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AEW Power Rankings—Week Ending May 8th 2022

Welcome to the Sports Obsessive AEW Power Rankings! This week was a bit more of a subdued week, with Dynamite in particular suffering in this regard, leaving Rampage to pick up the slack. Still, certain advantages were pressed and certain gains grabbed. Which wrestlers made the most of their opportunities this week? Who grabbed the so-called brass ring?

Let’s find out!

5. Riho

Riho looks on from the ring at an unseen opponent

Riho is a stalwart of AEW, having wrestled on their first-ever show, Double or Nothing 2019, as well as being the first-ever AEW Women’s Champion. So it’s always good to see Riho back in an AEW ring, somewhere she hasn’t been since January 2022 when she suffered a broken collarbone. She wrestled her return match on this week’s Rampage, beating the always-enjoyable Yuka Sakazaki in a qualifying match for the Owen Hart Cup. This was an important win for Riho, as she proved in her return that she still has a place in what is becoming a highly populated women’s division, at least compared to when Riho started with the company.

And speaking of the women’s division…

4. Toni Storm

Toni Storm makes her entrance on AEW Dynamite

Toni Storm has been a big grab for AEW and it feels like they haven’t even really began to use her. Not only did that make her participation on Rampage in a tag match with Ruby Soho against Britt Baker and Jamie Hayter important, as the association with some of the biggest names in the women’s division shows what kind of standing AEW expects Storm to have in the company moving forward.

Not only that, but Storm grabbed the win for her team, and she did that by rolling the former AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker for the pinfall. That’s not a bad thing to have on your resume as you try to build momentum—‘I pinned a former AEW women’s champion.’ That puts Storm at number 4 in this week’s Power Rankings for me.

3. Wardlow

Wardlow takes the mic and stares down the camera at us

‘Mr Mayhem’ sparkled again this week, beating MJF’s hired assassin, the physically imposing W. Morrissey from Impact (and formerly WWE’s Big Cass). Not only did Wardlow overcome the physically imposing Morrissey, a feat in itself, but he did so without ever looking out of his depth. In fact, Wardlow is looking more and more confident and kudos to AEW for really getting behind him now. He genuinely is starting to feel more and more like a star with each week.

I can do without another contract signing next week, but I’ll be interested to see if they let Wardlow get some good mic time or just let MJF dominate the mic (could you blame them if they did, though?)

2. Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho is my second choice to face AEW World Champion Adam Page

It might not feel like it, what with Eddie Kingston throwing threats over the phone at him on Rampage, but Chris Jericho put himself in a real position of power this week. Beating Santana on Dynamite benefits in two ways; one, Jericho puts the reason for the success of the Inner Circle squarely on his own shoulders by beating one of his former stablemates; two, he further gets into Eddie’s head by beating one of his friends, thus putting the suggestion into Eddie’s head that perhaps, just perhaps, Jericho can beat him too.

No wonder Eddie felt compelled to ring in on Rampage

1. Mercedes Martinez

Willow Nightengale raises Mercedes Martinez's hand in victory

While the match doesn’t seem to have been received too favourably by fans, interim ROH Women’s Champion Mercedes Martinez finally became champion for real, as she defeated Deonna Purrazzo to become the undisputed title-holder. Grapplers grasping and winning championships will always rank high on my power rankings and Mercedes hits the top spot this week by winning the ROH Women’s Championship. Congratulations to the new champ.

Written by Chris Flackett

Wrestling obsessed since '91. Lived through the Monday Night Wars and is still here to tell the tale. Major fan of Strong Style, technical and Super Jr. Wrestling, as well as big versatile hosses smacking the hell out of each other. Lives in Manchester, England.

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