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Weekly WWE Superstar Rankings by Ace Hart

Welcome back to another edition of this week’s WWE Superstar Rankings.  Just a quick reminder: In this post we’ll be recapping the last week of all WWE action and ranking who came out on top for the time being and which Superstars are trending downward for the foreseeable future. So let’s get to it!

The “All-American American” Five

1. R-Truth

Another great week on Raw from “The Truth”. Not to be left out of the World Title discussion, Truth was almost able to interject himself into a number one contenders match. Despite being left out the match, Truth made another great impact with his promo skills and the “losing his mind” body language. He’s currently being given a lot of TV time, even receiving his own backstage interview segment later on Raw. He’s been handed a lot of trust lately from the creative team and he has run wild with it, in a good way. He’s emerged as a top heel in a company that is already loaded with plenty. On top of all of that, he has been planted into a rivalry with Rey Mysterio, which should only gain him more heat with the fans and even more momentum in his career. I doubt the WWE had any idea what would happen if they turned Truth over to the dark side, but everyone has turned out a winner so far with the sudden change, and that includes the WWE Universe.

 2. The Miz

I know this is probably going to seem a little biased, since the Miz is my current favorite “Superstar” in the company, but to that I say… Yeah I don’t really have a response to that… I can’t help it, sorry. Miz himself has told the world about his “Awesomeness”, and for the past year he has proven it. Not only has he continued to be included in the main event picture on Raw, but he has also earned himself another shot at the WWE title at Over the Limit(which he is sure to lose, but that’s beside the point). Recent chatter on the interweb is that Vince McMahon has been telling shareholders that Miz will remain a giant part of WWE moving forward, and when you hear that kind of guarantee from the boss, you belong in everybody’s top rankings. Like him or hate him, Miz won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

3. Sin Cara

One of the bigger additions to the Smackdown roster has also been one of the most successful. If I could go back in time just a little, you could probably make the case that Cara deserved to be one of the top 5 for the last month. Dating back to even before his debut, he’s been marketed better than anyone to date that I’ve ever seen. Most people say HHH is behind all of those successful vignettes and it that’s true Cara owes all of his current fame to that man. Before he even stepped into the ring, all of those vignettes had us believing that Cara was the next big thing, and it’s worked wonders for him. With all that said, I think that he’s done a fantastic job being worth the hype. There’s a certain aura around him during his matches, and his moves have been breathtaking at times. I have to say that I’ve really enjoyed watching him wrestle and am very much looking forward to seeing his upcoming feud with Chavo Guerrero. Considering how great of a worker Chavo is, we can continue to expect great things from Cara. Now if only he can get rid of that awful in-ring lighting during his matches…

4. Zack Ryder

Woo Woo Woo. Let’s run down the man’s recent success. First, he has become a YouTube phenomenon for his Z! True Long Island story. He has currently produced, written and starred in 13 episodes and according to his Twitter it has already received a collective 1 million views! Second, because of his recent YouTube success, he has garnered a huge amount of fans. So many fans, that despite the WWE’s efforts to literally take away Zack Ryder signs from televised show, they keep showing up. Third, and most importantly, Ryder got a fist pump from THE John Cena on Raw this week. Life doesn’t get much better than that.

5. Ezekiel Jackson

Personally Zeke is making this list purely because he has officially distanced himself from being a member of the Corre (more on them later). Also he’s managed to land himself an Intercontinental title shot at the Over the limit PPV, which is almost as important. But seriously, he needed to get out of the Corre. Had to happen. The Corre is terrible. Ok, I’m jumping the gun again. Just know how much I despise the Corre. They’re just absolutely terrible. Alright I’m done.

Honorable mentions: Ricardo Rodriguez, Cody Rhodes, Jinder Mahal.

The “Go To Sleep” Five

1. The Corre

I told you I’d get to them. Let me run down the recent run of the Corre, dating back to Wrestlemania:

  •  Wrestlemania 4/3/11: The Corre loses an 8 man tag match in under 2 minutes to the slapped together team of Kane, Big Show, Santino, and Kofi Kingston.
  • Raw 4/4/11: For some reason the Corre shows up on Raw, just to be that nights personal whipping boys for The Rock and John Cena.
  • Smackdown 4/8/11: The Corre loses another 8-man tag match to the same exact Wrestlemania team and then receives a beatdown from aforementioned team. Just a reminder, The Corre is a stable that was holding the Intercontinental and Tag Team Championships, at the same time!
  • Raw 4/11/11: Again, the Corre shows up on Raw to hold a public “I’m better than you” whine-fest between its members. Then they somehow escape Raw with victory over the thrown together “Apple” (get it?!) Stable.
  • Smackdown 4/15/11: All four Corre members were eliminated from the 20-man battle royal and they continued to argue some more
  • Smackdown 4/22/11: Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel lose their Tag Team Championships in a match that went less than 3 minutes.
  • Raw 4/25/11: Wade Barrett and Ezekiel Jackson are both eliminated from the brand vs brand battle royal and Barrett even finds a way to lose another match later in the night to Rey Mysterio.

I’ll save you a little time by telling you that things have only gotten worse since then. Since I’ve already dragged on about this group, I’ll end it by saying this. A stable is supposed to be a strong united front that can only be defeated by some of the best superstars. It’s not supposed to be 4 guys that are easily defeated by the entire rosters of Raw and Smackdown! I’m excited to see that they are slowly dissolving this team and only hope that it will give Barrett the future push that he needs while everyone else fades into the mid-card or lower.

2. CM Punk

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge CM Punk fan. He’s a phenomenal worker, a fantastic athlete, and one the best heel currently in the WWE, but he’s being absolutely wasted on a week to week basis. Despite a 3 month long feud with Randy Orton, a feud that should have been so much more than it was, Punk was never able to escape with a PPV singles win against Orton. That, my dear friends, is poor booking. It can’t be a feud if your babyface just comes out on top week after week. Orton even systematically destroyed the stable that Punk was leading, with hardly any pushback. Finally with one week before Wrestlemania, Punk was able to gain the upper hand for once in the form of a wrench to Orton’s knee, but not once did we actually believe that Punk was capable of beating Orton. He’s got so much potential and in my humble opinion has earned the right to be a top man in the company. I hope he gets that new contract signed soon, and WWE uses him the way he deserves and the way that all of the WWE Universe wants to see. Until then, it looks like he’s stuck managing…

3. Mason Ryan

I should have known it the first time I saw Mason Ryan. While I just see another muscle-headed moron, what I should have noticed was that Ryan had all the physical looks it takes to have Vince McMahon drooling over potential dollar signs and World Title Reigns. And don’t get me wrong, sometimes that works out just fine, but it doesn’t work with everyone and I’m making an early prediction that it’s absolutely not going to work with Ryan (or Batistwo as he’s been dubbed). The man just looks slow and is too green for me. I haven’t been impressed with anything he’s been involved with to date, except for his opponents ability to sell for him. He has very little personality and his facial cues are comical at best. He doesn’t deserve a push right now and to reiterate what I said before: He has a better chance of becoming the next Vladimir Kozlov than he does of becoming the next Batista.

4. Jack Swagger

This is part 2 of my Michael Cole rant from a week ago. I couldn’t agree less with the way Swagger has been used the last few months. This man was holding the World Heavyweight Championship a year ago and is now stuck carrying Cole’s jock strap around week after week. The only way it could get worse is if you were to, I don’t know, have a 61 year old beat him on a weekly basis. Oh, wait that’s right. I know it’s not my place to say “How I would book it” (check out Tony Kegger’s fantastic articles if you want to hear more booking ideas), but I think that right now would be the perfect time to bring back the “All-American American” gimmick, fresh off of Osama Bin Laden’s death. Turn the guy face by having him whoop on Cole at the next pay-per-view and then turn into a metaphorical version of the American flag, week after week, destroying his opponents. I don’t have any idea about how to get this done (any ideas Tony?), but I know a major change needs to take place for Swagger to be taken seriously again.

5. Sheamus

I don’t think I’m the only one who expected Sheamus to receive a big push after heading over to Smackdown, possibly even being plugged into a program for the World Heavyweight Championship with former champion Christian. I may be a little premature in my ranking of him, but since losing the U.S. Title to Kofi Kingston at Extreme Rules two weeks ago, Sheamus has done very little to stand out. Maybe the tide will turn for him following Over the Limit, but right now I see little fresh talent for him to feud with on Smackdown, and because of that, he might stuck in the mid-card a little while longer.

Dis-honorable Mentions: Alex Riley, Alberto Del Rio, Ted DiBiase.

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Like my list? Hate my list? Have different ideas about your top 5 or bottom 5? Let’s talk about it in the comments below, that’s part of the fun! Also tune in next week to see who’s hot and who’s Mae Young.

Follow me on Twitter: @AceHart1

  1. TKO
    May 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I enjoy these and I agree. I dont know why I’m starting to like Zack Ryder, you cant help it. Big Zeke and Truth in the top 5? WE DID IT! I think Miz is getting better every week. Mason Ryan is just a big guy. He sells like he’s TRYING to be funny, weird. Though I’m not a fan of the blue lighting, Sin Cara is very welcomed. His match with DBryan was very dope. Cheers

    • May 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      Even if WWE has no plans to use Zack Ryder on Raw or Smackdown, I doubt they let him go just so TNA wouldn’t have the opportunity to pick him up and capitalize on his success. Sin Cara is dope, a few months in development wouldn’t have hurt, but he seems to be picking up the WWE style fairly quickly. I liked Miz when he was champion and was surprised his reign lasted as long as it did, but he’s starting to bore me. He might as well just turn face soon. It feels like he’s recycling his older promos a bit too much. He needs to change something, in the ring though he has stepped up but being a chicken shit heel will only get you but so far.

  2. Mike Brazil
    May 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    WWE should be doing more with CM Punk. I feel he should be WWE champion. The one sided feud with Orton bothered me. I am liking R-Truth’s heel turn and I’m really am becoming a fan of the “chick magnet ” Miz. Ryan is garbage and I hope Batista comes back and squashes him. Great article

    • May 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      CM Punk just wants to go fishing with a cooler full of Pepsi. Dude just needs a break. I would hate to see him go. If anything they should give him an announcers contract, he was good at that when he was injured.

      • Ace O. Hart
        May 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm

        Hey J, what is your twitter and Facebook names?

        • Ace O. Hart
          May 15, 2011 at 8:13 pm

          Nevermind

        • May 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

          @JCITYHUSTLA617 and I don’t have a Facebook page(I know).

  3. May 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Ryder rules. He has more charisma in his 3 minute episodes than most superstars. I like Mason Ryan as a person, I really do. The guy is nice and humble. He knows his weakness. Sure he looks like Batista but whatever. I think he should be a bodyguard who ocasionally bear hugs someone. At least until he gets better.

    Sad for Sheamus…he was pushed to quickly but I really like him. He’s charismatic in a heelish funny way. Honestly, they should just split the Core and team him with Barrett.

    • Ace O. Hart
      May 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      I still think Barrett, Sheamus and McIntyre would make an amazing stable. Heck throw Ryan in there to be that enforcer character you were talking about, and we’d have a great European stable. And now I feel kind of bad if mason Ryan is a nice guy. At least I know for sure he won’t read my article:).

      • May 15, 2011 at 6:26 pm

        Mason Ryan sucks and if he has a Twitter I will make sure he reads that, lol.

  4. Capt. Smooth
    May 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    The Cody/Ted Jr. was one of the most competitive 3 minute matches I’ve ever seen.

    • May 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      I have breaking news about Cody Rhodes that will be exposed in my next post. Stay tuned…..

      • Capt. Smooth
        May 15, 2011 at 7:09 pm

        I’m not paying attention. Your stuff is only smoke and mirrors.

        • May 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm

          Lol, thats not nice Capt. I think all the talk about heels is influencing you to be evil.

          • Capt. Smooth
            May 15, 2011 at 7:40 pm

            No, just contarian.

  5. Mr.Redlight
    May 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    always liked cody more than ted. i just didnt expect him to have an awesome gimmick like this. good article im looking forward to next weeks

    • May 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      You won’t expect the shocking Cody Rhodes news I have uncovered…..

      • Mr.Redlight
        May 15, 2011 at 11:33 pm

        what is it????

  6. Ace O. Hart
    May 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Hey guys I actually meant to put my twitter account on here so you could follow if you wanted to. Its @acehart1 thanks in advance, hope everyone enjoys the article!

    • May 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      Just edited the article with a Twitter link. With the share button you can share this or any other post on Twitter. I always do, so you can just retweet it when I put it up, same difference.

      • Ace O. Hart
        May 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm

        You’re the best!

        • May 15, 2011 at 10:17 pm

          I try to be, lol. Where it says website where your screenname is if you put your twitters or blogs your name will be clickable.

  7. Dangerpuppy
    May 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I miss DiBiase… I thought he had potential.

    • May 15, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      Maryse must have sucked the life out of him and now he sucks, period(not those kind of periods, gross), talk about Kharma, lol.

  8. May 15, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Very interesting Top 5 including a guy who was on RAW for not even half a minute last week! As for the bottom five, I agree with Punk at #2 and I think he might have deserved to be at #1…he isn’t doing anything wrong but the way he has been used lately is similar to how he was used when his feud with the Big Show ended last year. Maybe the rumors are true…..

    Good job once again. I love how unpredictable your rankings are….very few big names were mentioned in either Top 5. Mark Henry should have been at least an honorable mention however. When’s the last time he was in a main event match?

    Oh and thanks for the plug! That surprised the hell out of me while I was reading your column.

  9. Max
    May 16, 2011 at 4:43 am

    That picture of Sheamus is too funny.

    • Capt. Smooth
      May 16, 2011 at 6:07 am

      Max, google “anime ecw”, then click “images” on the side. You should see a nice pic of the WWE ECW cast in cartoon form.

      • May 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

        lol…I found the pic and what is sad is that I think I was able to identify all of the superstars in the cartoon.

        • Capt. Smooth
          May 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm

          I could name them, too. Being able to identify all of the wrestlers mean that when it comes to wrestling, you’re a geek. But you know what? Geek is chic. Nothing to be ashamed of.

          • May 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

            Hey, I’m not a damn geek dammit!!!

            • Capt. Smooth
              May 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm

              When it comes to wrestling, most of the IWC are “geeks”. But geek is not a bad term anymore, it just means you’re passionate.(pause)

              • May 18, 2011 at 11:08 pm

                I AM NOT A DAMN GEEK.

                Screw that, this is now a hiphop site. Hip hop a hibby a hop, I will never write about wrestling again cuz I don’t give a WHAT?

                • Capt. Smooth
                  May 19, 2011 at 6:17 am

                  Geek! lol

  10. May 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Dead right about the Corre and the New Nexus. Both are dead weight dragging their respective leadership – Barrett and Punk – down. There’s no point creating these factions to give guys TV time and then failing miserably to get them over.

    • May 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      Potential squandered, and I learned the word squandered from reading your stuff :).

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