WWE Superstar Power Rankings for 6/30/2014: Post-Money in the Bank Edition
With WWE Money in the Bank 2014 in the books, we have a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion and a new Mr. Money in the Bank. We also saw two championships retained at the event.
The clock is now ticking for Seth Rollins, who has 365 days to cash in his Money in the Bank contract. John Cena, your new WWE World Heavyweight champion, had better watch out, because Rollins is as tough a competitor as anyone who as ever held the briefcase.
We'll get into all the action from Money in the Bank 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 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 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.
With another big win, Rusev continues to show why he's one of the most dangerous men on the WWE roster. He continues to run through opponents, and he might have gotten his biggest win yet at Money in the Bank, defeating Big E in a tough match. In the end, though, he forced Big E to submit. What's next for Rusev?
Stardust and Goldust
It's not clear what the name of this new team is yet, but they've made waves in recent weeks. And yesterday at Money in the Bank, they got their biggest win together in a while, defeating RybAxel. Can they channel this success towards a tag team title opportunity?
10 and BO! Bo Dallas keeps on winning and continues to inspire the WWE Universe. He picked up wins over Titus O'Neil and Fandango this week, but Daniel Bryan was less than impressed when Bo Dallas tried to inspire him at Money in the Bank.
Adam Rose and the Exotic Express keep on rolling. After two more wins this week, including a win over "Paul Revere" (Damien Sandow) at Money in the Bank, he took his WWE record to 11-0. Can he keep on winning? And will JBL and Zeb Colter ever discover the true identity of the Bunny?
No. 10: Cesaro
Previous Rank: 6
Movement: Down 4
Cesaro drops four spots this week, but that has more to do with other people doing well than it does with him having a horrible week. However, that isn't to say that Cesaro had a good week.
On Raw, he was in a Handicap match, teaming with Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt against John Cena, Roman Reigns and Sheamus. His team lost the match and he took the pin from Sheamus. On SmackDown, he teamed with Alberto Del Rio against Rob Van Dam and Dolph Ziggler, and his team won when Del Rio made RVD tap.
At Money in the Bank, he had some great moments in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder match, but they weren't enough to win the gold. He had his hands on the belts, but he just could not get the time he needed to take them down and win his first world title.
There's no doubt he'll get more opportunities at the WWE's top prize in the future, but when will those opportunities come? And how much longer will Heyman stick with him when he can't capitalize on his opportunities?
No. 9: Paige
Previous Rank: 10
Movement: Up 1
Paige continues to knock down every Diva that stands in her way. And with two wins this week, she moves up a spot.
She defeated Cameron on SmackDown, which led to a stare down with Naomi, her opponent at Money in the Bank. At Money in the Bank, she took Naomi's best shots and still emerged victorious. Is there a Diva on the roster that can unseat her?
No. 8: The Wyatts
Previous Rank: 4
Movement: Down 4
The Wyatts had a rough week all around, and they suffered for it in the rankings. Outside Luke Harper defeating Jimmy Uso, it was all bad news.
After Harper won his match, Erick Rowan lost to Jey Uso. On SmackDown, Bray Wyatt faced off against Sheamus in a match that broke down and was called off. The Wyatts were even driven off by Sheamus and The Usos.
But Money in the Bank was perhaps the most disappointing event for The Wyatts this week. They had the chance to walk out with both the Tag Team and the WWE World Heavyweight Championships. However, Rowan and Harper lost to The Usos and Bray Wyatt could not claim the gold at the top of the ladder.
Can the Wyatts recover from this setback? What does Bray Wyatt have planned, if anything, for John Cena?
No. 7: Bad News Barrett
Previous Rank: 7
Bad News Barrett was slated to be in the Money in the Bank Contract Ladder match, but an injury at the SmackDown taping this past week sidelined him for an as yet unknown amount of time.
In spite of that, he managed to have a decent week, winning two matches and losing one. On Raw, he successfully defended his Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler. Then, on Main Event, he teamed with Seth Rollins and Jack Swagger in a win over Rob Van Dam, Kofi Kingston, and Dolph Ziggler.
SmackDown was not so kind, though. He lost to Dean Ambrose and was then assaulted by Jack Swagger, which led to the shoulder injury that kept him out of Money in the Bank. In all, a good week tarnished by a bad injury. How long will he be out of action?
No. 6: The Usos
Previous Rank: 9
Movement: Up 3
The Usos got off to a rough start this week, but finished it up with one of their most impressive performances to date. On Raw, Jimmy Uso lost to Luke Harper, but it was all positive news after that. Jey Uso later challenged and defeated Erick Rowan.
Then on SmackDown, they gave Sheamus much-needed backup during his match against Bray Wyatt, helping drive off The Wyatts after the match broke down. But Money in the Bank was their crowning achievement of the week, and maybe their careers.
They went blow for blow with Rowan and Harper, weathering vicious beatings and powerhouse moves. They used their speed and high-flying abilities to keep the Wyatts on their toes and retained the Tag Team titles.
No. 5: Dean Ambrose
Previous Rank: 8
Movement: Up 3
Dean Ambrose moves up three spots this week after showing he's definitely a major player. He attacked Seth Rollins during his match with Rob Van Dam, and he was then added to the Money in the Bank Contract Ladder match at the request of Rollins, who wanted to keep an eye on him.
On SmackDown, he defeated Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett. However, he was beaten down by Rollins after the match and hit by a nasty Curb Stomp.
Despite that, he hung with the best in that match at Money in the Bank. He even had it won at the very end before Kane (who was not in the match) interfered, destroying him and allowing Seth Rollins to claim the briefcase instead.
Ambrose is clearly going to be harassing Rollins for the foreseeable future. Can he get his vengeance against his former ally?
No. 4: Roman Reigns
Previous Rank: 3
Movement: Down 1
Roman Reigns moves down a spot this week in spite of a good showing. He successfully teamed with Sheamus and John Cena on Raw against Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, and Cesaro.
He called out Kane on Main Event, and when Kane came out, Reigns took care of business and drove him off.
On SmackDown, he faced Kane in a match, which was called off after Orton interfered, but Reigns ended the show by spearing both of them and holding up the titles. At Money in the Bank, he impressed at times, and late in the match he caught fire, destroying several Superstars. But it wasn't enough.
He got close, but he couldn't grab the titles.
No. 3: Sheamus
Previous Rank: 2
Movement: Down 1
Sheamus had a good week, but he still moves down one spot, mostly because he got leapfrogged in the rankings. He teamed with Roman Reigns and John Cena on Raw against Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, and Cesaro. Sheamus got the pin on Cesaro for the win.
On SmackDown, Sheamus faced Bray Wyatt, but that match was called off after it broke down. He and The Usos ended up driving off The Wyatt Family.
At Money in the Bank, he had the opportunity to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and add that to his United States Championship. It didn't happen.
No. 2: Seth Rollins
Previous Rank: 5
Movement: Up 3
Seth Rollins is your new Mr. Money in the Bank. He put on a show at Money in the Bank, taking serious punishment in the process; he was suplexed off the top of a ladder and back body dropped off a different ladder onto yet another ladder.
The rest of the week is almost irrelevant, though he did battle with RVD in a match that was called off due to interference on Raw. On Main Event, his team picked up a win in six-man tag action, and he assaulted Dean Ambrose on SmackDown.
But even after his impressive week, nothing was guaranteed. He had to defeat five other men (Barrett was not replaced, and Kane was not in the match) to earn the briefcase. But it took some major interference from Kane to secure his win. Dean Ambrose looked like he might have had the match won when Kane annihilated him and helped Rollins grab the briefcase.
Rollins is now just three seconds away from being a world champion in WWE. And he's good enough to win whenever he decides to cash in. John Cena better watch his back.
No. 1: John Cena
Previous Rank: 1
It was to be expected. In his hometown of Boston, John Cena, seen by many as the heavy favorite going into the match, won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Ladder match and is your new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The win earned him his 15th world championship in WWE.
Now John Cena will carry the torch into the summer months. Who will he feud with? Will it be Bray Wyatt, who's surely got revenge on his mind? How about a returning Daniel Bryan? Maybe the Authority will send Kane or Randy Orton after him. Perhaps he's heading for a showdown with Brock Lesnar? While it's far too early to say, we could get a clue on Monday's Raw.
Cena's win is likely to give stability to the title after a tumultuous year of strippings, abeyances and forfeitures. With Cena still seemingly in his prime, how long will he reign as champion? Only time will tell.