The first WWE Monday Night power rankings for 2020 sees Brock Lesnar and Charlotte Flair make headlines for the way they opened the new year.
The first WWE Monday Night Raw of the new decade came with its share of shocks and surprises, and a blockbuster announcement from the WWE Champion. Let’s take a look at the first set of Monday Night Raw Power Rankings of the new year.
Top 5: Tag Teams
1. The Viking Raiders
After the buildup of who really is the best tag team on Monday nights, the reigning Raw Tag Team Champions emerged victorious in a triple threat match.
2. The Street Profits
Not many teams have the flash and style of The Street Profits, and they get more fun to watch each week.
3. The O.C.
If you’re going to brag about being the best tag team in the world, coming up short in a title match doesn’t help your case.
4. Authors of Pain
Things looked so good for the AOP this week, right up until The Big Show happened. Not a good way to start the new year.
5. Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder
The new year starts with a day off, but they’re in desperate need of a boost.
Top 5 Women
1. Charlotte Flair
The Queen kicked off 2020 with an engagement announcement and a brawl with the ultra-rough Sarah Logan. While the match never officially started, she took every shot Logan could give and emerged standing tall.
2. Sarah Logan
It’s rare that we get to see Sarah Logan, and she made quite a statement by going after the 10-time Women’s Champion. Hopefully, it means more opportunities for her.
3. Zelina Vega
Sometimes sacrifice is mandatory to make things happen. And Vega took one for the team, having Rey Mysterio thrown into her. But it resulted in victory, and she’ll take that every time.
4. Becky Lynch
The Man asked, and she received — a chance to defeat Asuka at the Royal Rumble. After a solid punch to Asuka’s face, Lynch has a renewed confidence that she can finally defeat the Empress of Tomorrow.
Asuka has had the edge on Becky Lynch, but can she keep the momentum rolling when it matters?
Top 10 Men
1. Brock Lesnar
When the WWE Champion shows up, the world takes notice. And declaring himself as the man who will start the Royal Rumble is a bombshell announcement.
2. Big Show
What better way to shock the world, then make your first in-ring appearance in over TWO YEARS. It was unexpected and completely welcome.
El Idolo may not be the most loved person on the roster, but his track record speaks for itself. Winning the United States Championship only gives him more fuel to battle.
4. Drew McIntyre
After leveling No Way Jose and his conga line, McIntyre declared for the Royal Rumble. He’s getting some momentum and looking good along the way.
5. Samoa Joe
Words can’t express how good it is to see Joe back in the ring. And he’s in good company, with Kevin Owens and The Big Show.
6. Erick Rowan
Over the last few weeks, there’s been a ton of curiosity over what exactly is in the cage that Rowan keeps with him. But after seeing Mojo Rawley and a local competitor react to seeing whatever it is, maybe getting a sneak peek isn’t the best idea.
7. Aleister Black
The feud he’s had recently with Buddy Murphy is absolutely the best thing on Raw right now, and there’s no valid argument to contest that.
While this whole drama with Lana and Bobby Lashley has played out, Rusev made a promise this week that the Bulgarian Brute will return next week. Hopefully, that means the aggressive and hard-hitting Rusev will return, and send Lashley and Lana packing to a not-so-pleasant honeymoon.
9. Rey Mysterio
Mysterio put up a valiant effort, but let the distraction of Zelina Vega keep him from recapturing the United States Championship. Kudos for checking on Vega after inadvertently colliding into her, but it cost him in the end.
10. Shelton Benjamin
Unfortunately for Benjamin, he fell victim (as many have) to a Black Mass kick from Aleister Black.