WWE Superstar Power Rankings for 7/28/2014
There were more changes this week in the WWE Superstar Power Rankings. While No. 1 remains the same, much of the rest of the list is different. The most obvious addition is Brock Lesnar. We'll get to him in a bit.
The Watch List is also packed this week, with a whopping five Superstars on it. That's sure to get sorted out as SummerSlam gets closer.
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.
Bo Dallas picked up two more wins this week. The first of which came against Damian Sandow, who was posing as LeBron James. No surprise there. Then, after a stint on Miz TV on SmackDown, he used a distraction by Miz to defeat Dolph Ziggler. He's now 17-0, with no signs of slowing down. Another bad week by Rusev (among any number of other unknowns) and Bo could soon find his way into the Top 10.
Y2J didn't have a great week. He was set to host the Highlight Reel, but that never happened. The Wyatts beat him down, and that was pretty much his week. He falls out of the Top 10 and can now look forward to continued harassment by The Wyatts.
The Wyatt Family
The Wyatt Family attacked Jericho on Raw, and Bray made it clear he's not finished with Y2J. Then, on SmackDown, Bray Wyatt defeated R-Truth. Not surprising, but a win nevertheless. Now, The Wyatts are pushing for a continued battle with Jericho, which will likely lead to a match at SummerSlam.
Cesaro looked like he was going to be an afterthought, but he ditched Paul Heyman and appears to have aligned himself with The Authority. On Raw, he defeated Dean Ambrose, but lost to Ambrose in a No Disqualification match on SmackDown. If Cesaro continues this feud with Ambrose, he's in good shape. But he simply can't afford to lose too much, either. He's got the skillset, but will he get the opportunities?
Dean Ambrose and Cesaro traded wins this week, but Ambrose could have won both had he not lost his temper and attacked Cesaro with a chair on Raw. It appears he'll feud with Cesaro for the time being. Will he still be able to "haunt" Seth Rollins if he's battling Cesaro?
No. 10: Rusev
Previous Rank: 10
Rusev holds on to the last spot in the Top 10 by a thread. His victory over The Great Khali keeps a mediocre week from being a bad one. On Main Event, he took a DQ loss to Jack Swagger after hitting Swagger with a flag before he was driven off.
He faced Adrian Neville on NXT in a tough competition that also ended in a DQ loss for Rusev when Tyler Breeze interfered and attacked Neville. Not really Rusev's fault, but still a loss. Rusev is now in a strange position and needs a couple of big wins to solidify his position in the Top 10. Another week like this, though, and he'll end up back on the Watch List.
No. 9: The Miz
Previous Rank: 8
Movement: Down 1
Newly crowned Intercontinental champion The Miz did not have a great week, but he got a measure of revenge by the time it was over. On Raw, he lost to Dolph Ziggler, who may be the closest thing he has to a challenger at this point.
But on SmackDown, he hosted Miz TV and spoke with Bo Dallas, who then faced Ziggler. Miz distracted Ziggler and cost him the match. Still, for the loss, he drops a spot.
No. 8: Randy Orton
Previous Rank: 7
Movement: Down 1
Randy Orton was set to be the No. 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He's still due a one-on-one rematch from his loss at WrestleMania, but that's not likely to happen any time soon.
On Raw, he teamed with Kane in a 2-on-1 Handicap match against Roman Reigns. He ended up walking out on Kane and taking a team loss after Reigns had his way with the Big Red Machine.
Later, it looked like Triple H was going to hand him the rematch he wanted before Reigns attacked him and Triple H changed his mind. Orton is a top-notch competitor, but he hasn't gotten the big breaks of late. Will he feud with Reigns, Kane, both or someone else as SummerSlam approaches?
No. 7: AJ Lee
Previous Rank: 6
Movement: Down 1
WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee continues to win, but falls one spot because of who's in front of her. On Raw, she teamed with Paige in a win over Emma and Natalya after AJ forced Natalya to submit. It was an impressive showing.
After the match, though, Paige attacked her. It now seems that AJ and Paige will continue their feud (who didn't see this coming?) heading into SummerSlam. AJ is a veteran and Paige a young upstart; both have serious talent, and this rivalry could get exciting as the competitors feel each other out in matches going forward.
Could this rivalry become a great feud a la Trish Stratus vs. Lita? It may be too early to tell, but it has that kind of potential if it's allowed to develop.
No. 6: Brock Lesnar
Previous Rank: Unranked
Movement: Outta Nowhere!
The Beast is back. While it may not come as much of a shock, Brock Lesnar is the new No. 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He'll face off against John Cena (unless Seth Rollins successfully cashes in before SummerSlam) at SummerSlam.
His status as No. 1 contender is why he's ranked No. 6 this week, but make no mistake, a lack of appearances between now and SummerSlam will cause him to fall in the rankings.
Lesnar's match with Cena is being billed as the biggest fight of the summer, and whether you like or not, this has "big fight" written all over it. Lesnar's first bout back in WWE last time around was a loss to Cena in an Extreme Rules match, and no doubt he wants revenge for it.
Lesnar is not undefeated in WWE since his return, but he avenged his only other loss, against Triple H at WrestleMania XXIX. The loss to Cena is his only unabated sin. And now that he's defeated the Undertaker at WrestleMania, he might be unstoppable.
No. 5: The Usos
Previous Rank: 5
The Usos had a mixed week. On Main Event, Jey Uso lost to Ryback. Interestingly, Ryback was getting "Feed Me More!" chants, but that's another story.
On SmackDown, The Usos "defeated" RybAxel, even though Jimmy Uso was not actually the legal man when he pinned Curtis Axel.
Telling the Usos apart is not impossible, but it's not easy either. Referees, fans, even the announcers all have a tough time knowing who's who. The Usos complained when it worked against them, but they may have found a way to use it to their advantage.
No. 4: Sheamus
Previous Rank: 4
United States champion Sheamus made zero appearances this week on WWE TV, unless you count the promo for his appearance on Royal Pains, a TV show on the USA network.
After Battleground, it looked like he might make a push to feud with The Miz in an attempt to unify the United States and Intercontinental Championships. But with Miz busy with Ziggler, that might not happen at all now.
A lot can change between now and SummerSlam, though, and who's to say a tournament can't be set up similar to the Undisputed Championship tournament that was held more than a decade ago?
No. 3: Seth Rollins
Previous Rank: 2
Movement: Down 1
Seth Rollins had better pray that Brock Lesnar doesn't defeat John Cena, Lesnar may lose matches on occasion, but usually he has to be beaten to a bloody pulp before his shoulders stay down for the three count.
Rollins has a far better chance of cashing in his Money in the Bank contract against, well, anyone other than Lesnar. Aside from concerns over his future and a little backstage back and forth with Orton, Rollins didn't do much on Raw.
He did pick up a win on Main Event over Fandango and attacked Dean Ambrose on SmackDown, though it wasn't enough to keep Ambrose from winning. He and Cesaro beat down Ambrose afterwards.
If Lesnar The Authority's choice to take the title off Cena, how will Rollins respond? Will he get pushed aside for the Beast Incarnate?
No. 2: Roman Reigns
Previous Rank: 3
Movement: Up 1
Roman Reigns may not have much experience compared to others, but he's picking up wins left, right and center against big-name opponents. This week, he defeated three former world champions.
On Raw, he defeated Kane and Randy Orton in a 2-on-1 Handicap match. Although Orton walked out on Kane, the Big Red Machine alone isn't an easy win, but Reigns still picked up the victory. He also cost Orton a title match, attacking him as Triple H looked poised to declare him as the No. 1 contender.
Reigns then faced and defeated Alberto Del Rio on SmackDown. Not much else to say there. If Reigns keeps racking up wins over quality opponents it will be difficult to keep him away from the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and off the No. 1 spot in these rankings.
No. 1: John Cena
Previous Rank: 1
John Cena holds on to the No. 1 spot this week despite being idle. Another idle week for Cena and a great one from either Reigns or Rollins could bump Cena from the top slot.
But his ranking is probably the least of Cena's concerns; he will face Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam (barring a successful cash in by Rollins before then).
Cena's defeated Lesnar before (Extreme Rules 2012), but it took everything he had and then some to escape that brutal match with a win. And as far as we know, weapons won't be available for Cena as equalizers. Though he could get himself disqualified, that really isn't Cena's style. Knowing Cena, he'd rather go down swinging than take the easy way out.
He's known for "overcoming the odds", but as a 15-time world champion, if he's the underdog it's not by much. He'll need to be at 100 percent to defeat the man who conquered The Undertaker's streak.