WWE SmackDown Live Division Power Rankings: Jinder Mahal Rises to Face Randy Orton

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The SmackDown Live Mid Card Division

Highlights of the Division

Kevin Owens had a tune-up match with a local jobber in his first ever Face of America Open Challenge and dispatched him very quickly. He padded his record with another victory but the two wins he’ll need to secure to retain his championship are against Chris Jericho and AJ Styles. Owens shouldn’t have an issue defeating Y2J at Payback but he might have a hard time vanquishing the Phenomenal One at Backlash to keep the gold.

Baron Corbin faced off against AJ Styles in the main event of SmackDown Live and lost via count out after 15 grueling minutes. He clearly didn’t get beat and looked really good exchanging blows and near falls with the former WWE Champion. The Lone Wolf is a prime candidate on this roster to be the next world champion and bonafide superstar but he’ll need to secure some high-profile wins very soon.

Tye Dillinger didn’t have a match this week but was featured in a backstage interview with a vignette of his career accomplishments. The Perfect 10 is someone to look for as a future United States Champion as he’s by far the most popular guy in the mid card division. Sami Zayn has nothing on him when it comes to crowd reactions.

Rusev is still on the injury reserve but look for him to make a big splash when he makes his SmackDown Live debut in the near future. He has the opportunity to be a big threat not only in the mid card division but also in the world title picture as well. He’ll need to secure a few wins to catapult himself to a title opportunity. 

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

WWE United States Champion: Kevin Owens (8 Wins – 5 Losses)


  • Top Contender: Sami Zayn (6 Wins – 10 Losses)
  • Contender No. 2: Baron Corbin (3 Wins – 8 Losses)
  • Contender No. 3: Mojo Rawley (6 Wins – 3 Losses)
  • Contender No. 4: Rusev (3 Wins – 7 Losses)


  • Pretender No. 1: Dolph Ziggler (3 Wins – 9 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 2: Tye Dillinger (2 Wins – 0 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 3: Sin Cara (2 Wins – 5 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 4: Luke Harper (1 Win – 8 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 5: Aiden English (1 Win – 4 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 6: Erick Rowan (0 Wins – 3 Losses)