It’s the 11/7/19 edition of The Chairshot Power Rankings! Did the NXT Invasion overcome all this week? Who topped the list, and why was it not The Fiend? Was a strong promo enough to get Cody in?
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.
Greg DeMarco’s Power Rankings: week of 10/31/2019 – 11/6/2019
Missing The Cut
- Airplane Mechanics – C’mon, who else defeated 175 people and altered a show watched by 2.5 million viewers this week?
- SHO & YOH – The Roppongi 3K duo picked up their third straight New Japan Junior Tag League win this week.
- Tommaso Ciampa – Daddy has proven to be back in a big way, with a win over The Miz on Smackdown and leading the War Games charge against The Undisputed Era.
Missing The Cut is listed in no particular order.
5. Tetsuya Naito
Tetsuya Naito snagged a win over Taichi, and did so in a more serious manner. Being in the IWGP Intercontinental Championship is important for Naito, as New Japan has confirmed that the Intercontinental Champion will face the IWGP Heavyweight Champion at night two of WrestleKingdom on January 5, with both championships on the line. This win puts Naito in position to leave the Tokyo Dome as a double champion.
4. Cody Rhodes
Headed into AEW Full Gear, Cody has all the momentum in the world behind him. Many are calling his promo from Wednesday night the best of his career, and I have even seen people call it the best of any career. I don’t know of all this leads to Cody winning the AEW World Championship, or if another plan is in place. I would assume the latter, and here’s hoping that the plan is one that will do the promo justice.
3. Colt Cabana
Thanks to his win on NWA Power, Colt Cabana is (once again) the new NWA National Champion. The match was obviously taped several weeks ago, but I count the airing and am giving the nod to Cabana here. Outside of the televised product, NWA Power is one of the hottest streaming commodities on today. Cabana’s win might be the biggest of his career in terms of overall eyeballs and attention.
2. Bray Wyatt/The Fiend
After failing in his bid to capture the WWE Universal Championship from Seth Rollins at Hell In A Cell, Bray Wyatt’s The Fiend was successful in that same conquest at Crown Jewel. The win also moved the Universal Championship to Smackdown, as The Fiend will remain on wrestling’s most watched program on a weekly basis.
1. Adam Cole
I mean I can’t think of a person with more momentum than ol’ Adam Cole BAY BAY. Adam Cole was at the forefront of the hottest angle in wrestling this week, NXT’s “Invasion” of Smackdown. He got a career highlight clean victory over Daniel Bryan with Triple H and Shawn Michaels looking on from ringside–a win that was the impetus for Triple H’s brand defining promo. From there he followed it up with a great performance with Seth Rollins on Raw. To me, this was enough to edge out Bray Wyatt’s Universal Championship win at Crown Jewel, even if not by much.
Who would you put in your Power Rankings? Sound off on Twitter @ChairshotGreg using the hashtag #UseYourHead!