With the World Title Eliminator tournament heating up, AEW continues its trip towards Full Gear, returning to Wednesday nights along the way. This week though, Friday is the focus…or mine at least, as Bryan Danielson meets Eddie Kingston in the ultimate “it’s been a strange few years” scenario. It’s also the bracket’s first semi-final bout which admittedly, is much easier to advertise. Elsewhere, Jon Moxley’s rematch with Preston Vance concludes the quarter final clashes while Ethan Page challenges Sammy Guevara for his TNT Title.
NOTE: Friends, this and next week’s Fleet Files will be bare-bones, as I’m currently on vacation. Don’t know if I’ve mentioned that anywhere by the way so yeah, I’m on vacation. Feels important to keep this project rolling though so even while on vacation, I’m going to keep the league table updated. Thanks folks, I am hoping to write something of substance for Danielson vs. Kingston but if so, that’ll probably be when I’m back…you know, from vacation. Thanks for everything though friends, happy Halloween and all that good stuff!
Match of the Week
This speaks for itself, the week’s five best matches. 1 point for the five spot, 2 for the fourth and upward from there.
- Bryan Danielson vs. Eddie Kingston – Rampage #12
- Hikaru Shida vs. Serena Deeb – Dynamite #108
- The Dark Order vs. The Super Elite – Dynamite #108
- TNT Title: Sammy Guevara vs. Ethan Page – Dynamite #108
- CM Punk vs. Bobby Fish – Dynamite #108
With only three places as a lesser category, this is a nod to AEW’s more subdued C-Show titans. They missed out on match of the week, but entertained regardless.
- Bryan Danielson vs. Aaron Solo – Dark #114
- Too Fast Too Fuego vs. Dean Alexander & Kidd Bandit – Dark #114
- Leyla Hirsch & Ryo Mizunami vs. Diamante & Xtina Kay – Dark Elevation #34
The Promo Pack
The second of our three A-categories, this award also quite literally speaks for itself, the promotion’s five best verbal offerings.
- Eddie Kingston – Dynamite #108/Rampage #12
- Cody Rhodes – Dynamite #108
- Bryan Danielson – Dynamite #108
- Malakai Black – Dynamite #108
- CM Punk – Rampage #12
Squashes to See
Good television wrestling needs many ingredients, but it never forgets the squash matches. Here are the week’s three funniest showcase bouts.
- Jon Moxley vs. 10 – Dynamite #108
- Tiger Ruas vs. DJ Brown – Dark #114
- Paul Wight vs. Arjun Singh, Carlie Bravo & Cole Karter – Dark Elevation #34
The Fleet Five
Our third and final A-category, The Fleet Five is simple, the promotion’s five best performers of that particular week. All the above decides this, so it’s a big one.
- Eddie Kingston
- Bryan Danielson
- Hikaru Shida
- Serena Deeb
- Cody Rhodes
Updated weekly, this is the result of our above categories. Below is your current top 20, the All Elite Fleet’s league leaders thus far. Tiebreaker is my preference, grow up.
- Jon Moxley – 63 Points
- Bryan Danielson – 63 Points
- Eddie Kingston – 56 Points
- Nick Jackson – 52 Points
- Matt Jackson – 45 Points
- Penta El Zero Miedo – 45 Points
- CM Punk – 45 Points
- Rey Fenix – 44 Points
- Kenny Omega – 43 Points
- Miro – 43 Points
- Jungle Boy – 41 Points
- Darby Allin – 38 Points
- Christian Cage – 35 Points
- Adam Cole – 35 Points
- Orange Cassidy – 33 Points
- Dax Harwood – 33 Points
- Pac – 29 Points
- Cash Wheeler – 28 Points
- Daniel Garcia – 28 Points
- Luchasaurus – 28 Points