Quick Note: In further honour to my article on the departure of Big Swole, I am placing the Women’s Roster Metrics up front this week. Further, as this is the first case of someone in the Top 10 exiting the company, it hereby establishes the precedent that this individual will no longer appear on active Top 10 lists but may still appear, as is the case with Big Swole, in the year-end Top 20.
While a few ranking positions have changed, the order has remained the same. It appears in certain respects that the entire Women’s Division is in something of a stasis while the TBS Championship Tournament moves along at a deliberate pace. Further that end, reports that Shida will be returning to Japan to compete in one of her former promotions (as her former character no less), we may have to be patient to see the first woman crest the millennium mark. Also on the tournament front, the predicted Semi Final showdown between Thunder Rosa and Jade Cargill is now a reality and seems to be getting most of the immediate attention as “That Bitch” puts her undefeated record on the line In the quest to appear in the inaugural title match. As I have already said, I think Cargill goes over here but falls short to Soho in the Final. Abadon entering the Top 10 puts her in select company as her integration with the rest of the roster seems to be taking place slowly. She was recently victorious in a Trios match on the Jericho Cruise, and will be in Tag Team action this upcoming week on Elevation. Is this a sign of things to come or simply a blip on the radar.
For the second week in a row, we need to look one layer deeper to see the real story of the race for the 2021 Total. Doubly-ranked Jungle Boy continues to surge all the way up to the second spot on the leaderboard, dividing the Young Bucks in the process, and may still reach to top position before the year is out. For their part, the Jackson brothers are back in action on Dynamite so this race may come down to the final week.
Darby Allin (and Sting) scored a memorable Tag Teamwin over the Gunn Club a few days ago and I can’t say it didn’t make me smile. I’ve made my opinions about Gunn Club quite clear so I won’t elaborate here but I certainly hope either this initial loss is the start of emphasizing the second half of the guiding mantra, that being that losses matter, too.
I’m awarding full marks to Sammy Guevara, who retained his TNT Championship by defeating Tony Nese in the Opener on Rampage for the only Title Defense of the week. Danielson continues to vault his way up the board and will likely do so again before his now-announced showdown with World Champions Adam Page at Winter is Coming. As already stated, Soho is my pick for the TBS Championship Tournament although she seems to be presently positioned as the B-story or dark horse. This may serve her well in the long run and I’m confident she will get the most out of Cargill when the time comes in early January. Future ‘Mother of the Year Award’ winner Brandi Rhodes returned by quite literally adding fuel for the fire for her husband’s match. She also competed in-ring at yesterday’s Dark Universal Studios Tapings so look for her to progress in the weeks ahead. Anyone with questions or comments is encouraged to respond here or on Twitter @AEWmetrics.