WWE Power Rankings: Orton and McIntyre thrive during unique times

Bayley and Sasha Banks, right, own the spotlight in the femaless division WWEFeldman: Theres so much to love about whats going on today with Bayley and Sasha Banks. As the whole fumbling world awaits their separation, week after week, these two are consistently amusing and blatantly rubbing that break up concept in the faces of the viewing audience. Sure, itll occur ultimately, whichs great, however for now, kick back and enjoy what Bayley and Banks are doing as a group. After an abbreviated very first reign as femaless tag group champs, theyre getting to do what they initially hoped to with their tag belts– defend them on Raw, SmackDown, NXT and pay-per-view, against all comers.
The most significant immediate obstacle is preserving a stable stream of vibrant opposition in both the singles and tag group departments. There are most definitely skilled ladies on the roster who can step or own the main-event spotlight into it, and, one hopes, without any Becky Lynch or Charlotte Flair to work with, the other half of the “Four Horsewomen” can shoulder the weight and assistance carry the department for a while.

Courtesy WWERaimondi: McIntyre is most likely the best-booked babyface champion in WWE over the past few years. McIntyres Backlash match against Bobby Lashley was strong, too. McIntyre is a big male who can still work in-ring at a high level.

The “Greatest Wrestling Match Ever” was a trick that only Vince McMahon understands the real function of, but by the end of the WWE Backlash centerpiece in between Randy Orton and Edge, you d be hard-pressed to discover in recent memory a standard individually match as great as what they managed.
It was successful in fusing together all of the resources that Orton and Edge needed to work with. It was a story that has roots in matches theyve been having considering that 2004, it was built on the momentum Edge and Orton had leading into WrestleMania, and the match continued to press whatever forward in their most current post-WrestleMania chapter.
Their efficiencies are interwoven, and it was hard to separate the 2 of them in regards to putting together the most recent edition of the WWE Power Rankings. But whether it was Edges injury putting him back on the shelf or the continued work Orton has actually done over the past number of weeks to prove he is squarely in the pocket with his character, Orton has taken control of the No. 1 spot, with excellent reason.
Drew McIntyre isnt far behind at No. 2, and the WWE champion was simply hardly edged out by Orton in the ballot. McIntyre has taken the nearly difficult obstacle of being the standard-bearer for WWE and adapted to the unprecedented scenarios.
McIntyre has slipped into a simple and easy confidence and swagger that has tones of Orton when he was making the leap to main-event star in the mid-2000s. WWE terribly requires to develop true stars who can resonate on the level of an Orton or a John Cena, and while McIntyre has miles to go to reach that point, he is showing that when hes at his best, he has something unique.
Its difficult to understand where WWE– or the world at large– is going to be next week, not to mention months down the line, however with the level Orton and McIntyre are each carrying out at right now, a world title rivalry in between these 2 could be genuinely unique. Its the type of competition that might introduce a profession to an entirely different level in brief order.– Tim Fiorvanti
How did the rest of the top 10 shake out? Our panel, which includes Tim Fiorvanti, Marc Raimondi, Matt Wilansky, Kel Dansby, Sean Coyle, Michael Wonsover, Matt Willis and Andrew Feldman, is here to break down the post-Backlash fallout and where we believe the pecking order stands heading into the heart of the summer season.

Wonsover: Orton has been put in a position to showcase what makes him one of the most talented wrestlers in history. Hes cutting scathing promos week after week and showing a physicality he hasnt displayed in the ring considering that he was last called the “Legend Killer.” Nobody is on a hotter stretch than Orton right now. He may not be “the Greatest Wrestler Ever,” however couple of, if any, are capable of doing what hes done the previous couple months. When Ric Flair introduced Orton as “the Greatest Wrestler Ever” on Raw, was it truly that far from truth?

Asuka ended up being Raw ladiess champ by winning Money in the Bank. WWERaimondi: About 99% of the WWE audience has no concept what Asuka is stating when she goes off on her rants in Japanese. It doesnt matter at all. Extremely couple of people in battling today have the type of charisma that can transcend language and get a message throughout to everyone in the audience. Asuka does.

Numbers in parentheses () suggest the number of first-place votes a wrestler got.

1 RelatedAnd through all the damage WWE has done to her character with starting and stopping her momentum on an impulse– some would argue its even too zany today– Asuka always seems to shine through. She is constantly producing and has actually preserved a strong connection with fans through thick and thin, and WWE appears to lastly be recognizing it. Asuka got a tidy success over Flair on Monday and it appears shell be at the center of the womens department on Raw with Lynch out for an unsure amount of time and Flair possibly down with an injury. The role is more than well should have.

Seth Rollins continues to stir the pot with Aleister Black, Humberto Carrillo and the Mysterios. WWEWillis: Rollins has done his best work in his career as a heel. That hes been able to do it in 2 completely different ways– as the chosen champion of The Authority, and now as the “Monday Night Messiah”– speaks to the depth of Rollins commitment to residing in a character. Rollins has actually been doing a lot of heavy lifting every week on Raw, and his operate in his extended storyline with Rey Mysterio has actually helped elevate Aleister Black, Humberto Carrillo, Murphy and Austin Theory.

Apollo Crews beat Andrade on the WWE Backlash Kickoff Show and successfully safeguarded his United States champion. WWECoyle: Apollo Crews is taking pleasure in the most effective stretch of his WWE profession to this point. On top of some entertaining matches defeating (and then preventing) Andrade for the United States championship, Crews very first title reign of any kind in the WWE has provided him an opportunity to show off. Teams has actually visibly enhanced on the mic as he has actually brought emotion into his discounts and let his character shine through. His in-ring skills and athleticism have actually constantly been excellent, and were watching all of it come together for Crews.
Others getting votes: Otis, Bobby Lashley, Sonya Deville, The Undertaker, Daniel Bryan, Charlotte Flair, Matt Riddle, Jeff Hardy

AJ Styles has a title as soon as again after beating Daniel Bryan in the finals of the Intercontinental champion tournament. WWEFiorvanti: Its impressive to take a step back and appreciate how well Styles has suited the WWE mold. It hasnt constantly been ideal, but Styles versatility enables him to be whatever WWE needs him to be. Whether its a cornerstone world champ, the perfect fodder for The Undertaker or an entitled (yet capable) champion, Styles has everything covered. It typically takes those who developed outside the WWE bubble a very long time to get their sea legs, so to speak, however Styles struck the ground running in 2015 and hasnt actually slowed down. His United States champion match versus Daniel Bryan was as great as anybody could have wished for, and Styles has an opportunity to channel his inner Ric Flair by being a champion efficient in winning on his own merits or who cheats simply since they can and can intensify the audience in all the right methods.

Drew McIntyre isnt far behind at No. 2, and the WWE champ was simply hardly edged out by Orton in the voting. Its not likely anybody has elevated their stock, both present and future, more than McIntyre has during this strange, unsure period of WWE. McIntyre has taken the almost difficult challenge of being the standard-bearer for WWE and adjusted to the extraordinary scenarios. Its difficult to understand where WWE– or the world at large– is going to be next week, let alone months down the line, but with the level Orton and McIntyre are each carrying out at right now, a world title competition between these 2 could be really special. Courtesy WWERaimondi: McIntyre is most likely the best-booked babyface champ in WWE over the previous few years.

WWEDansby: SmackDown gets exponentially much better when Wyatt is present. Hes done an excellent job of pressing The Fiend to the background and making that character more of a destination and a big deal.

Edge and Randy Orton rose the event in spite of the outsized expectations of the label “Greatest Match Ever.” Courtesy WWECoyle: To make an in-ring return after nine years away from the ring, and get right where you ended in 2011 as one of the very best storytellers in pro fumbling, is impressive. Just an all-time terrific might retire as a WWE Hall of Famer and return nine years later on, perhaps much better than before. Thats what Edge has done. After a monumental return at the Royal Rumble, Edge and Orton have presented a masterpiece. Edge has constantly been among the very best talkers in business, and it appears hes gotten back at better after digging into his acting career while away from the ring.

Braun Strowman beat The Miz and John Morrison at Backlash. Courtesy WWEWilansky: Yes, it can be challenging to get delighted about Strowman as champ, and the truth the Universal champion is this far down speaks volumes. When Strowman is cooking, he can flash huge things. Hes been a game titleholder who indulged WWE purgatory for too long up until winning the champion at WrestleMania. There might be hope in continuing his conflict with Wyatt, and while its tough to see him having a prolonged run like McIntyre, for now, Strowman has a chance to do huge things as one of the centerpieces of the SmackDown roster.