WWE: Who is the best current champion?

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This Sunday at Extreme Rules WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan defends his gold against Kane in an Extreme Rules match.

This is the first event since the record-breaking WrestleMania XXX pay-per-view, the night Daniel Bryan became the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and his first defence will take place at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

It had certainly been a rollercoaster ride for Bryan on his way to becoming the number one superstar in the company, both professionally and personally. But can the same be said for the remaining champions? Are the other champions as good, if not better than Daniel Bryan as a champion or champions?

Let's take a look at all of the current champions, and where they currently rank.

#8: NXT Women's Champion- Vacant

Obviously the NXT Women's Championship has to come in at last place because right now, there is no champion holding the title. NXT commissioner John Bradshaw Layfield recently stripped Divas Champion Paige off the NXT Women's Championship and has created a tournament where the Divas of NXT will have the opportunity to impress the fans and make a name for themselves, similar to how Paige made her name by winning a similar tournament.

The avid NXT viewers know that the show isn't blessed with the best of divas but that's what is expected, it is a place to learn and hone their skills. Right now there looks to be two serious contenders for the championship, between Sasha Banks and Charlotte, the daughter of 'The Nature Boy' Ric Flair. Whichever of the two manage to hold the belt will certainly have their work cut out, as they will need to ensure they remain an active and relevant champion, like Paige was.

#7: United States Champion - Dean Ambrose

When he first captured the gold at Extreme Rules in 2013 by pinning Kofi Kingston, you'd never expect Dean Ambrose to be so low in the championship rankings.He is a fantastic in-ring competitor and a great superstar in general. But perhaps the only reason he isn't the best of champions is because he isn't active enough. The United States title has lost it's prestige somewhat as it has been forgotten due to the various feuds The Shield have been in.

That is a good thing for The Shield as they have taken the WWE by storm ever since their debut, but a bad thing for the championship. Dean Ambrose has only made very rare defences of his championship and that's the reason why he is breaking records. If he defended the strap a lot more than he would surely deserve all the plaudits, but the fact that he isn't a very active champion, the records mean nothing. Maybe dropping the United States Championship to somebody else on the roster would be beneficial for the prestige of the gold, but it won't have a negative impact on Ambrose or The Shield.

#6: Intercontinental Champion - Big E

Big E is a tough one to rank because he is a recent champion. Big things were expected of Big E when he managed to capture the championship title from Curtis Axel on the November 18 episode of Monday Night Raw.

He was seen as the superstar to elevate the status of the once prestige Intercontinental Champion, but he hasn't managed to do that during his tenure as champion. He has successfully defended his gold against Curtis Axel at Survivor Series, Damien Sandow at TLC and Jack Swagger at the Elimination Chamber, all superstars that wouldn't have a big impact on the championship and it's prestige.

He has been a more active champion that Dean Ambrose and that's the only reason he ranks above Ambrose, as good as both superstars are and they will be even bigger in a number of years, they are not benefiting from the titles. Ambrose' title isn't even being defended at Extreme Rules whereas Big E will take on Bad News Barrett; and his days as Intercontinental Champion could be coming to an end.

#5: WWE Tag Team Champions - The Usos

The Usos are extremely talented superstars and they finally got the recognition they deserved the night after Elimination Chamber, where they defeated the New Age Outlaws to capture the WWE Tag Team Championships for the very first time.

It was widely expected that the New Age Outlaws would drop the titles to The Usos as they would finally have their moment as one of the best teams in the company. At the moment it's still 50-50 regarding The Usos and their tenure as champions.

The tag-team division is still being worked upon, we already have fantastic teams but it's only a matter of time before tag team wrestling becomes even more important and The Usos need to capitalise on making sure they are at the summit of tag team wrestling by the time it comes around.

The way things are going they don't look too convincing as champions, previous champions such as Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins of The Shield and Cody Rhodes and Goldust have looked like formidable tag team champions, The Usos aren't at that level yet. A number of defences against big teams could set them up to become a better team, starting with the disposal of RybAxel.

#4: NXT Tag Team Champions - The Ascension

The NXT Tag Team Champions consisting of Konnor and Viktor have held the titles since October 2013 when they defeated Adrian Neville and Corey Graves.

Their position as number four is debatable because they too haven't been the most active of champions, their most notable title defence coming against the team of Too Cool at NXT: ArRIVAL, but there aren't many challenging tag teams on NXT, and that's because The Ascension are growing in depth every single week.

They are imposing, good in the ring and they play their roles incredibly well, it would actually be a shame if they dropped the belts soon - which they may be doing, as a main roster push is on the horizon - they make fans tune in to tag team wrestling and that's something many previous tag teams and tag team champions have failed to do. The more they compete on NXT, even without defending the gold, the better champions they look.

#3: NXT Champion - Adrian Neville

The current face of NXT is one I'd recommend you definitely keep an eye on, unless you already know him - and you should - as Pac during his time on the independent circuit, the WWE secured a massive talent in Neville.

Adrian Neville comes in at number three because 'the man that gravity forgot' is not only exceptionally talented inside the ring, but is the whole package. He can talk, he can compete and he has the charisma to go all the way in the WWE.

He is built like something you're likely to find in a video game and that is very deceiving because he is one of the best high-fliers in the company. He is a great champion because he is a believable champion, a grounded champion and someone that is relatable.

The 27-year-old from Newcastle is already a wonderful champion and there is no doubt that he will continue to improve and become even better, it's almost a guarantee.

#2: Divas Champion - Paige

Paige may have only held the Divas Championship for a couple of weeks now, but due to her victory over AJ Lee the night after WrestleMania, combined with Paige having the honour of becoming the first and possibly the last diva to hold the Divas and NXT Women's Championship at the same time, the divas division has probably never been more relevant.

The 21-year-old from Norwich was due to be called up to the main roster earlier but the company had to wait until she turned 21 and when she did, what an impact she made. AJ carried the diva's division after holding the title for a record-breaking 295 days; the fact that the WWE had Paige end her reign shows the faith the company has in her and see her as the diva to carry the division forward.

Big things are touted for Paige, she is brilliant in the ring and can talk and with her young age she has a very bright future ahead of her and can go on to become one of the greatest Diva's champions in years. Her first title defence is against Tamina Snuka at Extreme Rules and she is expected to talk out with her title intact, and this will be one of many successful defences for the talented Paige.

#1: WWE World Heavyweight Champion - Daniel Bryan

As good as some of the other champions are, none of them would be able to knock Daniel Bryan off the top spot. Bryan has had a blockbuster year where he defeated John Cena clean in the middle of the ring after hitting the Knee Plus at SummerSlam, where he captured the WWE Championship, only for Triple H to turn heel and having Randy Orton to cash-in his Money in the Bank briefcase, setting up half a year of back and forth feuding with The Authority and Randy Orton.

Daniel Bryan has done a fantastic job of keeping the fans interested with his YES! Movement as it continues to grow stronger; in recent years no feud has managed to remain as fresh and interesting as this one has. It simply made people want to tune in.

Daniel Bryan is the best current champion because of the journey he has had before capturing the gold, he hasn't looked like a dominant champion yet through no fault of his own and he will defend it - perhaps successfully - against Kane at Extreme Rules. Before he continues into other feuds as the champion.

There have been rumours surrounding Bryan's plans at SummerSlam, one of the rumours includes a title match against Brock Lesnar. This means they will keep the gold on Bryan for the next six months or so and that's a testament to Bryan's dedication to the business and is definitely the least he deserves. He will remain the best champion in the business for a while.

WWE fans - who do you think is the best current champion in the WWE? Do you agree or disagree with the rankings? Let us know in the comments section below or come discuss all things WWE with me on Twitter @RazK28.

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