What the heck did we see last night? Daniel Bryan turns heel and wins the WWE championship. Obviously I have to give the better show award to Smackdown Live. Smackdown was full of surprises last night. I was a little surprised that there was not a RAW invasion, but it honestly was not needed. The last top ten before Survivor Series. So, let’s get to it.
Tamina has aligned herself with Nia Jax and it has worked. Monday night she picked up a win against Ember Moon and finally is starting to look as if she is starting to pick up some momentum.
9. The Bar
The Bar took on the NEW DAY! in six man tag team action last night. A fairly good match that ended with The Big Show getting the pin over Kofi Kingston after a knockout punch. I look for The Bar’s momentum to continue at Survivor Series, but you will have to check out gohomepwb.com Friday for my predictions.
8. Braun Strowman
Strowman didn’t have a match Monday night, but he looked very strong right out the gate. Eliminating nearly everyone in the tag team battle royal, which had to be resumed later in the night. Strowman will eventually be Universal champion, either at Royal Rumble, or at the latest WrestleMania.
7. Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio was able to get a little bit of revenge on The Miz last night on Smackdown Live. At Crown Jewel, The Miz was victorious over Rey giving him his first loss since returning to WWE. Rey continues to look great and hasn’t lost a step. I would like to see him in more significant matches soon.
6. Jeff Hardy
Jeff Hardy was able to pick up a win last night against Cien Almas. Probably one of the best matches this week. I would put it up there with Finn Balor/Dolph Ziggler and AJ Styles/Daniel Bryan. Hardy continues to have great matches and I think he will be a contender for the WWE title soon.
5. Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar made a rare RAW appearance Monday night and obliterated Jinder Mahal and the Singh brothers. Anytime Brock shows up, it’s a big deal. I think we may actually see more of Brock over the next few months.
4. Finn Balor
Finn Balor went one on one with Dolph Ziggler in a match Monday night that outside of AJ/Bryan was probably the best match this week. Finn has been on a role recently and I look for him to be in a title picture soon.
3. Dean Ambrose
Another man who didn’t have a match Monday night, but it didn’t matter. His promo was enough to crack the top three this week. Burning the shield vest was a clear answer to all of Seth’s questions. Dean is done playing second fiddle and wants the spotlight. You sir, now have it.
2. Becky Lynch
Becky had a bigger impact on RAW than she did Smackdown Live this week. A big time bummer that she won’t be wrestling Rousey at Survivor Series, but I am looking forward to Charlotte and Rousey. Becky is by far the most popular wrestler in the industry right now, and I hope she heals quickly.
1. Daniel Bryan
Daniel frickin Bryan! A heel move that I have to be honest, I saw coming. I knew when they announced the title match, that Daniel Bryan was going to win. I was hoping to see AJ/Brock one more time, but Daniel Bryan vs Brock Lesnar should be a good one. The title change was needed, although I didn’t want to happen last night. AJ is a work horse and he will be champion again soon, but Smackdown Live did need a top heel. I would have thought it would have been Randy Orton, but the great writing on Smackdown, keeps event the smartest marks guessing. Congratulations to Daniel Bryan, your new WWE champion.
Check out gohomepwb.com Friday for my Takeover and Survivor series predictions and as always thanks for reading.