AEW Power Rankings—Week Ending August 21st

Welcome to this week’s edition of our AEW Power Rankings! It was a strange week for the Elite group, what with Dynamite showing a marked improvement, what with Kenny Omega’s return and the hot CM Punk/Jon Moxley confrontation, but that was overshadowed by the Punk/Adam Page controversy, followed by an edition of Rampage that could have passed for an episode of Dark.

So, some good, some bad. How did that affect the AEW Power Rankings? Let’s find out!

5. Jade Cargill

Jade Cargill poses for the fans with the AEW TBS Championship belt

Jade and Athena are seemingly on a crash course for All Out, but it was Jade this week who got the edge, with the help of her Baddies, beating down the former Ember Moon and giving her a shot with a sledgehammer, Triple H-style, to leave her laying. This was Jade sending a clear message: I’m keeping my Title at all costs.

4. Dustin Rhodes

Dustin Rhodes makes his entrance on AEW

Here’s a name I wasn’t expecting to see on the Power Rankings, but here we are. Dustin answered Claudio Castagnoli’s open challenge for the ROH World Heavyweight title. Mr. Rhodes quite rightly pointed out that he has never held a World Heavyweight Championship, a crazy fact when you consider it and wants a chance to now against Claudio. While Dustin Rhodes isn’t the first name I would want to see challenge Claudio, the logic behind it does make sense, and it gives Dustin a place at number four on this week’s AEW Power Rankings.

3. Kenny Omega

Kenny Omega is the best wrestler of 2021

‘The Cleaner’ is back! Having one of the best in the world back in action is a blessing for AEW and enough of a reason for Kenneth to earn a place on the AEW Power Rankings this week. However, it’s a cautious placing. Look, I genuinely really like Kenny and am glad to see him back in the ring, but that wasn’t just ring rust we saw on Wednesday; Omega looked banged up and hurt still. My only concern is that Kenny has come back too soon and gets seriously hurt quickly. Time will tell, and Kenny knows his own body, but I do hope the best for him.

2. Daniel Garcia

Daniel Garcia stares out the camera on AEW Dynamite

Yes, ‘The Dragon Slayer’ didn’t slay the dragon this week, as he lost his 2 out of 3 falls match against Bryan Danielson, but he didn’t look like a loser by the end. Not only did he get one fall over Bryan, showing that the previous victory wasn’t an aberration, but he held his own in a brilliant, hard-hitting encounter that did allow Garcia to look like a star. Danielson wanting to shake his hand after the match was the seal of approval he needed, as was the chant of ‘you’re a wrestler!’ from the crowd. The closing turn, in which Garcia stopped Jericho from beating down Danielson, also suggests that there is another big feud on the horizon for Garcia, one which could have big implications for him and his place on the card moving forward.

1. CM Punk & Jon Moxley

Jon Moxley and CM Punk stare each other down

We have joint first-place entrants on this week’s AEW Power Rankings, as I couldn’t decide between the two. Punk gets a couple of points deducted for that bulls**t he pulled on Adam Page (I’ve seen defences that this was an old-school way of Punk getting back at Page’s supposed off-script remarks about Punk previously, but I say it’s 2022, stop comparing d***s and deal with it backstage like professionals). But the main point stands; Punk and Mox created great heat and equally made us care about their championship-settling encounter to come, as this is for the most important Title in the company, which puts them at number one on this week’s AEW Power Rankings.

Written by Chris Flackett

Wrestling obsessed since '91. Lived through the Monday Night Wars and is still here to tell the tale. Major fan of Strong Style, technical and Super Jr. Wrestling, as well as big versatile hosses smacking the hell out of each other. Lives in Manchester, England.

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