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WWE Power Rankings—Week Ending 7th August 2022

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Sports Obsessive WWE Power Rankings! After the excitement of Vince’s retirement and Triple H’s ascent to Head of Creative, as well as a positive SummerSlam, WWE actually built on their momentum well this week, presenting a Raw that was notable for being more entertaining than usual, while changing the trajectory of several superstars’ booking that really do deserve the boost their booking gave them this week. And then there was THAT return surprise at the end of this week’s SmackDown

So, it’s been a good week for WWE. How did that affect our WWE Power Rankings? Let’s find out!

5. Shayna Baszler

Shayna Baszler stares out at the WWE Universe

Now, this is an exciting development. Baszler has been an obvious choice for at least two-to-three years to be in the title scene but for whatever reason, Vince never pulled the trigger and lumbered with Nia Jax as a tag partner. So thank god they’re giving Shayna the push now that she deserved way back when, as she won the gauntlet match on SmackDown and will face Liv Morgan for the SmackDown Women’s Title at Clash at the Castle. That’s good enough for Shayna to get onto our WWE Power Rankings this week, and I suspect that it won’t be the last time we see her here either.

4. Shinsuke Nakamura

Shinsuke Nakamura is set to return from injury

One of the longest-standing complaints WWE fans have had about the misuse of talent is in regard to Shinsuke Nakamura. Once the jewel of both New Japan and NXT, Nakamura has experienced very mixed fortunes on the main roster. By beating Ludwig this week on SmackDown to earn a title shot next week at Gunther’s Intercontinental Championship, the rehabilitation of Nakumara is hopefully underway. It’s certainly a more positive development for Shinsuke than we’ve seen in a while and that can only be a good thing.

3. Ciampa

Tommaso Ciampa in a WWE interview

Ciampa’s fortunes had noticeably dropped after his move from NXT to the main roster, Vince being content for the former NXT Champion to be The Miz’s lackey. The Triple H-era looks to be keen to rehabilitate Mr. Levesque’s boy as not only did he win a triple threat and then a singles match against AJ Styles, but by virtue of his victories, he also has a shot at the US Title next week against Bobby Lashley. While I don’t expect ‘The Almighty’ to lose, the fact that Ciampa is in this position at all speaks volumes and Earns him a place on our WWE Power Rankings this week.

2. Karrion Kross

Karrion Kross roars at the WWE Universe during his SmackDown return

While Kross is a polarising figure to fans, his surprise return at the end of this week’s SmackDown has definitely turned people’s heads, if for nothing else but for the fact that it’s continuing a trend of bringing people back that had been cut in recent culls.

What is clear is that Kross beating down the number one contender to the Universal Championship before sending a message to Roman Reigns with the hourglass is a statement of intent and a massive power play for the re-debuting Kross. It’s a well-earned place number two for Kross on this week’s WWE Power Rankings.

1. Bailey, Iyo Sky, and Dakota Kai

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

The return of Bayley, in conjunction with Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai, has really injected some new life into the Raw Women’s division, judging by this week’s edition of the flagship show. Not only did Bayley and Co beat down Becky Lynch, sending her to the medical team, but they also beatdown Asuka and Alexa Bliss to obliterate their match, and Iyo Sky took on Bianca Belair in a competitive encounter which treated Sky as an equal to the champ rather than jobbing her out before it descended it exciting chaos to throw the match out. That’s a massive impact to have on the company in just one show back and the group is rightly deserving of their place at the top of 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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