WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins started this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW with plenty of things of say about United States Champion John Cena, but by the end of the night he was just happy to still have his belt around his waist. Continuing to forge his legacy in the ring as champion, Rollins once again proved why he’s the future of the WWE.
Check out this week’s RAW Power Rankings to see how the Summerslam card is shaping up with less than two weeks to go before the big event and who else left RAW with something to brag about.
Enter the Green Arrow: “Arrow” star Steve Amell was intense this week on RAW and will get his opportunity to take down Stardust at Summerslam in the form of a Tag Team Match. A natural athlete, Amell will get some help from Neville, who will definitely do the majority of the heavy lifting. But even at that, while Amell’s not going to be amazing in the ring by any stretch of the imagination, chances are he’ll be a heck of a lot better than Jay Leno, David Arquette and some of the other horrible celebrity appearances professional wrestling has had over the years.
Honorable Mention: Antonio Cesaro: Win, lose or draw, Cesaro continues to prove he’s one of the top workers in the promotion. With a rapidly-growing fan base and a ton of athletic ability, Cesaro has the potential to be the type of performer that hardcore fans can fall for.
5: The Divas Division: If the WWE just called up Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair a few weeks ago, the Divas Division would have been great, but by adding Becky Lynch, giving a more prominent role to Naomi and adding Alicia Foxx to Team Bella, the Divas Division is no longer relegated to one five-minute match. For the fourth show in a show, the Divas have had promo time and the type of match that viewers could get into. Although the mic work has been average at best, the in-ring work and mentorship from indie legend Sara Del Ray is uber apparent. With the Women’s Division in NXT just as strong with Bayley, Emma, Carmella and Dana Brooke in the wings, women’s wrestling has never been stronger in the WWE.
4: Daniel Bryan: The fans still adore him and even though his segment on MizTV was more about him appearing in his home state and promoting his book and role on “Tough Enough,” it goes to prove that if he can ever get healthy enough to be an in-ring performer again, he’s still got the ability to captivate.
3: The Undertaker/Brock Lesnar Feud: Billed “Too Good for Wrestlemania,” the second part of this war is bound to be another classic. While the documentary segment this week wasn’t nearly as good as seeing them on the card, it added a nice layer to the drama.
2: Randy Orton: Although he came up short in his bid to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship this week on RAW, The Viper continues to give the WWE Universe the types of performances that they can’t be angry about. With Sheamus hungry for a fight as well, Orton will have his hands full for the next few weeks. One of the most consistent and steady workers the company has, Orton is always an RKO away from being the face of the WWE, again.
1: Seth Rollins: The WWE World Heavyweight Champion is right. This week on RAW Rollins said he “broke the face of the man who runs this place,” but he forgot to add something else to that dastardly promo- he’s easily one of the best young heels in the sport today. With more mocking of John Cena as well, Rollins makes that much easier for the kids to hate him and the 20 and 30-somethings to love him.