Updated: Jan 12
With the arrival of 2022, I thought a novel presentation of AEW Metrics and its statistics was in order. Going forward, I will attempt to provide more than a simple listing of the Metric leaders but the different categories that comprise the final calculation. This is, in effect, a continuation of my previous article, Re-Introducing AEW Metrics from last week. And, with that, I present the first of two Top 10 lists covering the first week of 2022 AEW action and all five shows that took place.
Given the nature of Battle of the Belts and the two sets of Rankings released this week, it stands to reason that the Top 10 names on the Men's Roster nearly all receive special designation either as a recognized champion or ranked wrestler. The only exception to this is Captain Shawn Dean (Salute!), who defeated MJF on Dynamite this week. Even thought it was via disqualification, this increased his overall Singles Quality Points higher than any other competitor and, temporarily, shot him to the very top of the table.
Obviously it is early days yet, and with new World Tag Team Champions Jungle Boy (last year's #1 Overall) and Luchasaurus, it's probably not advisable to extrapolate too much. That being said, this listing is bound to get a lot more crowded as more and more wrestlers have their first matches of the year.
Powerhouse Hobbs is currently the only one scheduled for a TV match this week, set to take on Dante Martin on Wednesday night. If the man with the sneer can defeat the younger half of Top Flight, then he should continue to progress up the rankings.
Another one to watch, not listed here, would be Wardlow, who is set to take on the undefeated CM Punk . Should the Pinnacle member defeat the former Voice of the Voiceless, expect to see Mr. Mayhem in the Top 10 next week.
It's also a Champions' World on the women's side with Dr. Britt Baker, DMD successfully defending Women's World Championship against former title holder Riho, who holds on to second place despite the loss after a rare week with three matches. Not to be outdone, newly crowned TBS Champion Jade Cargill has risen to new heights following her historic victory. Ranked wrestlers are also prominent in the Top 10 with all but one (Tay Conti, who has yet to have her first match in 2022) listed here. A rather unique situation has presented itself here in the final three names listed above, none of which is "All Elite" (ie. signed to a full-time contract and on the official Roster Page). Skye Blue, who finished last year with a 3-9 record, is off to a winning start this year. Is it a sign of things to come or a mere aberration? Further down, both Marina Shafir and Megan Bayne earned their first victories ever in the company with a pair of victories on Dark this week. With two women's titles, you can never have too many viable challengers. An additional round of Universal Studios tapings are set for this coming week; try to get a spoiler-free look at the match listing to see what might soon be on the horizon.
As stated above, it's still early days yet but as the weeks and months roll on, I expect different metric categories to emerge as more and less prominent. Will champions and those in the official rankings always reign supreme? Will Quality Points or Elite Points rule the day? We'll find out soon enough.
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