WWE SmackDown Live: Division Power Rankings After Superstar Shakeup

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The SmackDown Live World Title Picture

Highlights of the Division

Randy Orton isn’t finished with his now cross-brand war the Eater of Worlds. The Viper was viciously dismantled by Erick Rowan which ended the match via disqualification. But there is one question that still hasn’t been answered—If Bray Wyatt walks out as WWE Champion at Payback, will he take the title to Raw or will he end up back to SmackDown Live? Orion might be favored to retain the championship but that issue needs to be addressed ASAP. 

As for Bray Wyatt, he’ll be floating around the main event scene of both Raw and SmackDown Live until his title match commences at Payback in a couple of weeks. He might play mind games on both Randy Orton and Finn Balor for his own amusement or stalking out his prey as the future 2-time WWE Champion at April 30.

AJ Styles wasn’t sitting around to see if he’ll get a crack at the WWE Championship so he settled in claiming the number 1 contender-ship for the United States Championship. The Phenomenal one will be presented as a main event competitor till he eventually faces off with the winner of the Owens vs Jericho match at Payback.    

Shinsuke Nakamura will most likely be matching up against the Showoff—Dolph Ziggler. It’ll be a great way to introduce the former 2-time NXT Champion to the SmackDown Live audience. The King of Strong Style is the top babyface on the roster and should be considered a world title challenger moving forward.

Let’s see the rankings for the division this week.


WWE World Champion: Randy Orton (8 Wins – 3 Losses)


  • No.1 Contender: Bray Wyatt (4 Wins – 4 Losses)
  • Contender No. 2: John Cena (6 Wins – 4 Losses)


  • Pretender No. 1: AJ Styles (5 Wins – 5 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 2: Shinsuke Nakamura (N/A)

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