As summer comes to a close with the passing of Labor Day, WWE Night of Champions approaches, and the WWE Superstar Power Rankings are beginning to reflect the likely matches we’ll see at the next pay-per-view. WWE Superstars like Roman Reigns and John Cena began building big momentum, while others are leaving the spotlight.
Brie and Nikki Bella didn’t make this list, but they deserve a shoutout for their budding feud. Despite not having a strong wrestling background, they have managed to become one of the most enthralling rivalries on WWE TV right now. And Nikki telling Brie that she wished Brie had died in the womb is a line that many fans won’t soon forget.
We also saw a panel of Hall of Fame wrestlers this week on Raw discuss the massive beating John Cena took at SummerSlam, but there will be more on that in a later slide. Finally, WWE celebrated a milestone this week with Main Event airing it’s 100th episode. There’s plenty more to discuss in the following slides, too. 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. This includes but is not limited to WWE Raw, WWE SmackDown, WWE Main Event, WWE Superstars, NXT and any WWE pay-per-view.
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