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WWE top 10 standings of the week (August 24-31, 2018)

ANALYST
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4.55K   //    01 Sep 2018, 02:41 IST

Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman Hell in a Cell
A rivalry renewed.

The dust has settled from SummerSlam and already, the Hell in a Cell card has matured. We now know what the pay per view will look like for the most part and NXT has begun its build to TakeOver: War Games II in November.

Each of WWE's divisions change in their standings from week to week. By looking at the shifting pecking order in each of WWE's divisions, it's possible to make longer-term predictions about where things might stand on future shows. For example, Becky Lynch was clearly vaulted up the SmackDown rankings this summer for the run she's having now.

How did the pecking order shift in WWE's various divisions this week and what does it tell us as we head into the fall? Where do the superstars currently stand?


Raw Men's Division

Braun Strowman heel turn.
Here we go again.

#1 Universal Champion Roman Reigns

#2 Braun Strowman (No.1 contender, Mr. Money in the Bank)

#3 Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins

#4 Dolph Ziggler

#5 Drew McIntyre

#6 Dean Ambrose

#7 Bobby Lashley

#8 Kevin Owens

#9 Acting GM Baron Corbin

#10 Finn Balor

Summary

Brock Lesnar's departure broke open the Raw men's division. While Roman Reigns won't be surrendering the top spot anytime soon, the Universal Championship is open to a lot of different challengers now. Braun Strowman jumped from third in the division to second, but his heel turn hasn't been well received.

In the meantime, Seth Rollins sits atop the mid card with the Intercontinental Championship. His open challenges present an opportunity for many stars in and out of the top 10 to make a jump even as he continues feuding with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. Look for McIntyre to surpass Ziggler in the next few months, but as of now, he's still the second man in the story.

Dean Ambrose, meanwhile, doesn't look like he has much room to jump up in the standings, as both he and Seth Rollins are needed in the Shield to protect Roman Reigns from the crowd. Don't expect him to make his fabled heel turn any time soon.

Meanwhile, Bobby Lashley is being kept lukewarm, while Kevin Owens' standing has continued to decline. He is in the midst of a potential big return, however. Finn Balor's loss to Baron Corbin this week erased whatever momentum may have been left over from SummerSlam, and it looks like there are no plans at all for him at the moment.

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