The summer is over and August was a busy month for Super Shows including New Japan’s G1 Climax 28 final, WWE’s SummerSlam, the King of DDT tournament and AAA’s TripleMania. This month we analysed the wins and losses of over 950 wrestlers to find the definitive Top 20 Wrestlers in the world. The criteria as always is as follows:

  • Wrestlers win/loss records during the previous month
  • The position of the match on the card (a win in the main event is worth more points than a win in the opening match. A Loss in the main event minuses less points than losing in the opening match of the night.)
  • PPV and TV Show wins are worth more points than house shows
  • Title match wins and losses are also worth more points.

1. Roman Reigns (WWE)

The Big Dawg finally slayed the Dragon this month and rightfully earned the top spot in this months VoW Rankings… Defeated Baron Corbin on the 8/6 RAW… Ended the 504 Day Universal Title reign of Brock Lesnar at Summerslam in a surprisingly short main event… WWE used Braun Strowman as a distraction in an attempt to subdue some of the boo’s… Gave Finn Balor the one on one shot at the title the Demon never lost the night after and successfully defended it in an excellent match up… After the match the Shield reformed to stop Braun Strowman from cashing in his Money in the Bank contract… Reigns teamed with Strowman to face Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre but this match ended abruptly when the Monster Amongst Men attacked Reigns ahead of their match at Hell in a Cell… WWE’s obsession with pushing Reigns is beyond being a joke now. They have turned their potential top Babyface, Heel just in an attempt to get Reigns over. This is counterproductive booking which is clearly affecting the company in the interest department… Faces Strowman at Hell in a Cell

2. Daisuke Sasaki (DDT)

The protégé of Dick Togo had an excellent August in DDT… Defeated Antonio Honda to advance to the Quarter Finals of the King of DDT 2018 tournament… Teamed with Tetsuya Endo to win a four-team match on the 8/14 DDT Live… Sasaki and Endo defeated MAO and Mike Bailey on the 8/18 Road to Ryogoku Show… Defeated Keisuke Ishii in the Quarter Finals of the King of DDT Tournament on the 8/25… The next night he defeated HARASHIMA in the semi’s and DAMNATION stablemate Tetsuya Endo to win the tournament…

3. Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE)

The King of Strong Style and reigning United States Champion had his first positive month since we began compiling these Rankings… Defeated R-Truth on the 8/7 SmackDown Live in a non-title defence… At SummerSlam defeated Jeff Hardy in a United States Title defence… Seems to just be coasting along at the moment. His feud with Jeff Hardy has been overshadowed by Randy Orton’s involvement.

4. Ronda Rousey (WWE)

The Worlds Most Dangerous Women makes her VoW Power Ranking debut this month and is the highest ranked female wrestler this month… Made her RAW in-ring debut on 8/6 defeating Alicia Fox… Destroyed Alex Bliss at SummerSlam in 4:39 to capture her first WWE RAW Women’s Title… Completed at house shows in London and Osaka respectively before August was done… Rousey will face Bliss in a rematch at Hell in a Cell and teams with the Bella Twins to face the Riott Squad at the Super ShowDown… Has had an impressive start to her WWE career so far

5. Jay Lethal (Ring of Honor)

The reigning Ring of Honor World Champion had an impressive Tour of the UK with Ring of Honor in August… Defeated Adam Brooks on Night 1 of Ring of Honor Honor Re-United… Teamed with Jonathan Gresham to defeat the Young Bucks on Night 2… On the final night of Ring of Honor Honor Re-United successfully defended his title against Mark Haskins… Successfully defended the Ring of Honor World Championship at ALL IN but this will be covered in next month’s ranking.

6. WALTER (Freelancer)

July’s Number 1 potentially could have repeated if it wasn’t for SummerSlam… The Austrian brute defeated Dirty Dragan at wXw Shortcut to the Top 2018 in the formers Trail Series… Defended the PROGRESS World Title against Jimmy Havoc on night 4 of the PROGRESS Coast to Coast Tour…  Successfully defended his title against Eddie Dennis and Mark Andrews on Night 5 and 6 of PROGRESS’ tour… Defeated JD Drake on EVOLVE 110 and Anthony Henry at EVOLVE 111… Was defeated by Tomohiro Ishii in a barn burner at RevPro Summer Sizzler 2018… Captured the OTT World Title against Jordan Devlin at OTT Wrestlerama 2… Teamed with Doug Williams to defeat British Strong Style (Pete Dunne and Trent Seven) at PROGRESS Chapter 75: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends… The reign PROGRESS World, Defiant Internet, OTT World Champion is the hottest property in independent wrestling.

7. Charlotte Flair (WWE)

The Queen had an interesting August filled with Success and bizarre booking… Teamed with Becky Lynch to defeat the IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) on the 8/7 SmackDown Live… at the 8/14 she again teamed with Lynch to defeat Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville…  Captured her second WWE SmackDown Women’s Title in a triple threat match which included Becky Lynch and Carmella at SummerSlam… After the match Lynch turned heel on her long-time friend… This turn has been the talk of the industry as it appears to not make any sense… Carmella cashed in her title rematch but was unsuccessful on the 8/28 SmackDown Live… Charlotte is embroiled in a feud with Lynch in a confusing mess but we’re used to that from WWE and the two will face off at Hell in a Cell

8. Hiroshi Tanahashi (New Japan)

The ACE had a career bounce back in August… Defeated EVIL on Night 13 of the G1 Climax to move to 12 points… On Night 14 successfully beat Michael Elgin in an excellent match… went to a 30 Minute draw against his long-term rival Kazuchika Okada to successfully qualify for the G1 Climax Final… Faced and defeated Kota Ibushi in a match of the year contender to successfully capture his third G1 Climax… Tanahashi has stated that he will defend his Briefcase against the two individuals that he dropped points too during the G1 starting with Okada at the Destruction in Kobe show on the 9/23

9. Xavier Woods (WWE)

Woods is top of New Day Rankings due to the fact that he was undefeated in all his matches in August… Team with his New Day brethren (Big E and Kofi Kingston) to defeat the SAnity trio of Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young and Killian Dain on the 8/14 SmackDown Live… Teamed with Big E to defeat the Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan) by Disqualification at SummerSlam… Teamed with Kofi to defeat the Brother in a No Disqualification match on the 8/21 SmackDown Live to capture their third WWE SmackDown Tag Team Title and their fifth Title reign in WWE… A very underrated superstar who is definitely not the weak link of the New Day

10. Yukio Sakaguchi (DDT)

The former Judoka progressed into the Quarter Finals of the King of DDT 2018 by defeat Soma Takao on the 8/4 King of DDT Show…Teamed with Shuten Doji stablemate KUDO to defeat the DAMNATION team of Daisuke Sasaki and Tetsuya Endo on the 8/7 DDT Live… Came up short again HARASHIMA in the King of DDT Quarterfinal… Teamed with Antonio Honda and the legendary Tatsumi Fujinami to defeat Gota Ihashi, Kazusada Higuchi and Yuki Ueko

11. Tomohiro Ishii (New Japan)

The Stone Pitbull was the MVP of this year’s G1 Climax… Lost to Tama Tonga on Night 12 but bounced back by inflicting the first lose to Kenny Omega on Night 14… Defeated Juice Robinson on night 16 and ended his awesome G1 Defeating SANADA… Finished on 10 Points and the last three matches and the Kota Ibushi match are must see matches… Defeated WALTER at RevPro Summer Sizzler to become the Number 1 Contender to Minoru Suzuki’s Undisputed British Heavyweight Title… Ishii had a phenomenal G1 Climax. Ishii defeated three champions during the G1 which potentially will set up title shots for the Stone PitBull… The first of these is against Kenny Omega for the IWGP Heavyweight Title at Destruction in Hiroshima on the 9/15

12. Rey Fenix (Freelancer)

Lots of rumours circling around this talented young man… Defeated Bandido and Flamita on the 8/2 AAA TV… Teamed with LA Park and Pentagon Jr to defeat the Briscoes and Rush at the Negro Casas 40 Anniversary Show… Teamed with Matt Taven and Volador Jr to defeat the Los Ingobernables Trio of La Bestia Del Ring, Rush and El Barbaro Cavernario on the 8/10 CMLL Super Viernes… Challenged for Brian Cage’s Impact X-Division Title and unfortunately came up short at Impact Wrestling ReDEFINED… Captured the AAA World Heavyweight Title in a four way match at TripleMania XXVI defeating Brian Cage, Rich Swann and reigning champion Jeff Jarrett… The rumour mill is going crazy discussing the potential of Fenix and Pentagon Jr signing for WWE

13. Volador Jr (CMLL)

Volador returns to the VoW Power Rankings after one months absence… Captured the NWA World Historic Welterweight Title from Matt Taven at the Negro Casas 40th Anniversary Show… Teamed with Taven and Rey Fenix to defeat The Los Ingobernables Trio of La Bestia Del Ring, Rush and El Barbaro Cavernario on the 8/10 Super Viernes… Volador, LA Park and Diamante Azul teamed together to defeat the LIJ and Los Ingobernables mixed team of BUSHI, Tetsuya Naito and Rush on the 8/31 Super Viernes… Highest Ranked CMLL wrestler in a relatively quiet month for the company

14. Ryota Nakatsu (DDT)

The DDT-BASARA man had an excellent month… Teamed with his Cavalry tag partner Ryuichi Sekine to defeat Fuminori Abe and Takuya Nomura at DDT BASARA 75… Teamed with Kota Umeda to defeat Kazusada Higuchi and Shunma Katsumata at DNA 47… Sekine and Nakatsu defeated Manabu Hara and Naoki Tanizaki at BASARA 76… Tanizaki teamed with Akiyori Takizawa to defeat Nakatsu and Takato Nakano at BASARA 77

15. Big R Shimizu (Dragon Gate)

Potentially one of the biggest months of Shimizu’s career has been overshadowed by the heavy traffic of wrestling news in August… On the 8/7 Gate of Adventure show Shimizu and Doi fought to a no contest with the Tribe Vanguard team of BxB Hulk and YAMATO when ANTIAS attacked all four men… During the attack Shimizu turned heel on Doi and joined ANTIAS… Teamed with his new ANTIAS stablemates to defeat his former MaxiMuM Stable mated on the 8/11 Gate of Adventure show… Shimizu, Eita and Shingo Takagi defeated Ben-K, Jason Lee and Naruki Doi at the 8/19 Gate of Adventure Show… ANTIAS defeated members of Tribe Vanguard at the 8/27 Gate of Adventure Show… With the impending departure of Shingo Takagi,  Shimizu could potentially feel the heel big man spot he is leaving

16. Kofi Kingston (WWE)

The Veteran member of New Day makes his VoW Power Ranking debut this month… Teamed with Big E to defeat The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) to become the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Title Number 1 Contenders on the 8/7 SmackDown Live… Defeat the SAnitY Trio teaming with his New Day Stablemates on the 8/14… Wasn’t chosen for the New Day’s title shot at SummerSlam but did team with Xavier Woods to defeat the Bludgeon Brothers on the 8/21 SmackDown Live to capture their third WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships

17. Atlantis (CMLL)

The CMLL Veteran is still a main focus for the company… Teamed with Blue Panther and Negro Casas to defeat Fuerza Guerrera, Octagon and Solar I at Casas 40th Anniversary show… Teamed with Matt Taven and Octagon to defeat La Sangre Dinamita (El Cuatrero, Forastero and Sanson) at the 8/13 Lunes Arena Puebla show…  Atlantis, Taven and Volador Jr defeated Mr Niebla, Casas and Euforia at the 8/26 Domingos Arena Show

18. Danshoku Dino (DDT)

The Comedy character makes his second appearance in the VoW Power Rankings… Captured the KO-D Openweight Title for the third time when he defeated Shigehiro Irie on the 8/14 DDT Live!… Teamed with Makoto Oishi and Super Sasadango Machine to defeat the RENEGADES Trio of Irie, Jason Kincaid and Mizuki Watase at the King of DDT Finals Night… Lost the KO-D Openweight Title to Meiko Satomura on the 8/28 DDT Live!

19. Matt Taven (Ring of Honor and CMLL)

Taven had an excellent month whilst on excursion in CMLL… The Kingdom (Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) lost the Ring of Honor World Six Man Tag Team Titles to the BULLET CLUB trio of Cody and the Young Bucks… Lost the NWA World Historic Welterweight Title to Volador Jr on the Negro Casas 40th Anniversary Show… Teamed with Rey Fenix and Volador to defeat the Los Ingobernables trio of La Bestia Del Ring, Rush and El Barbaro Cavernario on the 8/10 Super Viernes… Defeated Último Guerrero at the 8/19 Domingos Arena Mexico… Defeated El Barbaro Cavernario on the 8/31 Super Viernes

20. Kazuki Hirata (DDT)

Hirata defeated Tanomusaku Toba in the 2nd Round of the King of DDT Tournament… On the 8/7 DDT Live! Hirata beat Danshoku Dino… HARASHIMA and Hirata defeated Keisuke Ishii and Yukio Sakaguchi at the 8/19 Road to Ryogoku Show… Lost to Tetsuya Endo in the Quarter Finals of the King of DDT Tournament… Was on the winning side of the Four on Three Handicap Lucha Libre Rules match from the King of DDT Finals Night

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