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Indy Power Rankings for the Week of March 24th, 2014
1. Ricochet-4 out of 5 weeks at #1! Unprecedented success for “The Future of Flight” as he is now #1 for the 4th time in 5 weeks. His record on his current overseas tour is an ASTOUNDING 20-2. 20 wins. 2 losses. Unbelievable. Over the weekend he knocked off Kris Travis and Josh Bodom in the UK to continue his dominance. Once again, indeed, hail to the king. #8 in the online poll with 28 votes.
2. Michael Elgin-After being unranked last week the “Unbreakable” one ran off a string of wins like only he can. Last year’s #1 in the IPR 100 went on a run where he tagged with Ethan Page to retain the AAW Tag Team Titles vs. OI4K, then defeated Cedric Alexander in singles at ROH, before polishing off the weekend with a victory over Jimmy Jacobs at Beyond Wrestling. It has been far too long since he sat at #1 and with PWG weekend on the horizon, the AIW Absolute Champion looks to grab the #1 spot once again. #9 in the online poll with 14 votes.
3. AJ Styles-His last 2 weeks have been simply…phenomenal. With wins over AR Fox and Kevin Steen last week and now Chip Day and last week’s #1 Chris Hero this week, it’s hard to imagine him not being in the Top 5 for this week. Since returning to the indies, he has been pretty dominant, losing only a handful of matches. Can AJ culminate his recent success with a #1 ranking in the near future? #10 in the online poll with 12 votes.
4. Melvin Maximus-The OVW TV Champion has been consistently unbeatable. 21 straight wins at this point! That’s right. 21 straight. Unbelievable win streak for Maximus as he continues his climb and quest to grab his first ever #1 ranking. It would put him up there with Rockstar Spud and Randy Royal as the only OVW TV Champions to get the elusive #1. He’s been “Marvelous” during this run.
5. Uhaa Nation-The One Man Nation shoots up to the Top 5 again this week after destroying the competition at Dragon Gate over the weekend. He had 3 (maybe 4) wins over the weekend as he ran right through Yosuke Santa Maria, YAMATO/BxB Hulk.Kzy, and Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa (twice according to some reports). He has now won either 7 or 8 straight matches and looks to get his first #1 ranking in the near future as well.
6. Dylan Drake-“The Golden Boy” makes his first appearance in the Indy Power Rankings Top 10! Oh sure it almost happened last week as he was “The People’s Champ” with 82 votes to win the online poll, but the official voters didn’t show him enough love to get him in. THIS week, it happened. After defeating Brian Cage at RWF, Dylan Drake proved himself to the voters and jumps in with both feet with a solid spot in the Top 10. #3 in the online poll with 64 votes.
7. JT Dunn-“The Juice” had won 3 straight until he ran into a man he patterned his style after in Chris Hero. At Beyond Wrestling “Critical Acclaim” they engaged in a stiff war that ended with both men knocked out. Had JT won that, he’d probably be much higher in the rankings. As it stands, he sits at 3-0-1 in his last 4 matches. “That New Knockout Kid” is still looking for his first ever #1 ranking. #7 in the online poll with 35 votes.
8. Ron Mathis-Relentless? No doubt about it. This week he won two more matches on his way to his first ranking in several weeks. He’s won 4 straight and shows no sign of stopping. This Rockstar Pro regular can go hardcore, ultraviolent, or straight up wrestling style. Now that he’s back in the Top 10, he looks to get into the Top 5 for the very first time.
9. RD Evans-While “The New Streak” may not be legit, he HAS won 2 straight and 7 of 8 overall. At ROH in Dayton on 3/22, he defeated Kyle O’Reilly/Silas Young/Romantic Touch in a 4 Corner Survival. He then tagged with Kevin Steen to defeat reDRagon. With wins like those, it’s hard not to include him in the Top 10 this week.
10. Chase Owens-Fantastic weekend for the NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion where he retained his title twice in Michigan and Ohio. On 3/22 he defeated Jack Thriller and Trey Gabriel in a 3 Way and then followed that up with a win vs. N8 Mattson on 3/23. He absolutely DOMINATED the online poll for the last few hours of the day. He is the “People’s Champ” this week with 113 votes in the online poll making him the fans’ choice as #1.
1st Honorable Mention. Ryan Howe-What more can be asked of Ryan Howe at this point? While he never gets a huge following in the online poll, he does have some die-hard fans in OVW. He has won over 17 matches since his last loss on 12/11/13.
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