After taking a couple weeks to enjoy the holidays with friends and family, I’m back to discuss wrestling. And what better way to start then jumping right back in with a weekly top ten. The work in progress that is the new McMahon/WWE universe regime is getting off to a slow start in my opinion.
RAW most definitely needed a shake up, but Smackdown Live was running on all cylinders. And Smackdown continues to dominate as far as the show to watch. This weeks Smackdown was much better than RAW in my opinion. The matches, storylines and superstars are must watch.
One thing I’ve noticed is that all the major baby face guys and girls are becoming very attitude era esk baby faces. For instance AJ Styles punching Vince McMahon or Seth Rollins losing a match via dq after beating Lio Rush and Lashley with chairs. It won’t be long and we will start getting some blood during the matches and more risqué storylines.
I said several weeks ago that this will take some time to get better. And now that the holidays are over, I look for things to start really heating up. The road to Wrestlemania is almost here, but that is for the next couple of weeks, as for now, let’s rank this weeks top ten.
10. Sonya Deville
Sonya Deville picked up a win last night against Naomi albeit help from Mandy Rose. It’s nice to see some of the younger or newer talent get some love. I think they are setting up Rose and Deville for a strong run at the new Women’s tag team titles coming this year.
9. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins put a brutal beating on Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush Monday night. Rollins is being primed for a Universal title run in the very near future. Perhaps even the main event at Wrestlemania. With Strowman and Reigns off tv, Rollins is the top baby face by default. Let’s hope he can keep things rolling and 2019 is even better than his 2018 was.
8. John Cena
John Cena made his return last night and I have to say, as much as I was a Cena hater, it was good to see him back in a WWE ring. I know he’s only back for the road to Wrestlemania, but I’ll take it. Especially if he stays on RAW. RAW needs the star power right now and Cena there on the regular could certainly help the ratings.
7. Apollo Crews
Finally things are starting to look up for Apollo Crews. Floundering since coming to the main roster, Apollo had been reduced to enhancement talent and even worse, Titus Worldwide. Now that he is on his own and given the opportunity to showcase his talents, the sky is the limit for him. I look for him to have an impressive showing at the upcoming Royal Rumble.
6. Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose continued his winning ways Monday night beating Apollo Crews in defense of his intercontinental title. Heel Ambrose if great, but the character is going stale in my opinion. He needs to do something that will get people talking about him again. But the winning streak gets him in the top ten again this week.
5. Ronda Rousey
Rousey gets a little better every week. She had a great tag match in the Monday night RAW main event. She never lost a match in 2018 and she probably won’t lose a match in 2019 either, if storylines keep going the way they do. I would say she is starting to catch up to her rating.
4. Becky Lynch
Becky was in full form last night when she came to the ring and interrupted the returning John Cena. She cut an amazing promo, then went on to make Zelina Vega tap out to the arm bar. I predict Becky will win the Women’s Rumble match and take on Asuka at Wrestlemania. Great things are in store for “The Man”.
3. Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe had a great opening match on Smackdown Live last night. His rivalry with Jeff Hardy has been a good one and interesting to watch unfold. Although he didn’t win the fatal five way, I look for Samoa Joe to pick up a lot of wins ahead of the coming Wrestlemania.
2. Drew McIntyre
I think we all knew it was a matter of time before McIntyre rid himself of Dolph Ziggler. And on Monday night I think it finally happened. One nice thing is that the writers managed to do is keep Ziggler looking strong. McIntyre will be moving on to bigger things and before the end of 2019 will be in contention for the Universal championship.
1. AJ Styles
AJ Styles is back on track after picking up a big win in an incredible fatal five way match last night. I personally don’t think he will win at the Rumble, but I’m glad the rivalry is not over. Styles is by far the best baby face on Smackdown and why not put him up against the best heel on Smackdown. It should be a great match at the Rumble.
It’s good to get back into the swing of things and it will be good to get back to some live wrestling next week. As always thanks for checking out gohomepwb.com and Happy New Year!