This week was a busy one in WWE. It kicked off with a touching tribute to Ultimate Warrior, honoring his contributions to the company and to pro wrestling fans around the world.
We also saw the first round of a tournament to name a No. 1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship. And in another blast from the past, Evolution was re-formed to combat The Shield.
We'll get into all that and more in the following slides. Before we do, here's how these rankings work.
Holding a championship, being No. 1 contender or holding a Money in the Bank briefcase counts for much of a wrestler's ranking. If a wrestler is tied with another wrestler, any of the listed scenarios will break the tie.
Wins and losses account for much of the week-to-week movement and are the most important component of the rankings. The quality of a wrestlers' opponents and whether they are ranked or not is considered in 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. Pay-per-view performances take on added importance.
Only the top 10 wrestlers are ranked. Wrestlers on the "Watch List" were considered for top-10 status but were ultimately 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, contract information, "sabbaticals," etc.) may be taken into consideration, especially if WWE confirms them publicly. No spoilers are included unless WWE acknowledges them.
All WWE shows, televised or digitally distributed, as well as anything from WWE.com, the WWE App, the WWE Network and any WWE or Superstar social media accounts that don't break kayfabe may be taken into consideration for these rankings.
Don't forget to check out last week's rankings here.