The biggest news out of WWE TV this week is that it appears Daniel Bryan is going to be "Daniel Wyatt" for the foreseeable future. We also now are starting to see the Royal Rumble pay-per-view come together, with matches starting to be made.
Also, AJ Lee is on the brink of history, but more on that in a couple of slides.
First, 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.
On to this week's rankings.
MysteriShow is no more, since it's apparent now that Big Show and Rey Mysterio have gone their separate ways. Big Show has challenged Brock Lesnar to a Match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, and on Raw, he got in a few good shots on Lesnar before Paul Heyman kept Lesnar from going back for more. Can Big Show keep this momentum up? If he can, he'll be cracking the top 10.
Rey Mysterio looked good this week, teaming with The Usos to defeat Eric Rowan, Luke Harper and Daniel Bryan in a six-man tag match on Raw. Then on SmackDown, he teamed with Sin Cara and Los Matadores in a win over The Real Americans and RybAxel. It remains to be seen if Mysterio can move into contention for a title, though.
Previous Rank: 10
AJ Lee is on the cusp of making history. As of the publication of this list, she has held the WWE Divas title 211 days, placing her second all time for longest reign with the title.
Assuming she can hold her title the rest of this week, she will pass Maryse Ouellet for the longest WWE Divas Championship reign in WWE history. Maryse held the title for 216 days, and AJ will pass her this coming Sunday, January 19.
AJ's only match this week came on Main Event, where she defeated Kaitlyn in what would be Kaitlyn's last match with WWE. With that victory and her impending history-making title reign, AJ Lee remains in the top 10.
Previous Rank: 8
Movement: Down 1
Daniel Bryan, now called Daniel Wyatt, is firmly a member of the Wyatt Family. That much we know. Bryan was No. 6 last week, and the Wyatts were No. 8. And as a newly merged four-man faction, the group lost one match and battled to a no-contest in another.
Raw saw Daniel Wyatt team with Eric Rowan and Luke Harper against Rey Mysterio and the Usos. They lost. Then, on SmackDown, Rowan and Harper battled The Usos to a double count-out. After that, The Wyatts beat down The Usos.
Will The Wyatts be able to make waves with Daniel Wyatt on their side, or will this faction fail to dominate? Their start as a four-man group certainly could have gone better. And what will come of Daniel Wyatt if the crowd turns on him and never gets excited about him again?
Previous Rank: 9
Movement: Up 1
The Usos continued their good run this week with two nice showings against The Wyatts. On Raw, they teamed with Rey Mysterio in a solid win over Rowan, Harper and Daniel Wyatt. Then they battled to a draw (double count-out) against Rowan and Harper on SmackDown.
While The Usos may be a step down in competition for The Wyatts, The Usos are playing up to their competition at the moment. And they're winning. Can they keep it up?
Previous Rank: Watch List
Movement: Into Top 10
The Shield came roaring back into the top 10 with a very good week. On Raw, Roman Reigns got a big win over CM Punk. After the match, Jake "the Snake" Roberts put a new, yellow Damien in Dean Ambrose's face in helping to drive The Shield away, but Reigns got the win nevertheless.
On SmackDown, the faction defeated CM Punk and the New Age Outlaws (I think most of us are hoping to see more of them going forward) when Roman Reigns pinned "Bad Ass" Billy Gunn.
The Shield can make waves again in 2014. But will the trio be able to stay together? Every week sees new speculation about their impending implosion, followed by strong performances showing them as united as ever. Only time will tell how long they remain one unit.
Previous Rank: 7
Movement: Up 1
The Rhodes Brothers continued last week's momentum with another solid week. On Raw, they defeated The Real Americans, and on Main Event, they defeated 3MB. They continue to show why they have held the WWE Tag Team Championships for 91 days and counting.
Heading into the Royal Rumble, who will their opponents be? There are several good candidates, but none have really separated from the pack. Will this week reveal the next challengers?
Previous Rank: 4
Movement: Down 1
Big E got a big opportunity this week to make a statement with a win over Randy Orton in a match on SmackDown. He couldn't capitalize. He did get a win over Curtis Axel on Raw, which helped mitigate the damage the Orton loss could have done to his ranking.
It took Orton poking Big E Langston's eye to get the win, but Big E let that match slip away. He's probably going to get another crack at Orton in the future, and you can bet he'll learn from this experience. This week, though, he drops one spot.
Previous Rank: 3
Movement: Down 1
CM Punk did not have a great week. On Raw, he lost to Roman Reigns. Then on SmackDown, he teamed with the New Age Outlaws in a team loss to The Shield.
Punk has been close to the top of WWE for a long time and consistently gets in position to make a run at the title. Now, he's been leapfrogged by Brock Lesnar, who, by all indications, will be the No. 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after the Royal Rumble.
It seems CM Punk needs one big win against a high-quality opponent to get that shot. Will he get that chance any time soon, or will he continue feuding with The Shield?
Previous Rank: 5
Movement: Up 2
Brock Lesnar made himself known again on Raw with yet another annihilation of Mark Henry. He then got called out by Big Show, who got a couple of good hits on Lesnar before Paul Heyman convinced Lesnar to leave the ring area.
Lesnar can't look past Big Show, but Lesnar has to be thinking that Show is just a speed bump on the road to a WWE World Heavyweight Championship opportunity. Expect to see Lesnar continue his dominance. But how will he react to Big Show in the weeks prior to the Royal Rumble?
Previous Rank: 2
Once again, Cena comes in at No. 2. He's the No. 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and his match with Orton quickly approaches. The only thing of note that Cena did this week was running off Randy Orton when Orton seemed poised to come to blows with Ric Flair.
Another slow week and Cena could drop a spot or two heading into the Royal Rumble. Can he build momentum heading into his match with Orton?
Previous Rank: 1
Randy Orton's week started off slowly but ended with a much-needed win. On Raw, he was run off by John Cena before he could go "Legend Killer" on Ric Flair.
Then came SmackDown. He was booked in a match against Intercontinental champion Big E Langston, and he was not happy about it. But as he often does, he got the job done and picked up the win over Big E. It may have taken a less-than-legal eye poke, but he got the win.
Orton has not had a great run as the WWE World Heavyweight champion. He avoids matches and complains about everything. But when the chips are down, he gets the wins needed to stay atop the WWE and atop the Power Rankings.