AEW identifies itself as more sports-based alternative to the sports entertainment side of pro wrestling. The company has even incorporated certain elements into its programming to differentiate itself from rivals like WWE and IMPACT Wrestling. The ranks scheme is among the best illustrations of this.
The company has tracked the win/loss records of its rivals over time and used those numbers to set up matches and identify contenders for the different AEW championships. But given that AEW hasn’t updated its rankings since August, it’s unclear whether the technique is still being used to evaluate the company’s story. Tony Khan discussed the ranking system with Comicbook.com.
I haven’t updated [the rankings] lately because I think so much has been fluid, coming out of the Grand Slam Tournament of Champions in particular. It’s a fluid situation coming out of Grand Slam, and I think now I’m reevaluating it and quite possibly could bring them back soon, but certainly made a lot of changes for the better that led to our best ratings of the year in many ways because we really zoned in and have had, I think, a lot of our best shows in recent months.
The ROH, AAA, and IWGP Tag Team Champions FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler) repeatedly said that they should be the top contenders for the AEW Tag Team Titles based on their records. This is the reason why Khan is turning away from the idea of win/loss records.
Despite their complaints, the group hasn’t received a fair chance to compete for the titles since December 8, 2021, when they lost to the reigning champions, The Lucha Bros. When the venerable corporation surveyed fans earlier this year, WWE also mentioned the concept of a ranking system. Stay tuned to Ringside News for the latest updates.
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