WWE Superstar Power Rankings for 6/23/2014: Pre-Money in the Bank Edition
With just under a week until WWE Money in the Bank 2014 we know a bit about what we'll see, but there's still a lot we don't know, too, such as who else will be in the Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match with Seth Rollins? Will other titles, like the Intercontinental Championship and the Tag Team Championships be defended?
This coming week will surely be filled with qualifier matches and big announcements that will culminate in one of the most important pay-per-views in pro wrestling.
Another major development this week is the separation of Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Randy Orton from their respective factions in these rankings. While Orton and Rollins appear to be working together, it does not appear to be under the banner of Evolution. And even if it is, they are clearly moving apart, so if Evolution still Exists, it looks to be a loose alliance more than close-knit faction.
The same goes for The Shield. While the faction itself may still exist in name, it appears that Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose are going their separate ways amicably, though, like Evolution, they may still be loosely affiliated.
Because these wrestlers are coming out of factions, it was a bit more difficult to determine their rankings this week. Expect the four of them to move around a bit for the next week or two before they truly settle in.
We'll get into everything discussed above and more in the following slides. Before we do, 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 break a tie.
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 or not 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.
Rusev drops out of the Top 10 this week, but not for anything he did. It had more to do with two rankings (The Shield and Evolution) breaking apart to become four (well, three, since Orton is also on the Watch List). Rusev continued running roughshod over the roster, getting wins over Heath Slater on Raw and Santino Marella on Main Event. If he keeps winning, he'll find his way back into the Top 10 soon.
Ziggler has been out of the loop for about a year, after never regaining his prominence since dropping the World Heavyweight Championship. Now, after defeating Bad News Barrett on SmackDown, he could be in line for an Intercontinental Championship opportunity this Sunday at Money in the Bank. If he gets it, will he make the most of it?
Bo Dallas keeps on winning, and is now "8-Bo" (8-0) in singles matches in WWE. He did get eliminated in the Battle Royal on Raw, but he was the penultimate elimination, being outlasted only by Rusev and Roman Reigns. Can he keep inspiring the WWE Universe with his wins?
Like Bo Dallas, Adam Rose has not yet lost. He's 9-0 in WWE now after defeating Titus O'Neil for the second SmackDown in a row, and he could be pushing for a spot in the Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match. Rose and his Exotic Express would be thrilled to have the Money in the Bank briefcase. Will he be in the match?
After coming out of Evolution, Orton drops out of the Top 10. He's done nothing but lose, but he's still perhaps one of the most dangerous men in the Money in the Bank WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match this Sunday. While much of the attention is on John Cena and Roman Reigns, Orton could be a dark horse in the match.
No. 10: Paige
Previous Rank: 7
Movement: Down 3
With talent thin in the Divas Division at the moment, Paige can't afford to lose. And things started off well this past week when she defeated Cameron on Raw.
But then came Main Event, where she lost cleanly to Naomi, who is no slouch in the ring herself. Paige has beaten everyone in her path, save the single loss to Alicia Fox. She had never faced Naomi until Main Event, though, and perhaps Naomi simply has Paige's number.
The loss is likely to set up a title match between Paige and Naomi this Sunday, but as of this writing, nothing has been announced. Paige had better step up or she risks dropping out of the Top 10 and losing her title.
No. 9: The Usos
Previous Rank: 8
Movement: Down 1
The Usos have a big test coming this Sunday when they face Eric Rowan and Luke Harper in a Tag Team title match. If this past week was any indication, they might have a tough time.
Raw saw them intervene on behalf of Sheamus as he was taking a beating at the hands of The Wyatt Family, leading them, along with Sheamus, to drive the Wyatts back. However, they teamed with Sheamus against the Wyatts on Main Event and lost, with Jimmy Uso taking the pin from Bray Wyatt.
The Usos, if they hope to keep their titles, will need to pull out all the stops. Even then, it might not be enough against the hulking Rowan and Harper.
No. 8: Dean Ambrose
Previous Rank: N/A (No. 2 as part of The Shield)
Dean Ambrose, in his first individual ranking, comes in an No. 8 after a tough week. On Raw, he called out Seth Rollins, but was given Bad News Barrett instead—losing via count out as he brawled with Rollins outside the ring. He did put a beating on Barrett after the match, but he still took the loss.
Then, on Main Event, he interrupted Seth Rollins, leading to Kane coming out, but Ambrose slipped away. That, however, set up his match with Kane on SmackDown, which he lost thanks to a distraction from Seth Rollins.
Ambrose could very well end up in the Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match this Sunday. If he does, Seth Rollins will certainly be his prime target, but will that cost him a chance at the contract?
No. 7: Bad News Barrett
Previous Rank: 6
Movement: Down 1
Bad News Barrett had a mixed week, getting a count-out win over Dean Ambrose this week (with an assist from Seth Rollins) on Raw. He was also in the Battle Royal to determine the final participant in the Money in the Bank WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match, but he was eliminated.
Though disappointed, the Intercontinental Champion was riding high. But then came SmackDown. Barrett faced off against Dolph Ziggler, who picked up a shocking win. Barrett may now have to face Ziggler at Money in the Bank in a title defense. If so, he'll have to be on his A game, as Ziggler is a former world champion.
No. 6: Cesaro
Previous Rank: 5
Movement: Down 1
Cesaro's only televised match of the week was on SmackDown, when he teamed with Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, and Bray Wyatt against Sheamus, Roman Reigns, and John Cena. With that kind of talent assembled, plus the numbers advantage, you'd have to think that the team would be nearly unbeatable.
But beaten they were; his team lost as Reigns pinned Del Rio. He's still got a puncher's chance this Sunday to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. With all eyes on Cena, Wyatt and Reigns, can Cesaro shock the world and win his first world title in WWE?
No. 5: Seth Rollins
Previous Rank: N/A (No. 9 as part of Evolution)
Seth Rollins started his week in mixed fashion but finished strong. On Raw, he faced Dolph Ziggler, but the match was called off after Dean Ambrose attacked him. He escaped, and attacked Ambrose during his former teammates match with Bad News Barrett, before later attacking John Cena during his match with Kane.
On Main Event, he was attacked by Dean Ambrose, and Ambrose escaped as Rollins began to get the upper hand as Kane appeared.
He defeated Kofi Kingston on SmackDown and interfered in the Ambrose vs. Kane match, costing Ambrose the win. He then put a beating on Ambrose after the match.
Rollins, thus far, is still the only announced member of the Money in the Bank Contract Match this coming Sunday, and he could well be the favorite.
No. 4: The Wyatt Family
Previous Rank: 4
The Wyatts, after a rocky week, are fortunate to have held on to their spot this week. On Raw, Bray Wyatt faced off against Sheamus, though the match broke down and was called off. They were eventually driven off by Sheamus and The Usos, who helped Sheamus as The Wyatts were beating him down.
On Main Event, they faced off against Sheamus and The Usos, and defeated them in what was their best performance of the week. On SmackDown, Bray Wyatt teamed with Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, and Cesaro in a losing effort against John Cena, Sheamus, and Roman Reigns.
As all three members of The Wyatt Family get title shots this weekend, can they take advantage?
No. 3: Roman Reigns
Previous Rank: N/A (No. 2 as part of The Shield)
Roman Reigns is perhaps the most prominent member of The Shield to emerge from the faction. He's teaming with former champions and appears to be destined for big things.
On Raw, he won the Battle Royal (after getting into it in a creative way) and earned a spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match. On SmackDown, he got the winning pin on Alberto Del Rio in the Handicap tag match.
Reigns is perhaps one of the favorites to win the title WWE World Heavyweight Championship this Sunday. Can he take home the gold?
No. 2: Sheamus
Previous Rank: 3
Movement: Up 1
Sheamus' week got off to a bad start, but it finished on a strong note. His match with Bray Wyatt on Raw was called off, but he and The Usos stood tall following its conclusion. He then teamed with The Usos to face the Wyatt Family on Main Event, taking a loss in the match, though he didn't take the pin.
On SmackDown, his team picked up the win, and he now heads into Money in the Bank as the United States Champion with a chance to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Sheamus, for at least one more week, is the most prominent champion in WWE. Can he keep that going with a huge win this Sunday?
No. 1: John Cena
Previous Rank: 1
John Cena strengthens his hold on the No. 1 sport this week with two big wins.He defeated Kane in a grueling Stretcher Match on Raw, despite interference on Kane's behalf from Seth Rollins and Randy Orton.
Then on SmackDown, his team—Sheamus and Roman Reigns—defeated Bray Wyatt, Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, and Cesaro got the win in a four-on-three Handicap match that ended when Reigns pinned Del Rio.
Cena heads into Money in the Bank as, in some people's eyes, the odds-on favorite to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Will he win his 15th world title in WWE this Sunday?