WWE Superstar Power Rankings for 7/21/2014
WWE Battleground 2014 is in the books, and the WWE Superstar Power Rankings saw some big changes. By now, anyone who saw Battleground can guess who No. 1 (still) is. But eight of the remaining nine spots are different.
There's a new Intercontinental champion, several other titles were defended and one match didn't actually happen. There's plenty to talk about coming off of Battleground, and the rest of the week for that matter. 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 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.
Adam Rose just won't lose. His tenure in WWE has been one big party, and after this week, you can add two more wins to his record. He defeated Jason Jordon on NXT and then defeated Fandango at Battleground. Will he be able to parlay his success into more going forward?
Bo Dallas, despite not claiming the Intercontinental Championship at Battleground, remains unbeaten outside of Battle Royal-style matches. He's 15-0 and may not be too far away from getting another shot at gold, especially if he can continue winning.
A DQ win over Kane was not enough to keep Dean Ambrose in the top 10 this week, as the beatdown on Raw and the match he technically lost by forfeit to Rollins at Battleground were enough, coupled with impressive outings by others, to send him to the Watch List. Will Ambrose get another crack at Rollins?
The Wyatt Family
The Wyatt Family had a terrible week at a time when they could ill afford to have one. They attacked The Usos on Raw as well as Chris Jericho. But that's as good as things got. On SmackDown, Luke Harper lost to Jericho, then at Battleground, Erick Rowan and Harper lost to The Usos and Bray Wyatt lost to Jericho. With Bray Wyatt's feud with John Cena now a fading memory, The Wyatts need wins and fast.
Previous Rank: 10
Rusev didn't exactly look impressive this week, but, pretty or not, he gets the job done. And that kept Rusev in the top 10 this week.
At Battleground, Rusev was fortunate to come away with a win. Jack Swagger dominated much of the match, but Rusev would not give in to the submission holds Swagger applied. Rusev eventually was able to counter a Patriot Lock on the outside into driving Swagger into the steel post, earning Rusev a count-out win.
While not exactly dominating, the win further pads Rusev's growing resume. Will there be more confrontations between Rusev and Swagger? It sure seems that way.
9. Chris Jericho
Previous Rank: Unranked
Movement: Outta Nowhere!
Chris Jericho returned a matter of weeks ago and now has wins over current Intercontinental champion The Miz (he wasn't IC champion at the time) and Bray Wyatt. He's positioning himself to make a strong run in WWE this time around.
After being attacked on Raw by The Wyatts, he picked up a win over Luke Harper on SmackDown and was again beaten down by The Wyatts. But at Battleground, after Rowan and Harper were removed from ringside, Jericho cleanly defeated Bray Wyatt after hitting a Codebreaker.
What's next for Jericho? Is Bray Wyatt in his future, or will he move on to other things?
8. The Miz
Previous Rank: Unranked
Movement: Outta Nowhere!
The Miz picked up some impressive wins this week and has earned himself a championship and a spot in the top 10. On Raw, he defeated United States champion Sheamus via roll-up pin, though Sheamus returned the favor in a rematch on Main Event.
SmackDown was also not kind to Miz, where he teamed with Fandango in a loss to Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus. But at Battleground, he won the Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal, winning the IC title for the third time.
Where will he go now? Will he feud with Chris Jericho, fresh off a win over Bray Wyatt? Or will he face Sheamus in an attempt to unify the United States and Intercontinental Championships?
7. Randy Orton
Previous Rank: 6
Movement: Down 1
Randy Orton followed up a good week with a not-so-good week. On Raw, he started off by assisting in the beating of Dean Ambrose. Later, he teamed with Kane against John Cena and Roman Reigns, a match his team lost via disqualification.
Then at Battleground, he failed to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after his tenuous alliance with Kane broke down. He was hit with the Attitude Adjustment on top of Kane, allowing Cena to pin Kane to retain the title.
Now, he'll have to recover after the loss. Will he get another shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? Or will he feud with Kane?
6. AJ Lee
Previous Rank: 7
Movement: Up 1
AJ Lee continues to look impressive after returning and winning the WWE Divas Championship. And she racked up three more wins this week. On Raw, she defeated Eva Marie via submission.
Then on SmackDown, she teamed with Paige in a win over Summer Rae and Layla. At Battleground, Paige got her rematch, and AJ Lee defended the championship successfully. But it's doubtful it's the last we've seen of these two in the ring. Could AJ and Paige have a long feud?
5. The Usos
Previous Rank: 8
Movement: Up 3
The Usos got off to a rough start this past week, as evidenced by the video above. But fortunately for them, their week was not over.
They faced Erick Rowan and Luke Harper at Battleground in a 2-out-of-3 Falls tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championships. After losing the first fall, they won the second and third falls to retain their titles.
The match stole the show at Battleground, and they've shown that not only are they the best tag team in WWE today but maybe the best in a while. Who will challenge them next?
Previous Rank: 2
Movement: Down 2
Sheamus had an up-and-down week, and it caused him to drop two spots. He started off losing to Miz on Raw. He won the rematch the next night on Main Event but had no business losing to Miz in the first place. On SmackDown, he teamed with Dolph Ziggler in a win over Fandango and Miz.
Then at Battleground, he was in the Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal and was the second-to-last elimination, having been sent over the top rope my Ziggler. He missed his chance to unify the U.S. and IC titles, but if his budding feud with Miz is any indication, he might get another shot at unification soon.
3. Roman Reigns
Previous Rank: 5
Movement: Up 2
Roman Reigns moves up two spots in spite of losing at Battleground. He moves up more because Sheamus and The Wyatts fell than because of anything he did this past week.
He did get a DQ win over Randy Orton, Kane and Seth Rollins on Raw, standing tall at the end after clearing the ring and looking strong heading into Battleground. But that meant little at the pay-per-view. He looked impressive for much of the match, but John Cena got the win and kept his title.
There was tension between Reigns and Cena, which could indicate a coming feud. But with Cena vs. Lesnar rumored to be in the works for SummerSlam, per Nick Paglino of Wrestle Zone, Reigns may have to wait to get his hands on Cena.
2. Seth Rollins
Previous Rank: 3
Movement: Up 1
Seth Rollins moves up one spot this week mostly by default, since Sheamus fell below him. His week really was not that impressive, starting with a DQ loss on Raw to John Cena and Roman Reigns, though he did help beat down Dean Ambrose.
On SmackDown, he interfered in Dean Ambrose's match, which gave Ambrose the win over Kane. They beat down Ambrose again. And then at Battleground, he was attacked by Ambrose, which got Ambrose removed from the arena, giving Rollins a win via forfeit over Ambrose.
Money in the Bank contract-holders have a history of underperforming. If Rollins hopes to stay this high, cheap wins and non-finishes won't cut it.
1. John Cena
Previous Rank: 1
People questioned why John Cena was No. 1 in last week's rankings, but this week, Cena made sure there's no argument at all. He successfully defended his WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Fatal 4-Way at Battleground against Randy Orton, Kane and Roman Reigns.
Speculation over his next opponent is running rampant through the Internet, but for now, Cena can celebrate a successful title defense. And while we still may not know who he'll face next, you can bet he'll give whomever that might be the fight of their life.
Now, he turns his attention to SummerSlam while keeping a watchful eye on Seth Rollins. Triple H said the man he wanted would leave Battleground as champion. Unless Triple H knows something we don't, Cena's win can't be what he envisioned. What will The Authority have in store for Cena going forward?