WWE Power Rankings for 7/29/2013

Alex Musso@amusso18Featured ColumnistJuly 29, 2013

WWE Power Rankings for 7/29/2013

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    Another week of WWE television is in the books, and it's time once again to rank the top 10 superstars of the WWE.  

    There's one newcomer to the top 10 this week, bumping one off the list (obviously).  For those new to the WWE Power Rankings, this list ranks the top 10 WWE Superstars.  Other wrestlers who receive consideration but do not make the top 10 are placed on the "Watch List."  Anyone not in the top 10 are unranked.

    The rankings are based heavily on holding titles or No. 1 contender status.  The week-to-week movement on this list is based largely on wins and losses, or if a superstar "gets the better" of someone else (the general equivalent of a win).  Cutting an excellent promo counts in the decision as well, but not as much as wins.  And losses or no activity generally causes a drop in ranking, though not always (Ryback destroying someone while getting DQ'd won't necessarily count against him, for example).

    OK, so now you know how this works.  On to the Watch List.

Watch List

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    This week, there are six wrestlers on the Watch List.  Each one was considered for possible inclusion in the top 10, but was ultimately left off the list.  In no particular order:

    -Rob Van Dam

    -Dolph Ziggler

    -Bray Wyatt (Wyatt Family)

    -Mark Henry


    -Brock Lesnar

    These wrestlers just missed the cut.  But the next 10 sure didn't.  On to the rankings.

No. 10: Christian

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    Previous Rank: Watch List

    Movement: N/A

    Christian has been on a bit of a tear lately.  Since Money in the Bank, he's won each of his matches.  Those wins include victories over the likes of Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger.  

    Christian is on the way up.  Last week he made the Watch List.  After two more wins, he makes the jump into the top 10.

No. 9: Cody Rhodes

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    Previous Rank: 10

    Movement: Up 1

    Cody Rhodes continues to harass Damien Sandow.  He's managed to get a win over Fandango on Raw as well.  

    But the most memorable scene of the week was Rhodes throwing Damien Sandow's Money in the Bank briefcase into the Gulf of Mexico on SmackDown.  Rhodes looks stronger and stronger each week.

No. 8: The Shield

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    Previous Rank: 7

    Movement: Down 1

    The Shield is in free fall at this point.  Whatever fear they instilled in the WWE roster is a thing of the past.  They keep getting run off by the Uso's and haven't made a big impact in what feels like forever.

    They still hold the Tag Team and United States Championships, but at this rate that won't last long.  If they drop the titles, they'll likely drop from the rankings altogether.  

No. 7: CM Punk

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    Previous Rank: 9

    Movement: Up 2

    Two weeks ago, CM Punk was destroyed by Brock Lesnar.  Since then, Lesnar hasn't shown his face and Punk has gotten back to his winning ways.

    He cut an amazing promo with Paul Heyman and got the best of Fandango on SmackDown.  He needs to pick up some steam heading into SummerSlam, but he's on the right track.

No. 6: Damien Sandow

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    Previous Rank: 5

    Movement: Down 1

    The only thing Damien Sandow has going for him right now is that he still holds the Money in the Bank briefcase.  Well, I guess he actually doesn't, seeing as it's somewhere on the seafloor off Corpus Christi, TX.  

    To make matters worse, he was on the receiving end of an RKO from Randy Orton on SmackDown and lost his match.  Sandow had better show he can dish it out as well as Rhodes, or he'll keep dropping.

No. 5: Curtis Axel

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    Previous Rank: 6

    Movement: Up 1

    Sometimes no news is good news.  That's the case for Curtis Axel this week.

    Axel was idle this week.  He's still the Intercontinental Champion and still has Paul Heyman in his corner.  

    Axel moves up one spot by default, since those around him moved down.  But if he's idle again, he'll be dropping with the rest of them.

No. 4: Alberto Del Rio

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    Previous Rank: 4

    Movement: No Change

    Alberto Del Rio had a pretty good week.  He got a win over Sheamus on Raw, even after suffering a broken rib.  And, broken rib and all, he picked up the win over a red-hot RVD on SmackDown.  

    Del Rio has shown, yet again, that he has what it takes to hold the World Heavyweight Championship. Figuratively speaking, he can breathe a little easier with no clear challenger.

No. 3: John Cena

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    Previous Rank: 1

    Movement: Down 2

    As WWE Champion, I gave John Cena a break for doing basically nothing.  This week, he repeated that impressive performance, and dropped accordingly.  

    Not only was he idle for two weeks in a row, but Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton continue to show why they're ready for WWE title reigns.

No. 2: Randy Orton

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    Previous Rank: 3

    Movement: Up 1

    Randy Orton is ready to take the WWE title from anyone.  With a solid win over Damien Sandow on SmackDown, and coupled with John Cena doing nothing this week (or last), Orton moves into the No. 2 slot on the list.  

    And with SummerSlam weeks away, are we looking at the new WWE Champion?  The next person would hope not.

No. 1: Daniel Bryan

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    Previous Rank: 2

    Movement: Up 1

    It's official: There is no one hotter than Daniel Bryan in WWE.  The guy is so over with live crowds it's unreal.  Perhaps not since Stone Cold Steve Austin has one man been able to use one word to generate such a thunderous response from audiences across the country.  

    Daniel Bryan just won a gauntlet match on Raw, defeating Jack Swagger, Antonio Cesaro and Ryback (Ryback got DQ'd).  His match with Antonio Cesaro was so amazing that it may go down as the best match of the year.

    On top of all that, he's got a WWE Championship match against John Cena at SummerSlam.  

    Daniel Bryan is on top of the WWE Universe.