25 – Bray Wyatt (Last week: 25)
Another week, another absence from the Eater of Worlds on WWE television. Yet again, he gets a pass for being sick, but his time on the Top-25 may be coming to a close if a return isn’t in the works. For now, the lower half of the roster has been barren enough that Wyatt can earn his keep.
24 – Charlotte Flair (Last week: 22)
She was kept out of the ring this week, but was granted a SmackDown Women’s Championship Match against Natalya for next week, which could undoubtedly lead to a title change. After passing on the opportunity to book Bliss vs. Charlotte following Hell in a Cell, there’s one final opportunity to deliver the biggest match in the women’s division, but the decision comes down to whether or not the WWE wants to go for it with less than a week of build-up.
23 – Enzo Amore (Last week: 21)
Amore took the brunt of the debut of the Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne. The two had a solid showing, but it was the United Kingdom Champion who walked out with the win, leaving Enzo on jobbing duty for a week while the Cruiserweight Title match against Kalisto at Survivor Series simmers on the back burner.
22 – Baron Corbin (Last week: 19)
His week was predominantly limited to tweeting at or about The Miz. The two have managed to build a moderately intriguing feud out of the social media age, yet to meet face-to-face, but ready to tear one another apart.
— Baron Corbin (@BaronCorbinWWE) November 10, 2017
21 – Becky Lynch (Last week: unranked)
A victory over James Ellsworth isn’t a monumental one by any stretch, but as the captain of Team SmackDown, she has cemented herself as a major player in the women’s division. She outwrestled Ellsworth en route to the submission win, chalking one up in the right column for the women’s revolution.
20 – Kurt Angle (Last week: 17)
Angle’s night was a myriad of issues, which actually began strong, hen he selected Samoa Joe and Finn Balor to join Team Raw for Survivor Series. But by the end of the night, he had also chosen Jason Jordan (who is vastly the least popular superstar involved) for the team and saw The New Day arrive in the crowd, costing The Shield the Raw Tag Team Titles.
19 – Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin (Last week: 18)
They finally got their title shot against The Usos and responded by nearly chopping Jey Uso’s leg from his body. In the long run, they may benefit and be in line to become the next Tag Team Champions, but they also just injured one of the best team’s running, which isn’t good for the overall product.
People don’t forget, Uce.
— Chad Gable (@WWEGable) November 8, 2017
18 – Jason Jordan (Last week: 24)
His push into the next stratosphere continues, as he not only knocked off Elias in a Guitar on a Pole Match, he also earned a spot on Team Raw at Survivor Series. Conventional wisdom says he’s the first superstar eliminated during the match, but his mere involvement indicates there must be more in store.
17 – Bobby Roode (Last week: 14)
Roode still owns a spot on Team SmackDown at Survivor Series, ut was absent from this week’s show. Like Jordan, he seems to be the logical first choice as the sacrificial lamb for his team but could use a deep run to cement himself on the blue brand.
16 – Asuka (Last week: 15)
For the second consecutive week, Asuka steamrolled someone you’ve never heard of. It has become a lost art to obliterate jobbers, granted, it was lost for a reason; her dominance is unparalleled in the women’s division, it will just take time for her to find her place without destroying everyone else.
15 – The Usos (Last week: 12)
It was a miserable week for The Usos after Jey Uso appeared to suffer a legitimate knee injury during the team’s Tag Team Title defense against Gable & Benjamin. Coming off arguably the hottest run of their careers, the twins had ascended to the top of the SmackDown tag ranks. It appears Jey is going to push through the ailment for now, but that could be a short stint as the two are set to meet Sheamus & Cesaro at Survivor Series.
14 – John Cena (Last week: unranked)
It was less than two months ago that he waved to the fans as he stood atop the ramp following a defeat to Roman Reigns and now, he’s back. SmackDown needed a final member of their Survivor Series Elimination team and Shane McMahon decided to recruit the hottest free agent on the market. Cena joins a loaded blue brand squad and quickly finds himself high on the power rankings list.
— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) November 8, 2017
13 – Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (Last week: 8)
It’s somewhat astonishing that the two men have fallen as fastidiously as they have. They were the hottest commodity going following Hell in a Cell and followed that push up by… doing absolutely nothing. Their cold run has fueled speculation that the two could be focusing their plans on ventures outside the WWE — it appears things could get worse before they get better for Owens and Sami.
12 – The Miz (Last week: 11)
The Miz had to meet his maker sooner rather than later. Braun Strowman made mincemeat of the Intercontinental Champion before Kane came in for the save. Miz didn’t look particularly strong in his slaughtering, but then again, he wasn’t necessarily supposed to.
11 – Samoa Joe (Last week: 16)
After quickly dispatching of Titus Worldwide, Joe found himself a new opponent on Monday night in the form of Finn Balor. The two put on a clinic in the ring before their double countout ending, which led to both men being added to the Raw Survivor Series team. The segment ended with Balor coming after Joe, but each man came out looking vastly stronger than they were entering the night.
10 – Braun Strowman (Last week: 13)
It was only a matter of time until Braun forced his way back inside the Top-10 upon his return. He beat the snot out of The Miz and the Miztourage before Kane ruined the occasion. Ultimately, Strowman stood tall in a chapter of a feud that won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
9 – Kane (Last week: 9)
He continues to track the steps of the Monster Among Men, looking strong despite not getting the upperhand this week. He was unable to climb in the rankings, and is likely to be capped at No. 9 for the time being due to the fact he was left off the Raw roster at Survivor Series.
8 – Randy Orton (Last week: 10)
Orton became A.J. Styles’ fill-in against Rusev on SmackDown Live this week, renewing his rivalry with Rusev, as the Bulgarian Brute attempted to earn his way onto the Survivor Series team for the blue brand. It appeared Rusev was closing in on victory before an RKO out of nowhere cinched the win for the Viper, making it more and more likely he’s in line for a long run during the brand battle showdown.
7 – Alexa Bliss (Last week: 6)
In what was a muddled week near the top, Bliss kept a low profile. She played up her heel tactics and set the stage for her match with Natalya (which could become Charlotte) before ending her night early.
— WWE (@WWE) November 8, 2017
6 – Jinder Mahal (Last week: 4)
Finally, the run of the Modern-day Maharaja has come to an end. A winding odyssey that began just after WrestleMania, hitting its apex in May at Backlash when he won the WWE Championship, Mahal’s reign bizarrely came to an end on SmackDown Live this past week in Manchester. Amidst speculation that something else was amiss behind the scenes, the fact remains that Mahal is no longer the champion of SmackDown Live. He still owns numerous victories over Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura, which keep him near the top of the power rankings, but he must now face the issue that always loomed once he won the belt: what he will do now that he has lost it.
5 – Finn Balor (Last week: 7)
Balor reasserted himself as Raw’s in-ring stallion this week with a brilliant showing against Samoa Joe. He seemed destined for the Survivor Series team before the week, but after his match against Joe, he not only gets that spot, but has a continuing rivalry going forward for after the event.
4 – Shinsuke Nakamura (Last week: 5)
There was no Nakamura this week for SmackDown Live, but he may have been one of the biggest off-screen winners of the WWE Title change. The prospect of a Styles-Nakamura WrestleMania match looms and after months of being thwarted by Mahal, it’s time that Nakamura rebounds with a strong end to 2017.
3 – The Shield (Last week: 1)
The bad news is that Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose lost the Raw Tag Team Titles in bizarre fashion. Why they dropped the belts to a heel team (one they have beaten on countless occasions) so that they could face another heel team at Survivor Series is a head-scratcher. The good news, if there is any, is that they have a feud with The New Day set up perfectly following being cost their belts. That, and Roman Reigns is set to return next week. Consider The Shield finally back together and ready to roll, with a Shield-New Day mega-feud looming.
— WWE (@WWE) November 8, 2017
2 – Brock Lesnar (Last week: 2)
Lesnar didn’t lift a finger and had his opponent for Survivor Series changed. So much for those Paul Heyman promos mocking Jinder Mahal, because now the Beast steps into his lair with A.J. Styles staring back. It’s going to be a dream match, one with very few implications behind Nov. 19, which should mean the two men are free to put on a classic.
1 – A.J. Styles (Last week: 3)
Whatever the reason may be, the WWE changed course and decided it was the time that the Face That Runs the Place get his belt back. After doing what no man could for nearly half a year, Styles pinned Jinder Mahal to win the WWE Championship and set up an epic collision with Brock Lesnar, which is certain to steal the show in nine days time. With Styles holding the title again, all seems right over on SmackDown Live, as the Phenomenal One has climbed the mountaintop.