To say the past week in WWE has been eventful would be a gross understatement. The WWE Universe was clearly not happy with the Royal Rumble 2014 pay-per-view and let WWE know all about it.
Then things got even more interesting. CM Punk walked out and may never return. As such, CM Punk has been removed entirely from these rankings. Over the course of the week, we then got five new WWE World Heavyweight Championship No. 1 Contenders, and none of them were named Brock Lesnar.
WWE leadership is acutely aware of the fans' displeasure, and with CM Punk walking out, WWE's plans going forward are in upheaval. According to a report from Wade Keller of PWTorch.com (h/t SEScoops' Michael Bluth), WWE called emergency meetings to discuss their WrestleMania plans. With so much upheaval this past week, there's no guarantee that WWE won't completely change things up again tonight. The rankings are very much in flux right now.
But before we delve into the rankings, 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. Being "over" with the fans is considered, but not heavily weighted in the ranking decisions.
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, these 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. No spoilers are included unless WWE itself acknowledges them.
On to this week's rankings.