AEW released their latest rankings (Aug. 19, 2020). Let’s check out the movers and shakers.
No changes for the men this week. Despite losing to Cody Rhodes in a TNT Championship bout, Scorpio Sky remains at #5. Other potential wrestlers to be considered for that spot are Wardlow (6-1), Shawn Spears (10-2), Ricky Starks (4-1), and Fenix (4-1). The problem is all those records are inflated with wins over inferior talent, so no one has much of a case to leapfrog any of the others.
Now that the records look appealing to the eye, it is time to book competitive singles matchups. There are a few on the horizon with Cody vs Mr. Brodie Lee on Saturday night Dynamite on Aug. 22, Moxley vs MJF at All Out on Sep. 5, and Brian Cage and/or Ricky Starks should be wrestling Darby Allin soon. Let’s get some interesting action for Lance Archer, Sky, Wardlow, Spears, and Fenix.
No changes for the women either.
Yeah! The tag team rankings were shaken up a little bit. The Young Bucks beat the Dark Order last week, so the Bucks moved up a spot to #3 while the Dark Order dropped two spots to #5. Jurassic Express lost their title shot against Hangman Page & Kenny Omega and were subsequently given the boot. The Natural Nightmares boosted up into #4. They had a quality win over TH2 two weeks ago on Dark.
As we approach All Out, it will be interesting to see where the Bucks get booked. They are in two different stories right now. One is trifling with the Dark Order. Those combination variations are almost exhausted for providing something fresh in that feud for the PPV. Maybe versus Mr. Brodie and Colt Cabana? That doesn’t really move the needle for me.
The other is their quest of proving to be the best against FTR. FTR should be in line for a title shot as #1. The Bucks have no justification to leapfrog or be included in a three-way. If FTR’s attack on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express means the Bucks demand retribution on Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood, then where does that leave the champs for All Out? FTR vs the champs should takes precedence over any personal beef from the Bucks.
For other potential top 5 matchups with the Jacksons, the Bucks just beat the Evil Uno & Stu Grayson. The Best Friends are on a collision course with Santana & Ortiz. Wrestling the Natural Nightmares is not PPV worthy as a cold match, and there is no time to build a hot story for it. I guess they could always dip back into the well for Fenix & Pentagon to steal the show.
Do you agree with AEW’s rankings this week? If not, what would you change?