#1 The Ugly Ducklings (Rob Killjoy & Lance Lude)-The PWX Tag Team Champions and 2/3 of the PWF Universal 6 Man Champions are BACK in the Tag Team Top 5 after having gotten two spots for their stable in the Tag Team Top 50 for 2016. This past week they defeated High Profile 1/13 at EWA to retain the PWX tag titles, then defeated Jakob Hammermeier & Zane Rilley at WZW 1/14 to retain the titles again, and then defeated Scarlet & Graves (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) at PWX on 1/15 to retain the titles again to go 3-0 for the week. This tag team was phenomenal in 2016 and 2017 looks like it’s going to be more of the same for one of the most charismatic tag teams on all the indies. They also picked up an impressive 29 votes in the online voting competition as well.
#2 The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter @BeardedBullys)-Make it THREE times at #2 this year for those Bearded Bullies from Brutalsville, U.S.A. The FIP, Rockstar Pro, and Zero1 USA Tag Team Champions added yet another set of tag titles to their collection over the weekend. First, they beat Night Ryderz (Dustin Rayz & Alex Colon), Fight or Flight (Kyle Maverick & Nate Wings) and N3 (Jonathan Wolf & Myron Reed) in a four-way at Rockstar Pro on 1/11 to retain the Rockstar Pro titles and then beat The Peacemakers (Jeremiah Plunkett & Buzz Dupp) at SWF on 1/13 to win the titles to go 2-0 for the week. This tag team is on FIRE in 2017 as they continue their dominance of the Midwest indy scene.
#3 Santana Garrett & Raquel-The SHINE Tag Team Champions came oh so close to winning this week’s online voting competition, but the good news is their fans helped push them up to #3 this week after a big title defense at SHINE. On 1/13 they continued their momentum as a team as they beat Thea Trinidad and Amanda Carolina Rodriguez as well as Amber O’Neal and Kennadi Brink in a Triple Threat Match (at SHINE) to retain the titles. This duo seems to be really paving the way for an impressive run as champs in Florida and if they decide to team elsewhere, look out for them to make a good run at this year’s Tag Team Top 50. They also came in #2 in the online voting competition with 67 votes from their fans.
#4 Arcadia (Horus & Kyo Kazama)-This Italian tag team gets their first ranking this week as the ASCA Tag Team Champions defeated Aaron Cage & Manuel Bottazzini at Rising Sun Promotions in Italy on 1/14 to retain the titles and then defeated The Arrows Of Hungary (Dover & Icarus) the same day to retain again and go 2-0 for the week. With a little bit of consistency, you could be seeing more of this tag team in the tag team rankings in 2017 if they can continue to pick up victories and retain the ASCA Tag Team Titles. The only thing that kept them out of the #3 spot this week was the lack of fan support in the online vote, but perhaps that won’t be the case if there’s a next time for them.
#5 5 Star Spectacular (5 Star Jase & JC Rodriguez)-The NEW New Age Old Tyme Wrestling Tag Team Champions get their first-ever ranking this week after winning the tournament for the vacant titles over the weekend. They defeated The Fellowship (Osiris & SOT) on 1/14 in the first round, then defeated Fear Factor (Necro Mancer & Eric Pierce) in the semifinals, and then defeated The Stacked Deck (Mike Montero & Chris Cruise) in the final to win the tournament and the vacant titles. A 3-0 record gets them their first ranking, but if they can really start picking up some wins and title defenses, you’ll likely see more of them in the rankings in 2017.
People’s Champs. LatiNatioN (Jorge Carranza & Mandril Escobar)-A victory over Carlos Vegan and Jon Hammer at RIOT Wrestling in Spain on 1/14 got them on the poll this week, but it was 102 votes from their fans and supporters that got them their first People’s Champ award after winning the online voting competition. We’ve seen representatives do well (and even win) online voting competitions in the past, but with a team like Santana and Raquel hot on their heels, their victory this week was particularly impressive. You can give them a like on Facebook here: https://facebook.com/latinationriot/
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Mill City Hooligans
High Society-#3 in the online voting competition with 57 votes
Initial Shock-#4 in the online voting competition with 56 votes
New Founding Fathers of Anarchy-#5 in the online voting competition with 38 votes
Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi
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