Wednesday, January 29, 2020

We, at Rope Break, are here to rank the top 10 superstars from this week’s RAW and SmackDown Live. The superstars are ranked based on various aspects including victories, promos, and angles.   

Honourable mention

Kurt Angle

Angle returning to his hometown of Pittsburgh to deliver a heartfelt speech and announce that his farewell match would take place at WrestleMania was a feel-good moment which the fans loved to watch. Having one last match in his hometown was a nice touch, despite the choice of opponent.

The Power 10

10) Bobby Lashley

Lashley winning the InterContinental championship after basically dominating the entire match makes him look great, despite it putting Balor back into the deep ends.

9) Batista

Last week, Triple H demanded a confrontation between him and the man who attacked his mentor, Batista. Batista, being a smarmy heel, comes out, surrounded by a team of security guards. Mr “Give me what I want” came across as the smarter one. He didn’t need the WWE anymore. All his points were poignant (and filled with spit). It got the fans hyped for their match at Mania.

8) Roman Reigns

Reigns, in his first match back with his brothers, looked incredible. We don’t know if this was the final time we see the shield together, but if it was, it was fantastic. The farewell segment with the shield was heart-warming.

7) Rey Mysterio

Rey looked great in the fatal 4 way and came very close to winning the title before Joe caught him the Coquina clutch. Picking up a win in the tag match on the following SmackDown against the US Champion gives him a lot of momentum heading into WrestleMania.

6) Shane McMahon

At Fastlane, Shane stabbed his former teammate, the Miz, the in the back. Coming out on Smackdown two nights later and being a smarmy prick while saying he’s the best in the world was a great touch, setting up his feud with the MIz.

5) Ronda Rousey

Despite for the lack of a better term, ruining the Fastlane match between Charlotte and Becky, Ronda brought it back with an impassioned promo on RAW, cementing her as the heel. Perfectly set up for a certain Irish lady to take her down at Mania.

4) Ricochet/Black

The unlikely tag team have done well for themselves in recent weeks. However, they were everywhere this week. They had a great showing at Fastlane despite not winning the RAW tag titles followed by a great match on RAW the next night against Gable and Roode followed by being in a tag match on SmackDown. Not to mention, they won the Dusty Rhodes classic by defeating DIY at NXT.

3) Kofi Kingston

Despite getting screwed by Vince McMahon at Fastlane, Kofi showed heart before coming up short against the Bar. On Smackdown, Kofi cut the promo of his life, coming off as the sympathetic Babyface who’s willing to fight for a chance. The Gauntlet match next week would be must-see.

2) Randy Orton

Randy Orton, on this week’s edition of SmackDown, brought it. We forget how good Randy can be when he brings it. He cut a fantastic promo on AJ Styles and the entire indie scene. It was a great verbal debate. The reason it’s ranked so high is because it was unexpected. Seeing Randy fired up was so fun. I did not care about their match before SmackDown, I do now.

1) Drew McIntyre

After a great showing in the 6 man tag at Fastlane, Drew needed to go off on his own and become the monster of old and on RAW, he did exactly that. A pre-match attack on Roman, disposing off him and leaving him decimated followed by a brutal Beatdown of Dean Ambrose. Drew looked like a dominant monster. This will most probably lead to a Mania match with Roman, and this week’s RAW has me hooked.

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