WWE Raw: Division Power Rankings Before WWE Payback

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The RAW Mid Card Division

Highlights of the Division

It’s disappointing to see that Dean Ambrose won’t be defending his Intercontinental Championship this Sunday at Payback. The fact that he was feuding with the Miz since the Superstar Shakeup led everyone to believe that those two men would duel for the title. That won’t be the case, the Miz will be hosting Miz TV with Finn Balor as his guest while Dean Ambrose won’t be competing on the card. 

Chris Jericho teamed with Dean Ambrose to face the Miz in a handicap match in the main event, which ended in a no-contest. Even if Y2J scored a victory in that match-up, he’s still won’t be favored to walk out as the United States Champion at Payback. Kevin Owens should be more than capable of defending his championship and heading back to the blue brand. 

Braun Strowman and Kalisto were competing in a highly publicized dumpster match after the events of what transpired between them on last week’s episode of RAW. Kalisto held his own and surprisingly won the battle against the “Monster Among Men”—but eventually lost the war as he was thrown off the entrance ramp inside the dumpster. Kalisto is in rare company as he’s one of the few men to defeat Braun Strowman in singles competition. I hope to see more progression after this upset victory.

Apollo Crews made quick work of Curt Hawkins but the intriguing story that developed was Titus O’Neal congratulating him after the match. Seeing Titus expand his marketing brand to Apollo might be the key to shedding off the staleness of his persona and add a little meat to this storyline.

These are the rankings for the division this week.

WWE Intercontinental Champion: Dean Ambrose (5 Wins – 6 Losses)


  • No. 1 Contender: Chris Jericho (3 Wins – 6 Losses)
  • Contender No. 2: Braun Strowman (6 Wins – 5 Losses)
  • Contender No. 3: The Big Show (3 Wins – 3 Losses)
  • Contender No. 4: Apollo Crews (3 Wins – 4 Losses)
  • Contender No. 5: Kalisto (3 Wins – 5 Losses)


  • Pretender No. 1: The Miz (3 Wins – 9 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 2: Curtis Axel (2 Win – 3 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 3: Bo Dallas (1 Win – 7 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 4: Titus O’Neal (1 Win – 7 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 5: Curt Hawkins (0 Wins – 6 Losses)