This new format on RAW, with wrestling coming first and the pandering coming second, the show has been consistently better. To be fair however, a lot of that has to do with fresh new match ups thanks to the pushes of Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, as well as the returning Chris Jericho and The Miz.
Check out this week’s RAW Power Rankings to see who’s setting themselves up for a monster night come Battleground.
Honorable Mention: Alexander Rusev: Well, that was interesting. A week after Rusev stared down Jack Swagger, he went and scored a clean win over Rob Van Dam on RAW. Say what you want about him, but with his wins over WWE fodder an afterthought, Rusev just moved up the mid-card food chain.
5: Randy Orton: He always finds a way to stay relevant. His win over Dean Ambrose this week on RAW isn’t going to earn him any wrestler of the year honors, but it was a good match against one of the company’s top young faces. With Battleground just two weeks away, Orton continues to keep himself in the mix for the WWE World Heavyweight title.
4: The Wyatt Family: Luke Harper and Erik Rowan are easily the most enjoyable tag team in the world today, a crazy combination of raw grit and athleticism. Their win over the WWE Tag Team Champion Usos makes you think that this feud isn’t quite over yet. Now if only Bray could get his act together and get a singles title around his waist- or at least, challenge for one. To be fair though, Wyatt’s feud with Chris Jericho is a pretty good start.
3: Roman Reigns: In perhaps his best promo to date, Reigns set himself up as the anti-hero, the guy the John Cena-haters could “believe” in. With another good match under his belt against Kane this week on RAW, Reigns continues to build momentum and a case that he could very well leave Battleground with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
2: Seth Rollins: He’s come a long way since his days in The Shield. Easily one of the most promising young stars in the company today and in the world, Rollins may not be ready for a run with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship just yet, but he can hold his own with anyone in the ring.
1: John Cena: The WWE World Heavyweight Champion knows he has a target on his back and is ready to leave it all in the ring in order to keep the title. Regardless of how you feel about Cena, you have to admit, that’s when he’s at his best.