WWE Universe, we once again find ourselves on a Friday evening, Smackdown having just finished (and wasn't tonight's great?) and with a new P25 posted. Tonight's Power 25 is especially important as we prepare ourselves for Hell In A Cell this Sunday, the fourth.
Hell In A Cell matches are known for ending feuds. Will that happen this Sunday, on three separate occasions? It is likely, but we cannot be sure just yet.
Let's take a look at some key points of the P25 tonight. Of course, I will be adding my own little commentary to the situation, including some of my own predictions and thoughts, and how I think the P25 could be different a week from now.
Sitting pretty in the No. 1 spot, of course, is John "Super" Cena. His description reads:
"Six days before defending his title at Hell in a Cell, Cena fought a hard Gauntlet Match and sent a clear message to Randy Orton by giving him an Attitude Adjustment atop Satan's Structure."
Cena received all 19 of the Academy's votes, and all 19 were well deserved. Cena fought his way through six, count them, six opponents this week. (Big Show, Y2J, Orton, Rhodes, DiBiase, and Punk.) If anyone deserves to stand at the top this week, it is Cena (and believe me, it takes a lot for me to say that about Super Cena.)
The question is, will John Cena find himself in the same spot this Sunday? I think not. This is not to say that I believe Cena will find himself without a title a week from now, but I do believe that there will be one other individual who wants to see John's No. 1 position Rest In Peace.
Finding himself in the second position, with no No. 1 votes from the Academy this week is none other than the Straightedge Superstar, CM Punk. The Academy writes:
"With his team losing to Undertaker's team on SmackDown, the World Heavyweight Champion lost the top spot this week. We think he has much more to worry about with The Deadman coming for his gold."
Again, I find myself agreeing with the Academy. Since there isn't much of anything to say about Punk this week, I move on to asking myself about where he may be next week.
My answer: Lower on the list. I think CM Punk will find himself without a hunk of gold and leather in a couple of days, and subsequently, a few notches lower on the P25.
At No. 3 this week is a personal favorite of mine, Kofi Kingston. The Academy gives their reasons why:
"After having to deal with weeks of shenanigans by both The Miz and Jack Swagger, the U.S. Champion now has his gold back heading into one of the biggest title defenses of his young career."
First of all, I love the word "shenanigans" so I have to praise this write-up. Otherwise, I once again agree with the Acedemy as they stress how difficult of a situation Kingston is in on Sunday. As much as it pains me to say this as a fan of Kofi, I do not believe he will hold onto the US title this Sunday.
I think the odds are stacked against him, and the question is not "Will Kingston keep his title?" The question is "Who of his opponents will actually earn the right to leave with it for once?"
Obviously, this would mean quite the drop for Kofi on the P25, and, let me just say, that makes me sad...
I'll skip No. 4 this week (Christian) as he will not be in competition this Sunday (as far as we know,) and will most likely hold his position just as easily as he holds onto the ECW title.
At No. 5, we find ourselves staring back at the face of John Morrison. The Academy says:
"The Guru of Greatness' week ended on a sour note with a tag team loss to The Miz & Dolph Ziggler on Friday. Hopefully next week holds better things for The Shaman of Sexy, or he might not be golden anymore."
Personally, I feel that John Morrison has nothing to worry about this Sunday. I believe he will keep the IC title, and rise on the P25 thanks to that.
So, thats our top 5 for the week. Naturally, there are other positions worth noting on this week's P25, and they are the following superstars:
- DX (6)- As part of a massive victory on Smackdown this week, HHH & HBK has the momentum going into their HIAC match against Legacy. I believe they will emerge victorious, but remain at about the same P25 rank.
- Randy Orton (7)- On the other side of the fence from John Cena, The Viper lost both his gauntlet match and his 8-man tag team match this week. I don't believe Sunday will be too much better for Orton as he takes his record to 0-3 against Cena. Expect a drop in the P25 from the leader of Legacy.
- Jeri-Show (10)- The Academy states that this team had an "up and down week". However, I see them ending on a high note this Sunday against Batista and Mysterio. I expect their rank to stay generally the same.
- Jack Swagger (11)- I expect to see quite the upset from Swagger. He has my vote to take the US title this Sunday, and rise quite a bit in the P25. Perhaps Mr. Swagger will rise into the top 5? We will see.
- Undertaker (12)- As I hinted earlier, I expect to see Undertaker standing gloriously in the No. 1 spot a week from now. My reasons should be obvious: I expect a win from him this Sunday against Punk.
Those I haven't listed, I generally expect to maintain their position in the P25 from this week to next. Obviously left out were Dolph Ziggler and Legacy (Nos. 8 and 9, respectively). I explained already that I expect losses from them both, but I don't see much of a drop, if any, in the P25 because of it.
As always, I welcome your feedback, whether it be in agreement or not. I always appreciate what everyone has to say. Please also leave feedback about whether or not you would be interested to see a P25 analysis every week. I hope you enjoyed reading!
All quotes from the WWE Power 25: http://www.wwe.com/inside/power25/