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Weekly Top Five contender rankings, and "new prize" coming to AEW...

Cody announced during a media conference call that AEW will, starting today and updated every Friday going forward, release a Top Five Ranking for every title.

He also announced a "new prize" will be unveiled next month - worded this way to not designate it as a secondary or "mid-card" title. Not even sure right now if it would be another title at all, but could be a once a year tournament or something. Odds are it will be a television title though as he spoke favorably about such in the past.

I wonder if the Jericho match stipulation is part of this eventual roll out. Not sure that would be a good idea to have Cody debut a new title because he can't go after the AEW title anymore, but OTOH having Cody really wanting this new prize now as supplement for not being able to have the main title could be seen as him putting this new title on par with Jericho's AEW title.
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Re: Weekly Top Five contender rankings, and "new prize" coming to AEW...

TV title is pretty cool i like it if correct.

Would brings back good memories personally.
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Re: Weekly Top Five contender rankings, and "new prize" coming to AEW...

A TV title is meaningless in this day and age. Should just make it a midcard title. They have the roster to support it now.

Either that or some big gimmick like a KOR/Royal Rumble, etc.
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Re: Weekly Top Five contender rankings, and "new prize" coming to AEW...

Interesting. Definitely feeling the ranking system. Seems like they are getting a lot of the formatting stuff from UFC and presentation stuff from NJPW, which I am not mad at.

Do you think it's a bit too early to roll out a mid-card belt for the men's division?
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Re: Weekly Top Five contender rankings, and "new prize" coming to AEW...

Talking about "a new prize" and not a new title belt makes me believe it might be a ring or other type trophy. Cody own Battlebowl and that was a Nov/Dec event IIRC.

Could they have a complete battlebowl in 2 hours? 8 lethal lottery tag matches means 32 wrestlers in "random" pairings. 8 matches even 10 minutes means 80 minutes and then you need time for the battle royale at the end to crown the winner.

Winning never went anywhere ie no earned title shot. Just something to add to a resume I guess, while the one-off tournament could be used to further or launch new storylines.

I wouldn't mind something have the winner earn a "ring", and have 2-3 other type tournament/matches throughout the year regularly whereby the winners then face off to earn a title shot at a regular PPV. Or a wrestler who can win all the rings (put their ring up against another winner's until they are united) then can cash them in for a world title shot on an announced Dynamite airing.
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Re: Weekly Top Five contender rankings, and "new prize" coming to AEW...

I still like the idea of a loaded midcard title where after 3 or 5 successful defenses you can trade it in for a world title shot.
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Re: Weekly Top Five contender rankings, and "new prize" coming to AEW...

Maybe the prize will be their version of a MiTB. Some kind of match or competition where you earn a title shot.

I wouldn’t mind a midcard title either, though.
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Re: Weekly Top Five contender rankings, and "new prize" coming to AEW...

I really like the top 5 rankings idea. Probably going to need a good amount of effort put into them though because I can see them being scrutinized if they aren't consistent.

I'm probably in the minority, but I hate mid card titles. They seem like a lazy way to avoid booking story lines and I just never saw the value of a second tier title. I hope the "prize" will just be an annual tournament like Rey de Reyes from AAA. That is definitely something I could get behind.
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Re: Weekly Top Five contender rankings, and "new prize" coming to AEW...

I agree that the concept of a TV title is meaningless and just kinda sounds ugly and uncool
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Ranking systems in wrestling are constraining and unnecessary. They are making things harder for themselves. Better to feel a ranking system embedded in the culture of the program through good booking. They are going to get booked into corners and need to rush faster towards things like Jericho vs. Mox and heel/heel programs like Jericho vs. PAC.

The weekly prize will be something like “Match of the Week” or “Wrestler of the Week.”
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