WWE RAW Power Rankings: New Intercontinental Champion and Upset-a-palooza

A beefy card this week on RAW leaves the door open for plenty of continued angles to heat up. With a few episodes to go before Extreme Rules, you can bet the quality teaser matches featured on RAW this week won’t stop anytime soon.

Check out our weekly power rankings to see which WWE superstars aren’t suffering from a Wrestlemania hangover.

5: The Big Show: It took both Randy Orton and Sheamus to take Big Show out this week on RAW. With a handful of slaps, a Sideslam and a rare use of The Final Cut, Show was on top of his game. The fans responded. They still have a soft spot for the big lug. He still has plenty to give. One of the best heels in the company, Show is still a major part of the WWE.

4: R-Truth: Not quite an upset, Truth, a former United States and NWA World Heavyweight champion, quickly disposed of Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett. Could an IC Title run be in Truth’s future?

3: Kofi Kingston: Wow. Who expected Kingston, who had been absolutely owned by Antonio Cesaro over the past few months, to come out of RAW this week as the United States Champion? With hard work and a fantastic match however, Kingston has a new prop. But what’s next? Who knows. One thing that is clear though is that Kingston is completely void of charisma- even with the belt; something needs to be done to make his character more entertaining.

2: Brock Lesnar: 3MB is dead. Lesnar destroyed them all by himself with strength, speed and skill. In the best shape since his WWE return last year,  the elite matches of Lesnar’s current WWE tenure are still ahead of him. With his tenacity and Paul Heyman’s promo fueling the rubber match in the Triple H saga, Extreme Rules will be a glorious old-school steel cage match. Boy, will it be fun. All the kids will talk about it.

1: Jack Swagger: Yeah, Alberto Del Rio got the last laugh, but Swagger got the win in the non-title match against Dolph Ziggler. In a crowded World Title picture, Swagger just gave himself enough space to stretch his arms. For now.

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