ESPN announced today that SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch is the first woman to ever top their monthly WWE Power Rankings.
The Man of WWE easily topped the list by nearly sweeping the first-place votes, according to ESPN’s Tim Fiorvanti. Lynch ranked #4 on the last set of rankings that was released. ESPN notes that “rankings are based upon the perceived value of a superstar to the on-screen product of WWE, which is determined by the voting of a panel of WWE on ESPN contributors. Number in parentheses indicates first-place votes.”
ESPN’s Matt Wilansky wrote the following on Lynch for this month’s #1 spot: “When you step back and think of Becky’s ascent, it’s astonishing. We all assumed Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey would take the women’s evolution to the next level, but it’s the SmackDown champ who has the most ardent and passion fan base in the WWE today, and that includes the men. Her beeline to the top of the summit is one of the best wrestling stories of 2018.”
This month’s rankings saw WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins come in second. Others on the list are WWE Champion Daniel Bryan at #3, Drew McIntyre, RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton and WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at #10.
The first woman ever to top the ESPN Power Rankings? You’re damn right I am, and we’re only getting warmed up. #IamTheMan https://t.co/5Gsf90baXM
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) December 1, 2018