WWE Superstar Power Rankings for 9/1/2014

Alex Musso@amusso18Featured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2014

WWE Superstar Power Rankings for 9/1/2014

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    Credit: WWE.com

    As summer comes to a close with the passing of Labor Day, WWE Night of Champions approaches, and the WWE Superstar Power Rankings are beginning to reflect the likely matches we'll see at the next pay-per-view.  WWE Superstars like Roman Reigns and John Cena began building big momentum, while others are leaving the spotlight.

    Brie and Nikki Bella didn't make this list, but they deserve a shoutout for their budding feud.  Despite not having a strong wrestling background, they have managed to become one of the most enthralling rivalries on WWE TV right now.  And Nikki telling Brie that she wished Brie had died in the womb is a line that many fans won't soon forget.

    We also saw a panel of Hall of Fame wrestlers this week on Raw discuss the massive beating John Cena took at SummerSlam, but there will be more on that in a later slide.  Finally, WWE celebrated a milestone this week with Main Event airing it's 100th episode.  There's plenty more to discuss in the following slides, too.  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.  This includes but is not limited to WWE Raw, WWE SmackDown, WWE Main Event, WWE Superstars, NXT and any WWE pay-per-view.

Watch List

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    Stardust and Goldust

    Stardust and Goldust defeated The Usos in a WWE Tag Team Championship match on Raw, though it was by count-out.  They were so frustrated with the outcome that they attacked The Usos.  They then defeated Los Matadores on Main Event, and then Stardust lost quickly on SmackDown to Jimmy Uso.  They attacked The Usos again.  They're likely the No. 1 contenders for the tag titles.  Can they make it official?

     

    Cesaro

    Cesaro defeated Rob Van Dam on Raw to earn a United States Championship match.  Now he'll have to go against Sheamus for the title at Night of Champions.  Cesaro could benefit greatly and jump-start his career again.  But he'll have to face one of WWE's premier brawlers to do it.

     

    Adam Rose

    Adam Rose again cracks the Watch List after picking up two more wins this past week.  He remains undefeated in WWE.  On Main Event, he defeated Curtis Axel and again defeated him on Superstars.  Axel is a former Intercontinental champion and represents a step up in competition for Rose.  If Rose can keep on winning, will he get a title opportunity?

10. Paige

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    Previous Rank: 10

    Movement: None

    Paige may have had a strange week when it comes to her interactions with AJ Lee, but she also picked up two much-needed wins as well.  On Raw, she defeated Natalya via submission, and then AJ Lee appeared and kissed her hand.

    Then on SmackDown, she defeated Emma via pin.  Then AJ appeared again, giving her chocolates.  But when Paige took one, she spit it back out at AJ and skipped away.  

    This feud between AJ and Paige is getting strange, but it sure is compelling.  It's probably safe to assume we'll see another title match between them at Night of Champions.  Can Paige beat AJ at the mind games in the meantime?

9. Rusev

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    Previous Rank: 9

    Movement: None

    Rusev is making Jack Swagger his whipping boy.  He picked up two more wins this past week over Swagger, the first coming on Raw.  He beat down Swagger so badly the referee called off the match and gave Rusev the win.

    On SmackDown, he forced Swagger to submit, though he got an assist from Bo Dallas in the process.  Now that it appears he's going to move on from Swagger, will he feud with Mark Henry, who has confronted him lately?  Or will someone else step up to challenge Rusev?

8. The Usos

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    Previous Rank: 7

    Movement: Down 1

    The Usos salvaged their week after it started off with them losing a title match.  On Raw, they faced Stardust and Goldust, defending their WWE Tag Team Championships.  They lost the match via count-out but kept their titles.  They were savagely beaten by Stardust and Goldust afterwards.

    On SmackDown, Goldust apologized for their actions, but when Jimmy Uso rolled up Stardust early in a singles match and got the win.  The Usos were again attacked.  While nothing is official as of this writing, it's likely The Usos will see Stardust and Goldust at Night of Champions.  

7. Mark Henry and Big Show

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    Previous Rank: 8

    Movement: Up 1

    Mark Henry and Big Show are one of the largest teams in WWE history.  Their billed weights combined are over 820 pounds, with each tipping the scales at over 400 pounds each.  And lately, they've been throwing that weight around by involving themselves in some of the bigger matches on TV.

    On Raw, they came to the aide of John Cena when The Wyatt Family was attacking him, and the match became a six-man tag match.  That took care of business, freeing up John Cena to destroy the Wyatts after picking up the team win.

    Then on SmackDown, they involved themselves in Roman Reigns' match with Bray Wyatt after Reigns got a win via disqualification.  Another six-man tag was made, and much like Raw, they cleaned house and allowed Reigns to pick up the team win by pinning Eric Rowan.

    These two, if they decide to, could be the most dominant tag team in WWE.  Winning the titles should be within their grasp.  But are they interested in gold?

6. Sheamus

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    Previous Rank: 5

    Movement: Down 1

    Sheamus drops a spot this week but only because he got passed up by someone else.  Otherwise, his week was successful.  On Raw, he watched as Cesaro defeated Rob Van Dam.  Now he'll face the Swiss Superman at Night of Champions for the United States Championship.  

    On SmackDown, he was set to face The Miz, but Miz used a "stunt double" by the name of Damien Mizdow (Sandow, duh).  Sheamus made quick work of him, picking up the win.  Can Sheamus build momentum against tougher opponents in preparation for Cesaro?

5. Dolph Ziggler

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    Previous Rank: 4

    Movement: Down 1

    Like Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler drops a spot only because he was leapfrogged by another Superstar.  And also, like Sheamus, his only match of the week was supposed to be against The Miz.  Instead, he too got Damien Mizdow.  He defeated him.

    It's likely that The Miz will be his opponent at Night of Champions, but as of now, he has no official opponent announced.  If it is Miz, can he get some shots in on "The Moneymaker" before the pay-per-view?

4. Seth Rollins

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    Previous Rank: 3

    Movement: Down 1

    Seth Rollins had a mixed week, dropping a spot in the process.  On Raw, he and Kane faced Roman Reigns in a Handicap match.  The match didn't last long, as Kane and Rollins got themselves disqualified fairly quickly.  Rollins tried to Curb Stomp Reigns through cinder blocks, but Reigns fought it off and drove them away.

    Then he lost via count-out to Rob Van Dam on Main Event and was not happy about it.  He tried to attack RVD, but he was again scared off.  He got a measure of revenge on SmackDown, though, and spared himself a further drop in the rankings when he defeated RVD.

    With Dean Ambrose missing, it looks like Rollins might face off with Roman Reigns, who is red hot right now.  Is Rollins making too many enemies?  

3. John Cena

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    Previous Rank: 6

    Movement: Up 3

    John Cena came back with a vengeance this past week.  After a panel consisting of Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan debated whether he had any chance to beat Brock Lesnar at Night of Champions, he came out and addressed the speculation.  He vowed to not only beat Lesnar but "beat Brock Lesnar's ass."  And while that may or may not happen, he did beat the asses of The Wyatt Family.

    He was set to face Bray Wyatt, but, as usual, Rowan and Harper interfered.  Big Show and Mark Henry gave him the assist, and the match was restarted as a six-man tag match.  His team won, and then Cena proceeded to destroy The Wyatts after the match.  

    He's clearly looking to go into Night of Champions on as big a roll as possible, and whooping up on The Wyatts is a good start.  But even if he can beat anyone and everyone put in front of him between now and Night of Champions, will that be enough to prepare him for Lesnar?

2. Roman Reigns

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    Previous Rank: 2

    Movement: None

    Roman Reigns is quickly becoming one of the top Superstars on the WWE roster.  He's picking up wins over top-tier opponents has even beaten multiple wrestlers at the same time.  As mentioned before, he defeated both Kane and Seth Rollins on Raw in a Handicap match and then fought off a brutal assault and stood tall after driving the two of them away.

    On SmackDown, he faced Bray Wyatt and won via DQ when Rowan and Harper attacked him.  Mark Henry and Big Show helped him out, and the three of them teamed up against The Wyatts later in a six-man tag match.  Reigns scored the pinfall for his team after hitting a spear out of nowhere.  

    Reigns is building himself up as a real threat to other top talent.  And while it may be some time before he gets a WWE World Heavyweight Championship opportunity, at this rate it's only a matter of time.

1. Brock Lesnar

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    Previous Rank: 1

    Movement: None

    Brock Lesnar probably isn't going to be a regular on WWE TV, at least in terms of being there live.  But that doesn't mean he'll be invisible.  He's got plenty to say about John Cena and their looming rematch for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.  

    After Cena declared he wanted his rematch at Night of Champions, Lesnar (and Paul Heyman) responded by saying it was offensive for Cena to have requested the rematch.  And they had plenty more to say.  But why explain it when the video above says it all?