Welcome to the Sport Obsessive AEW Power Rankings for the week ending May 15th! As we head closer and closer to Double or Nothing, the AEW roster is working harder to put themselves in a favourable position come the big show.
Who made the biggest power plays this week? Who grabbed the proverbial brass ring?
Let’s get into the rankings!
5. Kris Statlander
It’s unfortunate that Kris Statlander earns her place on the Power Rankings this week by replacing an injured performer, but whatever way you slice it, being chosen to enter a tournament in place of another performer suggests confidence that you deserve to be in that spot rather than other performers who could have been chosen as replacements.
While there seems to be some confusion and controversy over whether Hikaru Shida is injured or cleared to wrestle, Kris Stratlander has reaped the benefit of grabbing a place in an important tournament, and that’s a power move in itself.
4. Adam Cole
A lot of people think Adam Cole is going to be the eventual winner of the Owen Cup, so him beating Dax Harwood on Dynamite in a first-round matchup is certainly a step in the right direction. That he did so convincingly but in a very competitive encounter with one half of FTR, who are on fire at the moment, in what was the best match of the night only boosts Cole further and earns him a spot on the Power Rankings this week.
3. Blackpool Combat Club
You can blame Daniel Garcia for this one. During the Jericho Appreciation Society’s promo, Garcia made the mistake of saying sports entertainers will always beat wrestlers. Cue the Blackpool Combat Club coming out to throw hands. After weeks of winning squash matches, the BCC has finally been given something to do. Their beat down of the Society and the staredown afterwards finally announce a feud for the Club and hopefully a match against the Society at Double or Nothing. Even William Regal got involved, smacking Jericho in the face and staring daggers through him. One more match, William?
2. Scorpio Sky
The AEW TNT Champion made another strong showing this week, entering in a spirited performance in a title defence against former SCU teammate Frankie Kazarian. There seems to be a real tease of the company getting further behind Sky as a singles performer as the hints that Sky is set to split Dan Lambert and Ethan Page get stronger and stronger. That will hopefully give Sky the feud he needs to cement his position as a legit star, rather than a titleholder as a token gesture. We all know Sky’s talent and potential. Big wins and story developments like this push Sky into an area where he can fully display them at last.
MJF holds all the keys at the moment in his feud with Wardlow, but he might not do for long. Having come out to a hero’s welcome on Dynamite in his home town (was it wise to have the heel calling the shots over the face in the heel’s home town? It’s debatable…), he embarrassed Wardlow with a hilarious Dark Side of the Ring parody video. He then stacked the deck: if Wardlow wants a match with MJF at Double or Nothing, he’s going to have to take lashes from Shawn Spears next week, and then beat Spears in a cage match the week after to get it. Fiendish, even if it’s the same as he did to Cody.
Not only that, but if Wardlow does get to Double or Nothing and he loses, he will never be able to sign with AEW and will presumably remain under MJF’s contract. A real power play from MJF, even if Wardlow’s destruction of his cohorts after suggests things won’t be in MJF’s favour for too long.