Pro Wrestling Rankings May-29: Jon Moxley
"Unlike other combat sports, pro wrestling cannot be measured in just wins and losses, especially when the drama and excitement of the genre is specifically based around not just the physical performance, but the excitement level created by its combatants."
What can one say about the reemergence of Jon Moxley as he ripped himself out of the shell known as Dean Ambrose and shocked the world not once, but three times this week?
As FITE viewers watched on in shocked disbelief, Moxley attacked Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega to close out All Elite Wrestling's Double or Nothing event. Before the dust could settle on that insane scene, Moxley then revealed he was heading to New Japan Pro Wrestling. Before fans could wrap their heads around that announcement, Moxley took to Chris Jericho's podcast to skewer the WWE creative process and made it clear he's out to cut a swath through professional wrestling, like a Reaper connecting soul after soul.
Anarchy has been unleashed.
Having captured the Money in the Bank briefcase, Brock Lesnar has been bebopping with his guaranteed title shot, haunting WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins and WWE Champion Kofi Kingston alike. The Beast heads into WWE's Super Showdown as the monster who can emerge from the shadows at any point to enforce his will and change the entire landscape of WWE with one F5.
When someone that powerful has the ability to change the course of WWE history, it's bound to happen. It's just a question of when it does.
Chris Jericho was celebrated as the most expensive signing for All Elite Wrestling and in scoring a victory in the main event of Double or Nothing, Jericho showed that it was money well spent.
Jericho reprised his New Japan battle against Kenny Omega, unleashing his new elbow strike finisher to not only go down in history as the winner of the first-ever AEW main event, but take another step into his name being enshrined as the first-ever AEW Champion.
Once again remaking himself, Jericho remains as relevant as ever.
The WWE Champion has been a marked man since capturing the title from Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania 35.
With Kevin Owens, Brock Lesnar and now Dolph Ziggler hot on his heels, Kingston has emerged as the old school fighting champion, out to conquer his foes and showcase himself as the best wrestler in the world. Like Bruno Sammartino and Hulk Hogan in generations before, Kingston has risen above the WWE roster as one of the most popular and inspirational champions and this week alone, faced down The Beast, defended the belt against Owens and continued his journey towards his title match with Ziggler in Saudi Arabia.
Fighting his adversaries on three fronts at the same time, the founding member of New Day stands alone and stands tall.
With the spirit of their father, the legendary [[Dusty Rhodes]] felt by all, the match invoked visuals and emotions that had been laid dormant for years from the glory days of Starrcade in Greensboro. When it was all said and done, blood streaked the mat, tears were spent and two brothers had reunited out of love…but not until Cody was holding his arm aloft, victorious.
For someone who had given up everything he had earned three years ago to set on his own path, Cody proves once again it's best to bet on yourself.
The WWE Universal Champion is being stalked by his past and challenged by his future.
Former Champion Brock Lesnar looms above, shadowing every move Rollins makes. Baron Corbin stands in Rollins' path ahead, waiting for him in Saudi Arabia. While Rollins' work inside the ring is impeccable, he stands the risk of the oxygen being taken out of the room as he battles on multiple fronts and also sharing the spotlight with WWE Champion Kofi Kingston.
He will have to bear down to climb the FITE rankings.
Dolph Ziggler was supposed to be out the door and onto new and better things before he attacked WWE Champion Kofi Kingston a week ago.
This week, the attacked continued, coupled with Ziggler giving some of the most raw, emotional interviews he's ever had the chance to present. This was a different Ziggler, one who was bitter and angry and motivated to show the world that he was indeed the better man and that he shouldn't have ever been overlooked by fans, promoters and wrestlers.
This was a Ziggler who commanded respect and should he be able to follow that up with a great match or a big win in Saudi Arabia, the Showstopper will have indeed earned his moniker.
Kenny Omega was going to be one of the main players for All Elite Wrestling, but in the end, he had his nose broken, his spirit smashed, lost his entry into the AEW title bout and was assaulted by Jon Moxley.
As a professional wrestling fan, you couldn't have asked for a better first chapter for Omega, because now he will go on his own arduous hero's journey, seeking revenge, enlightenment and gold.
If you are a Kenny Omega fan, this will be a most interesting chapter in his career and we are all on the precipice of how he evolves and battles his way forward, right here on FITE.
At 50 years old, the former Goldust just made one of the biggest statements of his entire career when he took to the ring at Double or Nothing and shocked the world with one of the best performance he's had in years.
With the shackles of corporate wrestling behind him, Runnels wrestled as if he had years of doubt to smack down and something to prove.
He may have lost the bout to his brother Cody and left pints of plasma on the mat in Las Vegas, but the legend of [[[[Dustin has risen out of the ashes and the future is his for the taking as long as he wants to be in the hunt.
Listen up, Melvins. ROH World Champion Matt Taven is slowly but surely building a list of victims who lay at his feet with every victory.
Taven returns to action this week on FITE when Ring of Honor debuts in Portland, Oregon. Whether it be Jay Lethal, PCO or Marty Scurll, Taven has continued to stun and shock the world by holding onto the ROH title, but as the pressure mounts, can he maintain that momentum? We'll find out this weekend.
Every week here at FITE, we feature the Top Ten ranked personalities in the world of professional wrestling. Unlike other combat sports, pro wrestling cannot be measured in just wins and losses, especially when the drama and excitement of the genre is specifically based around not just the physical performance, but the excitement level created by its combatants. Thus, our top ten measures the most newsworthy performers in the business, who's momentum drives not just their own career paths but the promotions they compete for.
Mike Johnson is the lead reporter for PWInsider.com and has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He can be found on Twitter @MikePWInsider and MikeJohnsonWrites.com.