After last week’s AEW Power Rankings, which saw a focus on the upcoming ROH Death Before Dishonor PPV, AEW saw a focus on champions this week during the first of this year’s Fyter Fest events, and the build toward Death Before Dishonor was part of this.
But how did this all affect the AEW Power Rankings this week?
Read on and find out…
5. Claudio Castagnoli
The Swiss Superman ended the week in a real position of power, having beaten Jake Hager in a good match on Dynamite before coming out on Rampage to confront the current ROH World Heavyweight Champion ‘The Octopus’ Jonathan Gresham. And lo and behold, Claudio finds himself in an ROH World Title Match at Death Before Dishonor against Gresham. Now that’s what you call a power play!
Two of the best technical wrestlers in the world going at in their spiritual home of ROH in the main event of a PPV. If you can’t already tell, I can’t wait for this one!
One week into being the AEW TNT Champion and Wardlow was making his first defense. Orange Cassidy was an interesting choice for a first challenger, and while you might expect the two would clash in style, and I could have done without the Best Friends nonsense, this was a good match, with both men looking good by the end. Wardlow retained, notching the first successful defense of his title. I reckon we’ll see any more in weeks to come.
3. Jonathan Gresham
If Claudio thinks he’s going to have it easy at Death Before Dishonor, he needs to think again. The current reigning ROH World Heavyweight Champion defended his title on this week’s Rampage against the man he recently turned against, Lee Moriarty. As expected, the pair had a great clash with Gresham taking the win and proving why he is one of the best in the world today. A successful title defense puts him at 3 on this week’s AEW Power Rankings.
2. Jon Moxley
The current reigning AEW Interim Heavyweight Champion made another successful title defense this week, and on this occasion, it was new AEW fan favorite and rising star Konosuke Takeshita that was slain by the champ in a very credible showing that saw plenty of hard-hitting violence, just as Mox likes it, and blood too—again, just how Mox likes it! I’ve put Mox over Gresham here as, in all fairness, Tony Khan has, understandably, positioned AEW as the more major of the two promotions, so it’s only right Mox goes over Gresham in this week’s AEW Power Rankings.
Sorry, Gresh—we love you too!
1. Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland
There were some people, and I was one of them, that felt that nothing was being done with Keith Lee when he first became All Elite, but credit where credit’s due. His team with Swerve Strickland has been pretty damn entertaining, and while it might be too soon to put the belts on them, especially after weeks of teasing a split, I’m certainly more interested in a Swerve In Our Glory title run than a Young Bucks one (although like our own Neil Gray, I’m waiting for the FTR run). And let’s be fair, when Big Tony does decide to split the pair, he can always fall back on those split teases and call it long-term storytelling (I’m only pulling your leg, TK).
Congratulations to the new tag team champions; they very much deserve their place this week at the top of our AEW Power Rankings!