Seth Rollins tops inaugural ESPN WWE Power Rankings

Seth Rollins may have lost to Finn Bálor at SummerSlam, but his ability to have great matches with most of the roster, his skill on the microphone and his continued proximity to the WWE Universal championship made him No. 1 in our Power Rankings. Nick Laham for ESPN

The WWE is in a period of flux, with the impact and aftermath of SummerSlam continuing to send shockwaves throughout the company. With an injury to the inaugural WWE Universal champion, there's a scramble to find a new champion on Raw, and while there's less chaos on SmackDown Live, there's still a lot of movement in the general hierarchy as the top rivalries sort themselves out.

With an eye toward establishing something of a hierarchy of our own, five ESPN WWE writers -- Brian Campbell, Peter Rosenberg, Arash Markazi, Tim Fiorvanti and Sean Coyle -- each ranked the talents they deem to present the most value to WWE's on-screen product.

Here's the inaugural top 10.

The injury to Finn Bálor just might lead to Rollins getting his hands back on the company's most prestigious title. He's plenty deserving, of course, as the most well-rounded superstar in the WWE. (Campbell)

One could argue that Styles is the best in-ring performer in the company right now -- and what a year he's had. After impressive Royal Rumble and WrestleMania debuts, Styles has headlined PPVs, successfully turned into one of the top heels in the company and is coming off of a "match of the year" candidate at SummerSlam with the company's most recognizable face. He could easily find himself at the top of this list by year's end. (Coyle)

His match, perhaps along with his belt, was buried during SummerSlam. But until Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan turn his belt blue, the WWE world heavyweight championship still has meaning and the champion shouldn't fall out of the top spot. (Markazi)

After beating Sasha Banks at SummerSlam, Charlotte celebrated reclaiming her WWE women's championship on Good Morning America the next day. She is Ric Flair's daughter, but she has an Undertaker-like streak going at major events. Charlotte is now 12-0 in singles matches during pay-per-views.(Markazi)

Every time it seems like their gimmick and comedy are overexposed, they remind you just how dynamic and unique they truly are. The gap between them and the rest of the team division is closing, but there's a good reason why they've held the world tag team championship for over a year now. (Campbell)

He would have been No. 1 if he wasn't hurt, but he could have been lower on this list, seeing as he is now on the shelf. It's terrible timing for this kind of bad luck, but this guy is awesome and he'll be back. (Rosenberg)

It was a weird ending to his match (or lack thereof) on Sunday, but it seems like "Operation Rebuild Roman" is slowly but surely getting back on track. There's a very real chance he could end Monday Night with the Universal championship. (Rosenberg)

Owens is nothing if not an opportunist, both on screen and in real life. With the injury to Bálor, Owens was thrust right back into the main event scene with an upcoming Universal championship match. It was great to see him test his comedic chops and show greater character depth with Chris Jericho over the last few weeks, but his overall body of work since joining the WWE's main roster in 2015 merits serious consideration for Owens to have a run with Raw's top title. (Fiorvanti)

This might be the last time "The Face that Runs the Place" appears on this list for a while, but it's appropriate that he's recognized for a truly spectacular, show-stealing match that he put on with A.J. Styles at SummerSlam. Cena has reinvented himself in the ring over the last couple of years, and the "passing of the torch" moment he had with Styles proves both his love for the wrestling business and willingness to help push the next wave of stars to higher and higher levels. (Fiorvanti)

Rusev has always had the rare combination of agility and power and now he's getting consistent mic time, proving that he is an effective talker. All of that combined has created one of the most valuable heels on RAW. (Coyle)