WWE Raw Rankings: Braun Strowman Destroys The Big Show

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Welcome to the WWE Raw Rankings for the Sep. 4 episode, in which Braun Strowman pummeled the Big Show through a steel cage.

These are the power rankings for each division on Monday Night Raw for this following week. Each division would be ranked based on storyline progression and win/loss record as of 2017. Also each division would be divided by contenders and pretenders, to differentiate the challengers in their respective division. I’ll also highlight a specific superstar in each division and explain their ranking based on their actions. Win/Loss record is provided by CageMatch.Net.

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Each superstar or tag team can move up or down the rankings based on victory, defeat or storyline progression. Let’s see how the rankings shape up this week.

RAW. 205 Live. Photo by WWE.com

The Raw Cruiserweight Division

Highlights of the division

The main event of 205 Live was the best match the show has produced all year-long. It demonstrated that Cedric Alexander is a future champion in the division by dispatching Tony Nese, Gran Metalik and Brian Kendrick in the No. 1 contender’s match. But the biggest star of the match was the eventual winner, Enzo Amore. He cheated by grabbing on Cedric’s tights for the pinfall, right after he knocked off Brian Kendrick with the Lumbar Check. The match is set for No Mercy between Neville and Enzo Amore, but the real story is the pure anger that Cedric was showcasing after his loss. He could be a potential player in the title showdown since he has a score to settle with Enzo Amore.

Enzo did his job and made sure he used his star power on the other competitors in the match. The brightest star of the match was Cedric Alexander, now it’s his turn to carry that momentum next week and exact his revenge on the new No. 1 contender.

Meanwhile, for the rest of the division.

As for Rich Swann and TJP, they’ll have a rubber match next week on 205 Live to settle the score, once and for all. This feud has definitely had it’s ups and downs, but it’ll be refreshing to see come to an end. Both competitors have been outside of the title picture for way to long and will need to reposition themselves in the rankings after their match next week. 

The WWE had a golden opportunity to give Drew Gulak ample time for months to give his character to grow, but to no avail. He lost in two straight matches this past week, and he might be classified as one of the jobbers of the division. It’s sad that a guy that talented doesn’t get the time of day consistently to showcase his innovative gimmick. His feud with Mustafa Ali back in the summer should have been a wake up call that Gulak could be a player in the cruiserweight division. We’ll see if that’s the case.   

These are the rankings for the division this week.

WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Neville (22 Wins – 9 Losses)


  • No. 1 Contender: Enzo Amore (10 Wins – 15 Losses)
  • Contender No. 2: Akira Tozawa (24 Wins – 7 Losses)
  • Contender No. 3: Jack Gallagher (21 Wins – 12 Losses)
  • Contender No. 4: Rich Swann (19 Wins – 9 Losses)
  • Contender No. 5: TJP (19 Wins – 19 Losses)
  • Contender No. 6: Cedric Alexander (18 Wins – 10 Losses)
  • Contender No. 7: The Brian Kendrick (13 Wins – 14 Losses)
  • Contender No. 8: Mustafa Ali (17 Wins – 16 Losses)
  • Contender No. 9: Ariya Daivari (11 Wins – 20 Losses)


  • Pretender No. 1: Gran Metalik (10 Wins – 9 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 2: Drew Gulak (7 Wins – 20 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 3: Tony Nese (13 Wins – 26 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 4: Noam Dar (8 Wins – 25 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 5: Lince Dorado (4 Wins – 17 Losses)