show” and ended up being ambushed by Rollins, including a pair of curbstomps. We’ll see if Riddle can respond next week in advance of the showdown.

8. Theory (-2)

Theory remains in an enviable position as Mr. Money in the Bank and is getting plenty of screen time at the moment, but he gets knocked down a couple of pegs coming out of Smackdown and Raw. He was disqualified in his match against Madcap Moss on Smackdown after hitting his opponent with the Money in the Bank briefcase. And while the blue chipper got to go toe-to-toe on the mic and in the ring with A.J. Styles on Monday, he lost by count out after Dolph Ziggler interfered with another superkick. If that wasn’t bad enough, Theory also took a Styles Clash to finish his night. On the bright side, he still has a U.S. championship rematch against Lashley lined up for SummerSlam. And he’s a threat to cash in his briefcase at any moment.

9. Gunther – Intercontinental Champion (-1)

Gunther slips one spot from last week, but was still involved in a very effective backstage segment with Ludwig Kaiser on Smackdown in which he punished him for losing to Shinsuke Nakamura the week before. That punishment consisted of one of his patented chops to the chest. Ouch. The Intercontinental Champion sent the message that losing is unacceptable with Kaiser scheduled for a rematch against Nakamura this Friday. Even when Gunther isn’t in the ring, he’s showing that he’s one of the best characters in the company these days.

10. Drew McIntyre (+1)

Sheamus continues to dodge McIntyre, who is taking out the Brawling Brutes one-by-one. “The Celtic Warrior” claimed to be under the weather two weeks ago, leading to McIntyre taking care of Butch, but last week some shenanigans with the ring bell led to a match with Ridge Holland. McIntyre took care of business yet again, so Sheamus can’t avoid him for much longer. If the hope was that Butch and Holland would weaken him, it’s just not working. With Summerslam and Clash at the Castle approaching, McIntyre is a man on a mission.

11. Seth “Freakin’” Rollins (+1)

Rollins moves up a spot in the ranks following his beatdown of his SummerSlam opponent, Riddle, on Monday Night Raw. Of course, he attacked him from behind, so it wasn’t exactly a fair fight. But that hasn’t exactly stopped “The Visionary” before. Still, Rollins did some serious damage with a pair of curbstomps. It will be interesting to see how personal this rivalry gets with SummerSlam rapidly approaching.

12. A.J. Styles (+1)

Styles is pound-for-pound one of the best performers in the company, but sadly he’s a bit directionless leading into SummerSlam. However, he moves up a spot here after a good showing against Theory on Monday. He exchanged words with the youngster — even challenging him to a future match should he win the U.S. title or successfully cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase — but he also walked away victorious after some interference by Dolph Ziggler resulted in Theory being counted out. Styles deserves better, but it’s hard to see where he fits at SummerSlam right now.

13. Ronda Rousey (-3)

Rousey stumbles a bit here by virtue of not appearing on Smackdown last week. More time to heal her “injured” knee, perhaps? Still, Rousey will get her rematch for the Smackdown Women’s championship against Liv Morgan at SummerSlam. “The Baddest Woman on the Planet” is a serious threat in a more traditional match and could easily find her way back into the Top 10 in short order.

14. Asuka (+1)

Asuka sort of finds herself in a similar spot as A.J. Styles in the rankings in that she’s capable of big things but doesn’t have a direction leading into SummerSlam. She was involved in a wacky triple threat match on Raw — which turned into an impromptu 24/7 championship hot potato situation — but she ultimately secured the win for her team after applying the Asuka Lock on Nikki A.S.H. It appears that she’s on a tag team run with Alexa Bliss, but with those titles in limbo, it’s hard to say where she’s headed.

15. Brock Lesnar (-1)

"The Beast" drops one spot for no other reason other he was nowhere to be found this week. With SummerSlam right around the corner, though, one would think we’d be seeing him again soon. Roman Reigns will be at Madison Square Garden for RAW on Monday, so will Lesnar show up at the World’s Most Famous Arena as well?

16. Dolph Ziggler (+3)

Dolph continued to be a thorn in Theory’s side this week as he sat ringside for Mr. Money in the Bank’s matchup against A.J. Styles. Theory ate one of Ziggler’s trademark superkick’s while the ref’s back was turned, leading to a countout victory for "The Phenomenal One." One would think based on how things are going that Ziggler might be added to Theory's U.S. Championship match against Bobby Lashley at SummerSlam, but no announcement has been made to make that official as of the publication of these rankings.

17. The Street Profits (+1)

Angelo Dawkins picked up a huge singles victory over Jimmy Uso on SmackDown last Friday. And the Street Profits defeated Omos and MVP on RAW this week via DQ. While technically that’s two victories in a row, Omos was dominant in the match Monday, kicking out of Montez Ford’s trademark Frogsplash before the ref even made a two-count. They still have The Usos in their sights for SummerSlam where the special guest referee will be WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett.

18. The Judgment Day (NR)

Beating the legendary Rey Mysterio doesn’t seem to carry the same weight that it did a decade ago. But Finn Balor knocked off the future Hall-of-Famer two weeks ago, and Damien Priest did the same this week, propelling The Judgment Day back into the Top-20. They added insult to injury by trying to force Rey’s son Dominik to join them and give his father a Con-Chair-To, but instead Priest and Balor left the Mysterios humiliated in the ring. Rey will be celebrating 20 years with WWE next week at MSG on RAW, but it would be no surprise to see The Judgment Day crash the party.

19. The Viking Raiders (-2)

After laying waste to The New Day and Jinder Mahal and Shanky the last two weeks, the new vicious Viking Raiders were a victim of the numbers game on SmackDown. After The New Day’s not-so-funny parody of Erik and Ivar, it looked like yet another raid was about to commence, but Jinder and Shanky blindsided the duo before Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods joined the attack. While The Viking Raiders were forced to retreat, they didn’t suffer much damage and will surely be looking for revenge.

20. Logan Paul (NR)

Fresh off signing a three-year contract with WWE, social media megastar Logan Paul was in the main event segment of RAW on Miz TV. If you’ll recall, the two teamed up together at WrestleMania and defeated The Mysterios. But after the match The Miz inexplicably turned on his partner. Ever since then, the host of the Impaulsive Podcast has been stewing and waiting for his opportunity at revenge. Paul laid out a SummerSlam challenge to The Miz, and while he initially declined, after having his, uhm, manhood questioned, he eventually accepted. Ciampa then blindsided Paul, but WWE’s newest Superstar was able to escape relatively unscathed despite being outnumbered.

On the cusp: The Viking Raiders, Madcap Moss, The Brawling Brutes, Happy Corbin, Kevin Owens, Omos, Alexa Bliss, The Miz, Ciampa, New Day, Ezekiel, Lacey Evans, Shinsuke Nakamura

Who’s NXT: Bron Breakker, Mandy Rose, Roxanne Perez, Carmelo Hayes, The Creed Brothers, Cora Jade, Tiffany Stratton, Tony D’Angelo, Solo Sikoa, Giovanni Vinci

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