AEW: 5 stats/analytics the promotion should implement

AEW, Cody Rhodes (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for WarnerMedia Company)
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Strength of Opponent

Now, this is a stat that should directly correlate with a wrestlers’ record and place in the rankings. Harping over strength of competition is something that gets harped on in leagues like the NFL or in college sports, who’s level of opponent varies depending on which league/conference the team is domiciled in.

Considering that AEW doesn’t rely on a round-robin type format, fans, announcer, and other wrestlers could get plenty of use out of the company establishing some sort of metric that measures how successful someone’s opponent is.

If a wrestler, say, goes on a long winning streak, but all of their wins were quick squash matches against jobbers, the announcers could note that said wrestler’s light slate of challengers belayed their hopes to move up in the rankings and into title contention. It could also be a jumping-off point for feuds where other wrestlers go after the unbeaten, untested fighter in hopes of bringing them down a notch if they’re a heel or halting their confidence if they’re a babyface.

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It doesn’t have to be overly-complex, either; something as simple as “record against wrestlers with a winning record” or “record against former world champions” would suffice, as long as it puts a wrestler’s win/loss totals in their proper perspective.