WWE Superstar Power Rankings for 8/25/2014
In the aftermath of WWE SummerSlam 2014, the WWE Superstar Power Rankings have seen some big changes. Last week, we saw Brock Lesnar take over the No. 1 spot, which he did not relinquish this week and may not for some time. Nos. 2 and 3 are also unchanged.
However, there was plenty of movement, with some champions rising and others falling. We also know who will be the next to challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Dean Ambrose, according to WWE, is "missing". After the wicked beating he took, we may not see him for a while. As a result, he's been pulled from the rankings. Of course, there is a very good, non-kayfabe reason why he's missing. But that's for another time.
There's plenty more to discuss in the following slides. Before we get into all that, 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 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.
Cesaro has had a rough go of it lately, but his luck may be changing. He defeated Jack Swagger on Raw, then seemed to let Sheamus know on Main Event that he's gunning for the United States Championship. Cesaro could use some good news, as he hasn't been able to capitalize on his opportunities after winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX. A strong U.S. title reign could help him regain the momentum he's lost.
The Wyatt Family
How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! O Wyatt Family, thou wast slain on thine high places...
The Wyatts have just not been the same since Bray lost to John Cena. And even though Bray got the win over Jericho at SummerSlam, Jericho looks like he's coming back for more. Rowan and Harper can't get a win to save their lives lately, losing twice to the Big Show and Mark Henry this past week and then once to Stardust and Goldust. It might require divine intervention to restore them to their former glory.
Randy Orton is back to his old game of looking strong but never winning. His team lost in a six-man tag match on Raw, then his match with Rob Van Dam was declared a double count-out when he beat down RVD outside the ring. Then he tried and failed to cost Roman Reigns a match, and then was run off after he attacked Reigns.
Orton implied this past week when he retweeted a fan's comment, as noted by PWMania.com, that he wants his title rematch. It's doubtful he'll get it anytime soon.
Stardust and Goldust
Cosmic keys and event horizons may be the object of Stardust and Goldust's pursuits, but they're also a likely contender for the WWE Tag Team Championships after defeating The Usos on Raw and The Wyatts on SmackDown. Rowan and Harper put a beatdown on them after the match, but they may be too focused on their cosmic journey to care.
Previous Rank: 8
Movement: Down 2
Paige had a bad week. There's no two ways around that. And while she didn't lose twice to Eva Marie like AJ did a few weeks back, two high-profile losses really hurt her position in the rankings.
She lost to Natalya twice, once on Raw and once on SmackDown, thanks to distractions from Lee. This feud has shown no signs of slowing down and is getting more violent by the week. Can Paige bounce back after a tough week?
Previous Rank: 9
Rusev holds steady at No. 9 this week after an up-and-down week. On Raw, Lana and Rusev were interrupted by Mark Henry, who looks to be the next man up to try and take down The Bulgarian Brute. Henry put a Texas-sized ass-whupping on Rusev, and Lana didn't look too happy about it.
On SmackDown, he crushed Sin Cara and defeated him via The Accolade submission maneuver. But when Henry appeared again, Rusev didn't want any part of him. He backed off.
Henry may have size and strength advantages, but what makes Rusev dangerous is his speed. Will that be enough to overcome Henry?
8. Mark Henry and Big Show
Previous Rank: Unranked
Movement: Into Top 10
Big Show and Mark Henry are two Superstars who until recently were treading water. They have size and strength and few if any other Superstars want to mess with them. Now that they've teamed up and started competing in tag team matches, it may just be a matter of time before they win the WWE Tag Team Championships.
And after their performances this week, they have a strong case to get a shot. They defeated The Wyatts twice, once on Raw and once on Main Event. And of course, there were the confrontations between Mark Henry and Rusev on Raw and SmackDown. If these two get on a roll, they might be unstoppable. The Usos better watch out.
7. The Usos
Previous Rank: 4
Movement: Down 3
The Usos were building a case to be considered the best tag team in WWE in a long time. But weeks like the one they just had won't help them in that department. In their only appearance, they lost to Stardust and Goldust.
With other teams starting to close in and make their push for a tag title opportunity, The Usos better be on their A-game. They can't afford more slip-ups, or they'll be former tag team champions.
6. Dolph Ziggler
Previous Rank: 6
Dolph Ziggler had a rough year, but he's paid his dues and once again captured the Intercontinental Championship, WWE's second-most important title. And not only did he win it, but this past week he successfully defended it. Sort of.
The Miz invoked his rematch clause, and the match occurred on Raw. Ziggler lost to The Miz via count-out but kept the title. It's not the way you want to start a title reign, but it works.
Now Ziggler can probably look forward to more matches with The Miz. Will Miz get another shot at Night of Champions, or will Ziggler have to face someone else, assuming he's still champion by then?
5. John Cena
Previous Rank: 5
John Cena did not appear this week on WWE TV. No one can blame him after the historic beating he took at the hands of Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. But we did get word about his plans going forward.
First announced on Main Event and elaborated on in Triple H's weekly interview with Michael Cole, John Cena has decided to invoke his rematch clause at Night of Champions. He's also scheduled to be on Raw this week, ostensibly to address the result at SummerSlam and the rematch at Night of Champions.
Does Cena even stand a chance against Lesnar? Will he have to go to a dark place to defeat him?
Previous Rank: 7
Movement: Up 3
Sheamus is getting back into his groove, picking up two wins this week. He teamed with Roman Reigns and Rob Van Dam against RybAxel and Randy Orton on Raw, and his team won. Then on Main Event, he defeated Curtis Axel while Cesaro sat at ringside.
If Main Event is any indication, he can look forward to a sustained challenge by Cesaro which could lead to a match at Night of Champions for the United States Championship. The two have had great matches before, so we could be in for some hard-hitting action.
3. Seth Rollins
Previous Rank: 3
Seth Rollins holds steady this week after two wins plus one nasty beating. On Raw, he faced Dean Ambrose in a match with a stipulation chosen by the WWE Universe. It was a Falls Count Anywhere match, and the fighting took the two all over the arena.
But when Kane appeared, things took a dark turn. Kane prevented Ambrose from winning the match, and then Kane and Rollins put a terrible beating on Ambrose. It culminated in Rollins hitting his Curb Stomp finisher on top of a pile of cinder blocks, leaving Ambrose completely out of it.
Rollins was declared the winner after Ambrose was declared unable to compete, but the beating was Rollins' real objective. Then on SmackDown, he defeated Jack Swagger via count-out.
With Ambrose missing and likely out of action for some time, what's next for Mr. Money in the Bank? Surely Lesnar is not in his plans for now, since he doesn't have a death wish as far as we know. Perhaps we'll find out this week.
2. Roman Reigns
Previous Rank: 2
Roman Reigns continues to show why he's quickly becoming one of WWE's top stars. He picked up two more wins this week, the first being a six-man tag match on Raw where he teamed with Rob Van Dam and Sheamus in a win over RybAxel and Randy Orton.
On SmackDown he took out The Miz in spite of Randy Orton's attempts to cost him the match. He then ran Orton off after the match. Is Reigns ready for prime time? Is he a future WWE World Heavyweight Champion? If he keeps this up, there's no doubt he'll hoist the title over his head someday.
The question, then, is when?
1. Brock Lesnar
Previous Rank: 1
Brock Lesnar was presented with the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt, ending the era of two world title belts and putting to rest any speculation that the titles would be divided again. We also heard from Paul Heyman (when don't we?), who made sure we knew what Lesnar had done at SummerSlam.
Now we also know he'll face John Cena at Night of Champions in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match. How much of Lesnar will we see between now and then? Can he do to Cena what he did to him at SummerSlam? We'll find out soon enough.