We are officially on the road to All Out. AEW’s next big pay-per-view event is only two weeks away and the storylines are starting to come together for the various belts and major players across each division. Well, that except for the women’s division (more on that below).
Let’s take a look at how each division measures up before tonight’s episode of Dynamite.
No change for the men’s division this week. Not surprising either. AEW has been pretty clear with the past month of Dynamite that MJF and Jon Moxley are full steam ahead for All Out. If the match is anything like the build up has been, we’re in for an instant classic.
Watching Cody defend the belt every week on Dynamite has been great and it looks like his first serious contender has appeared in the form of Mr. Brodie Lee. I can’t wait to watch these two square off at All Out. Fingers crossed we finally see this title change hands.
AEW Rankings Men’s Division
AEW Champion: Jon Moxley (15-0 singles, 21-2-1 overall)
TNT Champion: Cody Rhodes (18-1, 26-6-1 overall)
1. MJF (8-0 singles, 13-2 overall)
2. Lance Archer (11-1 singles, 11-1 overall)
3. Brian Cage (6-1 singles, 6-2 overall)
4. Brodie Lee (5-1 singles, 8-1 overall)
5. Scorpio Sky (7-2 singles, 24-11 overall)
Another week, another lack luster episode of Dynamite for the women’s division. The past two weeks the women of AEW have had one match on Dynamite and both were less than five minutes long. Disappointing to say the least. We’re almost at All Out and I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I haven’t a clue what AEW’s plans are for the women’s division at their next big pay-per-view event. Extremely frustrating to see such a great division being more or less an after thought for such an important event.
Brandi Rhodes recently spoke about AEW’s decision to keep the women’s Deadly Draw tag team tournament strictly on YouTube, and while her reasons are valid, that doesn’t mean the company can’t develop their women’s division on Dynamite each week. Hopefully things will change for this division soon, there’s far too much talent to waste it.
AEW Rankings Women’s Division
Champion: Hikaru Shida (16-1 singles, 21-7 overall)
1. Nyla Rose (7-2 singles, 14-6 overall)
2. Big Swole (6-3 singles, 8-8 overall)
3. Penelope Ford (6-4 singles, 8-7 overall)
4. Abadon (4-1 singles, 4-1 overall)
5. Dr. Britt Baker (4-4 singles, 13-8 overall)
With no logical explication available that I can find, the Natural Nightmares have reappeared on the rankings for the first time in weeks. They didn’t even have to start at the bottom either, but instead, the #4 position. Jurassic Express has been unceremoniously dumped from the ratings altogether and Dark Order dropped from #3 to #5 in favor of a team that hasn’t wrestled on Dynamite in over a month. Cool huh?
With the tension from last week’s Tag Team Appreciation Night palpable, I expect we’ll see the Bucks face off against FTR tonight in a retribution match, with the Bucks trying to avenge the Rock ‘N’ Roll Express.
Though, ultimately whatever happens between FTR and the Bucks, I think we all know that we’re going to see FTR face off against Kenny Omega and Hangman Adam Page at All Out for the AEW Tag Team Championships.
AEW Rankings Tag Team Division
Champions: Kenny Omega & “Hangman” Adam Page (12-0)
1. FTR (5-0)
2. Best Friends (13-4)
3. The Young Bucks (6-2)
4. Natural Nightmares (6-1)
5 .Dark Order (8-1)
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