WWE Power Rankings for 9/22/2013
In the aftermath of WWE Night of Champions 2013, not much has changed in the power rankings. In fact, this week there was no movement in the top four at all.
That said, some movement occurred in the No. 5 through No. 10 slots, including a first-time top-10 ranking. And we've got some new No. 1 contenders as well to mention.
Before we get into all that, here's how these rankings work.
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, let's get down to business.
This week, there are five wrestlers on the Watch List.
After a slow week, she got a win over Naomi, which should shock no one. She's been on commentary more than in the ring lately, and for that, she drops from the top 10.
Kingston hasn't done much, but he's got a feud going with Curtis Axel, and he's the closest thing to a challenger for Axel's title there is.
The Wyatt Family
After the "Where's Kane?" promo, they haven't done very much. Rowan and Harper beat Zack Ryder and Justin Gabriel on SmackDown, which also should shock no one. They need to do more if they want to get back into the top 10.
With a win over Dean Ambrose in a non-title match, Ziggler finally got a decent win. He lost on Main Event and SmackDown, but he's going to get a United States Championship match at some point, meaning he's got to a least be considered Watch List-worthy.
Continuing to put Sandow on this list is painful. He is a cash-in of his Money in the Bank briefcase away from being World Heavyweight champion, but he also feels like he could not be further away from a world title. He needs to get back to winning, and soon.
No. 10: Curtis Axel
Previous Rank: 9
Movement: Down 1
Axel got a win in Main Event over Dolph Ziggler but needed interference to get it. Axel is looking less and less important every week.
Now, Heyman likely does not trust him and will probably dump Axel soon. Axel needs to prove he can get the job done without help. He needs to get some wins, plain and simple.
If Axel keeps up this mediocrity, he'll drop from the top 10 next week.
No. 9: The Usos
Previous Rank: Outta Nowhere!
The Usos have been in and out of the Watch List recently, but they've proven they can get big wins in big situations in recent weeks. They had a great showing in Tag Team Turmoil a few weeks ago, but this past Friday got them into the top 10.
On SmackDown, they, with Daniel Bryan, took it to The Shield and got a huge win. They are the No. 1 contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championships. It will be their latest crack at the belts, and who knows if they can actually defeat The Shield.
If they can, they'll rocket up the rankings. For now, they make their debut in the top 10.
No. 8: The Big Show
Previous Rank: 8
Big Show had a terrible week. Not that he lost any matches, but he was again humiliated by Stephanie McMahon.
This week, Big Show was forced to knock out Dusty Rhodes. He clearly did not want to punch a 68-year-old wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Fame inductee, but he's broke and could not refuse the order.
Show still looks like he's going to explode at some point, but he's still coming to a boil right now. When he finally erupts, the McMahon family better watch out.
No. 7: CM Punk
Previous Rank: 6
Movement: Down 1
CM Punk did not appear on WWE television at all this past week, so there really is not much of anything to say about him. But, one thing we do know is that his feud with Paul Heyman, and all of Paul Heyman's "guys," is far from over.
But, since he didn't even show up, he drops a spot.
No. 6: The Shield
Previous Rank: 5
Movement: Down 1
The Shield did not have a very good week. On Raw, it got run off by most of the WWE's face jobbers (and Rob Van Dam) when it was trying to put yet another beatdown on Daniel Bryan.
And on SmackDown, after getting served up a handful of the people who ran The Shield off on Raw, it was defeated by Daniel Bryan and The Usos in a six-man tag team match. The cracks in the Triple H regime are starting to show, and The Shield may not be enough to hold off the rising tide against the McMahons.
The members are still all champions, but who knows how long that will last. They need to reassert their dominance, and getting a big win this week will help do just that.
No. 5: Ryback
Previous Rank: 7
Movement: Up 2
Ryback has finally found a decent gimmick to transition him into a role as a top heel. After bullying people for the better part of the summer, he's now defending Paul Heyman against the "bully" CM Punk.
Ryback is without a doubt the top guy in Heyman's stable, and he'll be the one to face CM Punk going forward. And if the past is any indication, we can expect Ryback to put some serious beatings on Punk.
Ryback continues his climb up the rankings and lands at No. 5 this week.
No. 4: Alberto Del Rio
Previous Rank: 4
Alberto Del Rio, like CM Punk, did not make any noteworthy appearances this past week. But, as the highest ranking champion in WWE, he holds onto his spot.
Del Rio has to worry about holding onto his title, as Rob Van Dam looks poised to give him all he can handle yet again. For now, though, he stays put at No. 4.
No. 3: Rob Van Dam
Previous Rank: 3
Rob Van Dam may not have won the World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions, but he did win the match. And this week, he had a pretty good showing.
On Raw, he got the win over Damien Sandow, which surprised no one. On SmackDown, though, he took it to The Shield. He was in the 11-on-3 handicap gauntlet match, which was punishment for defying the McMahons on Raw.
Just as it looked as though RVD would defeat all three members of The Shield, Triple H stopped the match. He didn't win, but he did not lose. And for his efforts, he holds steady at No. 3.
No. 2: Randy Orton
Previous Rank: 2
Randy Orton will get the chance to win back the WWE Championship at Battleground in a few weeks. At least according to Triple H. And, more importantly, he says he's now becoming that deranged, violent "legend killer" he's been in the past.
On Raw, he showed exactly what he meant. His match with The Miz ended in a double count-out, but winning was not important. Orton destroyed The Miz right in front of his crying mother and apparently constipated father.
Orton has a legitimate complaint about the fast count that cost him the match at Night of Champions. But since he now will face Daniel Bryan at Battleground, and after his destruction of The Miz, he holds onto the No. 2 spot.
No. 1: Daniel Bryan
Previous Rank: 1
Daniel Bryan's night started off about as badly as it could have. First, he was stripped of the WWE Championship by Triple H after referee Scott Armstrong indicated that he and Bryan had been in league to affect the outcome of the match. Then, it looked like he was going to be beaten down yet again.
But as it appeared The Shield would once again destroy him, a bunch of guys came running out of the locker room and came to his aid. Then, on SmackDown, he got a measure of revenge by teaming with The Usos in defeating The Shield in a six-man tag team match, a match type that at one time was a guaranteed win for The Shield.
And now, Triple H has declared that he and Orton will face each other at Battleground for the WWE Championship, which most would argue rightly belongs to Bryan, though Orton has legitimate claim as well. Once again, Bryan holds onto the No. 1 spot.