AEW released their latest rankings (Apr. 21, 2021). Let’s check out the movers and shakers.
Holy smokes! Cody Rhodes has been dropped from the top 5. AEW isn’t messing around anymore. All it takes is a week or two or inactivity while others rack up cupcake wins on the Dark shows, and out the door you go. Cody is extremely competitive. I wouldn’t be surprised if he overcompensates with three wins next week on both Dark shows then Dynamite.
With Cody gone from #4, Will Hobbs moved up into that spot. PAC returned to the top 5 with a crushing squash on Dark. Darby Allin will defend the TNT Championship against Jungle Boy tonight on Dynamite. Hangman Page is scheduled to protect his #1 status against plucky go-getter Ricky Starks, and Hobbs will be put to the test against workhorse Christian Cage.
The Double or Nothing PPV is creeping up on May 30. Kenny Omega is set to defend the AEW World Championship against Rich Swann at Impact’s Rebellion PPV on April 25. Omega will surely be crowned Impact champ and head into Double of Nothing with four world titles (AEW, Impact, TNA, AAA).
Who Omega’s PPV challenger will be is tough to prognosticate at this time. Christian could easily be in the mix with a win over Hobbs. PAC is also in consideration now that he is back in the top 5. If either of them get the title shot, then I’m curious how AEW explains the leapfrog over Hangman. The easiest route would be a multi-man match to earn the title shot with Hangman losing but not being pinned. And then there is Jon Moxley. His feud with Omega could take priority over the #1 ranked wrestler. The road to Double or Nothing has plenty of twists and turns to come.
Red Velvet’s loss to Jade Cargill dropped her from #2 to #5. Dr. Britt Baker DMD has played the game of accumulating victories on Dark: Elevation and moved up one spot to #3. Bitter rival Thunder Rosa is hot on Baker’s heels moving from #5 to #3. The next chapter between those two might be a #1 contender match leading to a title shot at Double or Nothing. Hikaru Shida is set to defend the AEW Women’s Championship against Tay Conti tonight.
The Varsity Blondes leapfrogged Butcher & Blade into #3. Both earned wins on Dark, but it appears that the Blondes were more impressive to the voting panel. I sense a title shot soon for Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. The Young Bucks will need to pad their stats as heels. After last week’s unmasking of Fenix, I just hope the Bucks don’t try to trim Pillman’s mullet in a shortcut to victory.
Do you agree with AEW’s rankings this week? If not, what would you change?