Welcome to Sports Obsessive’s AEW Power Rankings! After the promotion experienced its most controversial and difficult weekend, how did the fallout impact the rankings this week?
Let’s get into it and find out!
He’s only been back a week and he’s already stealing the show (and jumping into our AEW Power Rankings)! From his swerving the crowd by pretending to have turned over a new leaf only to reveal his usual evil self, to evoking Cody Rhodes and verbally sparring with Mox, MJF helped to give a fresh injection of energy to last week’s Dynamite and showed everyone who the real star around here is.
4. Sammy Guevara
Talking of the ‘four pillars of AEW‘, Sammy G was another one who made a big impact with Punk and the Elite gone, defeating old rival Darby Allin to advance in the tournament of champions. While I’m pretty sure Guevara won’t win the title, the win here suggests a new burst of confidence in him as a solo star, rather than just a double act with his wife. It’s certainly a step in the right direction and places Sammy at number four in our AEW Power Rankings.
3. Bryan Danielson
And talking of steps in the right direction, as much as I’ve enjoyed Danielson in the BCC in recent months, you know Danielson has much more to offer than that. Bryan winning here in the Tournament of Champions helps to re-establish him as a main event player in the company. It didn’t harm matters that he had a great match with Adam ‘Taking Care of Business for Himself’ Page either. Will we see Danielson become a major player at the top end of the AEW card now? Here’s hoping!
2. Death Triangle/Daniel Garcia
It was over for The Elite as soon as it started, and while that is a shame in some respects, as I’m sure they would have had an entertaining run, I certainly feel more than compensated by Death Triangle taking the gold. Until FTR revved up their game, I thought the Lucha Brothers were the best tag team in the world, and PAC can pretty much do little wrong in my eyes. A title victory puts the group at number two in this week’s AEW Power Rankings.
Meanwhile, Daniel Garcia put in a hell of a performance against Wheeler Yuta, showing off why he really could be the future of pro wrestling if fans put their size prejudices to the size once and for all. Garcia is tailor-made for ROH, and he really was the perfect choice to end Yuta’s Pure Title reign. Congratulations to the new champ.
1. Claudio Castagnoli
‘The Swiss Superman’ tops our AEW Power Rankings once again, as Claudio made another successful defense of the ROH World Heavyweight Championship, this time against one-half of the best tag team in the world in FTR’s Dax Harwood. An entirely appropriate match for ROH and a great encounter overall, Claudio keeps the spirit of Honor alive, and a wonderful thing that is too.