WWE Power Rankings: Samoa Joe finally takes over No. 1 amid massive push

With so much going on in WWE, we are back to break down where the company stands at the end of its latest week. After every set of WWE shows, we will determine the top 10 talents in the company based on a variety of factors including in-ring ability, mic work, overall brand prestige, championships, recent pushes and importance to current storylines. These rankings are voted on by a small panel helmed by Brian Campbell.

We will also get into the best of the week in WWE, singling out the top superstar, match, move and promo over the last seven days. And last but not least, WWE will get a grade for the product they produced. So let's get to it.

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WWE Power Rankings

Dropped out: Jinder Mahal (WWE champion), Baron Corbin (MITB briefcase holder) | Also receiving votes: Shinsuke Nakamura, Sasha Banks

Best of the week in WWE

Wrestler -- Samoa Joe: Yes, this remains a trend. Joe is doing some of the best work in his career, and if you want to focus on in-ring work, he absolutely dominated Lesnar for most of their short match at Great Balls of Fire. Joe has gone from upper-midcarder to legitimate title holder in just a few weeks. Now all he needs is a belt.  

Match -- Sheamus & Cesaro def. The Hardy Boyz 4-3 in an iron man match: The "I Quit" match on 205 Live was also considered, but this tag team match at Great Balls of Fire was fantastic. The match was booked well from start to finish with the champions earning a fall less than 30 seconds into the match and less than 30 seconds before it finished. Cesaro was especially good in the match, and it also led to what looks like the start of the Hardy Boyz becoming "broken."

Move -- Sasha Banks' double-knee splash onto Alexa Bliss: The match was good. The post-match fight was brilliant. Banks and Bliss took their feud outside the ring and off the stage after Bliss basically quit the match via countout. The challenger made her pay by jumping off the announce table with this awesome high-flying maneuver.

Promo -- Samoa Joe on Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman: Joe and Lesnar were both great on the mic Monday, but Joe won it with this line. "You need to listen to your advocate. He's protecting you from me. In the bottom of his heart, deep down in the bottom of his soul, he knows I'm the one -- I'm the man -- hey, you look at me when I'm talking to you or we can straighten this out now. He's the man that knows I got your number." 

Show -- Raw: As I wrote on Twitter, only about 25 percent of Raw was good. But here's the thing. That's 25 percent was awesome. Even though I liked SmackDown more than most this week, the Reigns-Joe-Lesnar angle, along with the Kurt Angle cliffhanger to end the show, made me want to tune in next week.


Week ending July 15: A-

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