With John Cena currently out of the picture due to an elbow injury, it was time for some other guys to step up in the WWE this week. WWE Champion CM Punk carried the load as usual, but there were some new faces with fairly big roles on Raw, so the power rankings have been shaken up to say the least.
The depth at the top of the card is being tested with Cena hurt and Randy Orton off filming a movie, but the WWE most definitely has some younger talent who is capable of rising up and grabbing the brass ring. Their ascension may be temporary, but the next couple weeks could be huge for a few midcard roster members.
Things are somewhat slow right now with Hell in a Cell still a few weeks away, but the writers are building toward the pay-per-view and positioning certain wrestlers. There is no question that business is about to pick up in the very near future.
Here are my top 25 superstars for the week beginning on Sept. 30 based purely on entertainment value and not kayfabe factors.