Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of April 25th, 2016

#1 Roscoe Eat Lisa (Mikey McFinnegan & Zakk Sawyers @RoscoeEatLisa)-Bark Bark Gator Tits! This tag team finally gets the respect they deserve this week with their first-ever #1 ranking. One of the most unique tag teams on the indies started out a bit slow as they lost to Grits and Gravy at Rockstar Pro on 4/20, but turned it all around as they then defeated Poncho ARP & Brian Valor at SWF on 4/21, then defeated The Dunns and The All Nighters in a triple threat on 4/23 to win the titles at ASW, and then defeated The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) and The Viking War Party in a triple threat at Outlaw Wrestling on 4/24 to win those titles to go 3-1 for the week. 4 matches. 2 new sets of titles. Incredible week for REL. They were also #2 in the online voting competition with 63 votes. They swept the #1 spot of the official voters. Check out two of the most hilarious podcasts we ever did with them here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/07/29/indy-power-rankings-tag-team-top-5-reveal-ft-roscoe-eat-lisa and here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/11/25/indy-power-rankings-tag-team-top-5-reveal-ft-roscoe-eat-lisa

 

 

#2 Sumerian Death Squad (Michael Dante & Tommy End)-The current PWH Tag Team Champions and NEW wXw Tag Team Champions get in this week again as they defeated Cerebrus (Ilja Dragunov & Julian Nero) at wXw in Germany on 4/22 to win the titles and then defeated Hot and Spicy (Axel Dieter Jr & Da Mack) on 4/23 to retain the titles. This is their second ranking this year and third mention overall. They got off to a bit of a slow start in 2016 but now appear to be on the right path with both competitors starting to really make some traction in Europe. End has already been to the U.S., but we STILL would love to see this tag team tear it up in North American sometime in the near future.

 

 

#3 War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson)-Rare is the occasion where the ROH World Tag Team Champions team on the indies and when they go 2-0, it’s even more rare that they’re not an automatic #1. That’s how competitive this week really was. War Machine gets their first ranking this year as they won an elimination gauntlet (spread over 3 shows) at PCW on 4/22 and 4/23 vs The UK Hooligans (Roy & Zak Knight), The London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch) and Fight Club (Kid Fite & Liam Thomson) and then defeated defeated CJ Banks & Tyler Bate at Tidal on 4/24 to go 2-0 for the week. #3 certainly isn’t a BAD ranking by any means, but you can bet that if War Machine continue their run on the indies outside of ROH, they’ll be competing for a #1 ranking in no time.

 

 

#4 Sonny Kiss & Jamie Senegal-The NEW Sanctuary Tag Team Champions get into the Tag Team Top 5 together for the first time this week after winning a tournament for the vacant titles. They defeated D3 & Ace in the first round, then defeated Better Than You (Brian Johnson & Adam Chandler) and then defeated the Graysons in the finals to win the tournament for the titles. This is a team that has been doing some different things on their own throughout the indies, but with them as a unit now, perhaps they can make an even bigger impact as a strong team. They were also #3 in the online voting competition this week with 44 votes collected.

 

 

#5 People’s Champs. The Dreamboats (Ace Andrews & Rex Bacchus @DreamboatDriver)-Let’s first reiterate this point…THE FAN VOTE MATTERS. Because of the strong support from their fans providing 120 votes, this team didn’t just become People’s Champs this week by winning the online voting competition, but they also cracked the Tag Team Top 5 for the very first time. The RIOT and RPW Tag Team Champions defeated TRAGIC City (Barrington Hugdes & Mosi Humphrey) at Ignite on 4/22, then teamed with Chico Adams at EBPW on 4/23 to defeat Gabriel Black, Slade Porter & CT Brown, then defeated Aaron Epic & Slade Porter the same day, and then teamed with Aspyn Rose the same day to lose to Santana Garrett, Aaron Epic & Slade Porter to go 3-1 for the week. Buy their new shirt here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DreamboatSwag?ele=shop_open  


 

 

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:

Da Hit Squad

The Chosen Ones

The Cash Masters-#4 in the online voting competition with 22 votes

Team Single

The System-#5 in the online voting competition with 20 votes

Circle of Disrespect

Los Classicos

The Roc City Wrecking Crew  


 

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Indy Power Rankings for the Week of April 25th, 2016

#1 Bubblegum (@Pipbubblegum)-We can’t really say if this is an upset or not (as he was #1 last year at one point) but it’s definitely a surprise. With ECWA’s Super 8 going on, you would automatically assume the winner would be a top contender for the #1 spot (which he was) but this week, like most of 2016, belonged to the UK. Bubblegum gets his second ever #1 ranking after the JDW, NGW, GenX, and GPW British Champion defeated El Ligero, Liam Lazarus and Martin Kirby at PCW on 4/22 in a four-way, then defeated Lionheart on 4/23, and then defeated Matt Sydal the same night to go 3-0 for the week. His strength of competition was VERY strong this week and that’s what ultimately earned him the #1 on a very, very close week of voting in the official Top 10.
 
#2 Napalm Bomb ( @DNapalmBomb https://www.facebook.com/NapalmBomb )-The winner of the 20th Annual ECWA Super 8 Tournament only gets a #2 ranking in the Indy Power Rankings? Sort that out however you want. Some official voters felt the tournament had lost some prestige while others felt like it still had a rich history to fall back on. Either way, tip your cap to Napalm Bomb who gets his first official ranking this week after winning the tournament. He defeated Danny Inferno in the First Round on 4/23, then Papadon in the next round, and John Skyler in the Finals to go 3-0 to win the tournament. He also collected 21 votes to come in 8th in the online voting competition. You can check him out on the Indy Power Rankings reveal over at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2016/04/27/indy-power-rankings-reveal-napalm-bomb-live
 
#3 Zack Sabre Jr. (@zacksabrejr)-Up one spot from last week and we see Zack Sabre Jr. in the Top 10 yet again in 2016. While 2015 belonged to Santana Garrett, it appears that ZSJ will continue to own 2016. The PWG World and Revolution Pro British Champion defeated Bobby Gunns at wXw in Germany on 4/22, then beat Marty Scurll on 4/23, and then beat Flash Morgan Webster at PROGRESS on 4/24 to qualify for WWE’s Global Cruiserweight Tournament to go 3-0 for the week. Just for the record, as these qualifying matches are taking places on “independent wrestling” shows, we are including them in our rankings. Sabre was one of THREE leading voter getters in the official voting this week. He was just BARELY edged out for the #2 spot by Napalm Bomb due to fan voting. Again, the FAN VOTE MATTERS.
 
#4 Teddy King (@JoshuaKing992)-Teddy King is a name that you may have seen before on the Indy Power Rankings, but usually it’s one of those things where he’s in the online voting competition, fighting for the People’s Champ award. He’s had some shots at cracking the Top 10 but he finally busts through this week with a huge week. The former WWA Heavyweight Champion defeated Shane Andrews at NWA NSW on 4/22, then beat Derek Neal the same night, and then beat Eric Young at WWA on 4/23 to go 3-0 for the week. If this weekend was any indication, Teddy King is ready to continue to make a splash on the indies. Next up: IWA Mid-South on 5/1. He came in 5th in the online voting competition with 41 votes.
 
#5 Big R Shimizu-Dragon Gate comes strong this week with two representatives in the Top 10 from their promotion. Certainly not the usual suspects either. Shimizu had a great week there as he teamed with Akira Tozawa & T-Hawk at Dragon Gate on 4/18 to defeat VerserK (Cyber Kong, Naruki Doi & Shingo Takagi) then defeated Shun Watanabe on 4/22, then teamed with Akira Tozawa & Shachihoko BOY on 4/23 to defeat VerserK (Shingo Takagi, Naruki Doi and Kotoka) and then defeated Takehiro Yamamura on 4/24 to go 4-0 for the week. Dragon Gate may not be producing quite the amount of rankings as they did last year, but they’re still VERY relevant in our rankings because of the amount of shows they run every single week.
 
#6 Minoru Tanaka-Japan produces more talent in the Top 10 as 1/3 of the UWA World Trios Champions gets in this week. He defeated The W*inger at Freedoms on 4/21, then teamed with Atsushi Maruyama at BJW on 4/23 to defeat Yuji Okabayashi and Daichi Hashimoto, then defeated Daiki Inaba and Shotaro Ashino in a triple threat at Wrestle-1 on 4/24, and then defeated Tatsuhiko Yoshino at Guts World the same day to go 4-0 for the week. Tanaka received SEVEN mentions last year without being ranked, but this is his first actual ranking. Congrats to him.
 
#7 The Saint-The Saint gets his first ranking this week as he won the Portishead Cup Tournament at 4FW on 4/22. He defeated Brandon Thomas in the Semi-Finals and then beat JD Knight in the Finals to win the tournament. He then scored a HUGE win vs. Doug Williams on 4/23 to go 3-0 for the week. He is 1 of 4 wrestlers from the UK who was ranked this week as that country just continues to make waves in 2016. If any one country benefited the most from our reduction in eligible promotions this year, it’s definitely the United Kingdom.
 
#8 Santana Garrett (@SantanaGarrett_)-What an INSANELY busy week for Santana Garrett! The Queen of the Indy Power Rankings returns to the Top 10 this week. Let’s run down some of her accomplishments: Wrestling Superstar Women’s Champion, Wonder of Stardom, Battling Bombshells, OPW, NPW, RIOT Women’s, CWE Vixens Champion, NEW EBPW Women’s Champion and NEW BPW Champion. She defeated Chelsea Durden at EBPW on 4/23 to become inaugural champion, then teamed with Aaron Epic & Slade Porter the same day to beat Aspyn Rose, Ace Andrews & Rex Bacchus, then teamed with Alex Todd the same day to lose to Jesus Rodriguez & Chelsea Durden, then defeated Chelsea Durden the same day to retain the title, then defeated Chasyn Rance at BPW on 4/24, and then won a battle royal the same day to win the vacant title to go 5-1 for the week. To be fair, we got her results a bit late in the day of voting, so it’s possible she could have been ranked even higher this week. Santana just continues the grind as one of the top wrestlers on Planet Earth.
 
#9 T-Hawk-1/3 of the Dragon Gate Open the Triangle Gate Champions returns to the Top 10 this week after a 4-0 week. He teamed with Akira Tozawa and Big R Shimizu at Dragon Gate on 4/18, then defeated Futa Nakamura on 4/22, then defeated Jimmy Kanda on 4/23, and then teamed with Akira Tozawa & Masato Yoshino on 4/24. The only thing that likely held him back from a higher ranking this week is that the majority of his wins were in tags, while many of the others above him in the Top 10 were winning mostly singles matches. That being said, give props to T-Hawk who just continues to win this year.
 
#10 Dave Mastiff (@DaveMastiff)-This mastodon of a man gets his second ranking of 2016 after a solid weekend at PCW. The big man defeated Wolfgang at PCW on 4/22, then defeated Matt Sydal on 4/23, and then defeated Iestyn Rees by DQ the same night to go 3-0 for the week. Last year we talked to him about whether or not PWG was interested in bringing him and unfortunately some issues didn’t work out for them, but we can only hope at some point down the line they can come to an agreement so he can showcase his skills in front of a North American crowd.
 
People’s Champ. Zachary Wentz (@zachary_wentz)-Zachary Wentz is slowly becoming one of the most recognizable names in the Indy Power Rankings this year. Last week he won the Tag Team Voting Competition and this week he wins the Singles Voting Competition yet again. We should note that if you look at the voting link, Everett Cross has more votes than Wentz, but he actually passed him after the 10 PM EST deadline. With 223 votes, the Rockstar Pro American Luchacore Champion is once again People’s Champ after he beat Trey Miguel at Rockstar Pro on 4/20 and then beat Clayton Jackson at IWC on 4/23 to go 2-0 for the week. Give Zachary Wentz a follow on Instagram at @zbangarangg 


 
People’s Champ Runner-Up. Everett Cross-A special shout out to Everett Cross whose fans came through JUST a bit too late in the online voting competition. He barely missed out on the People’s Champ award this week despite a hell of a late effort from his fans and supporters. He is the NEW PWM Dark Arts Champion after he defeated Smiley, Preacher, Hoost Traplash, Steve Off, and Joey Adams on 4/23 to become the inaugural champion.
 
Others missing out/receiving votes:

Rampage Brown

Alpha Female

Big Daddy Walter

Michael Dante

Jacob Ashworth-#3 in the online voting competition with 63 votes

Captaine Pezz-#4 in the online voting competition with 62 votes

Bad Bones

Hayden Price-#6 in the online voting competition with 32 votes

Kris Taylor

Blain Rage-#7 in the online voting competition with 30 votes

John Skyler

Dave Deville

Stallyon

Cerebro Negro

Ryuchi Sekine

Jami Sparx

Jack Gallagher

Danny Sharp

Ric Converse  


 

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Who should be #1 in the Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of 4/25/16?

Who we are and how the final vote is tallied: http://wp.me/P4kQ6t-1​
Winner of the online voting competition are “People Champs” for the week AND helps their overall ranking! 
There is no award for second place but all votes that come in add to the tag team’s final ranking so vote away!Winner of the online voting competition will have their social media, merchandise, upcoming events, etc…promoted by us for a full week! 
Voting ends at 10 PM EST! 4/26
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4/23 AML ‘Live to Win’ Results Winston Salem, NC

Thanks to my friend David Funk & Brian Hawks for results

The Geordie Bulldogs defeated Jenny’s Last Chance (Jaxson James and Brady Pierce)

The Regulator defeated J.R. Reynolds

Cedric Alexander defeated Jordan Kage, Joseph Black and Axton Ray in a 4 Corners Match

Damien Wayne defeated Zane Dawson

Caprice Coleman defeated Elliott Russell

AML Champion King Shane Williams defeated Steve Anthony via DQ when The Regulator and Cedric Alexander interfered

America’s Most Liked Wrestling will return to Hickory, NC on May 15th for Confrontation: AML vs Global Force Wrestling ft. all the stars of AML plus Jeff Jarrett, Ethan Carter III, Sonjay Dutt, Chase Owens & more!

Who should be #1 in the Indy Power Rankings for the Week of 4/25/16?

 Who we are and how the final vote is tallied: http://wp.me/P4kQ6t-1&#x200b​
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Voting ends at 10 PM EST! 4/25
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4/23 Legacy Pro Wrestling Results Newton, NC

Thanks to Gene Parry for results

Jacob Ryan and Tyler Gaines defeated Sir Jonathan Buffet and Ostgard in tag team action

Joshua “REAL” Cutshall defeated  Chrisifix Lostson

Tracer X and Jett Black wrestled to a 15 minute time limit draw

Rob Killjoy defeated Anthony Henry.

Ethan Case defeated Joseph Black in a 2 out of 3 falls match (2-1) due to outside interference 1

 

Legacy Pro returns June 4th in Maiden, NC

4/23 ECWA 2oth Annual Super 8: All Star Edition Results Woodbury Heights, NJ

ECWA Super 8 Quarterfinals

Napalm Bomb defeated Danny Inferno

“The Southern Savior” John Skyler defeated Scotty 2 Hotty

“The Greek God” Papadon defeated Aden Chambers

Jason “The Gift” Kincaid defeated Kekoa “The Flying Hawaiian”

ECWA Super 8 Semifinals
Napalm Bomb defeated “The Greek God” Papadon

“The Southern Savior” John Skyler defeated Jason “The Gift” Kincaid

6 Man Tag Team Action
Team PCA (Azraeal, Damian Adams & Ricky Martinez with AJ Pan
defeated Bobby Shields, Mike Taverna and Talon

ECWA Super 8 Finals

Napalm Bomb defeated “The Southern Savior” John Skyler to win the 20th Annual All-Star Super 8 Tournament