02/23 Pruett's Weekly Power Rankings: Will Pruett uses his biased eye and tremendous discernment to break down the top ten wrestlers in WWE, TNA, ROH, PWG... hell, the entire industry
By Will Pruett
These rankings are scientifically calculated by the Rank-o-matic 4000 and verified by four out of five top scientists in the wrestling arts. They are to be taken solemnly and with absolute seriousness.
1. Cesaro. It's not every week a wrestler gets to swing John Cena around multiple times from his legs and make him all sorts of dizzy. It's also not every week that a wrestler gets to main event his first WWE pay-per-view and have a rematch from one last year's match of the year contenders. Cesaro is on the precipice of something truly awesome.
2. John Cena. It takes two men to put together a great match and John Cena has had many a great match in his career. His effort against Cesaro was an outstanding example of how great he is. If Cena is serious about elevating young talent, and he seems like he is, he couldn't ask for a better batch of guys to give him memorable matches. Go get you some, John!
3. Samoa Joe. It takes a big man to beat the tag team champions and their third on his own in less time than it took him and his friends, The Wolves, to do so a week before. Are we to believe The Wolves were holding Joe back in their prior match?
4. Roman Reigns. How awesome does Reigns look right now? If you want to see a star in the process of rapidly ascending to the top, check out Reigns. He's breaking records. He's the one man stepping forward ready to fight. He is a breakout star in the making.
5. Gunner. Thursday night's Impact did the impossible and made me believe Gunner could be a quality wrestler and quality character. I've never seen much in him, but he proved me quite wrong. Good for you, Gunner, now we all have to hope TNA gets the follow-up right.
6. Ring of Honor. I'm not one to get too excited about happenings in indie wrestling, but hearing that Tanahashi and Okada (the top two stars) and others from New Japan Pro Wrestling are coming to ROH has me rhythmically hitting a piece a metal and saying R-O-H over and over. This announcement was awesome. I'm excited to see some top American indie talent against some of the very best in the world. It's a shame a certain American company with not a whole lot to lose on Spike TV couldn't have made this deal, but their loss is ROH's gain.
7. Hulk Hogan. It's weird how effective the WWE machine is. Hogan in TNA from 2011-2013 was unimportant. Hogan coming to WWE is a major headline story worthy of the bottom crawl on The Today Show. It's nice to see Hogan back where he has history and it'll be nice to see him hosting WrestleMania.
8. Sami Zayn. Damn it, I like Sami Zayn. I can't help it. He's just too nice. As excited as I am to see Adrian Neville in a Ladder Match at NXT Arrival, I'm more excited to see Zayn vs. Cesaro IV. If you haven't seen any of Zayn's work since the retirement of a certain generic masked luchador, watch this Thursday and prepare to be wowed.
9. My Wife. The exceptional patience of my wife is about to be tested by the revolutionary WWE Network. Not only does she put up with watching wrestling on a weekly basis, but she also allows me to write here, podcast, and watch wrestling recreationally. With the extensive archive of wrestling history available from the WWE Network, my wife is going to have to rise to the occasion. I believe in you.
10. Christian. The Peep Show host strapped on his heel boots on Monday night and really impressed me. Christian isn't going to get another run on top. He isn't going to magically have an epic life-changing feud. He is going to be in the upper-mid-card and he's going to have some solid moments. Monday was one of them. Way to go, my favorite bright orange with yellow hair wrestler. Now, just work on being naturally colored.
Just missing the cut: Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Ethan Carter III, The Wyatt Family, The Shield, MVP, and El Torito.
Nowhere near this list: Batista, Alberto Del Rio, Dixie Carter, Rockstar Spud, R-Truth, AxelBack, Middle Aged Outlaws, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, and B-Boy.
Will Pruett writes about wrestling in a facetious and often humorous way. Feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or to follow him and interact on twitter at twitter.com/itswilltime.
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