WWE Superstar Power Rankings for 7/14/2014, Pre-Battleground Edition
WWE Battleground 2014 is just six days away, and there's been quite a bit of movement in the WWE Superstar Power Rankings this week. No. 1 is still the same as last week, but the rankings are very much in a state of flux heading into the pay-per-view.
This coming week, which will culminate with Battleground this Sunday, promises to be an exciting one. There are six matches set for the pay-per-view so far, and four of them are title matches. And with WWE's renewed push to sell the WWE Network (the company pushed it at every opportunity this past week on WWE TV), we could be in for a great pay-per-view.
We'll get into all that 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 they are therefore the most heavily weighted components in these rankings. If a wrestler is tied with another wrestler, holding a title will be a tiebreaker.
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.
Bo Dallas continues to win and recently improved his WWE record to 14-0 after defeating El Torito on Raw and then El Torito and Diego on SmackDown. While he's not exactly defeating top-tier talent, he's looking impressive in his wins and, of course, is still inspiring the masses. He'll be getting a shot at the Intercontinental Championship this Sunday in the Battle Royal to crown a new champion. Can he pick up gold for the first time in WWE?
Adam Rose may not be getting the attention he was receiving a month ago, but he's still undefeated after picking up wins over Titus O'Neil and Fandango this past week. The Exotic Express rolls on, but will it actually go anywhere?
Paige will get her rematch for the WWE Divas Championship this Sunday. She will get the chance to show that her title win wasn't a fluke against perhaps the only Diva who can really give her a run for her money. Can she make the most of this chance?
Previous Rank: 10
Rusev clings to his spot in the top 10 this week after seeing mixed results. On Raw, he defeated Rob Van Dam and was challenged by Zeb Colter on behalf of Jack Swagger to a match at Battleground. While the match has not yet been announced as of this writing, it's probably safe to assume we'll see it.
On SmackDown, he faced off against Roman Reigns, and it didn't go well. Rusev battled Reigns for a while, but it looked as though Reigns was closing in on a win. Then, Randy Orton appeared and attacked Reigns, costing Rusev the match via disqualification.
Outside the Royal Rumble and Battle Royals on WWE TV, Rusev had never lost in WWE until now. Rusev will need to shake that off, because Jack Swagger is a big, tough wrestler who should be able to match Rusev in the ring.
9. Dean Ambrose
Previous Rank: 6
Movement: Down 3
Dean Ambrose did not have a successful Raw, though he might consider any week where he fights with Seth Rollins a success. On Raw, he faced off against Randy Orton in a match that might have been the best contest of the week. He lost after being RKOed and pinned. Though later that night he did thwart another of Seth Rollins' Money in the Bank cash-in attempts.
The loss to Orton was tough, but he'll need to forget about that as he heads into Battleground. He'll face "Mr. Money in the Bank" Seth Rollins in a match. Can he get his vengeance for Rollins' betrayal of The Shield?
8. The Usos
Previous Rank: 7
Movement: Down 1
The Usos had a mixed week, though had a referee not made a critical error, they might have had a great one. On Raw, they lost to Rowan and Harper. At least, that's what the record books will say. In reality, the referee counted the pin on Jey Uso, who was not the legal man. And while it's impossible to know how things would have turned out had the error not occurred, The Usos may well have defeated The Wyatts yet again.
On SmackDown, they made up some ground by defeating Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil, a tag team that JBL dubbed "Slater and the Gator." Now, though, they'll have to keep an eye on The Wyatts, who will get a Tag Team title opportunity this Sunday and will be looking to soften up The Usos all week long.
7. AJ Lee
Previous Rank: 8
Movement: Up 1
AJ Lee moves up a spot this week after picking up two more wins. On Raw, she teamed with Paige against The Funkadactyls. They won after Paige pinned Cameron.
Then on SmackDown, AJ faced off against Cameron in singles action, picking up the win via submission in what had to be a message to Paige. AJ will face Paige at Battleground in a Divas Championship match. Can she hold on to the gold, or will Paige shock AJ again?
6. Randy Orton
Previous Rank: Watch List
Movement: Into Top 10
This past week's performance from Randy Orton is what he's needed for a long time. In recent weeks and months, he's sat on the fringes, getting just enough wins to stay relevant without actually building any momentum. That all changed this past week.
On Raw, he faced Dean Ambrose in a great match and got the win after RKOing Ambrose in the middle of the ring. And while his attack on Cena didn't go too well, the night was a success from his standpoint.
SmackDown saw him face Chris Jericho, and after another great match, he picked up yet another win when the signature "noise" of the Wyatt Family momentarily distracted Jericho.
Orton now heads into Battleground with a great chance to walk out WWE World Heavyweight champion. Can he take advantage?
5. Roman Reigns
Previous Rank: 4
Movement: Down 1
Roman Reigns drops a spot this week, but not because he turned in a poor performance. His week was good and bad. On Raw, he brawled with Kane after calling him "Randy Orton's bitch." That led to Kane getting hit with a Superman Punch. Later, Reigns would come to the aide of John Cena, who was being beaten down by Kane, Randy Orton and Seth Rollins.
On SmackDown, he faced off against Rusev in a match that had been hinted at for some time. Reigns won via DQ as a result of Orton attacking him along with Rusev. He was laid out and then RKOed by Orton. Now, he'll get another crack at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Can he capitalize on this opportunity?
4. The Wyatt Family
Previous Rank: 5
Movement: Up 1
The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan and Luke Harper to be specific) picked up an important, albeit controversial, win this past week over The Usos, who they'll now face at Battleground for the WWE Tag Team Championships.
And Bray Wyatt continued his verbal sparring with Chris Jericho, whom he will face this Sunday. If The Wyatts can win the Tag titles and get a win over Jericho, it will be one of their best days in WWE. If they lose, especially Bray Wyatt, then they could fall into a bad position.
3. Seth Rollins
Previous Rank: 2
Movement: Down 1
Seth Rollins had two major opportunities on Raw this past week and could not make the most of either. First, he faced John Cena in a match that ultimately was called off after Kane and Randy Orton interfered, attacking John Cena. That cost Rollins the match and a chance to get a huge win over the top name in the company.
Secondly, after Cena had been laid out, he tried to cash in his Money in the Bank contract but was thwarted by Dean Ambrose, and the two brawled to the back. That was the last we saw of Rollins.
Now, he'll face Dean Ambrose at Battleground. Will he be able to defeat the man who has quickly become his biggest rival? Or will he fall to his former "business associate"?
Previous Rank: 3
Movement: Up 1
Sheamus is perhaps the best-performing Superstar on the roster that no one is talking about. He consistently defeats quality opponents in difficult matches and is the reigning United States champion.
Perhaps his first opponent of the week wasn't "top quality," but he did pick up the win over "Damien Sandhart." It was also announced that he'd be in the Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal at Battleground, so he'll get another shot at unifying the U.S. and IC titles.
Then on Main Event, he faced Alberto Del Rio in a brutal Last Man Standing match with his U.S. title on the line. He defeated Del Rio and retained his title. It was a hard-fought win over a former world champion, and it earned him a bump in the rankings.
1. John Cena
Previous Rank: 1
Heading into Battleground, John Cena has looked both vulnerable and strong. He fought off both Kane and Randy Orton just long enough to be saved by Roman Reigns after Seth Rollins aborted his attempt to cash in.
Reigns might be his biggest concern this coming Sunday, as he knows Orton and Kane and what they bring to the table. Reigns is likely the wild card to Cena, and he can't expect their tentative alliance to last long, if at all, once the bell rings.
With all that said, Cena is still likely the favorite to walk away with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. But he's got a lot of work to do this Sunday to make that happen.
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