AEW released their latest rankings (Aug. 4, 2021). Let’s check out the movers and shakers.
Hangman Page played a dangerous hand and came up short. Due to being on the losing side of a 10-man tag team elimination match against the Elite, the stipulation dictated that he step aside from challenging Kenny Omega for the AEW World Championship. That means the cowboy was given the boot from the rankings. Hangman had previously been ranked #1.
Jungle Boy slides in as the new #1. Christian Cage, Darby Allin, and Orange Cassidy all moved up one spot accordingly with the absence of Hangman. Will Hobbs is back in the mix to round out the top 5.
With the All Out PPV approaching on September 5, Omega is in need of a title challenger. The smart play for him seems to be forcing Jungle Boy to wrestler Christian. It would be a curmudgeonly tactic to drive a wedge between protege and mentor. Sounds like a page right out of Omega’s playbook.
AEW stirred up the women’s rankings with Red Velvet leaping into #3 over Kris Statlander and Hikaru Shida. All three earned singles victories this week. AEW must have judged Velvet’s win over Angelica Risk to be more impressive than Statlander beating Ashley D’Amboise and Shida defeating Madi Maxx.
FTR’s important win over Santana & Ortiz pushed the Pinnacle’s tag team specialists up one spot into #3. Private Party fell from #3 to #5. Santana & Ortiz dropped out, so Jurassic Express filled the vacancy by rising to #4.
#1 Varsity Blonds and #2 The Acclaimed have been feuding on Elevation and Dark. Let’s have that match already. It is time for AEW to clear that logjam at the top. It is obvious neither team will be the one to dethrone the Young Bucks, so let’s go through the motions and get that over with. The real allure lies in the Bucks defending against FTR or Jurassic Express.
Do you agree with AEW’s rankings this week? If not, what would you change?