Joey ranks the WWE roster from top to bottom.
The guidelines of which the wrestlers are being ranked in terms of how they are seemingly viewed by WWE as well as the way I see their ceiling and futures unfolding. Basically if WWE were honestly ranking their roster, this is how I think it would look.
This was inspired by Wade Keller’s roster breakdown over at PWTorch and many NFL blogs returning who like to use this format. It’s fun and I haven’t seen many full in depth rankings of the entire WWE roster so here’s my first attempt at it.
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1. John Cena
The “face of the franchise” for over 9 years now, John Cena still sits on the throne as the top star in WWE. To put that in perspective, Steve Austin was the top star in WWE from 1997-1999 at most and The Rock was the top star from late 1999-2001. Cena has held the spot for more than twice the amount of time Austin and Rock did combined.
Cena’s greatest asset is his ability to make people care for such a sustainable amount of time. The most loved WWE star is still John Cena as he dominates the WWE merchandise sales with no one anywhere close to him. I believe the stat was that Cena sells more than the entire roster combined if you take out Daniel Bryan. Cena is also still the most hated as Cena Sucks chants have not lost steam. He gives you a top heel and a top face regardless of the program so you have interest no matter what. That’s the reason WWE will not risk turning Cena heel or ending his reign for someone who can’t replace him.
I think the future sees Roman Reigns not being able to surpass Cena and John holding the spot for another 3-5 years with other guys holding the title despite Cena always being the fail-safe and most valuable member of the roster. Get used to it.
2. Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar is money and WWE is finally trying to get as much as they can out of it. Lesnar beating The Undertaker at Wrestlemania was designed as a publicity stunt of sorts to try to get buzz going for the WWE Network. It may not have worked mainstream in getting WWE numbers up but it certainly added a new aspect to the show.
Brock is arguably the most special athlete WWE has ever had and is finally being showcased as an unbeatable dominant force after being used peculiarly during his first two years returning to WWE. With Paul Heyman, Lesnar provides a special attraction still in his prime that feels unique despite having the expectations and reputation to let you know what you’re getting.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Brock and WWE choose to part ways in 2015 due to both of their scenarios but hopefully Lesnar sticks around. I think he loses the title at Wrestlemania 31, regardless of if it’s Roman Reigns or someone else. As for now, he’s arguably the most important asset WWE has.
3. Triple H
Triple H doesn’t wrestle anymore as he fills the management character role as a heel boss who abuses his power and clashes with the top faces. 2014 has shown a new Triple H in the ring working with fresh talent and helping them elevate themselves to the next level such as Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. The matches all delivered in quality and in making the new core of WWE’s upper card look like legitimate stars.
Hunter should and will only wrestle 3-5 times per year to preserve himself as an attraction and when he does, it should always matter. WWE made a brilliant decision by never pulling the trigger on a HHH/Big Show match last year and wasting a rare Triple H match. I believe Triple H’s current on-screen work in 2014 has been his best since 2001.
4. Daniel Bryan
By this time next year, Bryan could be as high as #1 or as low as #10 in these power rankings as we have no idea what happens when he returns. Rumor has it, Daniel Bryan will be back at the end of the year as he avoids a second surgery. In a heartbreaking turn of events, Bryan had to miss time on the shelf right when he achieved the top spot in wrestling by winning the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania as the crowd went ballistic.
With such fanfare, you’d have to assume Daniel Bryan will be put right into the top tier of WWE. Will he get the title back? That’s hard to tell. WWE already had qualms about Bryan being “the guy” to replace Cena or fill the 1A spot and now he has a big injury risk label attached to him. The biggest thing Bryan has for him is a strong fan support like we’ve never seen in quite some time. I see the fans pushing Bryan back to where he was and trying to force WWE’s hand once again, especially if Roman Reigns gets the title push he is expected to in 2015.