Before and After: The Difference One Match Can Make

More than most, I expect the title of this article to be self-explanatory. As AEW Pay-Per-View events are relatively infrequent, I thought it would be an intriguing exercise to compare each competing wrestler's 2022 and Career Rankings heading into and coming out of the event. A quick primer if you are unfamiliar with how I calculate my Metrics; points are awarded for much more than scoring the winning fall in a match: - Events: All Pay-Per-View matches are worth +/- 3 points - Card Placement: +/3 for Main Events, +/2 for Openers, +/1 for Midcard matches - No Disqualification: +/3 (Note: The above three are part of point grouping collectively known as Elite Points.) - Title Defenses: +5 - Quality Points: +/- ? based on a calculation of the number of uniquely Defeated Opponents of winning wrestler(s) multiplied by 10 times their Career winning percentage within a specific division And with that, we begin. Ladies first:

A cursory glance reveals that TBS Champion Jade Cargill was the biggest winner of the evening as she passed both Riho and her opponent on this night, Tay Conti, to move into 5th in Career Metrics. To pass two wrestlers is a good result following any individual match let alone advancing two places into the all-time Top 10. Her nearly 25-point increase can be mostly attributed to defeating such a high-ranking opponent as Conti for the first time. Conti now sports a Singles Record of 37-7; as such, Cargill earned considerable Quality Points in addition to her Title Defense and Elite Points.)

Contrast the above with Dr. Britt Baker, DMD, the Women’s World Champion. Not often discussed heading into the event was the fact that Baker defeated Thunder Rosa last year (via Knockout/Referee Stoppage) at Beach Break. This was a part of the lead up to their laudable Lights Out encounter the following month, which rightly earned heaps of praise but, as an unofficial match, sadly no Metrics. The fact everyone’s favorite dentist already had a victory over the owner of Mission Pro Wrestling meant that no further Quality Points were attainable as repeated victories are not counted.

On a final note, Leyla Hirsch moved up to 3rd in 2022 Metrics following her victory at The Buy-In over Kris Statlander. As a recently turned heel, I suppose she could be getting heated up for an encounter with Baker (perhaps at Battle of the Belts II) but the dynamics seem a little off from where I sit. --- Moving on to the gentlemen:

Obviously there's a lot to unpack here and there isn’t enough time to delve into all of it.

Let’s start at the top. Despite being the only title holder not to defend his belt, TNT Champion Sammy Guevara continues to top the table in 2022 Metrics following his (relatively) supporting role victory in the Tornado Trios matchup. With a Dynamite showdown with Scorpio Sky in a few days time and Face of the Revolution Ladder match winner Wardlow looming, if possible, in the background, I expect his days at the peak of the mountain may be numbered one way or another.

Not to be outdone World Champion Adam Page moved up a single spot and how finds himself sandwiched between The Young Bucks at 4th place in Career Metrics. His victory over the previously undefeated Adam Cole netted him significant Quality Points.

Jurassic Express had arguably an even bigger night as they defeated The Young Bucks and reDRagon, with the former obviously having much more Metrics-based significance considering the points the 30-10 all-time record of the EVPs; to be clear, the fact the Jungle Boy pinned Matt Jackson determined who was listed as a Defeated Opponent. While maintaining their rank, this victory has significantly closed the gap for the yearly lead.

As one might expect in the first quarter a calendar year, something of a logjam exists and, as such, the 2022 Metrics saw considerably move movement: Biggest Rises: - Eddie Kingston 34th » 22nd - Darby Allin 66th » 48th - Jon Moxley 24th » 16h - Sting 43rd » 36th - CM Punk 20th » 14th Biggest Falls: - Isiah Kassidy 50th » 68th - MJF 55th » 73rd - Chris Jericho 51st » 62nd - Andrade El Ídolo 37th » 45th - Matt Hardy 183rd » 192nd And there you have it. So can one match make a big difference? Of course it can and sometimes it is very significant. However, I hope we all realize intrinsically that each match is one piece of a much larger, ever-evolving complex puzzle and tapestry. Onward to Double or Nothing! If you enjoyed this and would like to see something similar in the future, please let me know. As usual, anyone with questions or comments is encouraged to respond here or on Twitter @AEWmetrics.

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