Matt brings his scientific method back for the second installment of his Power Rankings!
Welcome to the second edition of The Chairshot’s Brainbuster Power Rankings! What a week we have had in professional wrestling! The debut of SmackDown on FOX! Hell in a Cell! The fallout of the first AEW vs NXT shows! Who had the biggest week?
These rankings are very much based on momentum, as well as strength of opponent, weighing out “power rankings” based on head to head scores. The highest differences of the week will be discussed here. Each week Greg and I will compare our lists giving The Chairshot two different types of power rankings!
Brock Lesnar +21 [+129 Overall Score]
Brock Lesnar d. WWE Champion Kofi Kingston, 10/4, WWE SD on FOX
1) Kofi Kingston has reigned as WWE Champion since WrestleMania, going 15-0 in singles competition from April to September, gaining +177 points in that time period, ranking #1 overall since SummerSlam. Brock Lesnar lost at WrestleMania and SummerSlam, but, the six time world champion would not be denied, as The Beast called his shot and laid down the challenge. Even though Roman Reigns ranked ahead of Lesnar, Lesnar made the most of his opportunity “upsetting” the red hot WWE Champion in just nine seconds! Kofi’s +226 Overall Score gave him a 66% chance to win against Brock’s +108. In theory, Brock was a big favorite, but because of the momentum established this calendar year it was technically an upset, establishing our #1 this week!
Charlotte +20 [+103 Overall Score]
Charlotte d. SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley, 10/6, Hell in a Cell PPV
2) Charlotte got this opportunity by tapping out Bayley on SmackDown two days before this show. Bayley defeated all comers for her championship since defeating Charlotte for the championship at Money in the Bank, and successfully defending the championship against Charlotte at Night of Champions. There was no doubt Charlotte was the recognized top contender, being 85 points higher than the next SmackDown woman, (Ember Moon [-1]). Bayley held a 62% win probability, but it was Charlotte who tapped Bayley out to win her 10th women’s championship, and our top spot for the women’s division this week.
Lio Rush +18 [+4 Overall Score]
Lio Rush d. Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak, 10/9, NXT
3) “The Man of the Hour” Lio Rush challenged champion Drew Gulak on this week’s NXT in the opening match of the night. This particular match did not make as much sense as the previous two championship matches as Lio Rush was just finding his own after returning to NXT in September after being left off the main roster for months. Names like Humberto Carrillo, Tony Nese, and Oney Lorcan were ranked above him in the Cruiserweight rankings. With his negative ranking against Gulak’s +192 score, Rush was given less than a 35% chance to win, but he did the impossible and defeated the champion to become the first recognized NXT Cruiserweight Champion after hitting a Frog Splash for the win on Eddie Guerrero’s 52nd birthday.
The Kabuki Warriors +18 [+57 Overall Score]
The Kabuki Warriors d. Charlotte & Becky Lynch, 10/7, WWE RAW
4) The only entry to repeat in the Top 5 from last week, The Kabuki Warriors picked up a big win against Bliss/Cross, and won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles at Hell in a Cell, yet it was a momentous victory against Charlotte and Becky Lynch on RAW that was a bigger momentum gain, gaining 34 points total in just 24 hours. With victories over Fire & Desire, Bliss/Cross, and now Lynch & Charlotte in the last week, The Kabuki Warriors find themselves the undisputed top women’s tag team in the company!
Private Party +17 [+16 Overall Score]
Private Party d. The Young Bucks, 10/9, AEW Dynamite
5) As I alluded to last week, we will be discussing more than just WWE products in this weekly article, and what a sight to behold, but the huge upset victory last night when The Private Party rolled up The Young Bucks to move on in the AEW Tag Team Championship Tournament! Because AEW has limited action in their company’s history, single and teams ratings are much lower than established WWE and NXT scores, but Private Party now find themselves as the favorite team to win the entire tournament, and the arguable #1 seed has been eliminated. There was no doubt this team deserved to be recognized in this week’s top list.
6) Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake (tag) +17 [+32 Overall]
7) Chad Gable +17 [+50 Overall]
A trend that you may pick up on in these entries is that underdogs picking up wins give them bigger points than an expected favorite winning, and you’d be correct in that. Champions like Becky Lynch only picked up +10 over Sasha Banks, and challengers like Rhea Ripley only picked up +6 against jobber to the stars Aliyah, so you won’t see them in these rankings anytime soon. The way the ELO formula works is, less points are awarded for the higher odds of winning you have, where as more points are awarded for the bigger underdog you are if you win. Ripley, as example, had a 80.5% chance of winning, so there was hardly any momentum gained with that victory, where as Lio Rush had only a 34% chance to win, and found himself with the third highest score. Meanwhile, even though Charlotte was ranked #12 overall (#3 woman), Bayley was ranked #5 (#2 woman), so it was still a big win for Charlotte.
WWE Top 10
- Kofi Kingston 205 (-21)
- Roman Reigns 181 (+8)
- RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch 177 (+10)
- Bayley 146 (-20)
- The Viking Raiders (tag) 138 (+13)
- WWE Champion Brock Lesnar 129 (+21)
- Braun Strowman 126 (-)
- Big E/Xavier Woods (tag) 119 (-)
- Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte 103 (+20)
- Ricochet 93 (+11)
NXT Top 10
- NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler 262 (-)
- Pete Dunne 149 (-)
- Velveteen Dream 122 (-)
- NXT Champion Adam Cole 98 (-)
- Rhea Ripley 91 (+6)
- Street Profits (tag) 86 (-)
- Matt Riddle 75 (-)
- KUSHIDA 70 (-13)
- Mia Yim 69 (-)
- Johnny Gargano 68 (-)
NXT UK Top 10
- NXT UK Champion WALTER 172 (+13)
- Toni Storm 129 (-)
- NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray 102 (+12)
- Joe Coffey 94 (-)
- Tyler Bate 84 (-)
- Travis Banks 84 (-)
- Dave Mastiff 78 (-)
- Jinny 70 (-)
- Noam Dar 68 (-)
- Jordan Devlin 64 (-)
AEW Top 10
- AEW Women’s Champion Riho 45 (-)
- Cody 45 (-)
- SCU (trio) 45 (+14)
- AEW Champion Chris Jericho 33 (-)
- PAC 33 (-)
- The Dark Order (tag) 33 (-)
- Jon Moxley 31 (+15)
- Lucha Bros (tag) 17 (-)
- Private Party (tag) 16 (+17)
- Darby Allin 15 (+16)
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