In the week after Extreme Rules, a number of WWE Superstars got payback. Yes, pun intended.
As WWE Payback swiftly approaches, there's a general atmosphere of revenge at WWE. Evolution got revenge on The Shield after losing to them at Extreme Rules, Daniel Bryan wants revenge on Kane after he laid hands on Brie Bella, John Cena wants revenge on Bray Wyatt, the list goes on.
Others failed to get the payback (last one on this page, I promise!), like Big E and Dean Ambrose. We'll get into all that and more in the following slides. Before we do, please read 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 and is the most heavily weighted component in these rankings. If a wrestler is tied with another wrestler, holding a title will break a tie.
Wins and losses account for the bulk of the week-to-week movement; wins and losses are, after championships, the most important component of the rankings. The quality of a wrestler's 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. Nothing that could be explicitly considered a spoiler is included unless WWE acknowledges it as well.
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.