The Fastlane pay per view fall out was the story on RAW and Smackdown this week as we move forward on the road to WrestleMania. As for the better show … I have to give the slight edge to Smackdown. The storylines are better in my opinion and the back and forth between Randy Orton and AJ Styles was the highlight of the show for me.
I have taken Fastlane into consideration this week when determining my top ten. Both RAW and Smackdown were solid shows, with a lot of promos. Shows with a lot of talking is to be expected this close to WrestleMania as storylines build. With another week in the books, let’s see who made the top ten this week.
10. AJ Styles
Finally AJ Styles is in a meaningful feud. The promo he and Randy Orton had on Smackdown was really, really good. Add the fact that he was able to hit Orton with a phenomenal forearm at Fastlane, and that was enough for me to put him in at number ten this week.
9. Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle made the announcement that he will be having his farewell match at WrestleMania this year. The former multi time world champion and Olympic gold medalist is now fifty years old. The WWE hall of famer picked up a win over Apollo Crews in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Monday night to earn a spot on the top ten this week.
8. Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio picked up a big win over current United States champion Samoa Joe. I wouldn’t be totally surprised if we see Mysterio, R-Truth, Andrade and Joe in another fatal four way or maybe even a six to eight man ladder match at WrestleMania. The win was much needed for Mysterio and hopefully leads to a string of wins for the veteran.
7. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins is starting to heat up once again, and at the perfect time. Sunday at Fastlane, Seth, along with his Shield brothers, picked up a big win over Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre in a six man tag. He then went on to defeat Shelton Benjamin on RAW. I look for Rollins to gain a lot of momentum over the next few weeks leading to his Universal title match at WrestleMania.
Smackdown women’s champion Asuka picked up a couple of wins this week over Mandy Rose at Fastlane, and Sonya Deville on Smackdown. Asuka has kind of been put on the back burner as of late, but hopefully she gets a decent opponent for WrestleMania. If not, it’s possible the Smackdown women’s champion will be in the battle royal … yikes!
5. New Day
The New Day and maybe more specifically Kofi Kingston made a little noise last night on Smackdown. During an eight man tag team match the New Day came to the ring and took out all four tag teams in the match. They were then in the main event segment with Vince McMahon to make a case for Kofi and a WWE title shot. Kofi’s promo was heart felt and genuine, and McMahon decided to give him an opportunity. All he has to do is beat five of Smackdowns toughest wrestlers in a gauntlet match next week. Good luck Kofi!
4. Ronda Rousey
Look out! Ronda Rousey is pissed! Love or hate her controversial comments on her vlog, Rousey has the attention of all wrestling fans. She is pushing the kayfabe envelope, but she has never sounded better on the mic. I feel like her promo Monday night was her real feelings about her tenure in WWE, not to mention she completely annihilated Dana Brooke.
3. Drew McIntyre
I think it is safe to say, Drew McIntyre is heating back up. Holy smokes did he make an impact on Monday night. He was to go one on one with Roman Reigns, but took him out before the match even started. He then had a falls count anywhere match with Dean Ambrose and was victorious. He is proving to me that he is well on his way to being the top heel on the main roster.
2. Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley is now a two time intercontinental championship. He was able to defeat Finn Balor with a spear Monday night to regain the championship. Lio Rush did play a part in the match distracting Balor long enough to cost him the match. I look for Balor and Lashley to have a building feud headed into a WrestleMania match.
1. Daniel Bryan
Topping the list this week is current WWE champion Daniel Bryan. At Fastlane was able to defeat Kevin Owens and Mustafa Ali to retain his title. He was then victorious in a tag team match with Rowan on Smackdown. All signs point to Bryan and Kofi at WrestleMania and I look for Bryan to be quite the bully on the rest of the road.
That’s it for this week, let me know what you think. It was honestly a little tough to come up with a top ten this week, but I think this is decent. My thoughts flipped between adding Samoa Joe, The Shield and Randy Orton. I know Orton didn’t have a match, but I really liked his promo on Smackdown.
As promised, I am working on Friday’s blog as I dig into the meteoric rise of Becky Lynch, and in my opinion, a wasted opportunity to make her a franchise superstar. Maybe it’s not too late? Maybe I am expecting too much too soon? I will explain on Friday. As always thanks for checking out GoHomePWB.com, the people’s wrestling blog!