Impact Wrestling Power Rankings: Lashley Still a Dominant Force

Impact Wrestling’s last appearance in the Manhattan Center didn’t exactly go out with a bang, but it was another solid show for a wrestling promotion that is still the “little engine that could.”

Check out this week’s TNA Impact Wrestling Power Rankings to see who ended the summer red hot.

Honorable Mentions:

Ethan Carter III: This guy has been on a roll all summer. From his feuds with Kurt Angle and Bully Ray, to Rhino, he’s found a way to get under the skin of everyone. Make no mistake, this kid has the makings of a great heel. All he needs is a few wins to lend to his legitimacy. Once he gets those, he’ll challenge for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. You can bet on that. Well, that and his hair getting taller.

Tajiri: What a cool surprise. What role with Tajiri have moving forward? Either way, seeing him back in the ring is awesome.

5: Bobby Roode: He’s come a long way since his last run as TNA World Heavyweight Champion and finally seems to be the “face” the company needs him to be. Respected by the fans as a performer, he’s now winning them over for being a “good” guy. The larger question remains however; can Roode be the guy to take down Lashley?

4: Havok: Talk about a first impression. After Taryn Terrell and Gail Kim wrestled their hearts out against one another, Havok hit the ring and not only Chokeslammed Kim, she also hit both of them with her White Noise finisher. In terms of dominating females, Impact Wrestling just got a new one.

3: Gail Kim: We’ve said it for weeks, months, even years. Kim is at her best when she has true competition, but particularly, much bigger competition. After her solid win against Taryn Terrell this week, Kim was destroyed by the debuting Havok. Expect some great work from Kim moving forward.

2: Samoa Joe: Although he came up short in his bout with LAshley this week on Impact, Joe is still the X-Division Champion and a guy that has reclaimed his swagger. After months of languishing in the mid-card, the Samoan Submission Machine has finally gotten his groove back.

1: Bobby Lashley: He’s the most dominant champion the company has had in years and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. A win at the next Bellator event will only add legitimacy to his reign.

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