AEW released their latest rankings (Sep. 1, 2021). Let’s check out the movers and shakers. AEW never posted the batch before Dynamite, so the rankings do not reflect Wednesday night’s action. Let’s check it out anyway.
Orange Cassidy made a move over Darby Allin thanks to a win against Matt Hardy. Hardy should sue Cassidy for a piece of his earnings, since it was Hardy’s value as a veteran that pushed Cassidy up the charts to earn more money. Jungle Boy dropped out, and Brian Cage entered the mix. Unfortunately for Cage, his top 5 status will be over after losing a hoss fight to Will Hobbs.
Darby Allin has a chance to take back #2 with a match against Daniel Garcia on Rampage. Allin could even be #1 if he shocks the legend CM Punk in victory at the All Out PPV on September 5. For All Out title action, Kenny Omega defends against Christian Cage and Miro defends against Eddie Kingston. There should be lots of movement in the men’s top 5 next week.
Tay Conti took a dip to slide under Hikaru Shida. Conti’s loss to Bunny was the reason. Nyla Rose exited, so Jade Cargill could enter with an undefeated record.
At All Out, Dr. Britt Baker DMD defends her championship against Kris Statlander. If one of the top 5 wins the Casino Battle Royale to earn a future title shot, then that woman will likely find herself at #1 next week in the rankings.
The Lucha Bros won the #1 contender tag team tournament with wins over Varsity Blonds and Jurassic Express. That shook up the tag team rankings for the second week in a row. Fenix & Pentagon moved from #3 to #1. Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison dropped from #1 to #5. FTR keeps cruising up despite inactivity. Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler received a one place improvement to #3. Private Party was dumped to squeeze in Santana & Ortiz at #4. AEW was a bit ham-handed to force FTR versus Santana & Ortiz as a top 5 matchup, but the action delivered with the Inner Circle prevailing over the Pinnacle.
The Young Bucks will defend the tag titles against the Lucha Bros inside a steel cage at All Out. It will be interesting to see how far the loser falls, since they would still have a more impressive record than the rest.
Do you agree with AEW’s rankings this week? If not, what would you change?