With just under a week until WWE Money in the Bank 2014 we know a bit about what we'll see, but there's still a lot we don't know, too, such as who else will be in the Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match with Seth Rollins? Will other titles, like the Intercontinental Championship and the Tag Team Championships be defended?
This coming week will surely be filled with qualifier matches and big announcements that will culminate in one of the most important pay-per-views in pro wrestling.
Another major development this week is the separation of Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Randy Orton from their respective factions in these rankings. While Orton and Rollins appear to be working together, it does not appear to be under the banner of Evolution. And even if it is, they are clearly moving apart, so if Evolution still Exists, it looks to be a loose alliance more than close-knit faction.
The same goes for The Shield. While the faction itself may still exist in name, it appears that Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose are going their separate ways amicably, though, like Evolution, they may still be loosely affiliated.
Because these wrestlers are coming out of factions, it was a bit more difficult to determine their rankings this week. Expect the four of them to move around a bit for the next week or two before they truly settle in.
We'll get into everything discussed above and more in the following slides. Before we do, though, 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 are 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.