WWE Power Rankings: March 5, 2016
WWE.com, in conjunction with the Academy of Wrestling Arts & Sciences (AWAS), ranks the Top 25 Superstars in WWE each week with Power Rankings. The rankings are based on victories, quality of opponents, momentum and overall in-ring dominance, as well as intangibles. Be sure to check back every Saturday for the latest Power Rankings. Here are the rankings for March 5, 2016.
Big Show (Last Week: 24)
To his credit, Big Show did avenge his count-out loss to Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens with a victory on Raw. The World’s Largest Athlete also came out on top with help from the referee’s 10-count, however.
Brie Bella (Last Week: 23)
Brie Bella bounced back from a tough defeat against Naomi on Raw by securing victory for her side in the Six-Diva Tag Team Match on WWE Main Event. So what about that series of events made Lana such a tough critic of Brie Mode?
Alberto Del Rio (Last Week: 16)
Despite dealing a good amount of damage to Dean Ambrose in their tense bout on Raw, Alberto Del Rio ultimately lost via disqualification because he and his League of Nations allies tried (and failed) to cut the ex-Shield grappler down to size.
Neville (Last Week: 22)
After a tough week of setbacks in tag team competition, Neville elevated himself on “WWE Superstars” by going it alone in a memorable effort by The Man That Gravity Forgot against Viktor of The Ascension.
The Usos (Last Week: 17)
The Usos really need to deal with the growing threat of The Dudley Boyz. That became apparent when Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley emerged on SmackDown to further humiliate the Samoan duo after their loss to The League of Nations.
Ryback (Last Week: 21)
Quietly, the man they call Ryback continues to menace his competition. The Big Guy looked larger than life in victories against Social Outcast members Adam Rose and Heath Slater on Raw and WWE Main Event, respectively.
The Dudley Boyz (Last Week: 20)
If The Dudley Boyz seek to get The Usos’ blood boiling, mission accomplished. Bubba Ray’s win over Jey Uso on Raw fueled that effort, as did The Dudley Boyz arriving on SmackDown to rub salt in their Samoan rivals’ wounds.
Becky Lynch (Last Week: 19)
One week ago, Becky Lynch’s Divas Title chances appeared slim. Now, after a pair of No. 1 Contender’s Matches with Sasha Banks finished in controversy, Lynch will get one more chance at Charlotte, this time at WrestleMania.
Rusev (Last Week: 18)
The Bulgarian Brute and The Celtic Warrior may make for strange bedfellows to some, but they work dangerously well together. They battered their way to victory against The Lucha Dragons on Raw and The Usos on SmackDown.
Shane McMahon (Last Week: 15)
Except for glimpses into his intense WrestleMania training on social media, Shane McMahon kept a low profile in the WWE Universe this week. He undoubtedly heard what The Undertaker had to say. How will he respond?
The Undertaker (Last Week: N/A)
Anyone who thought The Undertaker would blindly do Mr. McMahon’s bidding at WrestleMania must be crazy. The Deadman will take his Hell in a Cell Match with Shane McMahon seriously, but on his own terms.
Dolph Ziggler (Last Week: 14)
Though he traded victories with The Miz on Raw and SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler got the final word in this recent chapter of their longstanding rivalry by showing off just a little bit better than The Awesome One on the blue brand.
The Wyatt Family (Last Week: 8)
A mind may be a terrible thing to waste, but that does little to calm the nerves of those who give credence to Bray Wyatt’s belief that his brains can save the world. The threat of Wyatt the conqueror should give anyone pause, right?
Chris Jericho (Last Week: 13)
Chris Jericho is no stranger to success in WWE’s doubles division. (He is a seven-time tag team champion, after all.) Yet there’s something so inspiring about his recent run with AJ Styles, especially as they pursue WWE Team Champions The New Day.
Kevin Owens (Last Week: 9)
Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens stumbled badly in recent days, both in his count-out loss to Big Show on Raw and his unceremonious defeat against Dean Ambrose on SmackDown.
Sheamus (Last Week: 11)
Whether you see them as a conquering faction or a barbarous quartet, The League of Nations are on the move, and Sheamus is a big part of their ascent. He and Rusev crushed the competition in tag team bouts on Raw and SmackDown.
Sasha Banks (Last Week: 12)
Sasha Banks’ battle for supremacy with Becky Lynch must wait for another day, especially now that both of them are on a collision course with Divas Champion Charlotte at WrestleMania. It’s time for Banks to make her move.
The New Day (Last Week: 7)
Although their WWE Tag Team Championship reign could soon reach 200 days, The New Day’s grasp on the tandem titles appears as tenuous as ever, especially now that AJ Styles & Chris Jericho are emerging as real contenders.
AJ Styles (Last Week: 10)
Days after he and Chris Jericho made their WWE Tag Team Championship aspirations known on Raw at the expense of The New Day, AJ Styles reiterated the point by pummeling Kofi Kingston on SmackDown. Y2AJ is for real.
Kalisto (Last Week: 6)
Though the malicious combination of Sheamus & Rusev proved to be too much to handle on Raw, U.S. Champion Kalisto rediscovered his winning combination with Sin Cara on WWE Main Event against The Ascension.
Charlotte (Last Week: 5)
So much for the best laid plans of the reigning Divas Champion. Charlotte’s decision to meddle in SmackDown’s No. 1 Contender’s Match between Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch backfired in a big way, especially now that both Divas will be granted a title fight at WrestleMania. Does the Flair family scion have a trick up her sleeve to fix that?
Brock Lesnar (Last Week: 3)
Brock Lesnar likely played close attention to the recent developments that led to a WWE World Heavyweight Title Match between Triple H and Dean Ambrose at WWE Roadblock. An Ambrose victory in Toronto might mean Paul Heyman’s prized client could find himself on a WrestleMania collision course with the new champion.
Roman Reigns (Last Week: 2)
An impending WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match between Triple H and Dean Ambrose probably isn’t the biggest of Roman Reigns’ concerns at the moment, especially as he recovers from surgery necessitated by his recent altercation with The Game. It does beg the question: Who would Reigns be better off facing?
Dean Ambrose (Last Week: 4)
When he arrived at Raw, Dean Ambrose knew he was preparing to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. He then left Monday night knowing he would face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H at WWE Roadblock. Given his upcoming slate of opponents, Ambrose has either a date with destiny or a death wish.
Triple H (Last Week: 1)
Did WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H let his temper get the best of him when he granted Dean Ambrose a title fight at WWE Roadblock? It doesn’t matter now that the duel between the longtime rivals is official. And it doesn’t change the fact that The Game now must divide his focus between Ambrose and Roman Reigns.