In the wake of Night of Champions, this week’s Monday Night RAW featured a beefy card as new rivalries between Charlotte Flair and Paige, as well as old ones between John Cena and Seth Rollins continue to play out in front of the WWE Universe.
Check out this week’s WWE RAW Power Rankings to see how these developments and more began to build the foundation for the upcoming Hell in a Cell.
Honorable Mention: Kane: This multiple personality stuff could be a lot of fun if done properly, but considering how over-used he’s been, it’s going to take more than one or two fun segments to convince the litany of haters that he can still be an engaging character.
5: Charlotte Flair: Her championship celebration party was a sweet moment in the beginning, as Flair is one of the most exciting young talents in the WWE today and while Paige’s departure from PCB hurts her at first, it’ll help her more in the long run. Although she needs to continue to develop her character more on the microphone, her in-ring skill is what makes her special and it’s here where she’ll get over with fans. However, you can make the argument that former PCB stablemate Paige is indeed the better worker, while former Champion Nikki Bella, another worthy challenger, is due a rematch. Through all of this, Flair will have an awesome opportunity to prove how worthy she is of the Divas Title.
4: Sheamus: He’s going to be WWE World Heavyweight Champion- it’s only a matter of time. However, WWE Creative doesn’t help him build a case by having him fight against Mark Henry. Simply put, Sheamus needs more mic time and more opportunities to show his massive destructive power.
3: The Wyatt Family: With Randy Orton back, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Braun Strowman will have their hands full over the next few weeks, but with Strowman’s power, Harper’s versatility and Wyatt’s unpredictability, the threesome is still stronger than ever.
2: John Cena: With the United States Championship back around his waist, Cena can continue to put over young talent and sell merchandise. At this point in his career, you can expect him to eventually get back in the WWE World Heavyweight Title picture, but not right away. With Kevin Owens as IC Champion and Cena with the US, the WWE, for the first time in a long time can feature awesome matches on RAW and Smackdown, all while protecting Rollins. While it may limit’s Cena’s star power temporarily, it’ll be much of the same situation as his last reign as US Champ, with plenty of matches against some of the best young performers the promotion has to offer.
1: Seth Rollins: Fresh off his win over Sting, Rollins is still in retreat mode, but don’t fear. He’s still the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and Kane is not going to be the guy to take it away from him. While the same can’t be said for John Cena, that scenario doesn’t appear in the cards just yet.