10. AEW International Championship
While WWE continues to boast historic title reigns, AEW’s championship picture has been pretty consistent too. Orange Cassidy has been the International Champion for the entirety of the year and has taken on all challengers for the title. Cassidy said he envisioned the championship being the spot to feature wrestling styles from all over the world on weekly AEW TV, and he has done exactly that, turning it into one of AEW’s best titles to watch.
9. AEW World Tag Team Championships
I thought the Acclaimed would lead the division for most of 2023, but an unexpected win by the Gunns made them prove they belonged in the picture too. FTR is the champion now, and it feels like they still have a lot to show in AEW. While everyone thinks of AEW Originals, like the Young Bucks and Lucha Bros, when they think of this division, it has turned into a land with lots of options, first-ever matches, and unexpected fun.
8. ROH World Title
In the first five months of the year, Black Pool Combat Club has been featured as the faction in AEW. Claudio has been able to shine as one of the Blackpool Combat Club's most dangerous and impressive members.
7. ROH Pure Title
Wheeler Yuta is tied with Claudio with an average of 6th place on the weekly top 10 highlights list for the last five months. Yuta gets the tiebreaker breakker because of the two. Yuta had the biggest moment when he pinned Kenny Omega at Double or Nothing. Yuta is proof that Blackpool Combat Club worked. Since joining, he has elevated himself and the ROH Pure title.
6. AEW Trios Championships
Going into the year, the AEW Trios Championships had the final matches of the Best of Seven series between Death Triangle and the Elite. The Elite lost the titles after a somewhat short reign to House of Black, but it has elevated House of Black and their open rules matches feel unique of anything on the card. AEW’s Trios division is something that sets them apart, and the match quality is above almost any other division.
5.SmackDowns Women's Title
The SmackDown Championship started the year rough, with Charlotte just having won it with a fluke victory over Ronda Roussey. The Championship wasn't defended at Royal Rumble or Elimination Chamber. The biggest highlight from Charlotte pre-Rhea was her feud with Sonya Deville. Charlotte avoided the lowlight list and snuck into the highlight list sometimes.
Rhea saved SmackDown's women's title. She won the royal rumble and brought her momentum from that and the Judgement Day to the SmackDown title. Since then, the SmackDown title has been featured on PPV and seen on both shows.
4. AEW Championship
MJF’s reign is off to a great start. He isn’t oversaturated as a champion because he doesn’t show up unless he’s contractually obligated. It leans into the heel character, makes him feel special, and it still gives him chances to steal the week whenever he shows up for a promo. His match quality has been elite too, as his match with Bryan Danielson is my current match of the year, and the Fatal Four Way at Double or Nothing was my match of the night.
3. United States Championships
Austin Theory has grown up right in front of our eyes. He has had a lengthy title and racked up wins over John Cena, Bronson Reed, Edge, and Seth Rollins. He's putting together a great United States Title run, and the longer this title run goes, the more the gap between Theory wanting to cheat and needing to cheat closes.
2. WWE Undisputed Universal Championship
Roman Reigns is over 1000 days as champion, and he’s booked as if he can’t possibly lose. The Bloodline story might just be the best storyline in wrestling, and it’s led to some of the most hype matches of the year in Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Cody Rhodes. Now, it’s a story every month to see who, if anyone, can beat Reigns.
1. Undisputed Tag Championships
The Titles started off the year as hot as any titles in the industry. The Legendary tag team, the Usos, carried them proudly, and they were prominently featured on both shows in the best faction with the number one storyline in the company.
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens took the torch from the Usos in the main event of Wrestlemania. For a moment in time after that, the titles cooled off, but Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens found their footing. They were on both weekly shows, and they beat the Usos again and even beat Roman and Solo at Night of Champions. They swept the Bloodline in the ring, and the tag team championships garnered more high-ranked weekly highlights than the Undisputed Title or any other title. Call the Undisputed Championships what you want. Just don't call them irrelevant.
5 month Power Rankings #1 Show AEW Dynamite
AEW has had its ups and downs this year, but it’s already undeniable that they put some of the most into their weekly programming. With only four PPV’s a year, their weekly programming is willing to have championship matches, big stipulations, and stakes/surprises. That makes AEW Dynamite the best show of 5 month Power Rankings
Superstar of the First Five Months
Reigns. Sometimes the simple answer is the right one. Roman has consistently been must-see on TV on PPV. Everything Reigns does is important. He is having the longest reign in wrestling with the best story in wrestling. Acknowledge him!