Weekly Pro Wrestling Rankings August 2
August 2, 2018
By: Mike Johnson
Every week here at FITE, we feature the Top Ten ranked personalities in the world of professional wrestling. Unlike other combat sports, pro wrestling cannot be measured in just wins and losses, especially when the drama and excitement of the genre is specifically based around not just the physical performance, but the excitement level created by its combatants. Thus, our top ten measures the most newsworthy performers in the business, who's momentum drives not just their own career paths but the promotions they compete for.
1. Roman ReignsWhile he remains a divisive personality to WWE fans, Reigns is the major factor driving the WWE bus to Summerslam. This week, he had a spirited back and forth segment with Paul Heyman to build towards his WWE Universal Championship match against Brock Lesnar and with Lesnar hardly appearing and not doing much when he does, Reigns has been left to his own devices in building to that main event attraction. With his work in basically willing a main event into existence and another series of top flight performances on WWE Raw live events over the weekend, Reigns retains the top spot in the FITE rankings.
2. AJ StylesThe WWE Champion continued to be successful in his quest to showcase himself as the best wrestler in the world. This week, the Phenomenal One continued his run of excellent main event matches on WWE Live events, previewing his Summerslam bout against Samoa Joe as well as a victory against Shinsuke Nakamura following Tuesday's Smackdown Live broadcast. Styles continues to leave audiences spellbound and that's not going to change anytime soon.
5. Matt RiddlWith continued interest in Riddle potentially signing with World Wrestling Entertainment, the former UFC Champion steps into battle this weekend with two big matches at EVOLVE 108 and 109. On Saturday, Riddle steps into a Hardcore battle against Shane Strickland. The next day, Riddle goes against FIP Champion Austin Theory. Could Riddle lose the title? Is he going to continue on as champion as the countdown to the end of his run on the independent scene appears to be coming to an end? The King of Bros has always marched to the beat of his own drum, but as the wrestling world focuses their attention upon his potential future, Riddle has an incredible opportunity to excel before an audience becoming increasingly invested in his work.
6. Seth RollinsStop us if you've heard this before. Seth Rollins continues to excel as a one man highlight reel for Monday Night Raw. This week, Rollins headlined WWE live events and on Raw, was involved in a physical fracas with Drew McIntyre designed to set up continued issues with Dolph Ziggler before their Summerslam showdown for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Rollins is the measuring stick for in-ring performances right now and will surely return to the upper echelon of the FITE Rankings soon enough.
7. Randy OrtonSince returning to WWE's Smackdown brand following knee surgery, Randy Orton has shown a reborn interest in performing. His attacks on Jeff Hardy and his interviews have been some of his most inspired work in years. With Summerslam just a few weeks away, Orton has been reborn, showing all the characteristics of the Legend Killer that has headlined for years, only more refined and far more motivated, all of which has brought vibrant interest to the master of the RKO.
8. Drew McinytyreAnother week, another intense outing for the Scottish star. The former ICW, EVOLVE and Impact Champion took the fight to Seth Rollins this week in an extremely physical battle on Monday Night Raw. McIntyre is the perfect study for someone looking to master the art of being a true antagonist in pro wrestling. Every step, every glance, every maneuver is maximized to capture the attention of the audience. McIntyre continues to excel and stand out against the WWE roster.
9. Cody/Nick AldisThe number nine ranking this week HAS to be considered a tie in the most important and celebrated National Wrestling Alliance Worlds Heavyweight Championship defense in decades is set for September 1st at "All In" and all of the intrigue and interest in that title defense is due equally to Champion Nick Aldis and challenger Cody. With the NWA's weekly YouTube series ramping up the anticipation, featuring excellent interviews from each competitor, we have seen the combined work of each performer raise the profile of the NWA and the prestige of its most important prize. As FITE covers all of the Starrcast events associated with "All In" over Labor Day weekend, the interest in Cody vs. Aldis is going to boil over.
10. Brock LesnarThe WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar actually showed up on Monday Night Raw this week in Miami, Florida and well, read a magazine. He then attacked Kurt Angle, menaced Baron Corbin and even manhandled his own mouthpiece, Paul Heyman. While any Lesnar appearance garners interest, it's going to take more than some reading material and a brief in-ring interaction to rank any higher.
Mike Johnson is the lead reporter for PWInsider.com and has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He can be found on Twitter @MikePWInsider and MikeJohnsonWrites.com.