Monday Night Raw aired pre-taped from Manchester, England. It was the first episode since Seth Rollins’ injury and man do I miss watching him already. Seriously, it’s going to be a long 6-9 months without “SETH FREAKING ROLLINS,” but I digress.
Since Rollins was forced to vacate his World Heavyweight Championship, WWE announced a 16-man tournament to crown a new champion at Survivor Series
Sidenote: I’d just like to point out that every time someone has made that comparison, this poster — which my dad designed in 1998 — is referenced, so shout out to him.
Anyway, since WWE had five tournament matches, my job is pretty much done for me. So here’s a look at the post-Raw power rankings from across the pond.
5. Dolph Ziggler: Dolph Ziggler faced The Miz in a battle of former World Champions — which seems so long ago. That, of course, is due to weak booking for both competitors. I want to believe Ziggler has a legitimate chance in this tournament, but haven’t been given any reason to get excited for his matches in months since his character never receives enough of a push to gain momentum. So basically, his win seems like a set up to lose to Dean Ambrose in Round 2.
4. Cesaro: Sigh. Basically “see Ziggler” but more aggravation. Cesaro is one of the most popular characters on Raw — and no, not just because this week’s episode aired from Europe — and is, by far, one of the most talented workers in the company. Yet he’s been stuck in midcard purgatory for months and doesn’t seem to stand a chance against obvious favorite Roman Reigns in the second round.
3. Dean Ambrose: Dean Ambrose seems like one of the two most likely choices to face Reigns in the final. There’s The Shield ties and the threat of a heel turn for either character. But would it be wise to put Reigns — who is still getting heat from smark fans — against a turning Ambrose?
Unless you want to give in and turn Reigns heel, putting him against Ambrose is the worst decision possible. He’s already going to defeat Cesaro, remember what happened last time you tried to push him over IWC darlings?
2. Kevin Owens: GIVE KEVIN
STEEN OWENS ALL THE TITLES! This is wishful thinking, but Owens really does have a legitimate shot at being the company’s top heel with Rollins sidelined. It’s no secret that he’s one of Triple H’s personal favorites and has the best combination of mic skills and in-ring ability of anyone on the main roster. So does the former “best indie wrestler in the world” who many thought would never even get a look from WWE have a chance to be the next World Heavyweight Champion?
1. Roman Reigns: It’s Roman Reigns’ time. If there was ever any doubt, the Cena-esque opening promo of opting to enter the tournament rather than accept Triple H’s handout solidified it. Reigns is getting the push many expected at WrestleMania only now there’s no Brock Lesnar, Rollins or Cena standing in his way as an alternative. If there was ever a time to pull the trigger on the “Reign of Reigns” it’s now. And if you really want to solidify him as “the next Rock,” you could easily do the Deadly Games ending where he turns heel and joins The
Corporation Authority. Either way, it’s obvious that Reigns will leave Survivor Series as champion.