03/03 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. When you're hot, you're hot and Cesaro is pretty hot right now. His match with Sami Zayn at NXT Arrival was downright transcendent. His effort in the Elimination Chamber match was awesome. Cesaro cannot be stopped right now.
2. Sami Zayn. He didn't win against Ceaaro, but delivered a truly great performance in the biggest match of his career. Often, the best stories come from losses and how wrestlers react to them. Sami Zayn has almost unlimited potential to be a major star. Watching him on Thursday night, I couldn't help but anticipate his call up to the main roster. Zayn is ready. I'm ready.
3. WWE Network. It's basically the best thing ever for wrestling fans. It even brought us Cesaro vs. Zayn IV, the only items to outrank it today. Although there were some live streaming issues, the network seemed basically fully operational by the second half of last week. I know I am obsessively watching and surfing through it. With more content likely on the way, I am quite happy to subscribe.
4. The Wyatt Family. Bray Wyatt. Luke Harper. Erik Rowan. All three men stood out this past week, especially at Elimination Chamber. It was beautiful chaos and Bray Wyatt and company systematically destroying each member of The Shield, finishing with Roman Reigns, was excellent. What a match and what a story between these two teams.
5. The Shield. See what I wrote above about The Wyatt Family, and replace it with names from The Shield. Also replace winning with losing. And dirty wife beaters with tactical vests. I can't wait to see these teams collide again on Monday.
6. Randy Orton. There's something kind of fun happening around Randy Orton and the crowds reacting to (and rebelling against) him. While the crowds are chanting "boring" Orton is actively trolling these crowds. Striking his pose from all the way back in 2004, Orton is cracking me up. If he kept this routine up and somehow transformed into a heel with some gravitas, Orton could be awesome.
7. Undertaker. Not only did he return, not say a word, look like Super Shredder, and make his WrestleMania match, he also stabbed Brock Lesnar. The Deadman has returned and is a little more stabby on this 'Mania run. I always love The Streak, so I'm happy to see 'Taker return.
8. Ricochet. I've shown quite a few of my friends indie wrestling and have taken many of them to PWG shows. They are constantly wowed by Ricochet. This week, Ricochet became the first ever non-Japanese wrestler to win the Open the Dream Gate Championship in Dragon Gate. This is a pretty big deal. I'm happy for Ricochet and happy to see such a spectacular talent getting a chance.
9. The Wolves. I'm glad TNA's recent major tag team signing was able to get that pesky first title reign out of the way in about a week. For the life of me, I will never understand this booking. Why not build up to the big first title win moment? Why not at least allow them to hold the belts on their first reign for a while? Alas, I don't think I'll ever understand what the people booking The Wolves are doing.
10. Adrian Neville. The fourth NXT Champion was crowned on Thursday night at NXT Ascension. Neville looked fantastic in his Ladder Match with Bo Dallas. The match itself wasn't spectacular, but it was an exciting Ladder Match. Neville was nicely highlighted and still found a way to win the NXT Championship using his Red Arrow finisher. People seeing him for the first time had to be wowed.
Just missing the cut: Emma, Paige, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Tyler Breeze, Bobby Roode, Magnus, MVP, and El Torito.
Nowhere near this list: Christian, Batista, Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Dixie Carter, Rockstar Spud, R-Truth, AxelBack, Middle Aged Outlaws, James Storm, 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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