Weekly Update - Last Lap

Updated: Jan 1


We nearly had a week without Ranking Points, which would have been a strange one indeed. However, they were in fact posted once this week in the hours leading up to the special Saturday and Christmas evening edition of Rampage. Onto the Top 10 and I suppose it’s all but official but Jungle Boy is very nearly guaranteed to finish the year at the top of the Table. In turn, Jack Perry’s stablemate Luchasaurus as well as World Tag ChampionPenta El Zero Miedo moved ahead of Orange Cassidy, who lost to Adam Cole on Dynamite. On that note, did you know Adam Cole has replaced Kenny Omega? Not as the leader of the Elite, but in the rankings, at least. Cole is now slotted in at #2 in the Men’s Singles Division in what, to my eyes and ears, is a clear signal to the AEW faithful that O’Reilly/Fish/Cole vs the Bucks/Kenny will be happening sooner than later. In the meantime, Cole will continue to progress and gain a foothold.

If there is such a thing, Ruby Soho pulled off the expected upset in her Semi Final matchup with Nyla Rose as the TBS Championship Tournament nears its logical conclusion. The other place of the inaugural championship match will be filled this week and I remain steadfast that Cargill’s undefeated Streak will not be broken until the new year. Red Velvet quietly racked up two victories on both Rampage and Elevation. As mentioned previously, I expect her to be featured as an early challenger for the newly created title. Statlander also continued her winning ways after dispatching of Leyla Hirsch on Christmas night in a better-than –anticipated encounter.

If you want to read my mini rant on Cody, check the AEWeekly roundtable but I’ll simply say it’s mixed emotions for sure here. In the immediate aftermath, I think it’s difficult to view Sammy’s run as TNT Champion as a big success.

Wardlow continues to be featured and has crept up to #4 in the Official Rankings, which may see him take a more direct path to World Champion Adam Page than first thought. I can envision a scenario where Wardlow wants to focus on his own title pursuits but MJF wants to use him a shield just as he did for Rhodes (in Wardlow’s debut, in a Cage Match no less) and with Jericho as the penultimate Labour. However, this time Maxwell won’t get what he wants. Some of you may recall that, in kayfabe of course, MJF owns Wardlow’s contract; maybe it has simply lapse, or better, yet perhaps MJF’s lawyer, Smart Mark Sterling, hid a clause and will finally takes revenge on his former client for feeding him to Jon Moxley ahead of All Out (2020). Brandi continues to wrestle and continues to win. I’m quite agnostic when it comes to her ringwork to be perfectly honest but I admire the passion and resolve she must have to get herself back in action so quickly following the birth of her first child. Lastly, Ford looked as impressive as ever with her win on Dark. Her alliance with The Bunny could end abruptly upon what I hope will be Kip Sabian’s quick return.

So onto the last lap it is! With only one week’s worth of shows remaining, will there be any significant changes? Either way, I’ll elaborate much more in forthcoming articles, “Q4 2021 Analysis” and “2021 - Year Three in Review”. Anyone with questions or comments is encouraged to respond here or on Twitter @AEWmetrics.

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