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Pro wrestling news, opinions, interviews, lists and more from former WWE creative team member Kevin Eck

WWE Power Rankings: October 15, 2016

The Eck Factor's ranking of the Top 20 WWE Superstars based on their overall impact, momentum and positioning on the card for the week ending Oct. 15 (last week's ranking in parentheses):

1. AJ STYLES (1)

The WWE World Champion successfully defended his title against John Cena and Dean Ambrose in a Triple Threat Match at No Mercy. On SmackDown, Styles suffered one of the biggest upsets in WWE history when he was pinned by scrawny James Ellsworth in a non-title match. Because the match was a farce, thanks to the antics of special referee Dean Ambrose, the "loss" did not knock Styles out of the No. 1 position in the rankings.


The WWE Universal Champion attacked Seth Rollins after Rollins' win over Chris Jericho on Raw, but Rollins turned it around and ended up hitting a Pedigree on Owens' best bud Jericho after Owens powdered for the second straight week.


The special referee in the non-title match on SmackDown between WWE World Champion AJ Styles and James Ellsworth, Ambrose refused to make a three count after Styles hit the Styles Clash. Ambrose then hit Dirty Deeds twice on Styles, put Ellsworth on top of the champion and counted the pin.


The U.S. Champion teamed with Raw Women's Champion Sasha Banks to defeat Rusev and Charlotte in a mixed tag match on Raw.


Rollins defeated Chris Jericho on Raw in a match in which Jericho would've been added to the Hell in a Cell match between WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and Rollins if he had won. After the match, Rollins overcame an attack by Owens and went on to Pedigree Jericho.


The Raw Women's Champion forced former champion Charlotte to tap out, as Banks and U.S. Champion Roman Reigns defeated Charlotte and Rusev in a mixed tag match on Raw. It was announced during the show that Banks' upcoming title defense against Charlotte will be the first-ever women's Hell in a Cell match.

7. JOHN CENA (6)

After being hit with two chair shots, Cena was pinned by WWE World Champion AJ Styles in a Triple Threat Match at No Mercy that also involved Dean Ambrose.

8. NEW DAY (8)

New Day's Kofi Kingston pinned Cesaro in a singles match on Raw, thanks in part to an inadvertent distraction from Cesaro's unwilling partner Sheamus.


In a match in which his WWE career was on the line, Ziggler defeated The Miz at No Mercy to win the Intercontinental Title. On SmackDown, Ziggler defeated Kenny and Mikey of The Spirit Squad in a handicap match. 

10. BRAY WYATT (15)

With an assist from the returning Luke Harper, Wyatt defeated Randy Orton at No Mercy. In a tag match on SmackDown, Wyatt again pinned Orton, as he and Harper beat Orton and Kane.


See Sasha Banks above.

12. RANDY ORTON (11)

See Bray Wyatt above.

13. THE MIZ (10)

See Dolph Ziggler above. 

14. RUSEV (12)

See Roman Reigns above.


See Seth Rollins above.

16. BAYLEY (16)

Bayley defeated a local talent on Raw. Afterwards, she was ambushed by Dana Brooke on the stage.


Gallows and Anderson jumped Enzo Amore and Big Cass before their match and laid them out.

18. BECKY LYNCH (18)

The SmackDown Women's Champion's scheduled title defense against Alexa Bliss at No Mercy was postponed to Nov. 8 due to Lynch having a medical condition.


The unlikely SmackDown Tag Team Champions successfully defended their title against The Usos at No Mercy. On SmackDown, Slater and Rhyno saved Ziggler from a three-on-one attack by The Miz and The Spirit Squad.

20. SAMI ZAYN (19)

Zayn teamed with Neville to defeat Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel on Raw.

Dropped out of the rankings: Alexa Bliss (17)

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The Hot Tag: Donald Trump Is Not Fit To Be A WWE Hall Of Famer

Donald Trump is surrounded by WWE DIvas during a 2009 press conference announcing that Trump had "bought" Raw.

The following is an excerpt from my weekly pro wrestling column, "The Hot Tag," for PressBox:

As a matter of full disclosure, I am not supporting Donald Trump for president. That's not what this column is about, however.

In addition to "The Donald" being the Republican presidential nominee, a business mogul and reality TV star, he also is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.

The question is: Should the revelation of a 2005 video of Trump speaking explicitly about groping and kissing women prompt WWE to remove him from its Hall of Fame?

I think so.

WWE taking such action is not unprecedented. When an 8-year-old tape of Hulk Hogan making racial slurs came to light in 2015, WWE immediately scrubbed Hogan from its website, including his Hall of Fame profile.

Also in 2015, WWE scrubbed Hall of Famer "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka from the website after he was charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the 1983 death of his then-girlfriend. A judge later ruled Snuka was not mentally competent to stand trial.

To read the column in its entirety, click here

Flashback Friday: Gillberg Beats Christian For The WWE Light Heavyweight Title

On SmackDown this week, James Ellsworth scored perhaps the greatest upset in WWE history when he got a pinfall victory over WWE World Champion AJ Styles.

It brought back memories of a match on Raw in 1998, when Duane Gill -- who would go on to become a novelty act in WWE as Gillberg -- defeated Christian for the WWE Light Heavyweight Title.

Coincidentally, Ellsworth and Gillberg are both from my hometown of Baltimore.

Every Friday, I'll post a wrestling video or photo from the past.

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