We’re on the road to ROH Death Before Dishonor and while AEW has been picking up the pace in promoting and building up to the show, there was still a lot of developments for AEW wrestlers and storylines this week.
What affect did all this have on our weekly AEW Power Rankings?
5. The Gunn Club
Call it jealousy or call it getting the jump. You can even call it a premature split if you want, but The Gunn Club turning on The Acclaimed was always going to happen, and now the wait is over. The Acclaimed is a very popular team and hopefully, this will be their launching pad to something bigger, but The Gun Club get the nod here at fifth place on the rankings for making the first move and establishing their dominance over their former teammates.
4. Eddie Kingston
While Dynamite might have been a bad night for the ‘Mad King’, what with his friend Ruby Soho getting her arm smashed with a car door, Rampage saw business pick up for KIngston. Not only did he win a a great smash-mouth encounter against Konosuke Takeshita that had everybody talking, but he then proceeded to entrap Chris Jericho in a future no-rope barbed wire match between the two. Seeing that Kingston wants to make Jericho bleed like a stuffed pig, I think that we can count this as a result for the ‘Mad King’.
3. Jonathan Gresham
Returning to AEW rings this week after injury, the ROH World Heavyweight Champion tagged with Lee Moriarty against Tully Blanchard’s latest charges, The Gates of Agony. It wasn’t to be Moriarty’s night, however, as ‘The Octopus’ and former Foundation man jumped off the apron when Moraiarty was desperate to make the tag, walking off instead to embarace Tully Blanchard. That is a power play in itself, but surrounding yourself with big guys like the Gates of Agony and Brian Cage and having them watch your back is even more of one. As to his motives, I’ll guess we’ll have to wait and see, but I’m definitely intrigued to see where Gresham goes with this, even if I do miss The Foundation.
While I can’t pretend I’m not a little sad that Scorpio Sky didn’t get a little longer with the TNT Championship, it does make sense to put the belt on Wardlow now and ride and build ont he momentum he’s had in the last few months. Hopefully, we can get a long run out of Wardlow, as the TNT title does tned to get hot potatoed a lot, but in any case, Wardlow’s star is in the ascendency and this title victory confirms it. Congratulations to the new champ.
1. Jon Moxley
The king is dead, long live the interim king! Quite literally too, as Brody KIng, the first challenger to Jon Moxley’s AEW interim championship, fell to the champ after a hard-hitting encounter that saw Mox come out on top. While I hope this isn’t the last time we see Brody King nearer the top end of the card, this was the right outcome as Mox is certainly as good a man as any to lead the company until CM Punk returns, and that is why Jon Moxley tops this week’s AEW Power Rankings.