Coming off WWE SummerSlam 2013, the Power Rankings have been shaken up.
Just to recap how this works, holding a championship, being No. 1 contender, or having a Money in the Bank briefcase counts for much of the rankings. Wins and losses account for much of the week-to-week movement. A win at SummerSlam will take on added importance this week.
Only the top 10 are ranked, and every other wrestler is unranked. Wrestlers on the Watch List were considered for top 10 status, but ultimately were nixed. They, too, are unranked. All right then, lets get down to business.
Coming off SummerSlam, here's the new Watch List. Wrestlers are listed in no particular order, and were considered for top 10 status, but ultimately were not selected.
—Bray Wyatt/Wyatt Family
OK then, lets got to the post-SummerSlam rankings.
Previous Rank: 8
Movement: Down 2
CM Punk just got brutalized. And he got robbed. Brock Lesnar was his usual dominant self, but it took quite a bit of help from Paul Heyman to beat Punk. That usually would help someone in Punk's position.
Not this time.
CM Punk and Brock Lesnar were in a "no disqualification" match, meaning nothing was illegal. Heck, Punk would have been slaughtered had it not been for a low blow to Lesnar late in the match.
Credit CM Punk for battling in the face of nearly overwhelming odds, and nearly pulling out the win. But Paul Heyman used the rules of the match to Lesnar's advantage, and CM Punk paid the price.
Previous Rank: Watch List
Rob Van Dam may not be United States champion after SummerSlam, but he did get the win over Dean Ambrose via disqualification. In fact, it took a spear from Roman Reigns (causing the DQ) to save Ambrose's title reign.
This win may not have ended in a title change, but you can bet "The Whole F'n Show" is not finished with Ambrose. To get to this point, he won a 20-man Battle Royal on Raw, and then he pinned Ambrose on SmackDown in a six-man tag match.
RVD finally cracks the top 10, and may well stay there for a while.
Previous Rank: 7
Movement: Down 1
Things are not looking good for Curtis Axel. In the past week, he got beat up by CM Punk on Raw and then beat Zack Ryder on Main Event. Not exactly a great week.
Oh, and he was an afterthought when it came to SummerSlam. He wasn't even able to make the Kickoff Show. And yet, as usual, when he is in a match, he wins, as he did on Main Event. And he still is the IC champion, whatever that's worth.
As I said last week, Axel is hard to rank. And this week will probably be the last time he gets any breaks for doing very little. He needs to get back to winning bigger matches, and fast, or he'll drop from the top 10 sooner rather than later.
Previous Rank: 9
Movement: Up 2
Week after week, Cody Rhodes keeps steadily improving. He harassed Damien Sandow for weeks, and finally beat him. He pinned Sandow in the middle of the ring at SummerSlam. Earlier this week, he gave Alberto Del Rio all he could handle, but he eventually succumed to the armbar.
Rhodes showed toughness in that match, and even though he lost, proved he could hang with Del Rio. He followed it up with the win at SummerSlam.
After Christian lost to Del Rio, Rhodes could easily be the next in line for a World Heavyweight Championship match. This week, he comes in at number seven.
Previous Rank: 4
Movement: Down 2
Christian may have had his last shot at a major title in WWE. After this loss, he may not get "one more match."
He defeated Damien Sandow on SmackDown with a roll-up pin, but could not carry that momentum into the pay-per-view. Like many of Del Rio's opponents, he succumed to the armbar.
Losing on the big stage hurts, but losing a title match on the big state hurts even worse. Without a title over his shoulder, Christian had to drop.
Previous Rank: 3
Movement: Down 2
On rare occasion, John Cena has shown the ability to "rise above" his "SuperCena" monstrosity of a gimmick and put on one hell of a good match.
That's exactly what he did at SummerSlam. And it's what he did on Monday in one of the best promo's he's ever cut. For the past few weeks, Cena has been very good. But very good was not good enough to get him past Daniel Bryan.
After a long, back-and-forth match, he took a flying knee to the face and got pinned cleanly in the middle of the ring. In his biggest match since winning the WWE Championship from The Rock at WrestleMania XXIX, he came up short.
And now that Randy Orton is WWE champion after immediately cashing in on Bryan after the match, Cena may get lost in the shuffle. We'll have to wait and see where he stands on Raw.
Previous Rank: 6
Movement: Up 2
Brock Lesnar is a beast. In a match where both CM Punk and Lesnar "cheated", Lesnar took care of business. OK, so there is no "cheating" in a "no disqualification" match. But they both did things that would usually end in a DQ.
That aside, Lesnar, once again, put a beatdown on CM Punk, and for much of the match he made it look easy. Lesnar has the ability to do that, and he did not disappoint.
Lesnar may not be around much longer, and if he doesn't show back up, he'll be out of the top 10 just as fast as he rose up in it. But for right now, "The Beast" has made a strong case for being "The Best" as well.
Previous Rank: 5
Movement: Up 2
Alberto Del Rio may not make it look pretty, but in big matches, he gets the job done. And at SummerSlam, he faced off against one of the hottest wrestlers in WWE over the past month and made him tap out in the middle of the ring.
That was, of course, how he defeated Christian at SummerSlam to once again retain his World Heavyweight Championship. Aside from a brief title reign by Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio has been World Heavyweight champion for a long time.
And at SummerSlam, he proved yet again why he deserves to hold a world title. He took care of business and moves up in the rankings.
Previous Rank: 2
Daniel Bryan did the seemingly impossible at SummerSlam. His match with John Cena will surely go down as one of the best of the year. And despite his small stature and relative inexperience (as WWE champion) compared to Cena, he got what was perhaps the biggest win of his career.
The crowd was going wild, confetti was falling, and Bryan was on top of the world. Until Triple H betrayed him by hitting him with the Pedigree, allowing Randy Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank contract and take the WWE title off Bryan less than five minutes after he won.
Some math needs to be done on this, and I'm sure it will in the coming days, but Bryan's title reign will go down as one of the shortest, if not THE shortest, in WWE history.
Bryan experienced the highest high, only to be brought low by the power politics of the McMahons.
Previous Rank: 1
Randy Orton is no longer "Mr. Money in the Bank." And for good reason. He is now WWE champion.
Orton, apparently in league with Triple H and probably with other members of the McMahon family, took what Daniel Bryan had worked so hard to gain in a single stroke of strategic genius.
After Triple H hit Bryan with a Pedigree, Orton only had to pin him. So easy was his victory that a stunned Los Angeles crowd sat in silence as SummerSlam signed off.
Orton may have taken advantage of a weary and unconscious Bryan, but he's the WWE champion for the seventh time in his career and is now in his 10th world title reign. He sits on top of the WWE Universe, and with his apparent alliance with Triple H and the McMahons, he may very well stay there for a long, long time.