Second Quarter – 11th April 2020 to 10th July 2020
The second quarter of 2020 was one of lockdowns and isolation but wrestling helped us through. With the COVID Global Pandemic, we saw the likes of Ring of Honor, New Japan Pro-Wrestling, NXT UK and many other promotions across the world close its doors but WWE, IMPACT and AEW kept going, giving us that little glimmer of hope and escapism we all need.
1. Kenny Omega – 76
Kenny Omega would continue to hold the AEW Tag Team Championships with ‘Hangman’ Adam Page while building up to Blood and Guts, which has been indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, against The Inner Circle. On 23rd May at Double or Nothing Omega, along with Page, The Young Bucks and Matt Hardy would go against the Inner Circle in a Stadium Stampede match; Omega got the win for the team via a One-Winged Angel to Sammy Guevara.
2. Io Shirai – 45
Io Shirai started April by competing and winning a ladder match for an opportunity to face the new NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. Shirai and Flair faced off on 6th May episode of NX. Io won the match via disqualification after being attacked by Charlotte with a kendo stick. The two of them, along with a returning Rhea Ripley, would enter a feud culminating in a triple threat title match at NXT TakeOver: In Your House on 7th June. Io Shirai became the new NXT Women’s Champion and would spend the summer slowly transitioning into a tweener, defending her belt against Tegan Nox and Dakota Kai.
3. Hakiru Shida – 42
Hakiru Shida won her first AEW Women’s World Championship on 23rd May at Double or Nothing, defeating Nyla Rose in a no disqualification and no count-out match. This was followed with a face-off against Penelope Ford at the start of July during Fyter Fest, retaining her title in a phenomenal match.
4. Brodie Lee & Orange Cassidy – 39
Brodie Lee went undefeated in AEW until May 23rd where he faced Jon Moxley for the AEW World Championship, he lost to Moxley in a gruelling, hard-hitting, bloody match. Over the next few months, he would continue to wrestle and recruit new members to the Dark Order including Colt Cabana and Anna Jay.
Orange Cassidy took part in the Casino Ladder Match at Double or Nothing on 23rd May, he would go on to feud with Chris Jericho losing to him in a match on day two of Fyter Fest on 8th July.
5. Adam Page – 38
Adam Page continued to hold the AEW Tag Team Championships with Kenny Omega while building up to Blood and Guts, which has been indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, against The Inner Circle. On 23rd May at Double or Nothing Page, along with Omega, The Young Bucks and Matt Hardy would go against the Inner Circle in a Stadium Stampede match; Team Elite were the victors of the match.
6. Penelope Ford – 36
Penelope Ford had her first-ever PPV match on 23rd May at Double or Nothing as a replacement for Britt Baker, who had been injured in a match on the previous episode of Dynamite, against Kris Statlander. On 10th June Ford teamed up with Nyla Rose to take on Hikaru Shida and Kris Statlander, Ford earned herself a championship match at Fyter Fest by pinning Shida. The AEW Women’s Championship would not change hands that night but Penelope Ford proved that she is not a woman to be messed with and is a future World Champion in the making.
7. Tomohiro Ishii – 35
Tomohiro Ishii competed in the New Japan Cup in June of this year, after New Japan Pro-Wrestling returned from hiatus. He made it to the quarter-finals only to be eliminated by Hiromu Takahashi. Ishii shines best during tournament settings and the New Japan Cup was no exception.
8. Asuka & Nick Jackson – 33
Asuka qualified for the Money in the Bank ladder match on 13th April episode on Monday Night RAW and won the briefcase on 10th May at the Money in the Bank PPV. The following night on Monday Night RAW Becky Lynch called Asuka to the ring and revealed that inside was in fact the Raw Women’s Championship and that was the real prize, as Lynch had to go off to become a mum. This made Asuka the second Women’s Grand Slam winner and the third Women’s Triple Crown winner. The two of them embraced while Asuka broke character to congratulate Becky and chant her name. In the darkness of the pandemic, feel-good moments are what we all need.
The following week Asuka and Kairi Sane tuned face and began a feud with a returning Nia Jax, who would challenge Asuka for her Raw Women’s Championship at Backlash on 14th June, but was unsuccessful in her attempt to defeat the Empress of Tomorrow. The match ended in a count-out finish, a rematch saw Asuka definitively defeat Nia Jax.
Nick Jackson would return from Paternity leave to compete at Double or Nothing, on 23rd May along with Omega, Page, his brother Matt Jackson and Matt Hardy against the Inner Circle in a Stadium Stampede match; Team Elite won the match.
9. Matt Jackson – 32
Matt Jackson was scheduled to take part along with Adam Page, Kenny Omega, Cody, and a debuting Matt Hardy after Nick Jackson was off with an injury; he was really on Paternity leave, in the Blood and Guts event, which has been indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, against The Inner Circle. Matt Jackson competed at Double or Nothing, on 23rd May along with Omega, Page, his brother Nick Jackson, who had just returned from Paternity leave, and Matt Hardy against the Inner Circle in a Stadium Stampede match; Team Elite defeated the Inner Circle.
10. Jon Moxley & Sasha Banks – 31
Jon Moxley made his first title defence on 15th April in an Empty Arena match against Inner Circle member Jake Hager. He would soon enter a feud with The Dark Order and facing their leader “The Exalted One” Mr Brodie Lee on 23rd May at Double or Nothing in a hard-fought battle to retain his AEW World Championship.
After WrestleMania 36 tensions began to grow between Sasha Banks and Bayley, as Banks is a huge reason for Bayley’s successes as Smackdown Women’s champion while Banks seems to lose every time Bayley tried to help her. The two of them regained the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships on the 5th June episode of SmackDown by defeating Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. The pair became the most successful Women’s Tag Team Champions taking on all comers and defending the titles over all three brands, SmackDown, RAW and NXT, including Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox, The IIconics and The Kabuki Warriors.
And The Rest:
|Cash Wheiler fka Dash Wilder / Cody / Jungle Boy||29|
|Dax Harwood fka Scott Dawson||28|
|Charlotte Flair / Rey Fénix||26|
|Colt Cabana / Timothy Thatcher||25|
|Chucky T / Kip Sabian||21|
|Darby Allin / Hiromu Takahashi / Minoru Suzuki||20|
|Chris Jericho / Matt Riddle / Stu Grayson / Yuji Nagata||19|
|Edge / Jimmy Havoc / The Blade||17|
|Nyla Rose / Roderick Strong / Trent?||16|
|El Desperado / Pentagón Jr. / Shayna Baszler||15|
|Dana Brooke / Taichi / The Butcher||14|
|Akira Tozawa / Dexter Lumis / Mia Yim / Ortiz / Ryusuke Taguchi||13|
|Drew McIntyre / SANADA||12|
|Adam Cole / Bobby Lashley / Matt Hardy / Taiji Ishimori||11|
|Shingo Takagi / Shotzi Blackheart / Sonya Daville||10|
|Britt Baker / Chris Brookes / Jake Hager / KUSHIDA / SHO / Tetsuya Naito||9|
|AJ Styles / Hiroshi Tanahashi / Miyu Yamashita / PAC / Rhea Ripley||8|
|Daniel Bryan / Frankie Kazarian / Keith Lee||7|
|Alexa Bliss / Kazuchika Okada / Kota Ibushi / Lance Archer||6|
|Brain Cage / EVIL / Payton Royce / Zack Sabre Jr||5|
|Apollo Crews / Big Swole / Domanik Dijakovic / Finn Balor / Gran Metalik / Joey Janella / Marq Quinn / MJF / Teegan Nox||4|
|Andrade Cein Almas / Dakota Kai / Lince Dorado / Marko Stunt||3|
|Aliester Black / Drake Mavarick / Johnny Gargano / TAZ||2|
|Aliyah / Sammy Guvara / Steve Cutler / Tommaso Ciampa / Yano||1|