Weekly Update: Featuring the Doubly-Ranked Jungle Boy and the Re-Rise of Riho

Don’t mistake stagnation for complacency as, while the in all-time Combined Metrics sees no change this week, the 2021 Total has seen jockeying for position in both halves of the Top 20. Further, the vacating of the AAA Mega Championshipby Kenny Omega means that his special designation as a recognized title holder has likewise ceased. Even though he is injured and reportedly heading for multiple surgeries, the Best Bout Machine remains ranked in the official Singles Rankings.

Jungle Boy and his official Singles &Tag Rankings have aided his continued rise in spite of not having a match this week. At his current pace, combined with a pair of reportedly active Young Bucks and he could end the calendar year with the company lead. Not bad for a guy who was winless (0-8-1 to be exact) in 2019.

Riho pulled off what, at posting time, is believed to be a unique feat in earning a trifecta of Singlesvictories, against two lesser lights (with respect, Trish Adora on Elevation followed by Karma Dean on a Universal Studio Dark) until facing her former rival and Women’s World Champion Dr. Britt Baker, DMD in a Eliminator bout billed as a Black Friday Deal Match. Returning readers to this weekly column will recall my prediction over the last few weeks foretelling the expected one-on-one showdown between these two.

In other action, the TBS Championship Tournament is down to five with Thunder Rosa becoming the latest to earn her way to the Quarter Finals with a victory over Jamie Hayter. I think the dentist will not be deterred from further interference and will try to oust her rival against when she faces Jade Cargill in the Semi Final.

It would unfair to avoid noting that the other half of FTR has had a nearly equally strong 2021. His triad of losses remain the key point of difference. Proud-N-Powerful seem to be consistently on the cusp on moving on to bigger and better things. I’m not suggesting they have leave Inner Circle behind but a more concerted and focused effort for the World Tag Team Championship would be entertaining at the very least. As a follow up to last week, it was disappointing not to see Ruby Soho in action again this week but I usually advocate for less-is-more so I will have to be patient. She was on commentary on Elevation, however, to help set up the last and most difficult to predict of the Quarter Finals when she takes on Kris Statlander.

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