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WWE Power Rankings—Week Ending August 21st

Welcome to this week’s WWE Power Rankings! It’s been another solid week for WWE as the company continues to subtly make changes and improve its creative under the direction of Triple H. The secondary titles were the focus once again, which was great to see, and the booking was, more or less, logical.

How did that affect the WWE Power Rankings? Let’s find out!

5. Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey has revealed some advicen Vince McMahon has given her.

Getting arrested isn’t usually something that would get you into a power ranking, but this week in our WWE Power Rankings, it certainly does! Ronda has done more in the last two weeks to make her look like a legitimate badass than anything she’s done since her return at the Royal Rumble. Getting arrested for assaulting security while shouting at Adam Pearce for calling the cops gives Ronda an edge we haven’t seen in a long time.

4. Toxic Attraction

Toxic Attraction make their entrance on SmackDown

Considering they were a last-minute replacement, Gigi Dolan and Jacy Jayne did a fine job, defeating Natalya and Sonya Deville to advance to the next round of the Women’s Tag Title tournament. Are the two-time NXT Women’s Tag Champions making a transition to the main roster? Maybe, maybe not, but a good showing here puts them in good stead and puts them at number four on this week’s WWE Power Rankings.

3. Sheamus

Sheamus stares into the distance, SmackDown mic in hand

Sheamus has held many titles during his WWE career, but he’s never held the Intercontinental Championship. This week, he moved one step closer to adding the title to his trophy cabinet, winning a very entertaining five-way war on SmackDown to get a shot at Gunther at Clash at the Castle. Whether ‘The Celtic Warrior’ will get the job done on the day is uncertain, his earning of the number one contendership puts him at number three on this week’s WWE Power Rankings.

2. Bobby Lashley

Bobby Lashley celebrates winning the US Title

One of the biggest successes so far of the Triple H-booked WWE has been how the secondary Titles are being rehabilitated. Real care and attention seem to be taken over re-establishing these Championships, and Bobby Lashley further demonstrated this with a successful title defence against AJ Styles. Not only was this a fresh match, one which WWE has somehow never booked before, but they were also given the time and space to put on a cracker of a match. A successful title defence puts Lashley at number two on the WWE Power Rankings this week.

1. Drew McIntyre

Drew McIntyre brandishes his sword - no, it's not an innuendo

A big week for ‘The Scottish Warrior’ this week, as he not only beat Kevin Owens (albeit by DQ) in a hard-hitting encounter, but he also squared up to his opponents for Clash at the Castle, the Unified Champion Roman Reigns. That Drew dropped Roman with the Claymore and ended SmackDown by standing tall with the title belts in his hands sends a clear message: Drew is confident that he can win and he is not leaving that match empty-handed. That puts Mr. Mcintyre in first spot on the WWE Power Rankings for this week.

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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