AEW released their latest rankings (Oct. 14, 2020). Let’s check out the movers and shakers.
Cody Rhodes regained the TNT Championship and moved from #4 over to the champ side. His spot in the rankings was filled by the losing Mr. Brodie Lee. Both titles will be up for grabs tonight on Dynamite. Jon Moxley defends against Lance Archer and Cody defends against Orange Cassidy.
No changes. Hikaru Shida will be have her hands full over the next few weeks. A title defense is scheduled for tonight against Big Swole. Last night on Dark, Vickie Guerrero issued a title challenge on behalf of Nyla Rose. That will likely take place at the Full Gear PPV on November 7.
No changes here either. FTR will defend the titles tonight against Best Friends.
The rankings have become dull and boring over the past weeks with heavy stagnation. I don’t anticipate any title changes tonight either. It is leaving me with nothing to say that I haven’t already said, so let’s look forward to 2021 when the rankings reset. Here’s my top five choices for wrestlers I’d like to see climb the charts in the new year.
The Bulgarian Brute has his hands full with best man duties for Kip Sabian’s wedding, but he should be ready to make a splash in 2021. I want to see him crush his way up the rankings for big money fights.
4. Lucha Bros
Whether as a tag team or in singles competition, Fenix and Pentagon should have a bigger role in 2021. Plans with Death Triangle were squashed when the coronavirus pandemic kept PAC locked out of the country, so focus shifted to members of Eddie Kingston’s family. The two brothers need to break out as the draws they can become. If it takes Kingston’s mouth to get them there, so be it.
3. Santana & Ortiz
Despite defeat, the parking lot performance from Santana and Ortiz left me wanting to see more of that badass attitude. They can have their fun and games outside the ring with the Inner Circle, but the intensity should be ratcheted up at all times when in matches.
2. Will Hobbs
Hobbs stepped up last week to prove himself well against top competition in Brian Cage. I think he’s ready to have the rocket on his back for big opportunities. I’m not saying strap him up with a belt right away, but I believe he has potential as the face that runs the place by year’s end if provided enough high-profile feuds to fine-tune his skills.
1. Hangman Page
Aside from Hangman’s mopey attitude, he still delivers excitement in the ring. Hangman can be the man once he discovers self-confidence. He’s my pick to take the championship from Jon Moxley.
Do you agree with AEW’s rankings this week? If not, what would you change? Who do you want to see climb the charts in 2021?