In the aftermath of WWE SummerSlam 2014, the WWE Superstar Power Rankings have seen some big changes. Last week, we saw Brock Lesnar take over the No. 1 spot, which he did not relinquish this week and may not for some time. Nos. 2 and 3 are also unchanged.
However, there was plenty of movement, with some champions rising and others falling. We also know who will be the next to challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Dean Ambrose, according to WWE, is "missing". After the wicked beating he took, we may not see him for a while. As a result, he's been pulled from the rankings. Of course, there is a very good, non-kayfabe reason why he's missing. But that's for another time.
There's plenty more to discuss in the following slides. Before we get into all that, 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.