It might have been Quake at the Lake week for AEW but it felt like a quieter week than it needed to be, considering that All Out will soon be with us. Still, there were some surprises and that keeps things mildly interesting as we move forward. How does that affect this week’s AEW Power Rankings?
Let’s get into it and find out!
5. Sonny Kiss
Now here’s a name that I didn’t expect to feature on this week’s rankings, and yet here we are. Sonny Kiss appears to be actually being used for something other than Dark fodder, which is certainly a step forward for them. I can’t say I’m overwhelmed by the Trustbusters stable but I’m happy for Kiss if nothing else.
4. Darby Allin
At one time, I honestly thought that Darby was going to be the one out of AEW’s so-called four pillars that would be the first to ascend to the top of the promotion. It’s absolutely crazy that Allin feels less important now than he did during the promotion’s first couple of years. So this win was much needed, defeating Brody King in a casket match. The bigger story coming out of it seems to be that Sting and Malakai Black will go at it soon, and there’s no way Sting, at this point in his career, should be overshadowing Allin, but victory here at least puts Allin fourth on this week’s Power Rankings.
3. Jade Cargill
She might have been attacked afterward by a disguised Athena, but fair play to Jade Cargill: she made another successful defence of her TBS title this week, and it was a notable win in that she beat a veteran in Madison Rayne, which certainly doesn’t do Jade’s reputation any harm.
While I think Athena will be the one to finally dethrone Jade at All Out, Jade’s successful title win here places her at number three on this week’s AEW Power Rankings.
2. Jon Moxley
Another week, another successful title defence. Interim Champ Jon Moxley has been AEW’s MVP over the summer, and I hope Big Tony doesn’t forget that once all the injured are back in action. Chris Jericho was the man to fall at Mox’s feet this week in a good, solid encounter, that puts Mox 2-0 over Jericho in singles competition in AEW. And it’s ironic that the man Mox beat for the Heavyweight belt should be on the losing end again here, as the rightful claimant of the title made his return to AEW after the final bell…
1. CM Punk
That’s right: CM Punk is back and is number one on this week’s AEW Power Rankings! The man who was AEW Champion before injury claimed him for the shelf made his return here after Mox defeated Jericho, the rightful champion staring down the Interim Champion, who walked out flipping Punk the finger. That would suggest that the main event for All Out is settled, but psychologically, Punk gets the edge on Mox here by surprising him he had just gone through a grueling encounter with Jericho. Now Punk’s in Mox’s mind—it’s time to put up or shut up