Each week, we will break down the current roster and examine who has gone up the WWE hierarchy and who has unfortunately taken a step down the ladder. Factoring in things such as wins and losses, suspensions, injuries, making a name for one's self, being humiliated, and more, who is at the top of the food chain and who needs to make up some ground next week?
The Real American works his way onto the bottom of the list after a good performance against Seth Rollins on Main Event. Although Swagger came up short in his second battle with Mr. Money in the Bank in a fortnight, his showings are continuing to demonstrate that he should be making more regular appearances on the main show.
Big E has a mixed week in terms of results, but it his latest defeat at the hands of Rusev that determines his place on the list, as that happened on RAW. He has been one of the Bulgarian's most competitive opponents, but the result has remained the same. But, he was able to stem a flow of defeats with a good victory on Main Event against the inspirational Bo Dallas.
Life may be hard in the realm of Total Divas for the Dungeon Survivor, but at least results on TV are heading in the correct direction. Kidd scored a good victory over R-Truth on Main Event, avenging his loss last week, and celebrated like he had just become World Champion.
The Big Red Monster has not featured heavily on this list as of late, as he has become essentially a giant stepping stone for rising stars. But, Kane actually featured on the winning side in the main event of RAW this week, as he and his Authority brethren won a 3-on-2 handicap street fight against John Cena and Dean Ambrose.
Being the best buddy of Paige had proven beneficial for Fox, as their crafty teamwork gave her a victory over the Divas Champion AJ Lee on RAW. However, the work to a definite downturn after Monday, as Fox lost a rematch to AJ on SmackDown, before watching her BFF suffer defeat in the championship match at Hell in a Cell. This also seemed to signal a breaking point in their relationship, as Paige slapped Fox post-match, blaming her friend for the loss.
Bo Dallas has been somewhat inactive as of late, but had a busy week, beginning with a loss on Main Event to Big E. However, he recovered to be on the winning side in a six-man tag team match on SmackDown, pinning Mark Henry to record his fourth consecutive win over the World's Strongest Man. Yet, he couldn't make it five at Hell in a Cell after being squashed by Henry. Maybe he should have Bolieved harder.
The British diva had a week prowling ringside, as on RAW and SmackDown she witnessed rival AJ Lee and buddy Alicia Fox battle it out. Her action came on Sunday, as she took on AJ for the Divas Championship at Hell in a Cell. But, she fell short in her quest to regain the title, as she was forced to tap out to the Black Widow. She ended the night by slapping Fox as she skulked to the back in defeat.
The World's Strongest Man has not been at his Olympian best since his defeats at the hands of Rusev. In particular, Bo Dallas had proven an unreachable scratch over the last month, and Henry suffered defeat to the inspirational one on SmackDown. But, that itch was permanently scratched out on the Hell in a Cell pre-show with a victory. Nonetheless, Henry may be seen to have caused a brief distraction which would cost Big Show in his match with Rusev.
The good looks of the Miz would end the week in less than ideal shape, but that didn't seem to be on the cards before Sunday. He was on commentary on RAW to watch his stunt double do his dirty work for him, before SmackDown where he teamed with Damien Mizdow to pick up a victory over Los Matadores. But, he choked when the lights shined brightest, as he failed to capture the United States Championship at Hell in a Cell, as Sheamus Brogue Kicked in his movie star good looks.
She may not feel too worthy of this list following Sunday night, but Brie had some solid performances to fall back on. She defeated Summer Rae on RAW comprehensively, before being pinned by her sister on SmackDown in a six-diva tag team match. But, that wouldn't have hurt half as much Hell in a Cell, as in a surprisingly excellent match between the sisters, Brie fell to Nikki, and will now suffer the indignity of being her sister's personal assistant for the next thirty days.
The Big Show showed his emotional side on RAW this week, as after some messing around with Rusev, the Bulgarian's attack of an American soldier finally drew the ire of the giant. Their massive bout at Hell in a Cell was fueled by patriotic emotion, and that produced one of the better matches in Rusev's fledgling career. But, unfortunately for the World's Largest Athlete, being trapped in the Accolade made him the latest scalp to fall in the name of Russia.
The explosive tag team of the Usos were in fall force this week. But while their passion and effort is unquestioned, this week the results wouldn't fall their way. On both RAW and SmackDown they suffered defeat in six-man tags opposite their title rivals Goldust and Stardust. And that lack of momentum clearly carried into Hell in a Cell, as despite a strong effort, they once again couldn't wrestle the gold away from the golden brothers.
After weeks of promos and backstory being built up following his disappearance from television, Bray Wyatt returned in a typically creepy and shocking fashion. At the climax of the Hell in a Cell main event between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, the lights turned out and Wyatt appeared from the shadows to cost Ambrose the victory. The terrifying cult leader then put the stamp on his return with Sister Abigail on the Lunatic Fringe to end the PPV with his image.
Cesaro showed over this week his reputation as one of the greatest in-ring competitors in recent memory in three stellar performances against Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler. On RAW, he scored a big victory with a vicious uppercut, and a post-match Neutralizer as the exclamation point. But, this win was paired with two losses on SmackDown and at Hell in a Cell to Ziggler, both with the strap on the line. The second loss was particularly hard, as Cesaro lost a 2-out-of-3 falls match without picking up a single fall.
Swiftly becoming one of the most entertaining aspects of WWE at the moment is the antics of Damien Mizdow. The Miz's stunt double is always hilarious in his spot-on mimicking of his employer's actions, but this week saw some tangible rewards come from it. On RAW, Mizdow scored a huge win over Sheamus in a six-man tag team match, although The Miz still claims it as his own victory. And this was followed by another tag team triumph, this time alongside Miz as they defeated Los Matadores.
The Viper was de-fanged at Hell in a Cell, but his week up until that point was mixed anyway. Following last week's great performances, Orton was part of the winning team on RAW when the Authority defeated John Cena and Dean Ambrose. Not that he felt like much of a winner after being Curb Stomped by teammate Seth Rollins post-match. But, the worst was yet to come, as in a match seen as the defining moment of the Cena/Orton rivalry, Orton fell short of victory and a shot at the WWE Championship when he was slammed through a table into defeat.
The United States Champion did not begin the week in fine fettle, but Irish eyes were smiling by the end of the week. Sheamus was pinned surprisingly by Damien Mizdow during a six-man tag team match on RAW, which would have damaged his pride going into his title defense at Hell in a Cell. Fortunately, he proved more of a match against the real Miz than his stunt double. A swift Brogue Kick following a solid match proved enough to beat the A-Lister and retain the belt.
Russia's hero continued to march on this week in his unbeaten start to his career. Big E fell on RAW after a competitive match, but one that will fade in the memory compared to his assault on a US soldier after the bout. That drew the ire of the Big Show, who gave the Bulgarian the sternest test of his year on the main roster. But, Rusev proved once again why he is yet to be toppled with a conquering performance, forcing Big Show to pass out in the Accolade.
The unstable Divas Champion had a more stable week in terms of results. It did start with a less than ideal result against Alicia Fox on RAW due to some crafty interference by Paige. But, she was able to redeem that loss on SmackDown by defeating the Foxy one. And, AJ certainly pulled it out when it mattered the most, when at Hell in a Cell she forced her rival Paige to tap out in order to retain her championship.
The tag team champions undoubtedly had their best week since becoming champions, as they beat their main rivals the Usos three times in the space of a week, the final match with the belts on the line. Two six-man tag team match victories were scored on RAW and SmackDown, although the champions didn't register the pinfalls. But, the best result was at Hell in a Cell, as a brief distraction from Stardust gave brother Goldust the chance to hit the Curtain Call to claim the victory.
The feud between the Bellas has been sometimes captivating, other times hard to watch. More the latter than the former, but it produced a thrilling climax at Hell in a Cell. Nikki herself led her team to victory on SmackDown when she pinned her sister in six-diva tag action. But, the best was yet to come when at the PPV, she and Brie produced one of the matches of the night, and Nikki picked up a huge victory, which forces her sister to become her personal assistant for the next month.
The hottest star in the company at the moment rates this high for being in the climaxes of RAW, SmackDown and Hell in a Cell this week, even if they all didn't end swimmingly for him. Ambrose took the pinfall defeat on Monday when he was hit with an RKO, but responded on SmackDown by sending the stooges Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury through tables. The moment everybody was waiting for though was Hell in a Cell against long-term rival Seth Rollins, and after a brutal spotfest, Ambrose suffered defeat when Bray Wyatt interjected himself in their battle to cost him the victory.
The Intercontinental Champion had his fill of Cesaro this week, pinning him three times in the space of seven days. The week got off to a bad start with a loss to the Swiss Superman on RAW courtesy of an uppercut. This didn't throw Ziggler off his game when the stakes were raised though on SmackDown and Hell in a Cell, as Ziggler defended his title on both shows. At the PPV, Ziggler scored two straight pins over Cesaro in 2-out-of-3 falls.
Seth Rollins had a fantastic week, and despite drawing the ire of fans and fellow superstars, continues to look peachy in his performances. He was on the winning side of the Authority on RAW, defeating Dean Ambrose and John Cena, and sent a message to Randy Orton by stomping him through the canvas. On Main Event he defeated Jack Swagger, and though Ambrose stood tall on SmackDown, Rollins watched as his lackeys took the brunt of abuse. Rollins pulled it out when it mattered though, as a brutal Hell in a Cell match to culminate the hottest feud on TV left with him the victor. Rollins exploited the Authority's help and Bray Wyatt's unexpected arrival to sneak another win over Ambrose.
The person that secured the biggest prize at Hell in Cell, or according to Paul Heyman's perspective the ultimate loser, was John Cena. He didn't close out Hell in a Cell, but got what he wanted out of his bout. On RAW, he suffered defeat when he and Dean Ambrose fell to the Authority in a 2-on-3 handicap street fight. But, the result that meant the most was the victory against Randy Orton at Hell in a Cell. Not only did the solid match hand Cena the lead in PPV battles between the huge stars in their epic rivalry. More than that, it granted Cena a shot at the WWE Championship when he meets Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. Expect him to be sitting atop this list that week if he can match this result with the title on the line.