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 team of matadors place low on the list this week, as their recent revival suffered a bump in the road. Los Matadores still appeared on RAW, which a month ago would have been viewed as a major boost for them, but ended up losing to the Miz and Damien Mizdow in tag team action. But, with their resurgence to the main shows, could a spot at Survivor Series be on the cards?
Another week, another appearance for Sami Zayn on Main Event against Tyson Kidd. Kidd snuck a victory over the popular redhead through cheap tactics, grabbing his wife Natalya to save his neck. Zayn continuing to perform on Main Event is good for getting more of the audience's attention, and hopefully the transition will be rewarded with a victory soon.
WWE's resident CinderBella was in action on RAW this week, looking to do her sister's dirty work by battling AJ Lee. After causing a number of distractions for the Divas Champion last week, she ended up taking the beating for Nikki's dastardly behavior. Brie tapped out to the Black Widow, but managed to get in some offense to suggest she could be a title threat in the near future.
Adam Rose is experiencing his longest sustained period of relevance in the company, and unsurprisingly revolves around a heel turn. With the Bunny garnering more popularity than the Exotic Express conductor, Rose has assaulted his mascot in fits of jealousy. On RAW, he tasted defeat to Tyson Kidd, but responded with victory over Stardust on Main Event. But, when the Bunny refused to tag him in defeat to Gold/Stardust, Rose unleashed the Party Foul on his long-eared 'friend'.
The World's Largest Athlete did not compete in a match this week, but still managed to make a sizeable impact. His arrival saved Dolph Ziggler from a beating at the hands of Mark Henry with a steel chair. After chasing away his former tag team partner, he announced that he would be lending his considerable Survivor Series expertise to Team Cena.
From what appeared to be a large step up for Jack Swagger at the start of RAW turned sour very quickly. John Cena announced that Swagger had stepped up to compete for his team at Survivor Series alongside Dolph Ziggler, which would have been a huge shot in the arm for the Real American. But, he ran into Seth Rollins, and despite a gutsy performance, he was defeated and Curb Stomped after the match, taking him out of Team Cena in the process.
Alicia Fox got two matches on TV this week, and enjoyed mixed fortunes in results. On RAW, she came up against a homegrown hero when she fought Paige in the United Kingdom, and was defeated with the Ram-Paige. However, she experienced more success on Main Event, when she bested Cameron with Diva's best friend and kryptonite – the roll-up.
It was a strong way for Luke Harper to make his return on RAW this week. Whilst Bray Wyatt is feuding with Dean Ambrose, and Erick Rowan pursues Renee Young, Harper looked to insert himself in the Survivor Series main event. In the melee that closed out the show, Dolph Ziggler was noticeably absent, and that was due to Harper taking the Intercontinental Champion out backstage, before offering his services to the Authority. Will he be the wildcard in the elimination match?
The Corporate Demon was not able to get the better of Dolph Ziggler last week, but was still determined to assert his Authority to his team for Survivor Series. This backfired when handling Ryback though, as Kane caused him to be disqualified in his match with John Cena, and received a Shellshock for his trouble. It was a similar story on SmackDown, only this time when Kane suffered the Shellshock he was pinned as well by Ryback.
When Mark Henry walked out alongside the Authority on RAW, you were made fully aware that his heel turn had helped pushed him back to the main event. The World's Strongest Man was introduced as another road block in Cena's plan to dispatch of the Authority, and thrown into a match with Dolph Ziggler. Although he lost after succumbing to frustration, Henry's purpose was clearly to do damage, and without timely assistance from Big Show, Ziggler might have been watching the PPV from the sidelines.
Natalya has been having problems as of late. Between marital strife with Tyson Kidd and having Summer Rae as a nagging pain, a victory on SmackDown must have been a welcome relief. It would have also been that much sweeter to defeat Layla, Summer's BFF, and get a slap in on the blonde for good measure before forcing the Brit to tap out to the Sharpshooter.
The tag team champions have had an unspectacular reign thus far, with frequent losses surrounding their title defenses. Even after last week's victory over the Usos inside a Steel Cage, little improved on Main Event when Stardust fell to Adam Rose of all people. But, the champs got payback on SmackDown, defeating Rose and the Bunny through Dark Matter.
Cesaro may continue to be lost in the shuffle as far as storylines go at the moment, but he will always find a way to keep fans talking about him. And this happened on SmackDown this week, as Cesaro played a crucial part in one of the best WWE matches of the year. In a triple threat match for the Intercontinental Championship, Cesaro's power and strikes added great physicality to the bout with Dolph Ziggler and Tyson Kidd. However, he was the first man eliminated when Kidd pinned him after the Zig-Zag.
The Divas Champion picked up a victory on RAW, but likely didn't feel like celebrating due to the antics following the match. AJ Lee took on Brie Bella Monday night, even though it is her sister Nikki that she really wants to get her hands on. Still, that will come at Survivor Series, as AJ defeated Brie by forcing her to tap to the Black Widow. But, after the match Nikki did stick her nose in, hitting AJ from behind with the Rack Attack to send another message to the champ.
Sheamus has had one of his strongest in-ring years of his career in 2014, despite his many detractors across the IWC. However, that form could not help him regain the United States Championship on RAW against Rusev. A brutal slugfest between the powerhouses looked to be going in the Irishman's way, but Rusev's dealings with the Authority paid dividends. Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury interfered to cause Sheamus to be counted out, causing him to join Team Cena to get a measure of revenge against the Authority.
Paige returned home this week to the United Kingdom, and proved to be a smash hit across live events in her homeland. This luck translated into her match on RAW, when she took on her former 'bestie' Alicia Fox. Playing her unnatural face role for a change was slightly odd for her, but Paige took the victory in front of her compatriots with the Ram-Paige.
Now functioning as a prominent tag team, the Miz and Damien Mizdow continue to be two of the most entertaining components of the WWE roster. Mizdow is of course the popularity magnet, his ringside antics getting great reactions from the crowd. But, the Miz has exploited this to draw more heat on himself, refusing to tag him in and keeping his in-ring time limited to show the audience who the star is. And so it was Miz who scored the decisive pinfall in the win over Los Matadores.
Bray Wyatt continues to be a mysterious force since his return, keeping his true motives veiled in his broad vocabulary. But, he has shown a desire to work alongside Dean Ambrose beyond their current feud, seeing similarities between the pair. However, this will not stop him decimating Ambrose at Survivor Series if his match with Sin Cara on SmackDown is any indication. He destroyed the luchadore, and escaped before the Lunatic Fringe could get his hands on the monster.
Dean Ambrose himself has not allowed Bray Wyatt to halt his momentum on television, as despite the ever-watching eye of the cult leader, he continues to send messages to his rival. This week, after cutting an effective promo on Wyatt as part of RAW, he defeated Justin Gabriel on Main Event with relative ease. His popularity continues to soar and results remain strong, but will he be able to topple the Eater of Worlds at Survivor Series.
John Cena returned after last week's conspicuous absence, he returned this week in a somber mood due to the actions of the Authority. He bemoaned their meticulous elimination of anybody that would side with Cena at Survivor Series, and it seemed Ryback would turn against him at the start to join the Authority's team. But, the end of the night was a great deal more hopeful, as he saw Sheamus and Big Show join him and Ziggler on the team, and he defeated Ryback by disqualification. Who will be the final member of Team Cena in his quest to oust the Authority?
The leader of Team Authority against Team Cena, Seth Rollins has been the focal point in getting rid of the opposition to their rule and his cushy position. Rollins did that last week in sending Randy Orton head first into the ring steps. And it continued with a victory over Jack Swagger in the opening match of RAW, when he capitalized on some distraction to stomp the Real American into defeat, and post-match to kick him out of Team Cena permanently.
The Super Athlete now has championship gold adorning his shoulder, following his victory over Sheamus last week on the WWE Network. A celebration ceremony took place on this week's RAW, before he defended the belt for the first time against the Irishman. Thanks to being wooed by the Authority onto their Survivor Series team, he was aided in retaining the title by Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury. Now, he will be a prominent part of the crew assembled to dispatch of John Cena.
It has been a great month for Tyson Kidd, as he has continued his resurrection from obscurity into a championship match on SmackDown. First, he enjoyed two victories on RAW and Main Event, defeating Adam Rose and Sami Zayn respectively, exploiting some interference in both bouts. But, even in defeat the best part of his week was Friday Night, as he competed in a triple threat elimination match for the Intercontinental Championship. A fantastic performance included pinning Cesaro in the process, before he fell to Dolph Ziggler at the climax.
Ryback has become the focal point of this week's RAW and SmackDown, as he became the hottest free agent in the build to Survivor Series. At first, it appeared he was sewn into a place on Team Authority when he took down John Cena on Monday. But, interference and attempts to control him by Kane in particular caused Ryback to turn on his allies and take them out. This culminated on defeating the Corporate Demon on SmackDown with a Shellshock, and still leaving everyone guessing as to which side he will join on Sunday, if at all.
The Intercontinental Champion sits atop the rankings this week, as he led the charge in arguably the greatest match of the year thus far. First on RAW he survived an onslaught from Mark Henry to defeat him by disqualification. His night ended somewhat sourly however, as despite having people join him and John Cena on their team, he was taken out by Luke Harper at the feet of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. But, on SmackDown he performed majestically in a title defense against Cesaro and Tyson Kidd. Surviving the power of Cesaro and the submissions of Kidd, Ziggler's determination and fighting spirit saw him hit two Zig-Zags to retain his belt.
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