WWE Superstar Power Rankings for 8/18/2014: Post-WWE SummerSlam 2014 Edition

Alex Musso@amusso18Featured ColumnistAugust 18, 2014

WWE Superstar Power Rankings for 8/18/2014: Post-WWE SummerSlam 2014 Edition

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    In the aftermath of WWE SummerSlam 2014, there are some major changes to the WWE Superstar Power Rankings.  

    There were three title changes at SummerSlam, but none more impressive than Brock Lesnar's performance.  We also saw Brie Bella lose to Stephanie McMahon after Nikki turned on her and attacked her. 

    In all, SummerSlam had some great matches and a few surprises.  It was an entertaining pay-per-view, especially if you're not a John Cena fan.

    We'll get into all that and then some 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 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.

Watch List

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    Randy Orton

    After picking up a win over United States Champion Sheamus on Raw, Orton looked poised to take out Roman Reigns at SummerSlam.  Orton dominated much of the match, but Reigns was too tough an opponent.  He lost and thus falls out of the top 10 this week.  And what does this mean for his potential one-on-one rematch for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship?


    Dean Ambrose

    Dean Ambrose had everything he wanted this week.  He attacked Seth Rollins on Raw after emerging from a present, then defeated Cesaro on SmackDown.  He even had the stipulation he wanted: a Lumberjack Match.  In the end, though, the stipulation backfired as the Lumberjacks caused chaos after Kane interfered in his match with Rollins.  Rollins caught him with the Money in the Bank briefcase and that was it.  Ambrose lost.  Now where does he go?


    Heath Slater

    Heath Slater is building am impressive resume lately.  This past Monday, he defeated then-No. 1 contender Dolph Ziggler, who is now the intercontinental champion after SummerSlam.  If he keeps beating upper-tier competition, he could find himself with gold sooner than later.  But will that come in singles or tag team competition?

10. Bray Wyatt

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    Previous Rank: Unranked

    Movement: Into Top 10

    Bray Wyatt could not afford to lose his match with Chris Jericho at SummerSlam.  Jericho seemed to have the advantage with Erick Rowan and Luke Harper barred from ringside.  But Bray Wyatt got the job done when all the chips were down.

    He took Jericho's best shots and still controlled much of the contest.  He was brutal and even proclaimed that he could not be killed because he is already dead.  He defeated Jericho.  Now, can he turn this win into the momentum he needs to get back to the level he was at before he lost to John Cena in the Last Man Standing match?

9. Rusev

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    Previous Rank: Watch List

    Movement: Into Top 10

    Rusev had one match this week: the Flag Match at SummerSlam against Jack Swagger.  Before the match, he was attacked by Swagger, and his ankle was badly injured—so much so that he was trying to convince the referee to call the match off before it began.

    The ref was having none of it, though, and the match went ahead.  It was a hard-hitting match with plenty of power maneuvers.  Rusev had the upper hand at times but was unable to lock in The Accolade submission hold due to his ankle.  

    But the final time he locked it in, he fought through the pain and torqued Swagger so hard that Swagger passed out, giving Rusev the win since Swagger was unable to compete any longer.  

    It was an impressive showing; perhaps his best yet.  And while most would consider his attack on Zeb Colter after the match classless, Rusev doesn't care.  He's in WWE to dominate.  So who will step up to Rusev next?  Can anyone stop him?

8. Paige

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    Previous Rank: Unranked

    Movement: Into Top 10

    Paige twice cost AJ Lee matches against Eva Marie this past week, and then at SummerSlam defeated her "frenemy" to win her second WWE Divas Championship.  There's been a lot of talk about AJ and Paige having a once-in-a-decade feud in the Divas division, and if their performance at SummerSlam is any indication, we could see some great Divas matches going forward.

    Her feud with AJ could continue, but this was essentially the rubber match between them, so AJ may have to go to the back of the line.  If that's the case, who will challenge Paige?  


7. Sheamus

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    Previous Rank: 4

    Movement: Down 3

    Sheamus hasn't appeared much lately, but until this week, he had mostly won his matches.  But on Raw, he faced Randy Orton and lost.  Then on Main Event, he teamed with Rob Van Dam and lost in a WWE Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Match against The Usos and RybAxel.  

    Sheamus had remained as highly ranked as he was because he won.  But with two high-profile losses this week and the lack of appearances lately, he falls to No. 7 this week.  Can he rebound?

6. Dolph Ziggler

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    Previous Rank: Watch List

    Movement: Into Top 10

    Dolph Ziggler has been hanging around the Watch List recently and even made the top 10 a few weeks back.  Now, though, he firmly entrenches himself in the top 10 after defeating The Miz at SummerSlam to win his second Intercontinental Championship.

    He did lose to Heath Slater on Raw after distractions by The Miz cost him the match.  And had he not redeemed himself Sunday, there might be questions as to where he might be headed.  But as they say, winning cures all illsand Ziggler once again has gold around his waist.

5. John Cena

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    Previous Rank: 1

    Movement: Down 4

    John Cena didn't just lose to Brock Lesnar.  He got annihilated.  Aside from a few flurries of offense, Brock Lesnar manhandled him.  He was like a ragdoll in the face of the Beast Incarnate.  It was perhaps the worst beating Cena has ever taken in WWE.  By WWE's counting, Lesnar hit him with an astounding 16 German Suplexes (or is it Suplices?).  The match was not even close.  

    Perhaps Lesnar is just that dominant.  Perhaps the wear-and-tear, coupled with Cena's age, is starting to catch up with him.  Barring unforeseen events, we know there will be a rematch.  But how hurt is Cena?  Will he have to take time off to recover from this monster beating, or will he be ready to go in time for the next pay-per-view?

4. The Usos

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    Previous Rank: 5

    Movement: Up 1

    The Usos didn't defend their WWE Tag Team Championships at SummerSlam, but they did defend them this past week on Main Event.  They faced not one but two teams: RybAxel and an odd-couple team of Sheamus and Rob Van Dam.  

    They won and looked good doing so.  In the tag team division, there's The Usos and, as of now, everyone else.  No one team has really stepped up to give The Usos a run for their money.  Who will that next team be?

3. Seth Rollins

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    Previous Rank: 3

    Movement: None

    Seth Rollins had a great week, with the sole exception being the attack on him by Dean Ambrose from within a present.  But immediately prior to that, he had defeated Rob Van Dam.  And the next night on Main Event, he defeated Kofi Kingston.

    He then had to contend with Ambrose at SummerSlam, where the odds seemed to be stacked against him.  But Kane gave him an assist, and then all hell broke loose.  In the chaos, Rollins nailed Ambrose with his Money in the Bank briefcase and picked up the win.

    Rollins now has the dubious honor of having a contract for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match against Brock Lesnar, and it's doubtful he'll be attempting a cash-in anytime soon.  So where does that leave him, especially now that he's defeated Dean Ambrose?  Will they continue feuding?  

2. Roman Reigns

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    Previous Rank: 2

    Movement: None

    Roman Reigns just might have cemented himself as a main event Superstar with an impressive week.  On Raw, he faced and defeated RybAxel in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match and then destroyed them after the match.  Then on SmackDown, he knocked out The Miz on MizTV and later defeated him (with the aid of a Dolph Ziggler distraction).

    At SummerSlam, though, he made his mark.  He faced Randy Orton, a 12-time world champion and (barring unforeseen events) a probable first-ballot Hall of Famer.  Reigns took a ton of punishment from Orton, but in the end he used pure power to take him down and get the win.  

    Reigns has a scary combination of strength and agility.  He might be ready to take that next step up, but with Lesnar as world heavyweight champion, is Reigns eager to walk into that buzz saw?

1. Brock Lesnar

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    Previous Rank: 10

    Movement: Up 9

    Brock Lesnar is without a doubt the most dominant WWE Superstar today.  He was most definitely undervalued in these rankings (since they're heavily based on in-ring performances) due to his lack of matches.  But after seeing him at SummerSlam, perhaps the WWE roster should be grateful he only wrestles occasionally.

    Brock Lesnar did not just beat John Cena—it was a mauling.  It was a super-predator feasting on a lesser animal.  The match was never really close.  And even when Cena mounted offense, Lesnar quite literally just laughed it off.  

    Now the question arises: Who can possibly beat Brock Lesnar?  He's bigger than most, stronger than everyone and has the viciousness and remorselessness to completely destroy any competition.  And so perhaps the answer to the question posed before is "no one."  Perhaps no one can defeat him.  

    At SummerSlam, Lesnar won his fourth World Championship in WWE in convincing fashion.  There may not have been any blood, urine or vomit on the mat, but there was absolutely no doubt whatsoever who the better man was at SummerSlam.