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Ultimate WWE and AEW Power Rankings – December 18, 2023

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It is time for another week of the Ultimate Power Rankings from both WWE and AEW. Who improved their stock from last week and who downgraded their position among the rest?

This set ranges from Monday (December 11) and to Sunday (December 17). This means that all the results and highlights from this week’s Raw, NXT, AEW Dynamite, SmackDown, AEW Rampage, and AEW Collision will all play a factor in the rankings.

If a wrestler has a (+) next to their name, then that means that they moved up the rankings from last week’s edition. When there is a (-) next to their name, then that means that they moved down from the rankings from last week. If there is nothing next to their name, then that means that they stayed at the same spot.

Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s Power Rankings for WWE and AEW!

WWE TOP 10 POWER RANKINGS:

10. The Creed Brothers (-4)

The Creed Brothers spent Raw on the sidelines, building toward their tag title match next week against The Judgment Day. It wouldn’t be the craziest, or rather wrong choice, if Brutus and Julius Creed were to capture main roster tag team gold.

9. Shinsuke Nakamura (-1)

Nakamura, despite losing by DQ against Cody Rhodes, got the last laugh by using his red mist to end Monday Night Raw.

8. Drew McIntyre (NR)

McIntyre continues his feud with Rollins and will surely culminate at Royal Rumble with a title bout. He picked up another victory this week by besting Jey Uso.

7. Carmelo Hayes (NR)

Not only did Hayes pick up a nice win at NXT Deadline just over a week ago, but he is now appearing on the main roster, SmackDown, in the United States Championship Contender Tournament. He beat Grayson Waller on this week’s episode.

6. The Judgment Day (-1)

The Judgment Day may have one less title, thanks to Dominik Mysterio, but they are still a major focal point on Raw, as Rhea Ripley beat Maxxine Dupri and the Undisputed Tag Team Champions have an important title defense next week.

5. Dragon Lee (NR)

The new NXT North American Champion got his first retainment on NXT by defeating Tyler Bate. The luchador continues to impress in all of his appearances on TV.

4. Cody Rhodes

Rhodes may have won in the main event of Raw (by disqualification) over Shinsuke Nakamura, but he wasn’t the last one left standing at the end of the night.

3. CM Punk (-1)

Punk finally had his first great promo duel since returning to WWE, as he and Seth Rollins had a top-of-the line segment on Raw, more than likely setting up Punk and Rollins for a title clash at WrestleMania 40, hopefully in the main event of Night 1.

2. Seth Rollins (-1)

Rollins won the promo segment with Punk on Raw. It was the first time in awhile that Rollins looked like serious star with a serious character. Hopefully this is the new direction of his character, and that his World Heavyweight title reign gets the much needed boost it has needed, with Punk now in the fold.

1. Randy Orton (+2)

Orton continues to be a delight on WWE TV. He defeated Jimmy Uso in the main event of SmackDown, before a returning AJ Styles and LA Knight helped even the odds with him against The Bloodline. Orton will compete in a triple threat #1 contender’s match with Styles and Knight, and will almost certainly win to face Roman Reigns at Royal Rumble.

AEW TOP 10 POWER RANKINGS:

10. Eddie Kingston (NR)

Despite a slow start in the Continental Classic, Kingston is once again now viewed as the favorite to come out of the Blue League, possibly even winning the whole tournament in a probably match against his old friend Jon Moxley. Kingston added 3 points by beating Daniel Garcia on Collision.

9. “Hangman” Adam Page (NR)

Page continues to be cycled into the devil storyline involving MJF and Samoa Joe. Whether he’s the devll or not is one thing, it’s overall just great to have Page consistently back on TV. He deserved to be in the Continental Classic and he’s not. So, hopefully this is the start of Page becoming a consistent main event player, as he should be. Not to mention, he got back on track with a win over Roderick Strong.

8. Skye Blue (+2)

Blue officially cemented her heel turn on Collision by attacking Abadon, joining Julia Hart’s side. However, her turn was overshadowed by the return of Thunder Rosa, who aided Abadon against the two broods.

7. House of Black (-5)

The House of Black had a mixed week. Brody King lost two Continental Classic matches this week. First, he fell to Andrade El Idolo on Dynamite, before losing to Bryan Danielson in the main event of Collision. However, Malakai Black and Buddy Matthews did a good job in their promo segment with FTR on Collision, igniting a needed fire into that feud.

6. Andrade El Idolo (+3)

It was also a mixed week for Andrade, however, the matches he both on this past week were both great. His match with King was great television, and his match with Claudio Castagnoli, despite losing, was great as well on Collision. Andrade still remains in the thick of things in the race for the top crown in the Continental Classic.

5. Mogul Embassy (-4)

Swerve Strickland suffered his first defeated in the Continental Classic, falling short against Jon Moxley in a main event fight on Dynamite. Strickland needs Moxley to lose in order to have a chance at getting to the World’s End PPV.

4. Orange Cassidy (+2)

Cassidy picked up a successful International Championship defense by knocking off Bryan Keith on Collision.

3. MJF

The AEW World Champion was on the sidelines but his devil story continues to bring unpredictability, and at least some amount of intrigue into his title defense coming at World’s End.

2. Samoa Joe (+5)

Joe is must watch at this point. He continues to excel in this role and I hope that Joe takes that title away from MJF (no shade on MJF) at the upcoming PPV.

1. Jon Moxley (+4)

Moxley continues to show that he is the best in all of AEW, prevailing over Strickland and remaining undefeated in Continental Classic play.

Top 20 Combo Power Rankings (WWE and AEW):

20. The Creed Brothers (-10)

19. Shinsuke Nakamura (-4)

18. Eddie Kingston (NR)

17. Drew McIntyre (NR)

16. Carmelo Hayes (NR)

15. “Hangman” Adam Page (NR)

14. Skye Blue (+6)

13. The Judgment Day (-4)

12. Dragon Lee (NR)

11. Cody Rhodes (-3)

10. House of Black (-8)

9. Andrade El Idolo (+10)

8. Mogul Embassy (-7)

7. Orange Cassidy (+5)

6. MJF

5. CM Punk (-1)

4. Samoa Joe (+10)

3. Seth Rollins

2. Randy Orton (+3)

1. Jon Moxley (+10)

Who would you have in your Top 10 Power Rankings of both WWE and AEW? What would be your ultimate combo list? Let us know by leaving a comment down below!

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