The Phantom 15: WWE and TNA Power Rankings
Bleacher Report Nation, as the old saying goes "it is time to shake things up a bit." So to stay true to form, I decided to add a little spice by creating a weekend power rankings.
The rankings will include wrestlers from both TNA and WWE, and will take place every Saturday. There are three qualities that will be judge for a wrestler to make The Phantom 15.
They are: consistency, in ring caftsmanship, and positive momentum building in their current feuds or expected matches.
With any rankings, questions will form about why a wrestler made the list and why another one did not. If you have any questions or feel I might have left some one out, let me know in the comment section.
If enough people agree with you, the wrestler will have a guaranteed spot in the next week's power rankings.
With that out of the way, let The Phantom 15 begin.
Just Missed The Cut: Christian
16. Christian- WWE Smackdown
17. The Band- TNA
18. Kofi Kingston- WWE Smackdown
19. Rey Mysterio- WWE Smackdown
20. Doug Williams TNA
21. Abyss- TNA
22. Orlando Jordan- TNA
23. CM Punk And SES- WWE Smackdown
24. Kazarian- TNA
25. Ted Dibiase- WWE RAW
No. 15 Team LayCool WWE Smackdown Women's Champ
In a time when the Divas and Knockouts are suffering fates similar to world economic crisis, Team LayCool gets the nood at the No. 15 spot for the women of wrestling.
Not to mention Layla did win the Women's Title last week and the team did pick up a win on RAW in the 6 Diva tag match.
Award for Woman of the Week: Layla
No. 14 TNA AJ Styles
AJ barely comes in on this list. He lost to RVD at TNA Sacrifice and did not compete on TNA Impact.
There is some light at the end of the tunnel for AJ Styles, as he did place No. 3 in TNA Top Ten Rankings. He eventually moved up to No. 2 due to Kurt Angle dropping out of the title race.
No. 13 Jack Swagger WWE Smackdown World Heavyweight Champ
Some love Swagger, others hate him, but no matter your opinion of Smackdown's World Champion, you must admit he sure has come a long way from the guy that use to lose matches to Santino.
While he was on the receiving end of a RKO by Orton on RAW, and had to deal with a loss to Kofi Kingston on Smackdown; Swagger has the chance to right the wrongs this Sunday at Over The Limt when he faces the Big Show.
No. 12 Jay Lethal TNA
I will admit, I am not a big fan of Jay Lethal. I always saw him as a sideshow act at best.
However these last two weeks, Lethal has begun to show some signs of life. Out of all the middle carders in TNA and the WWE, Lethal without a doubt had one of the best strings of performances as of late.
In the tag team match he had with RVD vs. Beer Money on TNA Impact, Lethal proved to be the best worker in the match. If he keeps it up, Jay Lethal will be moving up on this list.
Award: Best Worker in a Match
No. 11 Drew McIntyre Smackdown IC Champ
Has anybody garnered more heel heat in the last month then Drew McIntyre?
Since the draft McIntyre, along with Christian, Swagger, Big Show, and Matt Hardy, has become the main attraction to Smackdown.
Not to mention that with help of WWE management, McIntrye regained the IC title after getting strip of the belt and fired by Teddy Long.
He had a solid match with the Big Show on Smackdown and has some momentum building for his title match with Kofi Kingston at Over The Limit.
Life is good as the choosen one.
No. 10 Kurt Angle TNA
Well Angle I had you in the top five, but since you want to remove yourself from a World Title race and face every one below you on the TNA roster, 10th is a great place to start.
No. 9 Randy Orton WWE RAW
Stop what you are about to do Orton lovers. I do not want to hear the moaning and groaning about Orton not being in the top five.
He has a match against Edge this Sunday at Over The Limit. If Orton wins, he is most likely in the drivers seat for a future World title match, which means he will not be in this spot for long.
No. 8 Edge WWE RAW
While left seeing ghosts due to a match with former tag team partner Christian and a attack by The Undertaker on RAW, Edge did get the last laugh with a spear to Orton later in the night.
In the same boat as Orton really. If he wins, Edge should be in the driver's seat for a World Title match.
The Edge vs. Orton match at Over The Limit should prove to be one of the best matches on the card.
No. 7 Jeff Hardy TNA
Jeff Hardy's life has been crazy as of late. He has had to balance out of the ring issues with traveling and doing shows with TNA.
Nevertheless, he has managed to get some energy building and is starting to gain steam. The victory against TNA's no. 1 contender, Sting, only helped his caused on the list.
No. 6 John Cena WWE Champion
I can hear the coming boos as I type away on the keyboard. The boos only drowned out by those clicking to the next slide.
The most hated man in wrestling has had a busy couple of weeks.
He has had every one on RAW, from Orton to Batista, stalking him for the WWE Title. Not to mention he has had to watch his back because of Sheamus.
His match this week with Sheamus, was interrupted by an interfering Batista, who forced Cena into a submission hold nearly causing the champ to say the words, "I quit."
Cena's "I quit" match with Batista maybe the biggest match on the Over The Limt PPV card. If Monday night RAW was a precursor on the PPV match this Sunday, then the champ is in trouble.
No. 5 Bret Hart And The Hart Dynasty WWE RAW, U.S And Tag Champs
Hot, is perhaps the only way to describe Bret Hart and The Hart Dynasty. Since winning the titles from ShowMiz, The Hart Dynasty has buried The Dudebusters, Chris Jericho, and The Miz.
Last week Tyson Kidd beat The Miz, allowing Bret Hart to receive a U.S Championship match, in which Bret Hart won this week, keeping the streak going.
If The Hart Dynasty wins at Over The Limit aganist Jericho and The Miz, they could be on the top of The Phantom 15 next week.
Award For Moment of The Week: Bret Hart wins U.S Championship
No. 4 Big Show WWE Smackdown
Big Show has been dominating the last couple of weeks. It seems as if he has punched the clocks out of every heel on the WWE roster. He has also been making life miserable for Jack Swagger.
This Sunday at Over The Limit, Big Show will have a chance to win the World Heavyweight title when he competes with Swagger for the belt.
If the outcome of the match is anything like the past few weeks on Smackdown, we should get ready to crown a new World Champion in The Big Show.
Award for Promo of the Week: Imitation of Jack Swagger and interference promo in Jack Swagger's match.
No. 3 Sting TNA
Sting has had a great week in the land of TNA. He got rid of Jeff Jarrett at TNA Scarifice and had the No. 1spot in TNA's top 10 rankings.
While he did lose to Jeff Hardy in the main event match for TNA due to interference by Mr. Anderson, Sting got the last laugh, by taking both Hardy and Anderson out.
Sting may have hit a small road block on Thursday night Impact. However, at the end of the night The Icon proved once against why he is one of the baddest men in wrestling.
Thats good enough for a top three spot.
No. 2 Batista WWE RAW
Batista has been destroying and picking apart members of the RAW roster for two weeks now.
After winning the triple threat match to insure The Animal another shot at John Cena's WWE Title a couple of weeks ago, Batista has decimated Mark Henry the last few weeks.
This past Monday, Batista took out Mark Henry again and almost made John Cena tap out, after Batista interfered in the Cena vs. Sheamus match.
At Over The Limit, Batista is looking to make Cena say the words "I quit." If he can do this then he will become the new WWE Champion.
No matter the outcome, this is sure to be a must see match.
Award for Most Dominating Performance of the Week: Beatdown of Mark Henry and John Cena
No. 1 RVD TNA World Champion
RVD receives the honor of being ranked number one on the very first edition of The Phantom 15 list.
RVD took out AJ Styles at TNA Scarifice and won a tag team match with Jay Lethal vs. Beer Money Inc on TNA Impact.
The reason for RVD being number one is simple. Consistency. In the last month RVD has had little to no holes in his wrestling game and has produce in each match and promo that was given to him.
On A Downward Sprial:
D' Angelo Dinero
Top Matches of the Week:
Sting vs. Jeff Hardy- TNA Impact
Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler- WWE Superstars
Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston- WWE Smackdown
Edge vs. Christian- WWE RAW
RVD vs. AJ Styles TNA Scarifice
Wrestling Community Weekly Awards
In addition to the Power 15, I decided to add a weekly award of some of the top articles in the Wrestling Community.
Article of Week: My Two Cents: Daniel Bryan is the WWE's Febreeze, by Ashley Morris
Featured Story of the Week: Have the Wrestling Bookers Really Done a Horrible Job in TNA and WWE? By Travis Smith
Slide of The Week: WWE vs. TNA: The Dream Matchups by Slam Houston
Opinion of The Week: WWE Titles: Championships or Belts? By Big Nasty
Preview of The Week: WWE Over the Limit: Tons of Potential If Don't Screw It Up. Here's How, by Iam D Real Deal yo
Flashback of the Week: Devon's Dissention: My View of the Attitude Era, Part II, by Devon Givens
News Of The Week: Bubba the Love Sponge Caller Claims TNA iMPACT! Might Be Canceled by Spike, by Siva Prasad
Analysis Of The Week: Building Bryan Danielson: The WWE Genius, by Nathan Winters
See Ya Next Saturday
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