In less than one week, WWE COO Triple H has guaranteed a single unified champion will emerge. Will that be John Cena, Randy Orton or possibly someone else? WWE title matches have had some strange endings lately, so who knows what we'll see at the end of the pay-per-view? But every indication is that WWE, and pro wrestling as a whole, is about to lose one world title.
Heading into WWE TLC 2013, there is a new No. 1, and there's been some movement elsewhere in the rankings.
Before getting into all that, 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.
Now on to this week's rankings.