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Matt’s Weekly Brainbuster: Matt’s Power Rankings 11/8/19

Welcome to the sixth weekly Matt’s Brainbuster Power Rankings! Who topped the list and how do things stand overall?



Welcome to the sixth weekly Matt’s Brainbuster Power Rankings! Who topped the list and how do things stand overall?

This week, we are discussing the week of 10/31-11/7! We will be comparing WWE (RAW and SDL), NXT (NXTUS, 205 Live, and NXT UK), AEW (Dynamite and DARK), and NJPW! 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 results. Each week, I will discuss five difference makers in wrestling and, using science, prove why they had the best week in wrestling! Greg DeMarco and I will compare our lists, giving you all two different types of power rankings!

1) The O.C. (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) +51 [-96 Overall Tag Score]
The O.C. wins the “Tag Team World Cup” Gauntlet, WWE Crown Jewel 

This will likely be the single biggest win in any one particular week. I count every win and loss inside a gauntlet for each participant, and by significant underdogs after poor win/loss records this year, winning the two final falls over The New Day and The Viking Warriors gave this team 51 total points! By beating the reigning WWE RAW Tag Team Champions in the last match, I can see them receiving a tag title opportunity, perhaps on RAW before or after Survivor Series. Don’t forget, just like the Viking Warriors, The O.C. are former IWGP and RAW Tag Team Champions, and unlike The Viking Warriors, former World Tag League winners in 2013, and are now the Best Tag Team in the Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooorld!

2) Shawn Spears +32 [2 Overall Score]
Shawn Spears d. Brandon Cutler, AEW Dynamite
Shawn Spears d. Mike Nakazawa, AEW DARK

This entry was interesting to me. Only Joey Janela and Shawn Spears have participated in DARK and Dynamite in the same calendar week in the company, and Janela won and lost. Spears won both his matches had a week of perfect1on! Spears was able to gain so many points because he was technically an underdog against veteran Nakazawa who was making his singles debut, with Spears at 0-2. A victory over Brandon Cutler was expected but it allowed Spears to equal his wins to his losses, putting him in immediate contention again. These were big wins for a future top star in this company and in the world.

3) WWE Universal Champion “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt +27 [48 Overall Score] 
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt d. WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins, WWE Crown Jewel

Ideally, The Fiend’s win was bigger than the other two on this list, but I needed to acknowledge two entries who won multiple matches in the same week above his own. This was only The Fiend’s second official match and second official win, he’s averaging 24 points per win. That will surely begin to regress, but “The Fiend” won his second world championship in a dominating Falls Count Anywhere match in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia! You could say, he’s on fire… But don’t say that around Seth Rollins- he may take it seriously. Hopefully this is the end of this rivalry. It was awful. Where does “The Fiend” go from here? We should have found out on Friday but he was unable to make it to Smackdown. I’m predicting a match with Roman Reigns at Survivor Series.

4) Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) +41 [89 Overall Tag Score]
Roppongi 3K d. DOUKI & El Desperado, Road to Power Struggle 10/31
Roppongi 3K d. El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori, Road to Power Struggle 11/1
Roppongi 3K d. El Desperado & Yoshinabu Kanemaru, NJPW Power Struggle

This is probably my most favorite week of results so far, just so much to discuss for the first time in almost a month! This is the third time SHO & YOH have won the Super Jr Tag League since debuting in the company in 2017, and in fact have won it every year since debuting as a team. With this win, they’ve positioned themselves for an IWGP Jr Tag Team Championship against El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori at WrestleKingdom 14 on January 4th in the Toyko Dome!

5) NXT Champion Adam Cole +6 [104 Overall Score]
NXT Champion Adam Cole d. Daniel Bryan, WWE Smackdown
Seth Rollins d. NXT Champion Adam Cole by DQ, WWE RAW

Look at this list of talent this week, it’s hard to argue anyone had a more impressive week than the NXT Champion Adam Cole, but you’d have plenty to argue about! After making his official main roster debut (with Royal Rumbles not counting as canon wins or losses), Cole wrestled two great matches in four days, appearing on both RAW and Smackdown, giving indy wrestling fans absolute mental gymnastics over these dream matches. Now, he did split the difference, but he retained his title in both matches and wrestled over 30 minutes in four days, before also appearing on NXT Wednesday night during the main event of that shows melee. Give that man a raise!

Runners Up:

6) Jordan Devlin +17 [90 Overall Score]
7) NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler +6 [268 Overall Score]

That about wraps it up for this week! So much to discuss, this was by far my favorite week of wrestling in quite some time. That episode of NXT last night was arguably the best post to post episode of NXT television ever aired, let alone on USA. So much to discuss this week, Super Jr Tag League, Power Struggle, Crown Jewel, NXT Invasion of RAW and Smackdown, Shayne Baszler approaching Asuka’s WWE +275 record, Finn Balor potentially uniting The Balor Club, Jordan Devlin quietly positioning himself for a shot at the NXT UK Championship, just a loaded exciting week! Still to come, the addition of MLW, and Stardom, and more!

WWE Men:

Seth Rollins 189 (-17)
Roman Reigns 177 (-)
WWE Champion Brock Lesnar 139 (+10)
Buddy Murphy 134 (+11)
Braun Strowman 129 (-11)
Aleister Black 110 (-)
Ricochet 94 (-)
Baron Corbin 64 (-)
IC Champion Shinsuke Nakamura 53 (-)
+US Champion AJ Styles 49 (+15)

OUT: Kofi Kingston (relegated to tag division) 

WWE Women:

RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch 189 (-)
Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley 170 (+10)
Charlotte 77 (-)
Natalya 19 (+16)
Nikki Cross 3 (-10)
Sasha Banks -18 (-)
Lacey Evans -18 (-16)
Mandy Rose -36 (-)
Sonya Deville -72 (-)
Carmella -85 (-)

WWE Tag Team:

RAW Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders 142 (-20)
Ziggler & Roode 41 (+27)
SDL Tag Team Champions The Revival 33 (-17)
Heavy Machinery 23 (+0)
The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) 21 (+20)
The Street Profits 10 (-)
The O.C. -93 (+51)

NXT Men:

NXT UK Champion WALTER 172 (-)
Tommaso Ciampa 149 (+7)
Pete Dunne 143 (+14)
Velveteen Dream 122 (-)
NXT Champion Adam Cole 104 (+6)
Matt Riddle 102 (-)
Joe Coffey 94 (-)
Jordan Devlin 90 (+17)
Damian Priest 85 (-)
Tyler Bate 84 (-)

OUT: Travis Banks (Not used)

NXT Women:

NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler 268 (+6)
Toni Storm 129 (-)
Rhea Ripley 105 (-)
NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray 102 (-)
Jinny 70 (-)
Mia Yim 69 (-)
Piper Niven 64 (-)
Io Shirai 54 (-)
Bianca BelAir 23 (-)
Tegan Nox 12 (-)

NXT Tag Team

Imperium 47 (-)
NXT Tag Team Champions The Undisputed Era 41 (-)
NXT UK Tag Team Champions Gallus 37 (-)
The Forgotten Sons 32 (-)
Young Grizzled Veterans 28 (-)
Lorcan & Burch 0 (-)

AEW Men:

AEW Champion Chris Jericho 48 (-)
PAC 47 (+14)
Cody 45 (-)
Jon Moxley 31 (-)
MJF 16 (-)
Kenny Omega 14 (-)
Adam Page 13 (-)
Shawn Spears 2 (+32)
Darby Allin 0 (-)
Joey Janela -47 (-)

AEW Women:

AEW Women’s Champion Riho 60 (-)
Britt Baker 17 (-)
Jamie Hayter -16 (-)
Nyla Rose -30 (-)
Leva Bates -33 (-)

AEW Tag Team:

The Lucha Bros 47 (-)
SCU (Kazarian/Sky) 34 (-)
Private Party 18 (+17)
Ortiz & Santana 16 (-)
The Young Bucks 14 (-)
The Dark Order -1 (-17)

NJPW Men: 

IWGP Champion Kazuchika Okada 314 (-)
Kota Ibushi 207 (-)
IWGP Champion Jay White 198 (+11)
Tetsuya Naito 153 (+10)
IWGP Jr Champion Will Ospreay 149 (+10)
Hiroshi Tanahashi 141 (-)
British Heavyweight Champion Zack Sabre Jr 116 (-)
IWGP Jr Tag Champion El Phantasmo 93 (-)
Hirooki Goto 70 (-11)
IWGP Jr Tag Team Champion Taiji Ishimori 64 (-)

NJPW Tag Team: 

IWGP Tag Team Champions Guerrillas of Destiny 301 (-)
EVIL & SANADA 240 (-)
El Desperado & Yoshinabu Desperado 193 (-3)
IWGP Jr Tag Team Champions ELP/Ishimori 116 (+12)
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii 93 (-)
Roppongi 3K 89 (+41)

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