WWE SmackDown Division Rankings: Baron Corbin Strikes First

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The SmackDown Live Mid Card Division

Highlights of the Division

Kevin Owens suffered his third straight loss in a row and to none other than Shinsuke Nakamura. It’s always a silly idea for the WWE to have their champions lose in non-title matches consistently—especially with a world-class competitor like Kevin Owens. This gives the illusion now that Owens won’t be the favorite to win the ladder match and he’s just a paper champion at this current juncture. If the WWE continues to book him in this manner then they should strap the US title to someone they feel can be pushed properly.

AJ Styles should be protected moving forward and based on his recent performances it’ll be hard to envision WWE pulling that off. They have done a poor job in solidifying the Phenomenal One as a top-tier contender since WrestleMania 33 by relegating him to the mid card division. The former WWE Champion should be considered a long shot to win the Money in the Bank ladder match unless he racks up a huge win next week before the pay per view.

Baron Corbin can attack Sami Zayn and Nakamura all he wants but he’s still a borderline contender. He must win the ladder match at Money in the Bank or else he’ll be relegated to a pretender in the division. That briefcase can single-handedly wipe away his horrible win/loss record but he’ll need to win high-profile matches to be considered a main-event threat.

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

WWE United States Champion: Kevin Owens (11 Wins – 10 Losses)


  • No. 1 Contender: AJ Styles (9 Wins – 9 Losses)
  • Contender No. 2: Sami Zayn (9 Wins – 12 Losses)
  • Contender No. 2: Chris Jericho (5 Wins – 8 Losses)
  • Contender No. 3: Mojo Rawley (6 Wins – 4 Losses)
  • Contender No. 4: Rusev (3 Wins – 7 Losses)
  • Contender No. 5: Baron Corbin (4 Wins – 13 Losses)


  • Pretender No. 1: Dolph Ziggler (5 Wins – 11 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 2: Tye Dillinger (4 Wins – 0 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 3: Sin Cara (2 Wins – 6 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 4: Luke Harper (2 Wins – 9 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 5: Erick Rowan (1 Win – 5 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 6: Aiden English (1 Win – 6 Losses)