WWE Power Rankings for 8/12/2013

Alex Musso@amusso18Featured ColumnistAugust 12, 2013

WWE Power Rankings for 8/12/2013

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    With less than one week until WWE SummerSlam 2013, it's time for the final power ranking list before the second-most important pay-per-view in WWE today.

    Here's the refresher on how these rankings work.  Wins and losses count for most of the movement up or down.  "Getting the better" of someone counts less than a win, but can still help, and "getting got" counts less than a loss, but isn't good.  Holding a championship is weighted heavily, but does not guarantee a slot in the top 10.  Same with being a No. 1 contender, or the holder of a Money in the Bank briefcase.  

    Only the top 10 WWE Superstars are ranked.  The Watch List is where people considered for top-10 status, but who are ultimately nixed, reside.  They, too, are unranked.  OK, let's get to it.

Watch List

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    This week, the Watch List consists of five Superstars.  They are:

    -Rob Van Dam

    -AJ Lee

    -Bray Wyatt/Wyatt Family

    -Dolph Ziggler

    -Damien Sandow

    And now, on to the top 10.

No. 10: The Shield

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    Previous Rank: 9

    Movement: Down 1

    It's been a long, slow decline for The Shield since they first injected life back into the WWE Universe.  Promises of justice and honor had many fans giddy, ready to witness the havoc The Shield would unleash.  

    For a long stretch, The Shield was undefeated in any match.  Those days are long over.  They defeated The Uso's and Mark Henry on Main Event, but lost the big match they had on Raw, getting a DQ loss to Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan and John Cena.  

    They put the boot to Cena and Bryan, and prevented an Orton cash-in.  They looked strong, weak and then strong again.  And beating The Uso's should be no issue for them.  Instead, they struggled again and ran off as soon as they got the win.

    They're still all champions, and they're still capable of beating almost anyone, be it in a match or otherwise.  But this week, they drop one spot.  There are too many others on a roll to keep them high on the list.

No. 9: Cody Rhodes

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    Previous Rank: 8

    Movement: Down 1

    Cody Rhodes had kind of a slow week.  Sure he attacked Damien Sandow, and sure he prevented Sandow from cashing in on SmackDown.  But it's been a while now since he did anything that impressive.  

    That could change come SummerSlam, and this week he could easily build a big head of steam going into the event.  Only time will tell.  But based on his slower-than-ideal week, he'll drop one in the rankings.  

No. 8: CM Punk

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    Previous Rank: 6

    Movement: Down 2

    Just like a few weeks ago, CM Punk was destroyed by Brock Lesnar.  He let his personal feelings cloud his judgement, and he paid dearly.  It looked as though Punk may finally get the better of Brock Lesnar, but he took his eyes off "the Beast" for just a moment, and was, once again, destroyed.

    Just a few minutes prior, when it looked like he had Curtis Axel beaten, he attacked Paul Heyman, giving Axel the win via disqualification and Brock Lesnar the incentive to bring the pain.  CM Punk needs a good week this week heading into SummerSlam.  Another beatdown and he may not survive his match with Lesnar.

No. 7: Curtis Axel

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    Previous Rank: 7

    Movement: N/A

    Curtis Axel is one of the most difficult wrestlers to rank.  He wins almost every match—including the match against CM Punk on Raw (albeit by DQ)—he's the Intercontinental Champion, he has Paul Heyman in his corner, and he's associated with Brock Lesnar.  

    And yet he just never looks dominant.  He really doesn't strike fear into his opponents.  And on Main Event, he struggled mightily to defeat Sin Cara.  But he did win, as he does most of the time.  That's what makes him so hard to rank.  

    It was difficult for me to drop him a spot, but he got leapfrogged by Lesnar in the rankings this week.  Otherwise, for Curtis Axel, it was business as usual.

No. 6: Brock Lesnar

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    Previous Rank: Outta Nowhere!

    Movement: N/A

    Brock Lesnar is "the Beast".  Or is he "the Best"?  Maybe both.  

    Brock Lesnar rocketed back into the power rankings this week after he again annihilated CM Punk on Raw.  Lesnar looks unstoppable, and CM Punk looks emotionally compromised.  

    Lesnar, when he shows up, proves time after time he delivers pain to his opponents.  We will likely see him again this week, and come Sunday, we'll see if he can deliver another beatdown to "the Best in the World".

No. 5: Alberto Del Rio

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    Previous Rank: 4

    Movement: Down 1

    World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio had a bad week.  His ring announcer cost him his match against Rob Van Dam, and then he was pinned on SmackDown by Christian, his SummerSlam opponent.

    Speaking of Ricardo Rodriguez, after he cost Del Rio the match on Raw, Del Rio beat him down so bad he may be on the shelf for a while.  Del Rio is clearly a frustrated Champion.

    He's now lost twice to Christian in recent weeks.  That can't help his confidence.  

No. 4: Christian

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    Previous Rank: 5

    Movement: Up 1

    Christian is on a roll heading into SummerSlam.  With wins over Heath Slater (OK, so that's not really impressive) and Alberto Del Rio, he's building momentum toward his match for the World Heavyweight Championship against Del Rio.

    And he's clearly in the head of the champion.  Between Money in the Bank and now, there are only a few others hotter than Christian, and they're higher on the list.  Christian jumps the champion and lands at No. 4.

No. 3: John Cena

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    Previous Rank: 2

    Movement: Down 1

    The champ is here!  And by here, I mean No. 3.  The WWE Champion holds down the third spot this week after getting a DQ win over The Shield and then suffering a beatdown at their hands.

    Lately, Cena has been much better than his old, dumb, corny self.  In fact, this week on Raw he was cutting a great promo when the Green Bay, WI crowd chanted "boring" during a promo that was nothing of the sort.  But it is en vogue these days to boo Cena, so whether the crowd actually thought one of his better promos in a while was actually boring, or if they were just trying to be edgy, we'll never know.

    He's still WWE Champion, but he would not be if not for The Shield.  Orton came tantalizingly close to shaking up the WWE Championship match at SummerSlam.  He actually owes The Shield a thank you card.  

No. 2: Daniel Bryan

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    Previous Rank: 2

    Movement: Down 1

    Daniel Bryan may have peaked a few weeks too early.  He, along with Cena and Orton, got a DQ win over The Shield on Raw, but hardly looked good doing it.  He and Cena took a wicked beatdown while Orton hung out on the sidelines.  

    He got back on track against WWE's latest and greatest jobber, Wade Barrett, by making him tap out on SmackDown.  Oh and he shaved half of Barrett's face on Raw rather than get his "corporate makeover."

    In all, not a bad week, but not great.  He drops to No. 2 because of Randy Orton.  Speaking of Orton...

No. 1: Randy Orton

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    Previous Rank: 3

    Movement: Up 2

    Randy Orton may have supplanted Daniel Bryan as the hottest wrestler on the roster.  And he was seconds away from his 10th world title reign on Raw, if not for The Shield.  

    Orton watched as Cena and Bryan were destroyed in the ring on Raw, and then in what has to be seen as one of the best matches of the year, defeated Rob Van Dam on SmackDown.  

    Randy Orton stands atop the power rankings this week, and could be WWE Champion before next week's Raw.  Orton, this week, was the clear choice for No. 1.