Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of February 8th, 2016

   
 #1 Da Hit Squad (Mafia & Monsta Mack)-It’s a throwback to the early 2000’s as one of the dominant tag teams of the early ROH era are back with a vengeance! They scored a #2 ranking at one point at the end of 2015, but missed out on the Tag Team Top 50. This year looks like it may be their year as they get their first #1 ranking together. This bruising tag team won the 2016 Samoan Cup Tag Team Tournament when they beat the Dub Boys from CZW, then the FSW Tag Team Champions (and last week’s People’s Champs) The Elments, and then Samu & Lance Anaoi to go 3-0 for the week. There’s a lot of dream matches out there we’d like to see this tag team in and with them starting to get out there once again as a tandem, the possibilities could be endless.

 

 

#2 VerserK (Naruki Doi & Shingo Takagi)-Dragon Gate makes another impact in the Tag Team Top 5 as this powerful duo gets their first ranking together as a team. A 5-0 week in Japan gets them a #2 ranking this week as they defeated Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi HAGeeMee & Jimmy Susumu) at Dragon Gate on 2/3, then teamed with YAMATO and Kotoka on 2/4 to defeat Monster Express (Shachihoko BOY, T-Hawk, Akira Tozawa and Masato Yoshino) and Dia.HEARTS (Masaaki Mochizuki, Dragon Kid, Kzy and Big R Shimizu) in a losing team disbands match, then teamed with YAMATO on 2/5 to defeat Over Generation (CIMA, El Lindaman and Kaito Ishida) then teamed with YAMATO on 2/6 to defeat Over Generation (CIMA, El Lindaman and Takehiro Yamamura), and then teamed with YAMATO on 2/7 to defeat Jimmyz (Jimmy K-ness JKS, Jimmy Susumu and Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!) to wrap up their flawless week. If they can continue on with this momentum, titles and a #1 ranking can’t be far off.

 

 

#3 L.A.X. (Homicide & Hernandez)-It’s ANOTHER blast from the past at the #3 spot this week as the former TNA World Tag Team Champions earned their first gold together in quite some time over the weekend. In an impromptu appearance, they showed up at RCW and won the RCW Tag Team Titles when they beat Delilah Doom & Bobby Starr, Benny Bravo & Jack Delfino, and Kody Krash & Allie Cat in a 4 Way on 2/6 to win the titles. It’s absolutely fantastic to see them back together on the indies again as most people would agree they were once of TNA’s most popular and entertaining tag teams of all times. Let’s hope this continues and we see more of them in 2016.

 

 

#4 Bomb Shelter (Zodiak & Joseph Schwartz)-This tag team gets more and more dangerous by the week. This week they earn their first ranking together as they scored a second victory over The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter) on 2/6. Their debut victory at SNPW was a big one as they defeated the #1 team in both the 2014 and 2015 Tag Team Top 50. If IWA Mid-South can get up and running again in the near future (fingers crossed) you’ll likely be seeing a lot more of them as they are on a tear right now through the Midwest and beyond.

 

 

#5 Andy Brown & Adrian Quest-The West Coast gets a little love this week as the SCP and EWF Tag Team Champions get their first ranking. They defeated The Midnight Delight (Billy Blade & Richie Slade) at EWF on 2/5 to retain the titles and then beat The Ballard Brothers (Shannon & Shane Ballard) at SCP on 2/6 to retain those titles. A 2-0 week and two different title defenses gets them the #5 spot on a very busy week for tag team wrestling. Many times we hear that the West Coast doesn’t get enough support from our official voters and that may be true, but Brown & Quest most definitely deserved a ranking this week.

 

 

People’s Champs. The Gustpire (Raging Nathan, AC Riley, & Colin Brooks)-AC Riley factors into the online voting competition in one form or another for the second straight week. Last week he was the singles People’s Champ and this week he’s 1/3 of the tag team People’s Champs. The ACW Tag Team Champions defeated The Dream Police (Sether Witt and Don Gotti) and Adam Grace to retain the titles on 2/5 to get them on the ballot. Their fan base came through for them with 87 votes, which was 31 more votes than the second leading vote receiver. This is their first People’s Champs award as a team. You can like their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/The-Gustpire-1580093762256493/  

  

 

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:

Good Ol’ Boys-#2 in the online voting competition with 56 votes

London Riots

Speed of Sounds

Brandon Day & Jefferson Early

Poncho & DJ Arp-#3 in the online voting competition with 55 votes

Crusade for Change (TJ Marconi & Stockade)

Trinity-#4 in the online voting competition with 23 votes

8bit Punks

Seduce and Destroy

The New Nation

The Dixie Revolution

TVZ

Team Dream Futures

Spears and Beers

Beauty and The Beast

DNA  

  

 

 

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Indy Power Rankings for the Week of February 8th, 2016


#1 Rampage Brown (@RampageBrown)-This wasn’t even close. Every single official voter had Rampage Brown at #1 on their ballot this week after he won the PCW Road to Glory Tournament over the weekend. ½ of the PCW Tag Team Champions beat Chris Dickinson in the First Round on 2/5, then beat Matt Hardy on 2/6 in the Second Round, then beat T-Bone in the Semi-Finals, and then scored what many would consider an upset by beating Drew Galloway in the Finals the same night. A 4-0 record nets Rampage Brown his second #1 ranking and first of 2016. After being #92 in the 2014 IPR 100 and moving up to #33 in the 2015 IPR 100, he’s already proving that he might be able to top both of those rankings in 2016.
#2 Zack Sabre Jr. (@zacksabrejr)-ZSJ stays right where he was at last week as he’s #2 for the second straight week. The RPW British Heavyweight Champion defeated Timothy Thatcher at wXw in Germany on 2/6 and then beat Will Ospreay at RPW on 2/7 to retain the title for a 2-0 week. Two HUGE wins most certainly helped him retain the #2 spot this week. Here’s a tidbit for anyone keeping score at home…if the 2016 IPR 100 were to hit today, Zack Sabre Jr., despite not having a #1 ranking this year, would be sitting pretty in the #1 spot. That would certainly be an improvement from his #17 ranking in 2015 and his #41 ranking in 2014. He’s considered by many to be the best technical wrestler in the world for a reason.

#3 Pete Dunne (@DynamiteDunne)-It’s been an incredible start to 2016 for Pete Dunne who is looking to move up from his 2015 IPR 100 Ranking of #46 this year. This is his second official ranking this year and the highest so far as his previous ranking was a #4. The RPW British Cruiserweight, OTT No Limits, Attack 24/7 and PWK Champion defeated Tyler Bate at FCP on 2/5, then defeated Johnny Kidd at PWC on 2/6, and then defeated Sonjay Dutt at RPW on 2/7 to go 3-0 for the week. The UK takes the top 3 spots this week with a stellar week of shows. There’s no doubt that British wrestling has a huge influence on the Indy Power Rankings over the last couple of years.

#4 Estonian Thunderfrog (@EstonianTfrog)-One of the most uniquely entertaining characters in all of independent wrestling gets his highest ranking to date and his first in over 2 years. ½ of the PTW Tag Team Champions went to CHIKARA on 2/6 where he defeated Mike Verna, Rock Lobster and Willow Nightingale in the First Round of the Young Lions Cup Tournament, then defeated Nutrious X in the Semi-Finals, and then defeated Wani in the Finals to go 3-0 for the week. His win in the Young Lions Cup XII Tournament for the vacant Young Lions Cup title has to be unquestionably the biggest of his career and it pays off with a major ranking this week.

#5 Timmy Lou Retton-“Professional Wrestling’s only Gymnast” continues to impress as he went 3-0 for the week. The GOUGE Heavyweight Champion added another belt to his collection when he defeated Benny Connely in a Qualifying Match on 2/6, then beat Mighty Hojo, Rusty Shank, & Danny Romero to win the title. He followed up on those big wins by beating Barron Bullard at CWS on 2/7 to retain the title. Retton has been doing everything in his power to get out there and improve. While doing so, he may just improve on his 2015 IPR 100 Ranking of #80. We shall see.

#6 Amazing Maria aka Maria James (@Amazing_Maria)-What a week for Amazing Maria (or Maria James if you prefer)! She teamed with Hayley Shadows & Ray Lyn at Girl Fight on 2/2 to defeat Savannah Evans, Scarlett Bordeaux & Solo Darling, then (as Maria James) defeated Nutty Nancy at OVW on 2/3, then defeated Jessie Belle at OVW on 2/6 to win the title, and then finally (as Amazing Maria) defeated Hayley Shadows at HPW the same night to go 4-0 for the week. This is her first official ranking and now with some gold to defend, she has a chance to build on it and get ranked more frequently.

#7 Drew Galloway (@GallowaySpeaks)-Surprisingly, this is the first official SINGLES ranking of 2016 for the former Drew McIntyre. Last year’s #3 in the IPR 100 (and #14 in 2014) had a chance to get his first #1 this week but came up just short. ½ of the EVOLVE Tag Team Champions beat Martin Kirby at PCW in the First Round of the Road To Glory Tournament, then beat Mr. Anderson on 2/6 in the Second Round, then beat Noam Dar in the Semi-Finals the same night, before falling to Rampage Brown in the Finals. A 3-1 record isn’t perfect, but it DOES get him a #7 ranking which on a week that was highly competitive, is not bad at all. Let’s see if he can continue to get ranked in an attempt to somehow top last year’s ranking in the IPR 100.

#8 Sha Samuels (@Shasamuels)-Believe it or not, this is the first official ranking in singles ranking for the WWL Champion (and ½ of the ICW and RPW Tag Team Champions). On 2/5 he teamed with Iestyn Rees at PCW to defeat Dave Mastiff and Dave Rayne. He then scored the upset over Dave Mastiff on 2/6 to become the NEW PCW Heavyweight Champion. With the prestige of his title win, he gets into the Top 10 for the very first time. If you look up and down the Top 10, you’ll see that these PCW shows produced a lot of good rankings. Sha Samuels will have many opportunities to build on this ranking throughout 2016, no doubt.

#9 Liam Thomson (@liamthomson51)-FANTASTIC weekend for Liam Thomson as he gets his first official singles ranking. He defeated Johnny Lions at W3L on 2/5, then teamed with Morado & Nathan Reynolds the same night to beat The Contingency Plan, then beat Sonjay Dutt, Kid Fite, & BT Gunn at Rock n Wrestle on 2/6 to win the title for a 3-0 record for the week. A lot of casual fans in the U.S. may not know who Liam Thomson is yet, but with weekends like this, there’s no doubt that his stock and status will start to grow this year.

#10 Marty Scurll (@MartyScurll)-“Party Marty” gets his second ranking in 2016 after a very solid week in Germany and the UK. The PROGRESS, NWA British, and UPW Heavyweight Champion defeated Da Mack at wXw in Germany on 2/6 and then beat Timothy Thatcher at RPW on 2/7 to go 2-0 for the week. Officially, Europe (UK really) produced SEVEN rankings this week out of the ten individuals who were ranked in this week’s Indy Power Rankings. Keep an eye on all this talent as they may be making trips to the U.S. more and more frequently.

People’s Champ. Live Wire (@Live_Wire18)-The MN JPW Generations Champion defeated Montezuma in a Last Man Standing Match at EPW on 2/6 to retain the title, which got him on the ballot. His fans took care of the rest as he collected 198 votes (99 more than the second place vote getter) to win this week’s online voting competition. This is his second People’s Champ award and his first of 2016. You can like his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Live-Wire/183652785061414

Others missing out/receiving votes:

Colt Cabana

Anthony Gangone

Blanco Loco-Tied for #3 in the online voting competition with 42 votes

Francisco Ciatso-#2 in the online voting competition with 99 votes

Nate Cross-Tied for #3 in the online voting competition with 42 votes

Lightning Bolt Johnson-#5 in the online voting competition with 19 votes

YAMATO

Taylor King

AR Fox

Heidi Lovelace

Alexander Knight

Stevie Shields

Trevor Lee

Jeremiah Plunkett

Rhett Giddins

Kaela

Kimber Lee

Joseph Schwartz

Jake Dirden

John Skyler

Victor Andrews

Jimmy Havoc

Randi West

Crazy Sexy Mike

Drew Adler

Ethan Page

Mark Vandy

John Dozer

Dave Dawson

AJ Styles

Devin Driscoll

Dan Moloney

Scott Colton

John Klinger

GPA

JD Knight

Karsten Beck

Madoka

 

 

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Who should be #1 in the Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of 2/8/16?

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!
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Voting ends at 10 PM EST! 2/9
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Who should be #1 in the Indy Power Rankings for the Week of 2/8/16?

Who we are and how the final vote is tallied: http://wp.me/P4kQ6t-1&#x200b​Winner of the online voting competition is “People Champ” for the week AND helps their overall ranking! There is no award for second place but all votes that come in add to the wrestler’s final ranking so vote away!
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2/6 High Volume Pro Wrestling ‘Amplified’ Kinston,NC

Thanks to Rufus Patson for results

 

Seymour Snott, Redman, & Chris Englehart def JoJo Dancer & Team Sexxy in 6 man tag action

Jordan Flyte def Robyn Golphin

“The Southern Savior” John Skyler def “One Man RIOT” Zane Dawson

Head Referee Jeffries def Cold Cash D when Commissioner Apollo turned on Cold Cash D

Brandon Day & Jefferson Early def The Rock N Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) to retain the HVPW Tag Team Titles

HVPW Heavyweight Champion Dave Dawson def Chet Sterling to retain the title

Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of February 1st, 2016

  
#1 Team IOU (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy @TeamIOU)-The back-to-back #4 in the Tag Team Top 50 are back in the #1 spot for the very first time since 2015. As good as 2014 and 2015 were for these carnies, it is looking like 2016 could be even better. The PGP and NWA Southern Tag Team Champions renewed a rivalry with The Hooligans as they beat them and Ink Express at SWF on 1/29 and then beat The Young Bloodz at Empire Pro on 1/30 to go 2-0 for the week. This tag team is bringing back good wrestling to Tennessee while at the same time traveling to other areas to showcase their skills. The reinvented tag team have been absolutely dominant as of late and with them having two sets of titles to call their own…they’re going to be a dangerous team to conquer in 2016. While they didn’t make the Top 5 in the online voting competition, the perennial People’s Champs did collect 23 votes from their fans. 

 

#2 Herodes Jr. & Atomic Star-While this duo didn’t receive any fan votes, you have to look at their weekend to see why they deserved to be in the Top 5 this week. They were one of the few teams with more than 2 wins as they went to IWRG on 1/31 for the Torneo el Protector tournament. They defeated Mascara Sagrada & Hijo del Mascara Sagrada in the quarterfinals, then defeated X-Fly & Adrenalina in the semifinals, and then defeated Hijo del Dos Caras & Dragon Fly in the finals to win the tournament to go 3-0 for the week. This team came out of left field and with a big ranking their first time out, it’s not inconceivable to think that with some more wins they could end up in the #1 spot at some point in 2016.

 

 

#3 N_R_G (Race Jaxon & Hype Rockwell)-The CHIKARA Los Campeonatos de Parejas continue to surprise everyone as they retained the titles over the weekend when they defeated Nightmare Warriors (Hallowicked & Frightmare) on 1/30 in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match. Many people have gone on record calling them transitional champions, but as of now, they continue to reign as champions and with a #3 ranking this week, you really can’t discount or discredit anything. They’re one of the very few teams with just one victory to get into the Top 5 this week and with the prestige of their titles, it shot them up pretty high for their first ranking of 2016.

 

 

#4 Grits and Gravy (Bruce Grey & Jon Murray)-The Rockstar Pro Tag Team Champions are back yet again as they are experiencing a ton of success in Dayton, OH. Their win this week was vs. The Viking War Party (Alex Rudolph & Frank Wyatt) in a non-title match on 1/27. This win was particularly impressive for this team as Rudolph & Wyatt are absolute BEASTS and a win over that unit is no easy task. A future date with The Hooligans in a Rematch for the Rockstar Pro Tag Team Titles has to be inevitable…and when it does, we’ll see who owns the Midwest in 2016.

 

 

#5 The 55 (Sha Samuels & Kid Fite)-Last week when they won the People’s Champs award with 412 votes we said that an official ranking couldn’t be too far off if they kept the momentum going. They did just that over the weekend as they retained their ICW Tag Team Titles vs. The Toal Family (Lou King Sharp & Dickie Divers) on 1/31. This week they collected a still impressive 122 votes to come in third in the online voting competition. So while they didn’t win this week’s online voting competition, they DID get their first official ranking as a team. Look out for them to continue to make waves as 2016 rolls on.

 

 

People’s Champs. The Elements (Iceberg & Pyro Puls @theelementssiny)-The FSW Tag Team Champions got themselves on the ballot when they defeated Certified Sexy (Geno Da God & Nutrious X) on 1/29 to retain the titles. Their fans took care of the rest as they were able to garner 153 votes to win this week’s online voting competition against some very stiff competition from a few game tag teams. Give FSW a like on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fightingspiritwrestling?_rdr=p  

  

 

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:

Jimmyz

The Black Parade

Outlaw Inc.

Brahman Brothers

Dia. HEARTS

The Players Club-#2 in the online voting competition with 130 votes

Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa

Happy Motels

Salt N Peppa-#4 in the online voting competition with 69 votes

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express

Elvis Harrison & Orión-#5 in the online voting competition with 55 votes

Flawless and Lawless

Ruthless Rage-44 votes in the online voting competition

Team Hi Def

Angel de Oro & Titan

Kimber Lee & Heidi Lovelace

Wildcat & Farmer Frog

Teddy Hart & Datura  

  

 

 

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