WWE Power Rankings: SummerSlam 2022 Edition

Welcome to the Sports Obsessive first ever WWE Power Rankings! And what better time to start than in the aftermath of the first post-Vince McMahon PPV/PLE the company has put on since Junior took over the company from his father? As I’ve said earlier, it was a show under much scrutiny and it mainly delivered, but more than that, it gave us some big power plays that set up some hopefully big storylines moving forward.

Let’s get into the Power Rankings!

5. Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins has hysterical laughter over the prone body of Riddle

The Monday Night Messiah is the first ever entrant on our WWE Power Rankings, but he nearly didn’t make it at all. His scheduled SummerSlam match with Riddle was canceled only days before the big show. Looks like it was for a good reason, however, as an angle between the two played out instead to give the match more heat as and when it does finally occur.

Riddle surely thought he was making a power play by storming the ring and calling Seth out for a fight, but it only played into Seth’s hands, with a reoccurrence of the double stomp further hurting Riddle and giving Seth the psychological and physical advantage over his rival. A big power play from Mr. Rollins here.

4. Rhonda Rousey

Rhonda Rousey drops the referee into an arm bar at SummerSlam 2022

The match itself might have been booked strangely (possibly due to the Logan Paul-Miz match overrunning, giving the ladies here less time than they were supposed to have), but Rhonda made the most of it at the conclusion of her match with Liv Morgan. Feeling cheated, and understandably too, after accidentally pinning herself while Liv was tapping out, Rhonda lost her temper, feeling she was being sold out to a lesser quality opponent. Not only did she continue to try and snap Liv’s arm, but she also tried to pull the ref’s arm out of the socket too!

It’s a power play for a couple of reasons. Sorry to say, but Rhonda as a face just doesn’t work. There’s something about her demeanor that just works as a heel. So this move plays to her strengths. Not only that, but her attack gives the Liv-Rhonda feud more impetus. Rhonda feels slighted and cheated, Liv feels she has t prove herself while also getting revenge for that attack. Win-win.

3. Edge

A raging Edge approaches the ring at SummerSlam 2022

One criticism of WWE, amongst many, in recent months was regarding their treatment of Edge. There were people who liked the idea of The Judgement Day, and there were people who really didn’t. Most people, however, agreed that it was far too early for Edge to have been turned on and turfed out of the group.

That criticism still stands, but the former Rated-R Superstar’s return at SummerSlam at least made up for the sudden turn. From his dramatic, Brood-Esque surprise entrance through a ring of flames, to the energetic and motivated attack he unleashed on Judgement Day to aid The Mysterios in winning their match, Edge suddenly looked like a player again. One hopes this is the start of an upturn in Edge’s fortunes after a lackluster 2022 so far.

2. Bayley, Iyo Sky, and Dakota Kai

Bayley Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai soak up the surprise of the SummerSlam crowd

It was always going to be a show-stopping moment: the return of Bayley, walking out to the ring after Bianca Belair’s successful title defence against Becky Lynch. But if that wasn’t enough of a surprise, Bayley had some new company: Iyo Sky (the renamed Io Shirai) and the returning Dakota Kai, who had been released back in April. Wow! That’s some big power moves right there and enough to get the three into second place on this week’s WWE Power Rankings.

And if the surprise appearances weren’t enough, they almost got the jump on the Raw Women’s Champion, who would have received a very nasty beat down was it not for the fact Becky Lynch happened to still be at ringside and decided to make the odds a little bit more even. Sadly, Lynch looks like she’s going to be on the bench injured, but Bayley and friends vs. Bianca looks like it could be one hell of a feud moving forward.

1. Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns holds up both of his title belts after a successful defence

I did debate putting Brock Lesnar at the head of Sports Obsessive’s inaugural WWE Power Rankings after he gave a truly exciting, charismatic performance that supposedly earned him an ovation from his peers afterward backstage.

But a successful title defence from the company’s top champion has to be the deciding factor and that’s what we got here, with ‘The Tribal Chief’ going to war with Lesnar and barely escaping with his life. That it took The Usos and a heap of furniture to keep ‘The Beast’ from getting back up is a testament to Brock’s toughness, but it also says a lot that, after the battering he took, Roman still emerged victorious, putting him at first place in this week’s WWE Power Rankings.

Written by Chris Flackett

Wrestling obsessed since '91. Lived through the Monday Night Wars and is still here to tell the tale. Major fan of Strong Style, technical and Super Jr. Wrestling, as well as big versatile hosses smacking the hell out of each other. Lives in Manchester, England.

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