Is AEW’s Ranking System Dead?
AEW’s ranking system has been a contentious idea among fans since the concept was first presented. There’s been a weighty emphasis on wins and losses making a difference inside the organization since its earliest days and once its underlying champions were delegated a set of Top 5 rankings were presented for the Men’s, Ladies’ and Label Group Division. And while said rankings have frequently been behind the scenes of storylines, they don’t always check out. A wrestler can develop wins on Dull/Dim Elevation tapings and suddenly bounce into the Top 5 without showing up on Explosive or Frenzy. And in other cases, as with FTR sitting at the No. 1 spot in the label group division for a really long time without having a title chance, they can be by and large disregarded randomly.
Yet, presently fans are wondering assuming the rankings have been scrapped altogether. AEW‘s true website hasn’t posted new rankings since Aug. 31, meaning everything that occurred at the Hard and fast compensation per-view and in the weeks paving the way to Wednesday night’s Grand Slam occasion haven’t been represented. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer remarked on their status on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio.
“They’re not dead, however they have been toned down, yet they’re not dead. There was a decision not to emphasize them as much on television, but rather they can always go back to doing as such,” Meltzer said.
It’s possible that, between CM Troublemaker’s post-Full scale comments, the storage space fight that resulted in more than about six suspensions and the stripping of Troublemaker and The First class of their reality and trios championships, AEW is holding off on rankings until things quiet down once more. As during the current week, this is what the Grand Slam card resembles:
Explosive (Sept. 21)
- AEW Big showdown: Jon Moxley vs. Bryan Danielson
- AEW World Label Group Championships: Swerve In Our Brilliance vs. The Acclaimed
- Interval AEW Big showdown: Toni Storm vs. Serena Deeb vs. Athena vs. Dr. Britt Cook
- AEW All-Atlantic Championship: PAC vs. Orange Cassidy
- ROH Big showdown: Claudio Castagnoli vs. Chris Jericho
- Frenzy (Sept. 23)
- Snare and Action Bronson vs. Jericho Appreciation Society
- Sting and Darby Allin vs. House of Dark (No Disqualification Match)
- TBS Championship: Jade Cargill vs. Diamante
- Eddie Kingston vs. Sammy Guevara
- Golden Ticket Fight Royale (AEW Big showdown Match)
- Rey Feni vs. Wilderness Kid
- Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Ricky Starks
- Wardlow and Samoa Joe vs. Tony Nese and Josh Woods