WWE Power Rankings for 10/7/2013—WWE Battleground 2013 Edition
After the inaugural WWE Battleground pay-per-view, there are more questions than answers. Who will challenge Alberto Del Rio after he forced RVD to tap? What will happen to the WWE Championship? Those questions (hopefully) will be answered soon, seeing as there is yet another pay-per-view in just three weeks.
Meanwhile, based on the Battleground results, there's been a bit of movement in the top 10. We'll get to that in a minute. Just so you're aware, 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.
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.
Now that that's taken care of, on to the Watch List.
This week, there are three wrestlers on the watch list. They are:
After beating Brie Bella to retain the Diva's title at Battleground, there really isn't anyone else in position to challenger her. And now, with Tamina Snucka by her side, she may well be untouchable.
The Rhodes Family
The Rhodes family saved their careers at Battleground by getting a huge win over The Shield. Even Dusty got in on the action. Going forward, will they form a tag team, or will they go their separate ways?
The Uso's dropped out of the top 10, but they're still the closest thing The Shield has to challengers. They'll need to step up their game if they want to stay at the top of an increasingly crowded tag team division.
No. 10: Curtis Axel
Previous Rank: Watch List
After a rough few weeks, Curtis Axel once again retained the Intercontinental Championship. This time, his victim was R-Truth.
Axel is tough to rank. He's lost some big matches, but he has a death grip on the IC title with no clear challengers. After retaining, it's perhaps less likely that he will be betrayed by Paul Heyman, especially since the other "Paul Heyman Guy", Ryback, lost at Battleground.
Axel jumps back into the top 10 with his Battleground win.
No. 9: The Wyatt Family
Previous Rank: 10
Movement: Up 1
Bray Wyatt doesn't get into the ring (for a match) too often, but when he does, he is mesmerizing. His strange behavior may have earned him a win at Battleground, as well.
Rowan and Harper defeated the Prime Time Players on Main Evert earlier in the week, and then Bray capped the week with a win over Kofi Kingston at Battleground.
And with those wins, the Wyatts move up one spot.
No. 8: Ryback
Previous Rank: 5
Movement: Down 3
Ryback needed a win over CM Punk at Battleground, and he didn't get it. While he didn't lose "clean", he still lost. Ryback needed to be aware of his opponent, and he wasn't.
Maybe he was still swooning over Paul Heyman's "proposal" on Raw, or maybe he's just not good enough to defeat Punk. Whatever the reason, Ryback took a big loss he could not afford. And for that, he drops in the rankings.
No. 7: Rob Van Dam
Previous Rank: 4
Movement: Down 3
Rob Van Dam has had every opportunity to win the World Heavyweight Championship, yet each time, he comes up short. Battleground may well have been his last opportunity.
He's been hitting Van Terminator's, but not when it's mattered most. And he could have used one against Alberto Del Rio. Instead, he hit one on Fandango earlier in the week, and then tapped to Del Rio at Battleground.
RVD seems to come up just short in big matches. And with the most recent loss to Del Rio, he falls in the rankings.
No. 6: The Shield
Previous Rank: 6
The Shield had a mixed week. They beat The Uso's and Dolph Ziggler on Raw, they put a beatdown on The Big Show on SmackDown, and then lost to the Rhodes Family at Battleground.
They stay put at No. 6 simply because they didn't actually lose anything in the loss. That and guys that were ahead of them had worse weeks. The Shield still looks strong, if no longer invincible. They need to flex their muscles this week to make up for the loss.
No. 5: The Big Show
Previous Rank: 7
Movement: Up 2
Big Show made a big impact at Battleground. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon may well have finally pushed him too far. When Triple H said he now owns Big Show's mortgage, Big Show seemed to be in an impossible position.
But apparently, Big Show is now acting as though he has nothing to lose. He was sent to the ring by Brad Maddox to prevent Daniel Bryan from making Randy Orton tap out, but he ended up taking out the referee and hitting Bryan with a KO punch.
Then, Scott Armstrong was sent to the ring to count the fall that Orton was supposed to get. Instead, Big Show took out Armstrong, then hit Randy Orton with a KO punch, leading to a no contest.
Big Show has made it clear he's not taking any orders form The Authority any more. And for that, he moves up the rankings.
No. 4: CM Punk
Previous Rank: 8
Movement: Up 4
Finally, a measure of revenge for CM Punk. Punk played Paul Heyman's game, and beat him at it. And for once, Punk did not suffer a major beatdown after an encounter with Heyman.
CM Punk just got one step closer to his goal of, well, killing Paul Heyman. OK, so we know he won't really kill him, but you can bet he wants to physically devastate Heyman. With a win over Ryback, even via low blow, Punk is turning the table on Heyman.
No. 3: Randy Orton
Previous Rank: 2
Movement: Down 1
Randy Orton has been putting some heavy duty beatings on his opponents. Daniel Bryan and Big Show were his latest victims.
But that came back to haunt him at Battleground. Orton, thinking he was immune from Big Show's wrath based on his affiliation with The Authority. He was wrong. He got in Big Show's face after Big Show interfered in the WWE title match, and got a KO punch for his trouble.
Without a win, he drops a spot in the rankings.
No. 2: Daniel Bryan
Previous Rank: 1
Movement: Down 1
Daniel Bryan had the WWE Championship won at Battleground. But then The Big Show changed everything. Once again, the fate of the WWE title is uncertain, and it's apparent The Authority will do anything to keep Bryan from being WWE Champion.
While Bryan continues to be a victim of circumstance, he was also subject to a terrible beating on Raw. Orton looked to be beaten at Battleground, but ultimately, Bryan is once again left without what many would argue is rightly his.
Daniel Bryan drops one spot this week.
No. 1: Alberto Del Rio
Previous Rank: 3
Movement: Up 1
Alberto Del Rio surely has earned his spot at No. 1. Del Rio, yet again, retained his World Heavyweight Championship in impressive fashion, when he forced Rob Van Dam to submit to the cross arm-breaker at Battleground.
Del Rio overcame an assault by his former ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, and he held up to the hardcore stipulation that seemingly favored Rob Van Dam. Del Rio has proven he has what it takes to be a great champion.
With the WWE title vacant, Del Rio is the highest ranking champion in WWE. He has been champion for several weeks, but after his strong win over RVD, he takes his place atop the WWE, and atop these rankings.