New faces, new match-ups and a revitalized Divas division made sure that this week’s RAW was another noteworthy one. Although there weren’t any real surprises, there didn’t need to be. The in-ring action alone was enough to keep you engaged, but the continuing drama between Seth Rollins and Sting made sure you didn’t change the channel.
Check out this week’s RAW Power Rankings to see who else starred in a well-rounded episode of the WWE’s flagship show.
Honorable Mention: The Divas: Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Paige have continued to get it done in the ring. While enough cannot be with how much more work Lynch and Flair need on the microphone, all three members of PCB were solid in the ring this week, in spite of a lack of time to develop anything meaningful. Add in Nikki Bella’s historical reign as Divas Champion and the new faces in the division and women’s wrestling in the WWE hasn’t been this enjoyable in a long time.
The Wyatt Family: Although Braun Strowman is green as hell, his power and awesome submission finisher hides his weaknesses well. Add in a solid and polished opponent in Dean Ambrose and Strowman fared well in his in-ring debut. With Luke Harper’s in-ring prowess and Bray Wyatt’s charisma, the Wyatt’s, away from The Authority, are the top faction in the WWE.
5: The Dudley Boys: In their first match on RAW in over a decade, Bully Ray and D-Von dominated the WWE Tag Team trio of The New Day. With plenty of fan support and a lack of real depth in the Tag Team division before their arrival, The Dudley Boys are in a prime position to become 10-time Tag Team Champions.
4: Ryback: He’s obviously not the most technically-gifted superstar to ever hold the Intercontinental title, but he had a solid 10-minute match with the Big Show. With no United States title defenses after John Cena’s loss to Seth Rollins, the IC title has never been more important. With Ryback in the middle of a feud with Show and The Miz, the title is at least being featured heavily. As a result, Ryback’s stock is much higher than you think.
3: Kevin Owens: Although Cesaro has proven to be just as amazing in the ring, Owens continues to get the better of the Swiss Superman. From the King of the Indie scene to one of the top up and coming superstars in the WWE, Owens is bound to earn some singles gold, soon.
2: Sting: Ever the “Vigilante,” Sting’s mission is more than the pursuit of the one title he’s never won. Sure, there’s no doubt wants the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but he wants to teach Seth Rollins a lesson as well. Still capable of performing at a high level, at least for one or two more angles, Sting can help Seth Rollins carve his young, ever-changing legacy, while, at the same time, continue to add a few more pages to his. Although his promo was extremely generic to start the show, just having him on RAW is a treat.
1: Seth Rollins: For a guy that’s ben a singles performer in the WWE for a little over a year, he’s gotten more done than many WWE superstars who most consider legends. What did Triple H do his first few years in the company? While he’s in a league of his own as young heels go, Rollins needs emotional feuds that connect him to more fans. That’s the only thing that’ll increase his credibility, making this angle with Sting- and John Cena, an incredibly important one.