AEW Power Rankings—Week Ending June 5th

You could easily change AEW’s name to All Elite Drama this week after what must have been one of the most difficult weeks in AEW’s short history. From MJF and everything around him to CM Punk’s injury and the introduction of the eliminator series for the Interim Championship, there’s been a hell of a lot to talk about this week around AEW.

But how does that affect our AEW Power Rankings? Who came through the other side of AEW’s difficult week in a position of power?

Let’s head into the rankings and find out!

5. The Young Bucks

The Young Bucks are the best tag team of 2021

Do you get the feeling that The Young Bucks are going to reclaim the AEW Tag Team Championships? That’s the vibe I was getting after this past week. Not only did The Bucks score a convincing win over the team that originally beat them to take their championships, Penta and Fenix, but they also scored the win in the ten-man tag on Dynamite by actually pinning one-half of the current Tag Team Champions with the Meltzer Driver. We’ll see if this momentum carries them through for an actual title shot, but The Bucks did enough this week to earn fifth place on our Power Rankings.

4. Scorpio Sky

Scorpio Sky raises the TNT title belt up high

The champion defended his TNT title once again this week, and while he got injured in the process, he successfully retained his belt against the talented Dante Martin in a fun encounter that was perhaps overshadowed by the news of Punk’s injury news and the rules of the upcoming battle royal and eliminator for the Interim Championship. Still, Sky getting the push is a good thing and is arguably a solid retort against the idea that only ex-WWE guys are getting pushed.

3. Ortiz

Ortiz stares us down from the AEW stage

A debut on our Power Rankings here for Ortiz, and one for good reason. It was Ortiz’s cutting of Chris Jericho’s hair that provoked ‘The Wizard’ into agreeing to Eddie Kingston and William Regal’s demand for a Blood & Guts match with the Jericho Appreciation Society. Not only that, but Ortiz’s barber skills have also earned him a big match against Jericho in a hair vs. hair contest at AEW Road Rager on July 15th. Not too shabby! Expect Ortiz to feature quite prominently in segments with Jericho in the build-up to the match.

2. Jon Moxley

Jon Moxley is set to return to GCW

Jon Moxley had a good week, even if he’s been put in a position where he has to benefit from another’s misfortune (then again, that’s wrestling in a nutshell, isn’t it?) Mox main evented Dynamite this past week in a great match with Daniel Garcia (which provided further evidence why ‘Red Death’ really does belong in the top end of the company). Following on from that, Mox has now (controversially, according to some) been named the number one contender to the AEW World Championship and will face the winner of a battle royal to then challenge either Tanahashi or Goto at June 26th’s Forbidden Door PPV between AEW and New Japan to win the Interim Heavyweight Championship until Punk’s return. After months of tag team action with Blackpool Combat Club, this week has re-established how important Mox is to AEW’s main event scene still.

1. MJF

MJF spits on the mic directly into the camera

Plain and simple, above everything, these past 7 days have belonged to MJF. Whether the whole situation with Tony Khan is a work or something legitimate that has now turned into a work to try and right the situation, it ultimately doesn’t matter for now. MJF is perhaps now the most talked about person in wrestling. That’s only going to strengthen his position when renegotiating with AEW or discussing terms with WWE later if it comes to it.

From THAT promo to being removed from the roster and merchandise pages on AEW’s roster, as well as having his image removed from the opening credits of AEW programming, this week has been all about MJF. Whether that leads to something major long-term or is just a short-term fix, we shall see in time. But for this week, MJF is the undisputed leader of our 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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