WWE Power Rankings for 3/10/2014
We're inching closer and closer to WWE's WrestleMania XXX. As the biggest event in professional wrestling approaches, we're learning more and more about the matches we'll see and the feuds that will come to a head.
There wasn't much change at the top of the rankings this week, but the lower half of the top 10 is in flux. A few surprises this week shook things up, and we're likely to see more surprises as we close in on WrestleMania.
Before we get into the rankings, here's how they work.
Holding a championship, being No. 1 contender or having a Money in the Bank briefcase counts for much of a wrestler's ranking. If a wrestler is tied with another wrestler, any of the listed scenarios will break the tie.
Wins and losses account for much of the week-to-week movement. "Getting the better" of someone—like beating someone down—as well as "getting got" counts as well, though not as much as wins and losses. Being "over" with the fans is considered but not heavily weighted in the ranking decisions.
Only the top 10 wrestlers are ranked, and every other wrestler is unranked. Wrestlers on the "Watch List" were considered for top-10 status but ultimately were nixed. They too 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. No spoilers are included unless WWE acknowledges them.
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 are taken into consideration.
You can check out last week's rankings here.
The Real Americans
It looks like Cesaro and Jack Swagger are going to come to blows one of these weeks. On Raw, they took turns getting each other disqualified in matches against Big E. Zeb Colter has got to get these guys back on the same page. If he can't, The Real Americans may cease to exist.
The Undertaker did not make any sort of appearance on WWE TV this week, and so he stays put on the Watch List. Is he going to make an appearance and send a message to Lesnar?
New Age Outlaws
After losing their WWE Tag Team Championships to The Usos on Raw, they declined to face The Usos on Main Event. They have a rematch for the titles. When will they invoke it?
In his first action since being destroyed by Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble, Big Show teamed with Daniel Bryan in a victory over Batista and Kane on SmackDown, which is a big win for him. Can he ride Daniel Bryan's coattails into the top 10?
10. The Shield
Previous Rank: 9
Movement: Down 1
The Shield is in a bad way, and we may be seeing the beginning of the end. On Raw, Seth Rollins abandoned his teammates in the middle of their rematch with The Wyatts. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns fought on, but The Wyatts were too much for them, with the end result being Bray Wyatt pinning Ambrose in the middle of the ring.
Then on SmackDown, Reigns and Ambrose called out Rollins, who said he was just proving a point. Ambrose wasn't buying it, and they exchanged blows. Eventually, though, Seth Rollins offered his hand to the others, and they accepted. Is The Shield on the same page, or is this a facade?
Previous Rank: 8
Movement: Down 1
Batista, the No. 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, did not have a great week. On Raw, he was battling with Daniel Bryan when Triple H and Kane arrived at ringside, with Randy Orton on commentary. Orton interfered in the match, attacking Daniel Bryan, costing Batista the match.
On SmackDown, Batista then teamed with Kane in a losing effort against Big Show and Daniel Bryan. Batista needs to get on a roll, and fast. He's heading into WrestleMania XXX with no momentum at all.
8. Brock Lesnar
Previous Rank: Watch List
Movement: Into Top 10
Brock Lesnar isn't just going to sit at home and wait for WrestleMania. He showed up on Raw with Paul Heyman, and inexplicably, Mark Henry came out to challenge him. Henry must like pain, because Lesnar destroyed him.
Lesnar made a statement to The Undertaker. Can The Beast deliver the same statement again, or will Undertaker make a statement of his own?
7. The Usos
Previous Rank: Watch List
Movement: Into Top 10
The Usos finally broke through and captured their first WWE Tag Team Championship in defeating The New Age Outlaws on Raw. After coming so close so many times, Jimmy and Jey Uso finally achieved their goal.
On Main Event, they were set to defend their newly won titles in a rematch against The New Age Outlaws. But the Outlaws backed out of the match, and The Usos dispatched Los Matadores instead. Finally, on SmackDown, The Usos defeated RybAxel in short order.
After inaugurating their first title reign, The Usos will likely be the champions going into WrestleMania XXX. Can they retain their titles on the biggest stage in professional wrestling?
6. John Cena
Previous Rank: 6
With John Cena being injured, he was out of action this week on WWE TV. But that didn't stop him from heading to the ring. On Raw, he made it clear that even though he's hurt, he's not afraid of The Wyatts.
Cena again reiterated that any changes in WWE will go through him, all while the crowd chanted "YES!" at the top of its collective lungs. What could that be foreshadowing? Anyways, Cena stays put this week, but if he's idle for much longer, he'll fall a spot or two in the rankings.
5. Big E
Previous Rank: 5
Big E had a pretty good week, at least record-wise. Specifically, a pretty good Raw. He was supposed to face Cesaro, but in the middle of their match, Jack Swagger attacked Big E, giving the reigning Intercontinental Champion a DQ victory.
Later that night, Big E faced Jack Swagger. But during that match, Big E was attacked by Cesaro, giving him yet another DQ win. While the wins may not have been that impressive, they were wins, and they came over two tough competitors. Will Big E keep up his winning ways?
Previous Rank: 4
Sheamus keeps on winning. And this week, he picked up two more wins against two tough opponents. On Raw, he defeated Christian, who is probably his biggest rival right now. He was attacked by Christian backstage after the match.
Then on SmackDown, Sheamus got a measure of revenge by attacking Christian after Christian defeated Dolph Ziggler. And later that night, he defeated Alberto Del Rio in what was a tough match.
Sheamus has done nothing but win since he returned to WWE in January. If he keeps this up, he may be in line for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match in the near future.
3. Randy Orton
Previous Rank: 2
Movement: Down 1
WWE World Heavyweight champion Randy Orton didn't do much of anything this week, which is far too common for WWE's top champion. The only thing of consequence he did was attack Daniel Bryan on Raw as Bryan battled Batista in the main event.
Orton cost Batista the match and then stood by while Triple H and Batista took out their anger on Bryan. Orton is in a strange place, since it seems The Authority is backing Batista more than him. Is a split coming between Triple H and Orton?
2. The Wyatts
Previous Rank: 3
Movement: Up 1
The Wyatts look like they're next to unstoppable these days. On Raw, they defeated The Shield again, though Seth Rollins had walked out on the match when The Wyatts began taking control.
Bray Wyatt again showed why he may be the best talker in WWE right now. He cut two creepy, ominous promos on John Cena, one on Raw and one on SmackDown.
The Wyatts may still need to watch out for The Shield, but after defeating The Hounds of Justice again, they can begin preparing for Bray Wyatt's match with Cena at WrestleMania. The Wyatts need to keep the pressure on Cena if they want a chance at beating him.
1. Daniel Bryan
Previous Rank: 1
Daniel Bryan once again tops the WWE Power Rankings this week after two victories. On Raw, Bryan looked to be closing in on a win over Batista when he was attacked by Randy Orton, Kane and Triple H. The attack gave him the victory over Batista, though he was thoroughly beaten down by the three at the end of the show.
On SmackDown, Bryan got a bit of vengeance. He teamed with Big Show to face Kane and Batista in a tag team match. After an exciting match, Bryan and Big Show got the win after Bryan pinned Kane.
Daniel Bryan is hot right now, and fans across the country are letting the WWE know it. Last week, I proclaimed Bryan to be the new "People's Champion." In city after city, he lives up to that billing. Can he get a match with Triple H at WrestleMania XXX, or will he be left out in the cold by The Authority yet again?