Greg DeMarco presents the 10/10/19 edition of The Chairshot Power Rankings! With a huge WWE Smackdown debut on FOX, a PPV, and the Wednesday Night War, who has the momentum?
Each week, I bring you my Power Rankings in Top 5 form. What can you measure with a “Power Ranking?” The answer is simple: power. Power here is defined as momentum, who got the big wins, and who is on an upward trajectory after this week. Each week is different, and the landscape of professional wrestling (and sports entertainment) can change in an instant. Thus, the weekly rankings will change with it.
Last week’s rankings:
- Adam Cole
- Hana Kimura
- Shayna Baszler
Why? Take a look at last week’s Chairshot Power Rankings to find out!
Greg DeMarco’s Power Rankings: week of 10/3/19 – 10/9/19
1. Becky Lynch
These lists have been headlined by the brightest stars outside of Raw and Smackdown, but Becky Lynch was undeniable this week. Just take a look at what she did: kicked off Smackdown on FOX with The Rock, defeating Sasha Banks in the second ever women’s Hell In A Cell, and helping reestablish Asuka and Kairi Sane. The Raw Women’s Champion is white hot headed into Friday’s WWE Draft, where I expect her to join the Smackdown brand.
Next up: Friday’s WWE Draft will be very telling, as it can determine the future of both the second biggest star in WWE, and Raw’s Women’s Champion.
2. Charlotte Flair
Not to be outdone, WWE’s resident Queen comes in at #2. In an expected turn of events, Charlotte Flair defeated Bayley to capture her tenth women’s championship in WWE, this one being the Smackdown Women’s Championship. The win puts Charlotte Flair into legendary status, which no responsible fan can ignore.
Next up: Much like her fiery colleague at #1, Charlotte Flair readies herself for the WWE Draft kicking off Friday on Smackdown.
3. Nick Aldis
On the universally praised debut edition of NWA Power, Nick Aldis retained his NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship in a main event win over Tim Storm. This was easily the most appropriate way to kick off the new show, and kick off also describes Aldis’ other duty on that night. Aldis served as the first wrestler to appear, establishing the entire brand in his promo with David Marquez. The NWA, and it’s World’s Heavyweight Championship, are in very good hands.
Next up: Aldis continues his reign atop the NWA, awaiting the next challenger for his Ten Pounds Of Gold.
4. Lio Rush
Lio Rush made an unexpected return to NXT on the second half of its debut episode on the USA Network, defeating Oney Lorcan to earn a shot at the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. This week, he went toe-to-toe with Drew Gulak, and captured that very same championship. From a man on the outs with WWE to a champion, Lio Rush’s redemption story is now complete.
Next up: Rush stands atop a brand in a state of transition, but he has the talent–and the charisma–to carry it wherever Adam Pearce, Drake Maverick, and Triple H take it.
5. Darby Allin
Darby Allin and Jimmy Havoc found themselves in a unique position, battling each other on AEW Dynamite for the chance to challenge AEW World Champion Chris Jericho on next week’s live broadcast. Neither really had the record to support this, but the match was official and Allin came out on top.
Next up: Darby Allin turns right around to challenge Chris Jericho in 6-days (from publish time) on AEW Dynamite.
Missing The Cut
- The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane) – Won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, and beat Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch on Raw. You can argue for them above Allin, but the use of the Women’s Tag Team Championship makes them a “wait-and-see” proposition.
- Tyson Fury – Not a wrestler, but he was a huge part of WWE’s two biggest shows of the week.
- Chris Jericho & The Inner Circle – Quickly becoming AEW’s hottest act, but it remains to be seen how long fans will accept the NWO style beatdown ending Dynamite each week. A win over Allin next week likely puts him in the Top 5, interference or not.
- Brock Lesnar – Won the WWE Championship, but immediately went back into hiding.
Missing The Cut is listed in no particular order.
Who would you put in your Power Rankings? Sound off on Twitter @ChairshotGreg using the hashtag #UseYourHead!