WWE Superstar Power Rankings for 6/9/2014
Things move quickly in WWE. Fresh off the heels of Payback, it appeared we'd be settling in for the summer, preparing for Money in the Bank. It would have been reasonable to expect a slowdown of events in what is traditionally a more uneventful time of the year.
Instead, we got a big surprise this past Monday, one that's sure to make headlines on Bleacher Report and beyond. We'll get into all that and much more in the following slides. Before we do, please read how these rankings work.
Holding a championship, being a No. 1 Contender or holding a Money in the Bank briefcase counts for much of a wrestler's ranking and, therefore, the most heavily weighted components 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" also counts, 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 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.
There's only one man worthy of being on the Watch List this week: Rusev.
We might as well call the Bulgarian Brute No. 11 this week. On Raw, he was awarded the Hero of the Russian Federation medal for his performance at Payback, and then on SmackDown, he made quick work of Xavier Woods. Rusev lacks that one signature win necessary to propel him into the Top 10. Will he take a step up in competition coming out of Payback?
No. 10: Evolution
Previous Rank: 10
This ranking may perplex some people, but remember, after championships, wins and losses are the bulk of a ranking. Despite the major developments (more on that in a second), Evolution members lost their only match of the week. Ergo, they don't move up.
So, on to the developments with Evolution. Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton were in the ring, and Triple H vowed the war with The Shield was not over. Batista, however, was not so enthusiastic. He wanted what he was promised: a one-on-one title match. When Triple H reiterated he'd get it after the war with The Shield ended, Batista simply quit and walked out.
But that wasn't all. Just as it appeared Evolution was finished, Seth Rollins turned on The Shield. As what remained of Evolution came down the ramp, Rollins assaulted Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns and joined Evolution.
Then, on SmackDown, after Seth Rollins had defeated Dolph Ziggler, Big Show had a problem with Evolution. He faced off against Randy Orton, and as Big Show closed in on a win, Seth Rollins attacked Big Show, dealing Orton a DQ loss. Evolution put a beatdown on Big Show and stood tall at the end of SmackDown.
Evolution, with the infusion of new blood, will likely make waves throughout the summer. How big an impact will Seth Rollins have on their battle with The Shield moving forward?
No. 9: The Usos
Previous Rank: 9
The Usos had a mixed week this past seven days, registering a win and a loss. The Loss came at the hands of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in a bit of revenge for the previous night at Payback.
On SmackDown, The Usos defeated RybAxel. Until then, RybAxel may have been the best candidates for a shot at The Usos' WWE Tag Team Championships. But with the win, The Usos may have eliminated that threat, leaving only The Wyatts to challenge. They may not have done themselves any favors long term.
No. 8: Paige
Previous Rank: 8
Paige stays put at No. 8 this week after defeating Cameron on Superstars via tap out. It has become routine for Paige to win, which is a shame because there are other women on the roster (like Emma) who could give Paige a real run for her money.
Paige also made an appearance on NXT, saving Bailey from a beating at the hands of all three BFFs. What's next for Paige? Her only blemish was the one loss to Alicia Fox. Will she be able to keep up the winning ways going forward?
No. 7: Cesaro
Previous Rank: 6
Movement: Down 1
Cesaro had a busy week, though it wasn't exactly a good one. On Raw, Cesaro teamed with Bad News Barrett against Rob Van Dam and Sheamus. Rob Van Dam pinned Barrett after Cesaro walked out on the match, so Cesaro picked up a loss.
On Main Event, Cesaro attacked Barrett, giving Barrett the DQ win. On SmackDown, Cesaro faced off against RVD and Barrett in a Triple Threat match for Barrett's Intercontinental Championship. Cesaro dominated much of the match, but Barrett retained after pinning RVD.
Cesaro just didn't have a great week. Will it be any better this week?
No. 6: Daniel Bryan
Previous Rank: 4
Movement: Down 2
Yet again, Daniel Bryan is idle. While it's well known he's recovering from neck surgery, the complete lack of appearances is starting to take it's toll.
On Raw, Stephanie McMahon made an announcement, proclaiming two things. First, she announced that Daniel Bryan will compete in a Stretcher Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Second, if Daniel Bryan can't compete in said match, he'll be stripped of his belt, which will be defended in the Money in the Bank ladder match.
With that knowledge, it's likely we won't see much of Bryan for a while. That's sure to hurt his ranking.
No. 5: The Wyatts
Previous Rank: 7
Movement: Up 2
After a terrible Payback, The Wyatts came back and showed they're still a force in WWE. They got back to winning ways on Raw, when Rowan and Harper defeated The Usos. On Main Event, Rowan and Harper defeated Goldust and Kofi Kingston.
Up until SmackDown, there was no sign of Bray.
Bray Wyatt would resurface on SmackDown. He cut a promo claiming he needed to be destroyed to be reborn. It appears his loss to Cena was destiny. We'll see if Bray Wyatt can come back just as strong or stronger than before his loss.
No. 4: Bad News Barrett
Previous Rank: 5
Movement: Up 1
Bad News Barrett had a decent week, though it got off to a rocky start. After retaining his title at Payback, he got plenty of action this past week. On Raw, he teamed with Cesaro. Cesaro walked out on the match and Barrett was pinned.
But things got a bit better on Main Event. Barrett faced Rob Van Dam, but he was attacked by Cesaro, giving him a win. Not ideal, but a win nevertheless.
Barrett would impress come SmackDown.
He faced RVD and Cesaro in a Triple Threat and pinned RVD to retain the Intercontinental Championship. Barrett had two title defenses in less than a week against quality opponents and retained both times. He moves up one spot.
No. 3: Sheamus
Previous Rank: 3
Sheamus continues to shine. In his one appearance this week, he teamed with Rob Van Dam in a win over Cesaro and Bad News Barrett. Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick, and RVD hit the Frog Splash for the win.
One can't help but notice the same people are competing for both the Intercontinental and United States Championships. Will there be unification in the future?
No. 2: The Shield
Previous Rank: 1
Movement: Down 1
Within 24 hours, The Shield went from being the most dominant force in WWE today to a fractured and beaten unit. Just as it looked like they had put away Evolution and got so far under the skin of Triple H that he was becoming irrationally obsessed to the detriment of all other things, Seth Rollins shocked the world by siding with Evolution.
Seth Rollins is no longer part of The Shield. That leaves Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, and it's not clear what their future holds, especially since Reigns is saying he doesn't trust anyone anymore. How will The Shield respond? Will they stay a faction, or will they go their separate ways?
No. 1: John Cena
Previous Rank: 2
Movement: Up 1
The more things change, the more they stay the same. John Cena is still the top guy in WWE, and he reclaims the top spot in the rankings. He was only on Raw and made the most of it.
He interrupted Stephanie McMahon's promo and proclaimed Daniel Bryan to be "best for business." For his efforts, he was put in a match with Kane.
When he faced Kane, Kane ignored a referee's count and got himself disqualified, giving Cena the win. It looked as though Kane was going to beat Cena down, but Cena turned the tables and heaved the steel steps at Kane.
Kane was vanquished and Cena stood tall. Cena, for as long as he's been at it in WWE, is still the man. Daniel Bryan may be extremely popular, But Cena is there week in and week out getting wins over tough opponents.
Will he be getting a title shot? After all, after beating Bray Wyatt, there's not much higher he can go.