WWE Rankings: Theory Climbs into the Top 3

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Money in the Bank is in the books, and there’s been a lot of movement in our Power Rankings now that the dust has settled. The Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, is still at the “head” of these rankings despite not being in action, but the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion is slated to appear on SmackDown. We have a new SmackDown Women’s Champion, a new United States Champion and a new Mr. Money in the Bank, leaving us with three new faces in the Top 5 this week.

1. Roman Reigns – Undisputed WWE Universal Champion (Last Week: 1)
As noted, Reigns will be on SmackDown this week ahead of his SummerSlam clash against “The Beast,” Brock Lesnar. It’s being billed as the Last Match, Last Time, Last Man Standing. Will this be Reigns’ last appearance in our top spot in the Power Rankings? If Lesnar shows up and leaves him laying, that may be the case.

2. Bianca Belair – Raw Women’s Champion (Last Week: 4)
It wasn’t the most exciting match on the card, but Belair the EST of WWE racked up another successful championship defense against Carmella at Money in the Bank. Carmella managed to be on the offensive for a while in the match, but after she slapped the champ, Belair made short work of her opponent with a KOD, proving Mella most definitely was not money on this night. Belair also picked up a tag team victory on Raw with new SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan as they defeated Natalya and Carmella to keep her momentum rolling.

3. Theory – United States Champion (Last Week: 7)
Theory’s Money in the Bank evening did not start out very well, but it’s how you finish that matters most. After a strong showing before ultimately tapping out to Bobby Lashley’s Hurt Lock and losing his United States Championship, Theory was named a surprise additional entrant into the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Mr. McMahon’s protégé made the most of his opportunity and knocked Riddle to the canvas before raising the briefcase. Theory was also on the losing side of things in a six-man tag team match on Raw as he and Alpha Academy fell victim to Lashley and the Street Profits, but capturing that briefcase was too valuable to keep him out of the top 3.

4. Gunther – Intercontinental Champion (Last Week: 6)
The Ring General didn’t have a match on SmackDown or Money in the Bank this past week, but the dominant Intercontinental Champion made his presence felt on Raw. Dressed up as Uncle Sam, R-Truth celebrated Independence Day by citing some lines from the movie of the same name, but Gunther was not amused, laying waste to Truth with a thunderous power bomb in short order. Will anyone be able to step up and provide a formidable challenge in the coming weeks?

5. Bobby Lashley (Last Week: 14)
“The All Mighty” had a dominant week, shooting up nine spots, which would likely make him the week’s biggest mover on any other week (but Liv Morgan debuting at No. 10 had other ideas). Not only did Lashley recapture the United States Championship, but he did it by making Theory tap out to the Hurt Lock. And as mentioned earlier, he followed it up with a victory alongside the Street Profits in six-man tag action. Judging by the crowd reactions in both Las Vegas and San Diego, he also seemed like one of the most popular Superstars on both Money in the Bank and Raw. Lashley looks unstoppable right now, but will he be able to dispatch of Theory once again in their return match at SummerSlam?

6. The Usos – Undisputed Tag Team Champions (Last Week: 10)
As expected, the Usos once again came up huge when it mattered most. While they often struggle when the gold is not on the line, “The Ones” have proven to be unbeatable in championship matches. Not only did they defeat the Street Profits at Money in the Bank, but it was easily the best match on the card – and that’s saying something being up against two ladder matches. Jimmy and Jey were able to survive an impressive double blockbuster and Montez Ford’s patented top-rope frog splash, and come back with a double super kick and 1-D for the victory.

7. Riddle (Last Week: 2)
What a tumble for Riddle. This time last week he was knocking on Roman Reigns' door for the No. 1 spot on this list, but a crushing last-minute loss in the Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match on Saturday saw his stock fall out of the Top 5. That said, his RKO outta nowhere on Seth Rollins on Raw seems to have "The Original Bro" lined up for a prime SummerSlam rivalry that has the potential to be the best match on the card when all is said and done. For that, Riddle stays firmly in the Top 10 despite the fall.

8. Becky Lynch (Last Week: 9)
While "Big Time Becks" also failed to secure a briefcase at Money in the Bank, she rebounded even stronger than Riddle did on Monday. Her Raw main event victory over Asuka via a monster avalanche Manhandle Slam through a table in an entertaining No Holds Barred Match has put her back at the top of the contender's list for Bianca Belair's Raw Women's Championship.

9. Seth “Freakin’” Rollins (Last Week: 3)
Like Riddle, Rollins fell after failing to win the Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match on Saturday. But "The Architect" fell even further after having a Raw he'd rather forget, no thanks in part to Riddle himself. Embarrassed by Ezekiel during The Street Profits' 4th of July Extravaganza Bonanza Cookout, where Zeke got ketchup all over Rollins' Monday fit, "The Architect" was quickly knocked down a peg again when Riddle laid Rollins' out after Rollins defeated Ezekiel in a singles contest and decided to try to go back for seconds on his defeated opponent. Rollins barely holds on to a spot in the Top 10 and could be in danger of falling further should he not exact swift revenge on his new rival.

10. Liv Morgan – SmackDown Women’s Champion (Last Week: Unranked)
Well how about that. In one of the most unlikeliest of victories in Money in the Bank history, Liv Morgan outlasted seven other women to secure the briefcase and then cashed in on Ronda Rousey and won to become SmackDown Women's Champion in what might be the best feelgood moment of the year. Then as a cherry on top, Morgan tagged with Raw Women's Champion Bianca Belair to defeat Carmella and Natalya after getting her own promo segment with the three other women. Were she not unranked last week, she'd be higher on the list. Expect Morgan to rise even higher in the coming weeks barring any major setbacks for the new champ.

11. Ronda Rousey – (Last Week: 5)
Losing the SmackDown Women's Championship and not appearing on Raw has knocked Rousey out of the Top 5 and Top 10, but in defeating Natalya and being protected via a knee injury angle in her loss to Liv Morgan keeps her from sliding too far down the rankings. Whether or not she appears on SmackDown this week and what she does if she's present will determine whether she falls further or starts a climb back to the Top 5.

12. Drew McIntyre (Last Week: 8)
A bit of a fall for Drew this week. He had a strong showing in the Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match but ultimately came up short after suffering a surprsie loss to Happy Corbin on SmackDown and was absent on Monday. Given his momentum prior to this week and the belief that he'll still be booked well for a potential championship match against Roman Reigns at Clash at the Castle in September, a four-spot drop seemed fair.

13. A.J. Styles (Last Week: 20)
Styles got another one-up on The Miz via a singles victory on Raw. Though Miz got the last laugh thanks to Ciampa coming in after the match to help rough up "The Phenominal One," the victory is enough to help Styles move north in the ranks thanks to the fact that almost everyone below him was either unranked last week, had more signifcant losses or were completely absent from TV for the week.

14. Asuka (Last Week: 11)
Everyone was ready for Asuka this past week. "The Empress of Tomorrow" failed to capture the Monday in the Bank Briefcase on Saturday and then lost to Becky Lynch in a seemingly unofficial No. 1 Contender's Match for Bianca Belair's Raw Women's Championship. The fact that she was in the Raw main event, it was a heck of a main event at that and Asuka's one of WWE’s best and most consistent Superstars is why she only dropped three spots.

15. The Brawling Brutes (Last Week: 13)
It was a rough week for the Brutes. Sheamus went 0-2 on both SmackDown and Money in the Bank while Ridge Holland and Butch didn't do much of anything. A rebound this Friday will be needed to keep the group from slipping down the ranks even further next week.

16. The Street Profits (Last Week: 12)
The Street Profits failed to capture the Undisputed Tag Team Championships on Saturday and were part of a rough few promo segments on Raw; as they hosted a 4th of July Extraveganza Bonanza Cookout that included Angelo Dawkins losing to Akira Tozawa in a hot dog eating contest. The duo only fall to No. 16 here because despite those negatives, they arguably stole the show at Money in the Bank despite the loss in their battle against The Usos, made the best of the cookout segments (which did give them plenty of TV time) and ended their week with a win on Raw alongside Bobby Lashley against Theory and Alpha Academy. Win some, lose some.

17. Brock Lesnar (Last Week: 15)
"The Beast" still looms large in WWE as we inch closer and closer to his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Last Man Standing Match against Roman Reigns at SummerSlam. Their years-long rivalry even getting a cool vignette on Raw. However, Lesnar himself once again did not make a physical appearance at all this past week, so we have to drop him a few spots for that. We're sure he won't be down here for long.

18. Madcap Moss (Last Week: Unranked)
Moss makes his way into the rankings thanks to his Smackdown victory over Ezekiel and The Miz that earned him a spot in the Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match on Saturday night. He didn't win that match, but seeing him get that spot is a good sign for the young up-and-comer. Here's hoping that momentum is put to good use as the road to SummerSlam begins in earnest for the blue brand on Friday.

19. Happy Corbin (Last Week: Unranked)
Moss' former friend and partner also made it onto the list this week as Happy Corbin returned to action in victorious fashion on Friday. In a true act of heelish villainy, Corbin stole the victory in SmackDown's Old Fashioned Battle Royale from Drew McIntyre and Sheamus via the ol' "sneak out under the top rope and come back later when everyone's forgotten you're still in the match" trick. He then followed the weekend up with an attack on SummerSlam opponent and SmackDown commentator Pat McAfee after the Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match concluded. Not bad for Corbin's first full week back.

20. The Viking Raiders (Last Week: 18)
While they didn't have a match this week, that's because the one they were supposed to have never got started. The New Day tried to jump the intimidating duo prior to said intended match as a means of payback for The Viking Raiders' assault on them the week prior and it didn't end well for Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. A shield-brandished beatdown ensued with Erik and Ivar standing strong once again in the end. It was a good week for the team. But unfortunately for them, Moss and Corbin had better weeks.

On the cusp: The Mysterios, Veer Mahaan, Ezekiel, Kevin Owens, Omos, Alexa Bliss, The Miz, Ciampa, New Day, Lacey Evans, Shinsuke Nakamura

Who’s NXT: Bron Breakker, Toxic Attraction, Carmelo Hayes, The Creed Brothers, Cameron Grimes, Tiffany Stratton