2020: Year Two in Review

The second year of All Elite Wrestling began on New Year’s Day with a special edition of Dynamite promoted a themed event called “Homecoming” and, like the overwhelming majority of events in the months to follow, was produced live at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville Florida.

2020 established the final of what, from what indications, will be the four annual Pay-Per-View (PPV) events, Revolution. The only other new programming was a YouTube special in August, Women's Tag Team Cup Tournament: The Deadly Draw. In sum, the year saw 779 matches over 120 events.

Note: The Special Late Night Dynamite on September 22nd, is counted here in the Dynamite column despite not counting in the numerical total of episodes. The one match in the [1] is a reference to the Mixed Tag match between Omega & Riho vs Sabian & Ford that aired on Dark #18 but was not counted in any official Win-Loss records.

Best Bout Machine Kenny Omega topped the table for 2020 on the strength of his World Tag Team Championship run with Adam Page followed by defeating the runner-up, Jon Moxley, to become World Champion in December. Not to be outdone, Moxley finished the year first in multiple other statistical categories including MPM (Metrics Per Match) and Winning Percentage. Of note, all of the Top 10 this year finished in the Top 20 in 2019. Even so, the second half of the list is almost entirely new faces including four wrestlers (FTR, Archer & Lee) who did not wrestle in the first calendar year of the company.

Further, the introduction of the TNT Championship led to additional Championship Points earned by all three of its recipients: Cody, Mr. Brodie Lee and Darby Allin. This helped to displace the only to-date all-time title holders not listed here, Scorpio Sky & Frankie Kazarian, who each narrowly missed out on the Top 20.

The single largest turnaround this year belonged to Jungle Boy, who followed his time-limit Draw to close 2019 by winning the most matches of all AEW Wrestlers in 2020.

The Women’s Roster top spot should really be no surprise as Shida began her 372-day long reign with her victory for the Women’s World Championship at Double or Nothing.

Shanna’s inclusion in the Top 20 was awarded as she won matches in 2020 whereas Emi Sakura, despite earning Quality Points from past wins as well as receiving Ranking Points for her inclusion on the first official list of the year, did not actually wrestle in an AEW match this calendar year.

Serena Deeb Further is also given special recognition here as she defended the NWA World’s Women Championship five times on AEW programming in 2020.

Riho’s MPM may stand out relative to her Win-Loss record. This can be explained by the fact she still held the title for the first 43 days of the year as well as the passive accrual of Quality Points even as she was unable to travel out of Japan; specifically, her 2019 victories over Shida, Rose and Baker now meant more as these three improved their own records and, thus, anyone who had defeated them earned increasingly more over time.

The onset of the pandemic in March brought with significant changes to the way AEW produced its programming, initially with no audience other than its own wrestlers, and then with the gradual return of crowds. Fairly quickly, this resulted in the bloating of the number of matches on Dark as, beginning in the spring, cards typically ranged from 12 to 18 matches. The result was a lopsided collection of Win-Loss records and, consequently, much higher MPM for almost all wrestlers. A notable exception to this was Chris Jericho, who after dropping the World Championship at Revolution, worked in considerably fewer Main Events. Anyone with questions or comments is encouraged to respond here or on Twitter @AEWmetrics.

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