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WWE Power Rankings for 3/31/2014, Pre-WrestleMania XXX Edition

Alex MussoFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2014

WWE Power Rankings for 3/31/2014, Pre-WrestleMania XXX Edition

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    Credit: Alex Musso

    We've arrived on the doorstep of the biggest event in pro wrestling: WrestleMania XXX.  And outside of a few minor details, we now know what the bulk of the card will look like.  As Sunday approaches, we'll see each WWE Superstar make their final push. Who's going to build momentum heading into WrestleMania?

    We're also about to see whether or not WWE's model for future pay-per-view events will be successful.  After all, this will be the first pay-per-view in WWE history to be broadcast live on the WWE Network.  Will the stream hold up to the demand?

    More on all that and other stories in the following slides.  But before we get into the rankings, here's how they work.

    Holding a championship, being No. 1 contender or holding 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. Pay-per-view performance takes on added importance.

    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 may be taken into consideration.

    And don' forget to check out last week's rankings here.

Watch List

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    Undertaker

    Undertaker shocked Brock Lesnar by mysteriously appearing in a casket that was at one point empty, sending The Beast Incarnate packing.  Undertaker looks to be rounding into form for WrestleMania XXX.  Can he overcome Brock Lesnar and keep the streak alive?

     

    Brock Lesnar

    Lesnar was in the ring with Paul Heyman on Monday when mysterious druids appeared and delivered a casket ringside.  Lesnar opened it, revealing nothing.  It then opened itself, revealing Undertaker.  Lesnar was attacked and driven back.  But come Sunday, Lesnar will get Undertaker in the ring.  Can Lesnar "Eat, Sleep, End the Streak"?  Or will he fall, as all of Undertaker's previous opponents have?

     

    Dolph Ziggler

    Dolph Ziggler had two chances this week to earn an Intercontinental Championship opportunity.  He very nearly won a Fatal 4-Way for that opportunity.  But Christian, who won the match, was later deemed unable to compete due to a concussion.  So, on Main Event, Dolph Ziggler competed in—and won— a Triple Threat match.  He then faced Big E later that evening but was unable to capture the title.  Will Ziggler get another chance, or will Christian get his title match at WrestleMania?  Could we see a Triple Threat?

     

    Batista

    Batista started his week off strong, but in his only match of the week, he lost.  On Raw, he got slapped so hard by Stephanie McMahon that his glasses flew off.  He then put a nasty beating on Randy Orton and held up both title belts. Then on SmackDown, he had a golden opportunity to get a huge win over a quality opponent heading into WrestleMania.  He faced Sheamus but lost after getting himself disqualified.  He did devastate Sheamus with chair shot after chair shot.  But Batista just can't get a win.  Will he be able to become WWE World Heavyweight champion this Sunday?

     

    The Real Americans

    The Real Americans put on a show with The Shield on Raw this past week, facing Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in tag team action.  Ultimately, The Shield emerged victorious, but the battle didn't stop there.  And it wasn't good for The Real Americans.  Cesaro and Jack Swagger were beaten down by the Hounds of Justice, which ended with Cesaro coming up on the receiving end of a triple powerbomb.  Swagger did defeat Jimmy Uso via submission on SmackDown, which ended their week on a positive note.  Can they win the WWE Tag Team Championships this Sunday?

10. Christian

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    Previous Rank: Unranked

    Movement: Outta Nowhere!

    Christian surprised everyone this week, defeating Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus in a Fatal 4-Way match to determine the No. 1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship.  After he earned that opportunity, he was deemed unfit to compete due to a concussion, and his week was cut short.  

    We'll have to wait and see if he still will get the chance to face Big E for the IC title.  Will that match come at WrestleMania XXX?

9. The Usos

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    Previous Rank: 8

    Movement: Down 1

    The Usos did not have a particularly good week.  On Main Event, it was announced they would defend their WWE Tag Team Championships against Los Matadores, The Real Americans and RybAxel in a Fatal 4-Way match at WrestleMania XXX.

    Their chances at retaining their titles are 25 percent, so they have their work cut out for them.  And perhaps that was weighing on Jimmy Uso when he faced Jack Swagger on SmackDown.  He lost via submission after Swagger locked in the Patriot Lock.  The Usos have the chance to make a big impact at WrestleMania.  Will they be able to do it?

8. Big Show

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    Previous Rank: 9

    Movement: Up 1

    On Raw, Big Show picked up yet another win over Titus O'Neal, which is becoming something of a weekly tradition.  Then on SmackDown, Big Show got a shot at Bray Wyatt.

    He couldn't capitalize, though.  Interference from the rest of The Wyatt Family caught up with Show, and he fell victim to Bray Wyatt.  As he heads into WrestleMania XXX, he's the favorite to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.  Can he have a WrestleMania moment?

7. John Cena

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    Previous Rank: 7

    Movement: None

    John Cena made one appearance, facing Luke Harper on Raw.  During the match, as it appeared Cena was closing in on yet another victory over a Wyatt Family member, the lights went out.  

    When they came back on, Cena was tied up in the ropes, wearing the mask Eric Rowan typically wears, with the Wyatts looking excited nearby.  The match apparently ended in a no-contest.  

    Can John Cena avoid a similar fate this Sunday when he takes on Bray Wyatt, who seeks nothing more than the destruction of Cena's legacy?

6. The Shield

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    Previous Rank: 6

    Movement: None

    The Shield is on a roll heading into WrestleMania XXX.  On Raw, the group picked up wins over RybAxel and The Real Americans.  Then on SmackDown, The Shield (Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins) defeated 3MB (Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre).

    Now the Hounds of Justice head into WrestleMania to face Kane and The New Age Outlaws in a six-man tag team match.  Can they keep up their winning ways this week, and will they get a big win at WrestleMania XXX?

5. Randy Orton

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    Previous Rank: 5

    Movement: None

    WWE World Heavyweight champion Randy Orton did not do much at all this week.  In fact, the only thing he did was argue with Batista and Stephanie McMahon on Raw.

    He's managed to keep his title for months, and time may be about to run out on his reign.  He will face Batista and either Triple H or Daniel Bryan in a Triple Threat match at WrestleMania XXX.  Will he be able to hold on to his title come Sunday?

4. Big E

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    Previous Rank: 4

    Movement: None

    Big E had one match this week, and it wasn't the one he thought he'd be having after Raw.  He was originally expecting to face Christian on Main Event in an Intercontinental Championship defense, but after Christian was ruled out, he faced his former mentor Dolph Ziggler.  

    Big E won.  He may not have much finesse in his style, but he overpowers opponents and gets the job done.  Now he heads into WrestleMania XXX to compete in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.  Will he also defend his title?

3. Sheamus

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    Previous Rank: 2

    Movement: Down 1

    Sheamus had a busy week, and while he looked good at times, he picked a bad time to have perhaps his worst week in a while.  On Raw, he lost in a Fatal 4-Way to determine the No. 1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship.  After Christian was ruled out, he got another shot at the title in a Triple Threat match on Main Event but again came up short.

    On SmackDown, he technically got a victory over Batista, but it came at a heavy price.  He won via DQ after Batista ruthlessly beat him down with steel chair shots.  In a strange way, that win was his only bright spot.  Can Sheamus heal in time to compete in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal on Sunday?

2. The Wyatts

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    Previous Rank: 3

    Movement: Up 1

    The Wyatts are rounding into form and preparing for WrestleMania.  On Raw, Luke Harper took on John Cena, and the match ended in a no-contest after Cena was tied up in the ropes wearing Eric Rowan's mask.  

    Then on SmackDown, Bray Wyatt defeated Big Show, who has been on a roll lately.  It was a big win heading into the biggest event yet for The Wyatts.  Can Bray Wyatt destroy Cena's legacy and defeat the 14-time champion?  Or will Cena withstand the family's onslaught?

1. Daniel Bryan

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    Previous Rank: 1

    Movement: None

    Daniel Bryan was ruled out of action this week and made no appearances.  However, Triple H had plenty to say about Bryan and the Yes Movement.  

    Without repeating everything in the video above, Triple H vowed to end the Yes Movement and promised to defeat Bryan at WrestleMania XXX.  Will Bryan appear this week on WWE TV?  And more importantly, can he defeat Triple H to earn a spot in the main event of WrestleMania XXX?

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