ESPN announced today that SmackDown female champion Becky Lynch is the first woman to ever exceed its monthly WWE Power rankings.
The World War II man easily led the list with almost convincing votes from the first place, according to Tim Fiowanti. Lynch ranked # 4 at the last set of ratings that was released. ESPN notes that "the ratings are based on the estimated value of the superstar product of the WWE screen, which is determined by voting on the WWE panel of ESPN participants. The number of brackets shows the first place votes."
Matt Villansky of ESPN wrote the following about Lynch: "When you retire and think of the Becky climb, it's astonishing. We all assumed that Charlotte Fleur and Ronda Rousseau would bring women's evolution to the next level, but that's the SmackDown champion, which has the fiercest and passionate fans base in WWE today, and this includes men. Its line at the summit summit is one of the best martial arts stories of 2018. "
The value of this month was won by Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins. Others on the list are WWE Champion, Daniel Brian, # 3, Drew McIntyre, RAW Champion, Ronda Rousse, Charlotte Fleur, AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton and WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnen at # 10.
Lynch came out on Twitter and wrote the following at the top of the list:
The first woman ever on top of ESPN Power Rankings? You're damn right, and we're just getting warm. #IamTheMan https://t.co/5Gsf90baXM
– Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) December 1, 2018