WWE SmackDown Division Rankings: Baron Corbin Strikes First

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The SmackDown Live World Title Picture

Highlights of the Division

Jinder Mahal scoring a win over a game Mojo Rawley was needed to closely even up his win/loss record for the year. It also legitimizes his title reign by defeating the only mid-card talent that has a better record than his peers. Mahal’s promos have been predictable and repetitive as of late but he’ll need to change his tune when facing Orton at the pay per view. The Maharaja needs to explain his relationship with the Singh brothers in detail. He’ll need demonstrate a more vicious side that will show the fans he’ll do whatever he can to keep his title. 

Randy Orton is taking the smart approach to the build up of this WWE Championship match. The fans have heard throughout the years how Orton will reclaim back the gold so it’s refreshing to see that the Viper will let his opponent do the talking. The former champ will need to make a statement next week on Smackdown Live to keep the fans engaged in this feud. So far he hasn’t done anything to Mahal and the makes the fans think that Mahal has the psychological advantage. 

Shinsuke Nakamura beating Kevin Owens at the main event of Smackdown Live just reassured the WWE Universe that he’s the favorite to win the Money in the Bank ladder match. The Artist could challenge Owens for the US Championship after defeating him but that would be a step back. Nakamura has the perfect opportunity to be a WWE Champion and the top face of Smackdown Live—the WWE shouldn’t spoil this golden opportunity.   

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

WWE World Champion: Jinder Mahal (9 Wins – 10 Losses)


  • No.1 Contender: Randy Orton (10 Wins – 5 Losses)
  • Contender No. 2: John Cena (6 Wins – 4 Losses)


  • Pretender No. 1: Shinsuke Nakamura (4 Wins – 0 Losses)

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