We’re on the path to All Out, but as this week’s edition of our AEW Power Rankings confirms, the focus was on the gold this week, with several titles defended and the contendership for the AEW Interim Championship at Quake at the Lake. There was also a big turn that will no doubt set up a big match in Trios Titles tournament when it finally happens at All Out.
How did all of this affect this week’s AEW Power Rankings? Let’s get into it and find out!
5. Adam Cole & ReDRagon
Since the debut of Adam Cole and ReDragon in AEW and joining the Undisputed Elite, there has been a power struggle at the heart of the faction, with ReDRagon on one side, The Young Bucks on the other, and Adam Cole Bay-Bay stuck in the middle. Well, Cole finally chose which side of the bed to sleep on this week as he returned after weeks of injury only to turn on the Bucks and, alongside ReDRagon beat the pair down to show who’s boss. This brought out Adam Page to make the save and tease a potential Elite reunion.
While I’m not overwhelmed that what could potentially be a big storyline for the promotion seems to be being set in motion now to add weight to the Trios Titles tournament rather than as an actual big story in itself, it’s a big power move by Cole & Co, as whatever direction the feud goes in, it sets Adam Cole for a push that could see him back at the top of the promotion before the year’s end.
4. Chris Jericho
An unfortunate week for Wheeler Yuta as, although his ROH Pure Championship wasn’t on the line, he as a champion wrestler lost a match to earn contendership for another championship, all on Battle of the Belts week.
This, however, worked in Chris Jericho’s favor as he won fair and square and as a consequence, he will be taking on AEW Interim Champion Jon Moxley at next week’s Quake at the Lake edition of Dynamite. It makes sense, as we had Mox-Yuta not too long ago, and Jericho is still a key name on the AEW roster. I don’t expect Jericho to win next week, but his win here to earn the shot places him at number four on our AEW Power Rankings this week.
3. Claudio Castagnoli
Claudio Castagnoli made his first defence of his newly-won ROH World Heavyweight Championship this week at Battle of the Belts III and was successful, downing Konosuke Takeshita in a great match that benefited Takeshita as much as it did Claudio. A successful title defence gets Claudio on the AEW Power Rankings, but as these rankings are for AEW, that does only put Claudio at number three for defending a ROH title rather than an AEW one (if, as and when ROH runs weekly programming, there’s a good chance I’ll do Power Rankings for them and will be very happy to put Claudio in the number one spot then, I assure you!)
2. Thunder Rosa
‘La Mera Mera’ makes it to number two on our AEW Power Rankings this week with a successful defence of the AEW Women’s Championship against Jamie Hayter at Battle of the Belts III. Hayter has supposedly suffered a broken nose, which is unfortunate news, but a Rosa victory keeps the ball rolling as we head for what now appears to be an inevitable rematch with Britt Baker over the title.
1. Jon Moxley
Jon Moxley tops the AEW Power Rankings this week for another successful title defence, this time on Rampage against everybody’s favorite pay window-botherer Mance Warner (who I’d love to see more of in AEW should the opportunity arise). One thing I will say is that, compared to how AEW booked Adam Page as champ (and that is on AEW, not Page), Moxley really has been a fighting champion since claiming the Interim title, and another successful title defence puts him at the head of this week’s AEW Power Rankings.