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AEW Power Rankings—Week Ending July 25th 2022

It was the week of go-home shows before ROH Death Before Dishonor 2022, but AEW still had its own stories to tell, particularly as the feud between Eddie Kingston & Friends and the Jericho Appreciation Society came to a head (hopefully) with the Barbed Wire Everywhere match. How did this affect the Sports Obsessive AEW Power Rankings?

Let’s find out!

5. Anna Jay

Anna Jay poses at the AEW entranceway

The partnership of best friends Anna Jay and Tay Conti was reunited this week, but in a surprising manner as Jay turned on Ruby Soho during the Jericho-Kingston barbed wire match, sending Soho into the ring post before releasing the imprisoned Jericho Appreciation Society from their shark cage in which they were being kept. It was this action that made all the difference as the JAS’ intervention was enough to help ‘The Painmaker’ get the victory.

Big moves then from Anna Jay, whose joining up with the JAS should help her freshen her up and get her back in the spotlight moving forward.

4. Lee Moriarty

Lee Moriarty looks up from the canvas in disbelief

After being turned on by Jonathan Gresham in recent weeks, it was time for Lee Moriarty to pick himself up, and he certainly did last week by not only beating Dante Martin whilst illegally grabbing the ropes, but he also seemed to tease Stokely Hathaway regarding a possible alliance.

Could this be the start of a solid push for Lee? Sounds good to me.

3. Jungle Boy

Jungle Boy has his hand raised in victory

Several weeks after being betrayed and injured by Christian, Jungle Boy returned to AEW this past week to make it very clear he’s coming for his former mentor. Not only did Jungle Boy come out to stare down Christian, but it looks like Luchasaurus has turned his back on the dark side, coming back to his old friend’s side as Christian scarpered.

Whether it turns out to be a double cross is another matter, but for now, everything sits in Jungle Boy’s favor.

2. Eddie Kingston

Eddie Kingston for AEW

It’s a bit of a strange one putting Eddie Kingston in second when he lost his match to Chris Jericho after months of fighting and lots of hype. And certainly from a booking point of view, wouldn’t it have made more sense to have had Eddie go over here and win the feud?

Well, there are two things: one, that Eddie was part of the team that beat the Jericho Appreciation Society at Blood & Guts, and two, Eddie might have lost the battle here, but he also possibly won the war. Yes, Jericho hit a barbed wire-assisted Judas Effect to pin Eddie, but it was ‘The Mad King’ who was standing tall at the end of the night, dropping Jericho through a barbed wire table to end the night.

Eddie might not have won but at least he made his point and left with his head held high. Whether the feud is now legitimately over is another matter…

1. Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho NJPW

Still, regardless of how Eddie Kingston left him at the end of the evening, it was Chris Jericho who emerged on top at the end of their match. Whether you like him or you don’t, as AEW has progressed and a fair amount of All Elite originals have found themselves lessening in importance, Jericho is still at the top end of the card, still winning and still important. And with 2022 seeming like it’s going to be a real year of conflict within AEW, Jericho’s stature is a real power play for ‘The Painmaker’ in and of itself.

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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