Welcome to this week’s edition of the Sports Obsessive AEW Power Rankings! It was more of a low-key week in Big Tony’s world this past week, but there were still some interesting developments, with one shocking result that had a big impact on the Power Rankings this week.
Without further adieu, let’s get into it!
5. Wheeler Yuta
Do you know what the problem with Chris Jericho is? He talks before he speaks. Wheeler Yuta used that to his full advantage on Rampage, playing to Jericho’s ego and insecurity so as to trick ‘The Wizard’ into putting his shot at Jon Moxley’s Interim Title at Quake By The Lake on the line against the Blackpool Combat Club man. It’s a big opportunity for Yuta; beat Jericho, and get a shot at the biggest prize in AEW. Can he pull it off? Let’s wait and see.
This is Hook’s first placing on our AEW Power Rankings. It’s been said for a while that Hook is heading for great things, and the FTW title, his first championship, will be just the tip of the iceberg. In reality, the FTW title hasn’t really meant anything for a long time, but here’s the thing: taking the title away from Ricky Starks, who cut a heartfelt promo afterward and was then surprise-attacked by Powerhouse Hobbs to cement his face turn, allows Mr. Starks to move in a new direction and freshen up. And if AEW pushes Hook seriously, then he might be able to restore some credibility to the FTW title.
Congratulations to the new champ.
3. Thunder Rosa
While it does feel like Rosa is treading water a little, and that AEW is setting Britt Baker up already to be the one to take the belt off her, Rosa is making the most of her lackluster booking, going out there and giving it her all in defending the AEW Women’s Championship.
A solid title defence here against Miyu Yamashita, a rematch from a recent collision in Japan, saw Rosa put another successful victory against her title reign, and that can only be a good thing, putting her at number three this week on our AEW Power Rankings. Rosa really is one of the best women wrestlers in the world—when are AEW going to start treating her as such?
2. Jon Moxley
The current AEW figurehead places number two on our AEW Power Rankings this week, having successfully defended his Interim Championship against a man who knows what it’s like to taste championship gold, the former ROH World Heavyweight Champion Rush. Fresh off the back of a successful win against his brother Dragon Lee at Death Before Dishonor, Rush was full of aggression and momentum, but Moxley came out on top, winning a hard-hitting but fun encounter between the two.
It wasn’t enough to put Mox at number one in our Power Rankings, though…
1. Daniel Garcia
What?, I can hear you cry. Garcia at the top of the rankings over two Heavyweight champions making successful title defences. In this case, yes. Not only did Garcia win a big main event, but his opponent on the night was only Bryan Danielson, still one of the best wrestlers in the world and making his return to the AEW ring here after a brief spell of injury.
Not only did Garcia beat him, but he made Bryan bleed and then pass out in the sharpshooter. That is no mean feat in itself, and it says a lot about the faith both AEW and Danielson must have in Garcia to put him over in such a way. Mark my words, Garcia is heading for bigger things, but for now, his massive victory over Bryan Danielson puts him at number one on this week’s AEW Power Rankings.