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WWE Power Rankings for 11/18/2013

Alex MussoFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2013

WWE Power Rankings for 11/18/2013

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    In the final rankings before WWE Survivor Series 2013, there aren't too many surprises.  Though there has been some movement in the top 10.

    First of all, though, 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 a wrestler's ranking. Wins and losses account for much of the week-to-week movement.  "Getting the better" of someone, like beating someone down, as well as "getting got" counts as well, though not as much as wins and losses.

    Only the top 10 wrestlers 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 their listing is in no particular order.

    Generally speaking, the rankings do not break kayfabe, though any major non-storyline information (serious injury, WWE Wellness Policy violations, legitimate hirings, firings and contract information, etc.) may be included.

    Remember to check out last week's rankings here.

    OK, now on to this week's rankings.

Watch List

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    Los Matadores

    Yet again, Los Matadores got a win.  And this time, they did not defeat 3MB.  They defeated The Union Jacks...which is actually 3MB.  Nevertheless, Los Matadores continues to win in a rapidly improving tag division.

     

    The Usos

    They may have lost to The Wyatts on SmackDown, but they seem involved enough with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan that they'll get opportunities to make some noise.  For now, though, they drop to the Watch List.

10. Curtis Axel

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    Previous Rank: Watch List

    Movement: N/A

    Just when Curtis Axel looks as though he's fading from relevance, he successfully defends his Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler.  Ziggler is a former World Heavyweight champion, and defeating Ziggler is a much-needed win for Axel.

    It also appears he may be falling out with Ryback.  Will fans side with Axel if he feuds with Ryback?  Or will Ziggler challenge him for his IC title this Sunday?  

9. The Wyatt Family

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    Previous Rank: 8

    Movement: Down 1

    The Wyatts may have made enemies with The Shield this week.  They also got a win over The Usos.  In the end, that wasn't enough to keep them at No. 8 this week. 

    Going forward, The Wyatts could be in a big feud.  Or they could just cut backstage promos.  You never know with them.  The Wyatts, this week, drop one spot.

8. The Shield

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    Previous Rank: 7

    Movement: Down 1

    The members of the Shield look like they are making enemies everywhere.  They seem to have garnered the attention of The Wyatts and only avoided doing battle with them because Bray Wyatt refocused everyone on their "common enemy," CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.

    Otherwise, they had a pretty slow week, and so they drop one spot to No. 8.  A big win this week, or at Survivor Series, could shoot them back up the rankings.

7. The Rhodes Brothers

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    Previous Rank: 6

    Movement: Down 1

    The Rhodes Brothers had a slow week.  They got a count-out win over Randy Orton after Orton walked out of the match.  Their only other notable appearance was when they came to the aide of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.  They joined the Usos in defending Punk and Bryan from The Wyatts and The Shield.

    Is there a possible Survivor Series match in the works?  The Rhodes Brothers are Tag Team champions and look to have a growing list of possible contenders.  Will they hold onto the titles this Sunday?

6. Big Show

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    Previous Rank: 9

    Movement: Up 3

    Big Show made a big statement this week on Raw.  He absolutely destroyed Randy Orton and chokeslammed him through the announce table.

    He didn't do much else, but annihilating the WWE champion is good enough to move him to No. 6.  Will he win the title from Orton Sunday?

5. Daniel Bryan

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    Previous Rank: 4

    Movement: Down 1

    Daniel Bryan had two no-contest matches this week and was not that impressive.  Now long removed from the WWE title picture, Bryan is still in a top-card feud.  

    But how long will that last?  And will he be able to work with CM Punk, knowing both of them are eager to reenter contention for a world title?  Bryan drops one spot this week.

4. CM Punk

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    Previous Rank: 3

    Movement: Down 1

    CM Punk, much like Daniel Bryan, had two no-contest matches.  No wins and no losses in a week is not exactly impressive.  

    He'll need to get some wins this week, especially Sunday, if he hopes to stay in the top five.  And going forward, it will be interesting to see how well he can get along with Daniel Bryan.

3. Alberto Del Rio

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    Previous Rank: 5

    Movement: Up 2

    Alberto Del Rio may well have had the best week of any WWE Superstar.  He made Big E Langston tap out on Raw after attacking Cena, and then on SmackDown, he put Cena through a table in the ring and beat him down viciously.

    Del Rio will need to be ruthless if he wants to take the World Heavyweight Championship off Cena at Survivor Series, and he's shown he can be.  He jumps to No. 3.

2. Randy Orton

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    Previous Rank: 2

    Movement: N/A

    Randy Orton is fortunate he's still No. 2 in the rankings. The only lasting image he has is walking out on his match with the Rhodes Brothers (getting a count-out loss) and then being put through a table by Big Show.

    Orton has a tall order ahead of him at Survivor Series.  Big Show is mad and ready to go to war with Orton.  But never underestimate The Viper.  A well-timed RKO can end a match in a heartbeat.  As WWE champion, Orton has shown he can win big matches.  He'll need that ability again this Sunday.

1. John Cena

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    Previous Rank: 1

    Movement: N/A

    Like Randy Orton, Cena is lucky not to have dropped this week.  Also like Randy Orton, he got put through a table.  It was a bad week to be a world champion.

    What saved Cena was a win in a handicap match against the Real Americans by submission.  He was attacked by Del Rio after, but he got that big win.

    Cena looks like the more important champion of the two world title holders in WWE right now and is getting bigger wins than Randy Orton.  Due to that, Cena holds his spot at No. 1.  Will that be the case after Sunday?

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