The Sportsnaut AEW rankings will offer up a full rundown of the top 10 talents that makes All Elite Wrestling television content must-see TV on Wednesdays and Fridays.
However, unlike the promotion’s own rankings, where the win-loss record is key in deciding the best of the best, these rankings will take into consideration more than just victories and defeats. Mic skills, ring work, storytelling and the value a talent brings to AEW’s weekly content will factor into who lands a top 10.
With that said, here are this week’s AEW rankings.
10. Claudio Castagnoli
Claudio Castagnoli has been a reliable source for strong and entertaining matchups each week on AEW television. This was pretty much also the case when he was Cesaro and graced WWE rings. The promotion made him the ROH world champ in the early days of his tenure, but the big question now is when do they elevate his status a place that fans have long wanted, and pull the trigger for a main event feud with the member of the Blackpool Combat Club?
9. Daniel Garcia
Ring of Honor Pure Champion Daniel Garcia has finally received the layers that his character needed in recent months as he has been at the center of the ongoing feud between the BCC and the Jericho Appreciation Society. His betrayal of Daniel Bryan, after befriending him and hinting at a babyface turn, was a clever move to help continue to develop one of AEW’s better young bad guys.
8. Darby Allin
Darby Allin is one of the most useful talents on the AEW roster. He was there from the start and has been a performer the company can plug into any situation and feud and get productive results. He has one of the most loyal fan bases in the promotion and is a talent that has the resume to be introduced into a championship storyline at any level.
7. Orange Cassidy
Orange Cassidy winning the AEW All-Atlantic title was one of the most overdue and fulfilling moments for AEW supporters in the promotion’s history. No performer has over-achieved more than Cassidy. As he has proven time and again that he is more than just a funny gimmick, and is legitimately one of the best athletes on the roster. You deserved it! You deserved it!
6. Daniel Bryan
While AEW hasn’t used Daniel Bryan as a main eventer as many assumed — probably not the right move — he has still remained invaluable by delivering top-notch matches and getting younger stars over. He single-handily deserves credit for elevating Daniel Garcia to another level in the ring and storyline-wise.
As a living legend that is still in peak shape, he can also be a performer slotted into top spots whenever, and wherever needed.
While Wardlow’s white-hot momentum has slowed down considerably, he is still a pivotal part of the AEW roster. He is All Elite’s resident monster, and during his reign as the TNT Champion, he has also showcased his absurd athleticism. To truly take Wardlow to another level, AEW must find a foil that can play well off the big man and help add more layers to his character and title reign.
4. Adam Page
With Cody Rhodes now in WWE, and Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks suspended, Adam Page has been the last man standing from The Elite in recent weeks. He has used that to his advantage in storylines and has curried favor from fans following CM Punk’s All-Out rant. He remains one of the promotion’s most reliable top baby faces.
3. Chris Jericho
At 51 years old, Chris Jericho continues to prove he is still a valuable hand for the No. 2 promotion in the wrestling world. The reigning ROH champion is a solid match whenever he enters the ring but is always one of the most entertaining talents on the roster when he has a mic in his hand. His ability to convey various emotions is what has made the BCC vs. JAS feud one of the anchors of AEW television in recent weeks.
Well, it seems like the inevitable has happened. Despite being one of the most despicable men on the roster, the fans could not deny their love for the uber-talented MJF and it looks like the Long Island native is set for his first babyface run in AEW. It will be fascinating to see if arguably the best heel in wrestling can tweak his style enough to be a true babyface while holding on to some of his trademark shmuckiness.
1. Jon Moxley
In an era of backstage drama and a wrestling legend causing one of the biggest scandals in the industry in years, AEW has been lucky to have Jon Moxley be their main event rock. The current AEW heavyweight king demands respect and quickly returned the world title to prestige after All Out. The promotion would be in trouble without such a talented and loyal performer like Mox.