AEW released their latest rankings (June 2, 2021). Let’s check out the movers and shakers. There are going to be major changes, since this set of top 5 charts comes after Double or Nothing and AEW never revealed the pecking order last week.
Jungle Boy is the new #1. He won the Casino Battle Royale to earn a world title shot next week, and he also picked up two wins earlier this week on Elevation and on Dark. Hangman Page is back in contention at #2. Wins over Joey Janela and Brian Cage gave him a boost. Darby Allin moved up one spot to #3, anchored by a win over Cezar Bononi. Jon Moxley dropped one spot to #4 due to focusing on tag team revenge. Orange Cassidy was screwed by Don Callis from potentially winning the AEW World Championship against Kenny Omega and PAC. He ultimately was on the losing pin, so he fell from #1 to #5. Two men were given the boot. PAC was previously ranked #2, and Cage was #5.
It is interesting that Hangman is so close to the top again. I don’t have any problem with it, since he has one of the better strength of wins résumé in the singles division. It is curious though how AEW will proceed with handling his story. In my opinion, Jungle Boy is not winning the title from Omega. That means Hangman will be moving up to #1 shortly. The assumption by many fans, myself included, is that Hangman will be the one to finally conquer Omega. All Out is the next PPV, scheduled for September 5. There will be fourteen episodes of Dynamite until then, which is a very long time to leave Hangman hanging.
That leads me to believe one of three scenarios will take place. One, Jungle Boy shocks the world to win gold. A series with Omega winning it back would chew up time and rightfully keep Hangman out of the picture. Two, AEW gives us Hangman versus Omega for free on TNT. The powers that be in AEW have spoken about not always saving matches for PPV, so this would be one to offer the masses, especially if there will be screwery afoot with Omega retaining. Heck, maybe Hangman will be successful and that sets up a rematch for All Out. Three, Hangman loses again to someone in the top 5 as part of his redemption story.
I suppose there is a fourth option. Perhaps Hangman won’t be the golden child in the end, and he becomes just another hurdle on Omega’s quest for greatness.
Dr. Britt Baker DMD is the new AEW Women’s World Champion after besting Hikaru Shida. Thunder Rosa, Tay Conti, and Nyla Rose all moved up one spot accordingly to #1, #2, and #3. The former champ placed at #4. Leyla Hirsch broke in at #5. Red Velvet dropped out from the fifth slot after losing to Serena Deeb in an NWA title match.
Baker’s reign will kick off with stiff competition, assuming she steps up to the challenge. I can envision Baker offering cupcakes a shot at glory in an effort to keep her clutches on the title as long as possible, but it will only be a matter of time before Thunder Rosa officially earns a title shot. If Baker survives, Conti will be waiting. Those would be quality wins to establish the new champ as more than a fluke.
The Varsity Blonds lost to the Young Bucks two weeks ago, however, they are back in the mix at #1. The Acclaimed moved up one spot to #2. Private Party came out of nowhere into #3. They have wins over Bear Country and a pair of Dark Order duos. FTR moved up one spot to #4. Since there were no rankings last week, Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston technically only dropped from #4 to #5, although, they were unofficially at #1 heading into Double or Nothing. Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page hit the bricks falling out from #2 after losing to Darby Allin & Sting.
One of the reasons I thought Moxley & Kingston should have taken the gold from the Bucks is that the tag title picture is now dull at the moment. The top three teams have no chance of taking down the Jacksons. It is likely that FTR will be consumed with Santana & Ortiz in the matter between the Pinnacle and the Inner Circle. Mox & King just had their shot. In fact, the Bucks’ next match is against an unranked duo in PAC and Pentagon. Hope is not lost though. Jurassic Express, Best Friends, and Allin & Sting would be intriguing options to build toward.
Do you agree with AEW’s rankings this week? If not, what would you change?