Updated: Dec 17, 2021
Quick Note: While most of the feedback I have received on this weekly series has been positive, it has become a little stagnant by focusing (ie. ordering the Top 10) by Career/All-Time Metrics rather than the yearly or seasonal leader, which is much more dynamic. Should I continue, I will likely start 2022 with this as well.
Many familiar faces appear in the re-ordered list although in mostly different positions. With three full weeks of shows remaining this calendar year, this is going to be a sprint to the finish, particularly with The Young Bucks back in action and Jungle Boy being the workhorse that he is. As discussed before, being doubly-ranked helps, of course, too. In fact, it’s vaulted Jack Perry all the way to the very top! This was not expected until maybe next week, especially since Jungle Boy’s Dynamitematch was not announced until just hours before the show. If he stays healthy, he should be able to hold onto the lead through the rest of the year.
The new names are led by Miro, who, while not in action this week, remains in contention to have a strong 2022. On the strength of his latest World Tag Team Championship Defense, Penta has passed Hangman, who will (finally) return to the ring this coming week against Bryan Danielson.
The above noted shakeup has brought new individuals into the second half of the Top 10 while the top half has merely shuffled itself. Serena Deeb stays on the table and will be back in action against Shida this week at Winter is Coming; I suppose it would be considered an upset if she were to prevail but I’m rooting for it. We also find Red Velvet and Ruby Soho entering the fray. Velvet is definitely one to look out for as the year turns over and Soho continues to be featured and has been my pick since the TBS Championship Tournament brackets were released. In fact, I wouldn’t mind seeing these two face off one-on-one on Dynamiteas an early Title Defense to help establish the championship on the new network. Otherwise, Riho continued to charge back into relevance by disposing of Jamie Hayter en route to the showdown with Women’s World Champion Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.
For a guy who had his first match in the last third of September at Dynamite: Grand Slam , from purely a Metrics perspective, the rise of Bryan Danielson has been nothing short of remarkable. He has entered the Top 20 for the calendar year; even if he falls short to Adam Page this coming week, and I expect him to do, he could right the ship with one or two more victories before the year is out.
They finally sent Hook! A quick submission victory on Rampage over Fuego Del Sol (2-21 this year and 2-29 All-time) can only move you up the ladder so much, but at least he is on it now and can begin his ascent. Also, a returning-to-action Anthony Ogogo had two victories, both a Singles victory on Dark and a Multi win on Elevation.
Brandi Rhodes also returned the ring, quickly dispatching of her opponent on Darkand something tells me we will see more of her soon enough. Anna Jay and Tay Conti have been teaming together more and more recently in both Tag and Trios action but they seem to struggling to gain consistent traction, which is understandable as they are the only named/regular/semi-official Tag Team. Further, I think we’re at least 9-10 months away from a Women’s Tag Team Championship and that’s not necessarily a bad thing with a second Singles champion soon to be crowned. Anyone with questions or comments is encouraged to respond here or on Twitter @AEWmetrics.