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AEW Power Rankings I Factions #2 I October 1st

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

Welcome to the second monthly faction Power Rankings for AEW Wrestling. Just a few words about the mindset behind these rankings. First off, these rankings are within storyline. The factors that I keep in mind for assessing the power of a faction

  1. Strength: The star power and competitiveness of the members... Have they scouted valuable new members? Or had defections?

  2. Cohesion: Do they know who the star member is? Does each member have a role? Or do they get in each other's way? Is there infighting?

  3. Direction: Do they have goals and are they moving toward them? Have they captured or held gold?

I do NOT have a formula I use or anything, (surprisingly for me!) The rankings are based on my subjective feel for each faction's relative strengths in those three attributes.

#1 - The Elite

Last Week: #1

Team mates added: Adam Cole

Gold Held: AEW World Championship, AAA Mega Championship, Impact Tag Championships

Gold Lost: AEW Tag Championships

Gaining Adam Cole more than outweighed losing the Tag Championships. Still the Gold Standard.

Kenny Omega - Captain, Star

Adam Cole - Lancer

Matt Jackson - Lieutenant, Tag guy

Nick Jackson - Tag guy

Don Callis - Mentor, mastermind, buffoon

Doc Gallows - Heater, mook

Karl Anderson - Mook

Brandon Cutler - Stooge, mascot, mook

MT Nakazawa - Stooge, mascot, mook

#2 - Death Triangle

Last Week: #3

Gold Gained: AEW Tag Championships

Gold Held: AAA Tag Championships

Gained the tag titles, but still in a feud with one guy.

Penta EZM - Big Brother

Rey Fenix - Little Brother

PAC - Blood Brother

Alex Abrahantes - Buffoon

#3 - Major Dental

Last Week: Not Ranked

Gold Held: AEW World Championship

Normally wouldn't rank a trio, but with a smaller division, three does the job, and all roles are filled. Totally dominated their division!

Dr. Britt Baker, DMD - Captain, Star, Mastermind

Jamie Hayter - Heater

REBEL not Reba - Buffoon

#4 - Allied Forces

Last Week: #3

Leader Added: Bryan Danielson

Gold Held: Impact World Championship

Gaining Danielson was a huge boost for their star power, but a major hit to their cohesion, Cage, Danielson, and Perry are all natural stars and leaders, so this "too many cooks" situation can't last!

Bryan Danielson - Captain, Star

Christian Cage - Lieutenant

Jungle Boy - Rookie

Frankie Kazarian - Loose Cannon

Luchasaurus - Heater

Marko Stunt - Mascot

#5 - The Inner Circle

Last Week: #8

Gold Gained: TNT Championship

Working mostly independently has turned out to be surprisingly successful for the ur-faction

Chris Jericho - Captain

Sammy Guevara - Star

Santana - Tag guy

Ortiz - Tag guy

Jake Hager - Heater

#6 - Dark Order

Last Week: Not Ranked

Leader added: Amanda Huber

Gold Held: None

They came together for one night. Unless Amanda is going to be there every week, I can't see how it can last, but they're a sentimental favorite

Amanda Huber - Leader

Negative One - Mascot

Anna Jay - Lieutenant

Evil Uno - Wannabe-Captain, Mook

Stu Grayson - Mook

Colt Cabana - Mook

John Silver - Mook

Alex Reynolds - Mook

Pres10 Vance - Mook

Alan Angels - Mook

#7 - Team Taz

Last Week: #7

Gold Held: None (No, I'm not counting vanity belts)

Haven't gotten those big wins lately, but Hobbs being tapped for a CM Punk match was huge, regardless of outcome

Ricky Starks - Star

Will Hobbs - Heater

Taz - Mentor

HOOK - Stooge

#8 - Mutual Respect Society

Last Week: #6

Gold Held: None

Amazing star power, but no raison d'etre

Darby Allin - Star

Jon Moxley - Captain

Eddie Kingston - Lancer

Sting - Dad

#9 - Best Friends

Last Week: #5

Gold Held: None

Amazing group, but spinning their wheels right now

Orange Cassidy - Star

Kris Statlander - Heater

Trent? - Tag guy

Chuck Taylor - Tag guy

Wheeler Yuta - Rookie

#10 - The Pinnacle

Last Week: #4

Gold Held: ABSOLUTELY None

Tough month!

Maxwell Jacob Friedman - Captain, Star, mastermind

Shawn Spears - Loose Cannon

Wardlow - Heater

Tully Blanchard - Mentor

Cash Wheeler - Tag guy

Dax Harwood - Tag guy

Dishonorable Mention:

Fell out of Rankings:

#9 Last month-- The Nightmare Factory, COMPLETELY IMPLODED

#10 Last month-- The Wingmen, Still great, but not accomplishing anything

Still Never Ranked: Hardy Family Office, The Factory. Get it together, guys.


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