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. This week we endured the go home episodes to this Sundays Money In The Bank PPV and surprisingly it wasn’t any of the 3 main champions that shone this week…

10. Rey Mysterio

The master of the 619 proved as popular as ever this week in front of a UK audience on Raw. Whilst his feud with Samoa Joe is seemingly never ending and perhaps lacking a real story to sink the teeth into, the prospect of a real long PPV match between these two top tier performers is certainly an exciting prospect (as long as Samoa Joe retains)!

9. The Miz

It still shocks me how naturally The Miz has fallen into this mega babyface role considering how awful his first face run was a few years back. Miz’s interactions with Roman Reigns not only showed he can hang with legit main event talent and look good doing it but also that he can bring the best out of people around him. Miz made Reigns come across more believable and charismatic and hopefully once this Shane McMahon story ends, he can become a viable world title threat!

8. Cesaro

The Swiss Superman put in absolutely stellar performance this week on Raw from London England. Cesaro battled against Rey Mysterio in a fantastic match that had a slightly quieter crowd pretty invested by the end. Whilst its a shame Cesaro isn’t getting the chance to compete in this years Money In The Bank ladder match, he could make an excellent foe for Samoa Joe’s United States Championship down the line.

7. Daniel Bryan

Whilst there is an argument that Daniel Bryan going from WWE Champion 2 months ago to WWE Tag Team Champion in a pre show match is a massive step down, the GOAT still manages to own it. The Smackdown tag division is absolutely dire and with a lack of credible teams to use, this role will work for Daniel Bryan short term whilst benefiting the division as a whole in the long run.

6. Mandy Rose

Has anyone noticed that Mandy Rose is the only heel character going into the women’s Money In The Bank ladder match? I have an internal feeling like this Sunday may just be Mandy’s coming out party as she becomes miss money in the bank. Her alliance with Sonya Deville plus WWE’s blatant affinity with blonde women make her a prime front runner to be holding a certain briefcase for the foreseeable future.

5. Baron Corbin

Similarly to last week, Corbin ranks this high purely for being an excellent dickhead. He is one of the only main roster heels who is genuinely loathed by most and gets big heat no matter where he is or what he’s doing. Whilst Corbin should absolutely NOT win the money in the bank briefcase again on Sunday, the tease of him doing so will have the PPV crowd eating out of the palm of his hand.

4. Sami Zayn

If it was possible for Sami Zayn’s stock to rise any higher, he can add potentially becoming Mr Money In The Bank to his ever growing CV. Zayn managed to defeat Braun Strowman in a falls count anywhere match to replace The Monster Amongst Men in this Sunday’s ladder match and quite frankly improved the match potential massively. Sami is an excellent performer and could be a wondrous brief case holder, especially if he holds it for an extended period of time!

3. Sonya Deville

A surprising choice perhaps considering she isn’t even a part of Sundays ladder match but Sonya Deville was certainly the star performer of team Fire and Desire this week on Smackdown Live. In a match against Kairi Sane and Asuka, Deville looked very impressive in the ring, showing leaps of improvement from her main roster debut and continuing to prove why she may be the commodity WWE needs to start focusing on in the Smackdown women’s division!

2. Bray Wyatt

Consistently the highlight across all WWE television since his return, Bray Wyatt has rapidly become the most see version of his character that we’ve ever seen. The darker and more twisted the Firefly Funhouse episodes get, the more desperate fans are becoming to see what sort of menacing things Wyatt could get up to when he finally steps into the ring, perhaps a surprise appearance at a certain PPV this sunday?…

1. Nikki Cross

After literally months of doing next to months and not even being given a brand during this years superstar shakeup, Nikki Cross has finally made her mark on Monday Night Raw. As a slightly unhinged buddy to Alexa Bliss, Cross looked awesome in a fatal four way on Raw where she successfully defeated Natalya, Naomi and Dana Brooke. Add in the announcement of Cross replacing Bliss in the Women’s money in the bank ladder match and you might just have 2 Scottish brief case holding psychopaths on Raw come Monday.

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