This was a big week in WWE. Big tag team, matches title defenses and of course, Survivor Series. There's been some big changes in the top 10 this week. We'll get to that in a minute.
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.
After returning Monday on Raw, Mysterio teamed with The Uso's on SmackDown and defeated The Shield. He was part of a losing Survivor Series team, with Mysterio, The Uso's and The Rhodes Brothers losing to The Shield and The Real Americans. But, he was the final elimination on his team. He just could not stop the onslaught of Roman Reigns.
Henry returned to answer an open challenge from Ryback at Survivor Series and proceeded to put down Ryback in convincing fashion. He looked healthy, and more importantly, he looked dominant. If he can put together a few big wins, he's got a good chance at cracking the top 10.
Axel had a very bad week, and if he can't recover from it this week, he'll be gone from the watch list. Axel lost the Intercontinental Championship to Big E Langston on Raw, then lost to Big E Langston and Dolph Ziggler in a tag team match with Damien Sandow on SmackDown. And of course, he failed to recapture the IC title at Survivor Series. Axel is on the verge of vanishing, as the IC belt was the only thing keeping him relevant. Without it, he may disappear into the midcard.
The Uso's are an up-and-down team. They got a big win over The Shield teaming with Rey Mysterio on SmackDown, but their team lost at Survivor Series. They seem to be on the verge of big things, but they can't get that one big win to propel them forward. For now, they remain on the Watch List.
Dolph Ziggler looks like he's back. He had a nice week, and it earned him a place in the top 10 for the first time in a long time. Ziggler destroyed Damien Sandow in a "Broadway Brawl" match on Raw that basically was a hardcore match featuring instruments. He even did a Jeff Jarrett impression. Then, he teamed with Big E Langston on SmackDown and defeated Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow.
Previous Rank: 9
Movement: Down 1
The Wyatts did not have a great week. They lost as part of a 12-man tag match on Raw, and lost to CM Punk and Daniel Bryan at Survivor Series.
They stay in the top 10 only because there wasn't anyone to surpass them from the Watch List (besides Big E Langston). If they keep on losing, they'll drop out of the top 10 for sure.
One thing that can be taken from the past week, though, is that Luke Harper is a powerhouse. He was dominant in the Survivor Series match against CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. He may be becoming the star of the group.
Previous Rank: 3
Movement: Down 6
Alberto Del Rio was unable to reclaim the World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series. Where he goes from here is a mystery.
After losing to John Cena again, he looks to be directionless. His win over Santino Marella on Main Event is meaningless after the loss to Cena. Can Del Rio get back into a title picture? Maybe. But will there be two world titles going forward?
Previous Rank: 7
Movement: Down 1
The Rhodes Brothers got a win in the 12-man tag match on Raw and then defeated The Real Americans on SmackDown. But they couldn't contend with Roman Reigns and his partners at Survivor Series.
With a mixed week, The Rhodes Brothers might have stayed put, were it for Big E Langston's monster week. More on that later. But the loss at Survivor Series hurt, and they drop one spot.
Previous Rank: 6
Movement: Down 1
Big Show could not capitalize on his WWE title opportunity. After defeating Ryback in a good match on Raw, he lost to Randy Orton at Survivor Series.
As promised, there was no physical interference in the match. But, The Authority came to the ramp and distracted Big Show, then Orton hit him with an RKO and a punt to the head.
After the 1-2-3, Orton was still champ and Big Show now may have missed his chance. He drops one spot this week, and will need to rebound quickly or risk losing his relevance.
Previous Rank: N/A
Movement: Outta Nowhere!
Big E Langston had a monster week. On Raw, he finally got the Intercontinental Championship match he was due at the previous pay-per-view. He made the most of it, defeating Curtis Axel to become the new IC champion.
On SmackDown, he teamed with Dolph Ziggler and defeated the team of Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow. And then at Survivor Series, he defeated a game Axel to retain his newly-won title. Big E seems destined for big things, and he rockets up the rankings to No. 6.
Previous Rank: 8
Movement: Up 3
The Shield just showed why it's been dominant for the past year. And Roman Reigns looks like he's breaking out as a major force in WWE.
The Shield lost in the 12-man tag on Raw, and they lost again on SmackDown to The Uso's and Rey Mysterio. But Roman Reigns' dominance at Survivor Series was astounding.
Reigns himself eliminated four of the five opponents, and Seth Rollins the fifth. Basically, The Shield single-handedly defeated five men. And for that, they rise in the rankings.
Previous Rank: 5
Movement: Up 1
Daniel Bryan is still over with the crowd in a big way. And, he's still getting big wins. His team won in the 12-man tag match on Raw, and then he was beat down by The Wyatts on SmackDown after pinning Luke Harper.
But at Survivor Series, he put on a clinic. He and CM Punk teamed to defeat Eric Rowan and Luke Harper of The Wyatts, and Daniel Bryan did his fair share.
It's unclear where Bryan will go from here, since his feud with The Wyatts could be over after the win. Will he and CM Punk contend for the tag team titles?
Previous Rank: 4
Movement: Up 1
CM Punk, like Daniel Bryan, had a good week. He was part of the winning team in the 12-man tag match on Raw, and then tried to save Daniel Bryan from a beatdown after Bryan defeated Luke Harper on SmackDown.
He was beat down by The Wyatts after Bryan's match on SmackDown, but he got revenge at Survivor Series. CM Punk got the pin on Luke Harper and secured the win.
Will he and Bryan contend for the tag team titles going forward?
Previous Rank: 2
Randy Orton did not really impress this week. He beat up Brad Maddox on Raw in what was actually considered a match. And that was it, until Survivor Series at least.
He was panicked all week about getting help against Big Show, and The Authority seemed like they would not give him what he wanted. But, as Big Show closed in on a win in the WWE title match, The Authority came out onto the ramp, distracting Show just long enough to allow Orton to hit an RKO, and then punt Show in the head.
Orton retained his title, but will he remain the "face" of WWE?
Previous Rank: 1
John Cena once again tops the power rankings after a big win over Alberto Del Rio at Survivor Series. While this may not be a surprise, how he closed the pay-per-view will certainly get WWE fans buzzing.
Cena's only match this week was his defeat of Del Rio. And he is likely finished with Del Rio at this point. But after his win, he was seen in the offices with The Authority.
After Randy Orton retained his WWE Championship, John Cena came to the ring. The speculation begins. Is Cena aligning with The Authority? If so, will he turn heel? Or is he hinting at a title unification feud? Is it both? We'll hopefully get those answers on Raw.