Welcome to the first installment of NBC Sports EDGE’s new WWE Superstar Power Rankings! While there may not be any major fantasy angles to dissect when it comes to sports entertainment, several members of the EDGE staff are big fans and wanted to start breaking down what they’re seeing in the squared circle each week. These rankings are based on BOTH the results that are occurring on television as well as our writers’ assessments on how the Superstars are performing week in and week out.
1. Roman Reigns – Undisputed WWE Universal Champion
It’s only fitting that "The Head of the Table" is at the head of our Power Rankings. While we’d love to see the leader of The Bloodline in action more often, there’s no denying his dominance. After an impressive victory last week over Riddle on SmackDown, without the assistance of any outside interference, we acknowledge Roman Reigns.
2. Seth "Freakin’" Rollins
While Rollins may not be wearing any gold these days, he’s been a workhorse for the RAW brand. Yes, he lost three straight matches to Cody Rhodes, but those matches were routinely the best matches on the card, and their recent Hell in a Cell clash was an instant classic. There was so much drama surrounding Rhodes’ torn pec, but it takes two to tango, and Rollins was masterful at executing a believable and entertaining match while competing against a one-armed man. After putting Cody on the shelf, Rollins has his sights set on reclaiming the title of "Mr. Money in the Bank."
3. Bianca Belair – Raw Women’s Champion
While Belair may be "The EST" of the WWE, she’s not quite "The EST" of these Power Rankings just yet. Belair defeated Becky Lynch to reclaim her championship at WrestleMania and then successfully defended the gold against both Lynch and Asuka at WrestleMania Backlash. After Rhea Ripley was unable to be medically cleared, Belair will now face Carmella at Money in the Bank, which feels like a step back for "The EST." Then again, this event led Carmella to using the catch phrase “Mella is Money” so anything is possible.
4. Ronda Rousey – SmackDown Women’s Champion
"The Baddest Woman on the Planet" finally exacted revenge on Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania Backlash, making her utter the words “I Quit” to become SmackDown Women’s Champion. Natalya is her next challenge on deck, which like Bianca-Carmella, seems like a likely one-off program. Rousey has been impressive since making her comeback at the Royal Rumble, but it still seems at times that she’s shaking off some rust both in the ring and on the mic. If she can keep the WWE Universe’s interest in a lower-profile feud like this, it will be a good sign that she’s all the way back.
After RAW Monday night, you might be expecting to see Riddle lower on this list. While seeing him tossed around like a rag doll against Omos and then receiving a Stomp from Seth Rollins was disheartening coming off such an impressive performance against Roman Reigns on SmackDown, Riddle’s body of work in 2022 has been too impressive to slide too far down the list after just one bad night. He was the workhorse of the RKBro tag team with Randy Orton, and he’s been shining even with Randy on the shelf with a back injury. Riddle seemed to be on the path of shedding his primarily comedic persona with a more serious and competitive side, so hopefully a program with Seth Rollins will keep him moving in the right direction.
6. The Usos – Undisputed Tag Team Champions
Holding the SmackDown Tag Team Championships for 338 days and unifying them with the RAW Tag Team Championships not too long ago, you’d think the Usos would be even higher up on this list. But it seems like any time the belts aren’t on the line, “The Ones” are losing match after match. But when it matters most, they come out on top, and they’ve been integral parts of Roman Reigns’ dominant run as "The Head of the Table."
7. Gunther – Intercontinental Champion
Gunther, formerly known as Walter in NXT, hasn’t been on the WWE main roster very long, but he has made an immediate impact, already capturing the Intercontinental Championship. Despite shedding considerable weight, Gunther hasn’t lost his intimidation factor, and his trademark chops still echo throughout arenas everywhere. With Ludwig Kaiser by his side as well, Gunther could be a dominant force for a long time.
While Asuka came up short in her bid to win the Raw Women’s Championship in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania Backlash against Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch, she hasn’t missed a beat since returning after nearly a year-long absence on April 25. She’s been a thorn in Becky Lynch’s side the entire time, and just knocked off "Big Time Becks" again on Raw this week, earning a spot in the Money in the Bank match on July 2.
9. Theory – United States Champion
Theory may have lost his first name, but he gained the Unites States Championship and is now the youngest to ever hold that title. With a seemingly limitless potential ceiling, Theory is already impressive in the ring and is improving on the mic. For weeks he’s been dropping hints about a potential program with the legendary John Cena, who just so happens to be making a return appearance on RAW next week. Will the young Theory be able to go toe-to-toe with Mr. Hustle-Loyalty-Respect?
10. Drew McIntyre
The original "Chosen One" comes in one spot after the “New Chosen One.” McIntyre seems to have been spinning his wheels for quite a while after losing the Universal Championship back in 2021. He hasn’t been losing too many matches, but he also hasn’t been in too many prominent programs. But that will be changing in a hurry as he has a spot in the Money in the Bank match and then a likely clash with Roman Reigns at Clash at the Castle where he’ll have a major home field advantage.
11. Veer Mahan
You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone in the history of WWE who had more vignettes shown on TV before an actual debut (that was really more of a re-debut anyways). But since Veer finally arrived back on Raw, he’s been a one-man wrecking machine. He hasn’t exactly faced a lot of top-flight competition, but he recently made short work of the legendary Rey Mysterio. It will be interesting to see him face off against some stiffer competition.
12. The Judgment Day
Even though you can argue that Damien Priest, Rhea Ripley and Finn Balor ousted their group’s founder a bit prematurely, what you can’t argue with is the talent-level of this group. Ripley was in line for a Raw Women’s Championship opportunity before being sidelined with an undisclosed injury, Priest is an imposing force with an impressive win-loss record and Balor is now in a role that seems to suit him much better than the smiling babyface. If this group starts reverting to using “supernatural powers,” though, we reserve the right to slide them much further down the list.
13. Madcap Moss
The suspenders are finally gone, but can we also ditch the Madcap moniker? One of the most athletically gifted Superstars in the entire company, Moss has a chance to really shine now that he’s moved on from Happy Corbin who had him entrenched in the mid-card.
14. Becky Lynch
"Big Time Becks" is one of WWE’s flagship Superstars. But she’s in a bit of a rut every since losing the Raw Women’s Championship to Bianca Belair at WrestleMania. She’s been so distracted that she even lost a match to Dana Brooke of 24/7 Title fame. After another loss to Asuka on Raw Monday, it’s hard to rationalize having her much higher on the list until she can get back on the winning track.
15. Brock Lesnar
"The Beast" is back! Brock Lesnar made his first appearance since WrestleMania on SmcakDown last Friday to make his intentions known to "The Head of the Table." He delivered F-5s to Roman Reigns and The Usos and now has a Last Man Standing Match set for SummerSlam. It’s probably just a matter of time before Brock moves owards the top of this list.
16. The Brawling Brutes
The Brutes’ feud with The New Day established them as a formidable trio, but something new and different is long overdue. Sheamus is officially in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match after a qualifying match with Drew McIntyre ended in a double DQ, so he has his eyes set on reclaiming the big prize. Butch is ever-unpredictable, but it’s not hard to imagine a dominant tag-team run with Ridge Holland.
17. Raquel Rodriguez
Gonzalez makes the list fresh off qualifying for the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match following a victory over Shayna Baszler on Smackdown last Friday. Don’t let the smile fool you. She certainly has the size and the strength advantage over the field so far. Ronda Rousey might have outlasted Gonzalez before, but she better keep looking over her shoulder.
18. Kevin Owens
You’ve got to give it to KO. While, yes, his long-running post-Mania rivalry with Ezekiel is a significant downgrade from "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (Then again, who isn’t a downgrade from Austin?), Owens’ unmatched work on the microphone has made what would be an otherwise painful program into one that has us routinely chuckling and grinning from ear to ear. He may not have gotten the best of Ezekiel in a clearly glued-on beard posing as his returning “brother” Elias, but slap us sideways into SummerSlam if the segment wasn’t top-quality sports entertainment.
19. Street Profits
A BIG statement win for Angelo Dawkins this week against one-half of the Unified Tag Team Champions in Jey Uso, as the Steet Profits appeared to solidify themselves as the No. 1 contenders to The Usos’ titles. They talked the talk before Dawkins walked the walk, but can the Profits handle the smoke in the clutch? As we’ve mentioned above, “The Ones” may bend in non-title situations, but seldom do they break when those championships are on the line. Ford and Dawkins’ prior championship pedigree suggests they have a chance. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Lashley has been languishing in the mid-card ever since he lost the WWE Championship back at Elimination Chamber. His program with Omos was cluttered with unfinished Hurt Business and his rivalry with Theory so far has been questionable. However, this week’s segment between the two and his gauntlet win against both members of Alpha Academy and Theory himself was a step in the right direction, leading to an opportunity to win the United States Championship at Money in the Bank. We see this going one of two ways: Lashley loses to give Theory a statement win before the blue chipper sets his sights on John Cena at SummerSlam, or Cena pops up to distract Theory and give Lashley the win and title. Neither are ideal for “The All Mighty,” but we're hopeful things will be looking up for him post-premium live event.
On the cusp: Omos, Natalya, Liv Morgan, Alexa Bliss, Sami Zayn, Edge, Ricochet, A.J. Styles, The Miz, The New Day, Lacey Evans, Ezekiel, The Mysterios, Shinsuke Nakamura, Alpha Academy
Who’s NXT: Bron Breakker, Toxic Attraction, Carmelo Hayes, The Creed Brothers, Cameron Grimes