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WWE Power Rankings for 10/21/2013

Alex MussoFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2013

WWE Power Rankings for 10/21/2013

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    Since last week, there have been some changes in the top 10.  More on the rankings in a bit.  This week is the final ranking before WWE Hell in a Cell 2013, and things could change dramatically by next week.  

    In the meantime, here's how the 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. 

    And now for this weeks' rankings.

Watch List

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    Big E Langston

    Big E, surprisingly, came to the aide of CM Punk when Punk was attacked by Curtis Axel and Ryback on SmackDown.  Will Big E get a title shot against Axel?


    Damien Sandow

    Sandow looked like he may have changed his attitude, but that may not be the case after all.  Only time will tell.  Keep an eye on Sandow at Hell in a Cell.


    Los Matadores

    Los Matadores are in desperate need of new opponents.  "Los Locales" and 3MB just aren't cutting it any more.  A step up in competition could put them one step closer to a Tag Team Championship opportunity.

No. 10: Curtis Axel

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    Photo Courtesy Krystal Bogner
    Photo Courtesy Krystal Bogner

    Previous Rank: 9

    Movement: Down 1

    Curtis Axel, in losing to CM Punk, started his week off on the wrong foot.  Things would only get worse on SmackDown.

    Axel was the victim of Big E Langston's wrath, and he may now be forced to defend his title against Big E at Hell in a Cell.  Axel drops one spot this week.

No. 9: Wyatt Family

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    Photo Courtesy WWE

    Previous Rank: 10

    Movement: Up 1

    The Wyatts had a slow week.  Yes, they picked up a win over Kofi Kingston and The Miz, but is that a surprise?  No, to answer that rhetorical question.

    The Wyatts could use a step up in competition.  The Wyatts also need to reveal a bit more about their purpose in WWE.  

No. 8: Ryback

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    Photo Courtesy WWE

    Previous Rank: 7

    Movement: Down 1

    Ryback did not have a great week heading into his big match with CM Punk at Hell in a Cell.  While not a bad week, Ryback certainly could have looked better.  

    He did defeat R-Truth, but it took longer than perhaps it should have.  That hurt his fellow "Paul Heyman Guy" Curtis Axel.  While Ryback certainly doesn't care how his actions affect Axel, he should care about how he works with Paul Heyman this Sunday.

No. 7: John Cena

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    Photo Courtesy Archit champion

    Previous Rank: 6

    Movement: Down 1

    After surprising everyone with the announcement that he'd face Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship, Cena has since not shown up on WWE television.  Nor does it appear he will at this point.

    As the No. 1 contender, he's in the top 10.  We'll find out in just under a week if he's going to be carrying gold again or if he'll be another victim of the Cross Armbreaker.

No. 6: The Shield

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    Photo Courtesy WWE

    Previous Rank: 5

    Movement: Down 1

    While The Shield has lost matches in the past, losing the WWE Tag Team Championships to Cody Rhodes and Goldust is a real blow to the group's prestige.  Even though Dean Ambrose retained his United States Championship against Dolph Ziggler, The Shield lost a big match, and that's a big problem.

    The members of The Shield need to find a way to regain their titles, their swagger or both.  If they can't, the trio may keep dropping.

No. 5: The Rhodes Brothers

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    Photo Courtesy WWE

    Previous Rank: 8

    Movement: Up 3

    Cody Rhodes may well have gotten the biggest win of his career, while Goldust may have put on some of his best work ever in winning the WWE Tag Team Championships against The Shield.  This was a huge win.

    While The Shield has not been perfect for a long time, the group has always gotten the job done when all the chips are down.  Not this time.  The Rhodes brothers did their father proud and have roared back into WWE after both being fired.  For that, they rise in the rankings once again.

No. 4: CM Punk

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    Photo Courtesy Eva Rinaldi

    Previous Rank: 4

    Movement: N/A

    CM Punk will get his wish this Sunday.  He gets Paul Heyman in a match.  He'll just have to get past Ryback to get his hands on Heyman.

    If he can get past Ryback, chances are no one will be coming to Heyman's rescue this time.  CM Punk needs to get through this week unscathed, and he may well do that after getting the help of Big E Langston on SmackDown.  

    CM Punk may finally be able to defeat his former friend and get back to winning championships.  We'll see if that happens this Sunday.

No. 3: Daniel Bryan

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    Photo Courtesy Krystal Bogner

    Previous Rank: 2

    Movement: Down 1

    Daniel Bryan may have peaked a few weeks too early.  And Randy Orton is clearly in his head.  

    He lost via count-out to Alberto Del Rio on Raw due to Orton's backstage threats on Brie Bella and then was promptly beat down.  He did recover with a nice win over The Shield in a six-man tag match on SmackDown, though.

    Bryan will face Orton for the WWE title at Hell in a Cell.  Can he overcome Orton and his "ruthless aggression"?

No. 2: Randy Orton

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    Photo Courtesy Gregory Davis

    Previous Rank: 3

    Movement: Up 2

    Randy Orton is gearing up for a war with Daniel Bryan at Hell in a Cell.  He's in Bryan's head and is likely the favorite to win the WWE Championship.  

    The question will be, how will Orton get on with Shawn Michaels, who is the special guest referee in the match.  HBK has all but guaranteed a new champion.  Will HBK call it down the middle, side with Bryan (his former pupil) or will he betray Bryan and help Orton win?

    Orton is ready, and he's got Bryan in his sights.  Orton is poised for another WWE title win.

No. 1: Alberto Del Rio

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    Photo Courtesy Ed Webster

    Previous Rank: 1

    Movement: N/A

    For third week in a row, Alberto Del Rio tops the WWE Power Rankings.  As with previous weeks, he's the highest-ranked champion in WWE and the only world champion in the company.  Heading into Hell in a Cell, he picked up a big win.

    That win came against Daniel Bryan.  The victory was by count-out, but a win is a win, and no matter how that match may have ended, Del Rio proved he had what it took to go toe-to-toe with WWE's hottest wrestler.  He now has to prepare for John Cena.

    If Del Rio can defeat Cena and retain his title, he may well stay atop the rankings, even if a new WWE champion is crowned.

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