For the first time since I started doing the weekly top ten last October, there are wrestlers in it that are not apart of WWE. I am “all in” on AEW… pun intended. Double or Nothing was without a shadow of a doubt my favorite pay per view of 2019. With that said, lets take a look at this weeks top ten.
Adam ‘Hangman’ Page (1)
The first of many to come I’m sure, Adam Page made the top ten for the first time after his victory Saturday night in the battle royal. The win earned him a shot of the inaugural AEW world championship. I like Page and look for him to have a great career in AEW. He would be great representative of the upstart company that is taking the world by storm.
Bayley picked up a big win on Smackdown last night against the best rookie on the main roster in my opinion, Lacey Evans. Granted Bayley’s win was not without controversy, but it was a win nonetheless. I am confused as to who is on what roster on RAW and Smackdown, but it would appear as if Charlotte is going to the next in line for a shot at Bayley’s Smackdown championship.
Ricochet is back on the winning track after a really good match against Cesaro Monday night on RAW. A physical, high flying match that was given enough time to be the best match of the night in my opinion. I am not sure what this means for Ricochet, I feel like he is in the land of mediocrity on RAW, but hopefully he will get a decent push.
Dolph Ziggler (6)
Since his return last week Ziggler has made quite an impact. He has completely obliterated current WWE champion Kofi Kingston in the past two weeks. His promo’s are better as he has come back with an edge. His insanely jealous character is new and will be a good opponent for Kofi at Super Showdown.
Baron Corbin (7)
Oh how I loathe Baron Corbin, which means he is doing great as a heel. But at the same time, who can blame me for being upset that Corbin is replacing AJ Styles for a universal title match. Essentially that is what happened as Corbin was picked to replace the injured Styles in a fatal four way to determine the number one contender for the Universal title. Cut to … Corbin pins Miz and now has a match against Seth Rollins at Super Showdown for the Universal championship.
Kofi Kingston (12)
I will admit I was skeptical of Kofi Kingston as the WWE champion, but he has carried the title with pride and has done well defending it. Despite the multiple attacks by Dolph Ziggler in the last couple of weeks, Kingston was able to defeat Kevin Owens clean in the first match on Smackdown live last night. I am looking forward to him and Ziggler tearing the house down at Super Showdown.
Seth Rollins (11)
Seth Rollins’ run as Universal champion has to feel a little bittersweet. He worked very, very hard to get there, but WWE has the least amount of viewership they’ve ever had. Honestly, if you’re not watching Seth Rollins, you’re missing out. He puts on great matches every time he’s in the ring, including Monday night when he defeated the controversial Sami Zayn.
The Young Bucks (1)
The first non WWE team to make the GoHomePWB.com weekly top ten is Nick and Matt Jackson, also known as The Young Bucks. Saturday night at Double or Nothing this duo put on a spectacular match against The Lucha Bros. Incredible high flying maneuvers and a very audible crowd made for a fun, exciting and fresh tag team match and gave us a taste of what to expect from tag team wrestling in AEW.
Chris Jericho (1)
The ageless one Chris Jericho had an incredible main event match against Kenny Omega Saturday night at Double or Nothing. It was the second match between these two as they wrestled early last year in Japan. Omega won last year, but it was Jericho who picked up the victory and earned a shot to become the inaugural AEW world champion.
Cody Rhodes (1)
Can I just say, thank God for Cody Rhodes. He is saving professional wrestling, and for those of us who have grown tired of WWE it’s like a new job after doing something you hate for years. It’s a fresh start, a breath of fresh air and a welcomed change to our usual pro wrestling programming. Cody picked up the win in his emotionally charged match against his older brother Saturday night. It was a historic night for AEW, for Cody Rhodes and for pro wrestling fans everywhere.
A fun pay per view on Saturday that earned a few AEW stars a spot in the top ten this week. I am looking forward to when they have weekly programming on TNT this fall. RAW and Smackdown weren’t horrible this week, with Smackdown being a little more entertaining for me. Another pay per view this weekend as NXT presents TakeOver twenty-five. Check out my predictions on Friday, but until then thanks for checking out GoHomePWB.com, the people’s wrestling blog!