WWE Power Rankings: Samoa Joe, The Miz make big jumps; best of the week awards

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 your's truly, 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

No longer ranked: Bray Wyatt (10)

Best of the week in WWE

Wrestler -- Samoa Joe: No one had a better 48 hours this week (let alone this year) than Joe. His surprise win at Sunday's Extreme Rules main event was executed to perfection, setting up a universal championship bout against Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire in July. But his performance on the microphone opposite Paul Heyman on Raw took the angle to a whole new level, producing quite arguably the best segment of 2017.

Match -- Samoa Joe def. Finn Balor (via submission), Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Bray Wyatt in Fatal 5-Way Extreme Rules match: You can add this to the short list of candidates for best match 2017. No, really, it was that good. Expertly booked to allow all five performers an opportunity to get off their best moves and tease a shot at victory, the swerve ending is what ultimately raised it to another level. While it's never easy to make a multiple person match feel smooth, this one succeeded and featured no shortage of star power.

Move -- Jeff Hardy's Whisper in the Wind onto Sheamus & Cesaro: The biggest spot of Sunday's Extreme Rules card provided a nostalgic moment of reflection as Hardy turned back the clock by leaping off the top of the cage.

Promo -- The Usos: Already rejuvenated by their recent heel turn, which including a ditching of their bright colors in favor of a dark and hardened look, The Usos continue to make equally huge leaps on the microphone. This week's SmackDown Live appearance may have been their best overall, including a continuation of their "Uso Penitentiary" shtick and a hilarious takedown of all three members of The New Day.

Show -- Raw: Anchored by the red-hot segment involving Samoa Joe and Heyman, the red brand put forth a memorable, high-energy show featuring a 90-minute stretch in the middle that rivaled anything seen in WWE programming this year. The Miz and Dean Ambrose were incredibly entertaining in their Kickoff Celebration segment and the extension of the Enzo Amore (and now Big Cass) whodunnit angle continues to intrigue. SmackDown Live was steady yet unspectacular.


Week ending June 9: A-

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Brian Campbell covers MMA, boxing and WWE. The Connecticut native joined CBS Sports in 2017 and has covered combat sports since 2010. He has written and hosted various podcasts and digital shows for ESPN... Full Bio

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