WWE SmackDown Rankings: The Kevin Owens Show Has Begun

1 of 4

Welcome to the WWE SmackDown Rankings for the Sep. 12 episode. Kevin Owens became the star of the show after his vicious beating of Vince McMahon.

These are the WWE SmackDown Live rankings for each division 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.

Each superstar or tag team can move up or down the rankings based on victory, defeat or storyline progression. Let’s get right to the rankings.

Smackdown. Photo by WWE.com

The Smackdown Live Women’s Division

Highlights of the division

Natalya surprisingly walked away from Las Vegas with the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship draped around her shoulders. The best part about it, she looked strong defending her title. She outsmarted Carmella from cashing in her Money in the Bank briefcase and made Naomi tap to the sharpshooter at the same time. If Natalya ever needed one moment to solidify her title run, that image would be it. After Summerslam, Natalya was treated as an afterthought because many people believed that she was going to lose the gold to either Naomi or Carmella very quickly. What transpired on Sin City SmackDown goes to show that the Queen of Hearts might be holding on to that championship for the meantime.

With the title match under-wraps, former champions like Charlotte and Becky Lynch should be next in line to get a crack at the gold. They’ve been both sitting on the sidelines since July and haven’t been featured on SmackDown Live more properly. In a way, that’s a good thing for the long-term health of the division. Both contenders have been on TV nonstop since last year, it was about time to give them a breather. A similar situation happened with the New Day when they were traded to SmackDown back in April. 

Meanwhile, for the rest of the division.

They should also be resuming the Tamina progression that started a few weeks ago. Her ascension to the top of the division should be one of the more fascinating developments on the blue brand this year. SmackDown Live is all about the land of opportunity, Tamina is the last active superstar from the division who has yet to get a title shot. With Lana’s help, this Samoan could finally accomplish something that has been alluding her for her entire career—being a champion.

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

Smackdown Live Women’s Champion: Natalya (11 Wins – 9 Losses)


  • Top Contender: Naomi (11 Wins – 8 Losses)
  • Contender No. 2: Carmella (11 Wins – 6 Losses) (MITB Winner)
  • Contender No. 3: Becky Lynch (11 Wins – 13 Losses)
  • Contender No. 4: Charlotte (9 Wins – 14 Losses)


  • Pretender No. 1: Tamina Snuka (4 Wins – 4 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 2: Lana (0 Wins – 6 Losses)
  • Pretender No. 3: Maria Kanellis (N/A)