Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of June 23rd, 2014
1. The Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield & Mark Angelosetti)-The #1 may come as a surprise this week to a lot of people, but it certainly wasn’t out of the realm of possibility. Over the weekend at CHIKARA in Chi-Town, they defeated the Submission Squad (Evan Gelistico & Gary Jay) on 6/21 and then followed that up with a victory over ACDC, Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes, and The Odditorium in a 4 Way Elimination Match on 6/22. While those 2 victories were strong, it was their 8 straight wins as a team that helped to push them to #1 for the 2nd time this year.
2. reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish)-The team that was perhaps the favorite to be ranked #1 this week after their ROH World Tag Team title defense vs. Bad Influence on 6/22 fell just a bit short once again. This week was a week with a lot of parity among the official voters and proof of that was that one of the best tag teams in the world once again failed to reach the top spot. That being said, it’s hard to argue that any ONE victory was any more impressive than their win at Best in the World. As the year rolls along, it will be interesting to see if they can finally breakthrough and get that #1 ranking.
3. The Time Splitters (Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA)-Hard to believe this was their first ranking as a team, but over the weekend they did what had to be done to finally earn a spot in the Tag Team Top 5. Granted, it wasn’t the #1 spot (though they did get some votes for that spot) it was a good start after they knocked off the IWGP Junior Tag Team Champions, The Young Bucks to win the gold. As talented as this team is, there’s no doubt that if they can continue to win big matches, you’ll be seeing them more frequently in the top 5 from here on out.
4. Soul Shooters (Appollo Starr & Dru Skillz)-“The People’s Champs” for the last 2 weeks finally lost a poll, BUT they remain ranked in the top 5. They are the NEW New Era Wrestling Tag Team Champions after defeating TKO for the titles over the weekend. With that victory they improved their 3 week record to 3-0. They just keep toiling away, racking up wins, and now collecting titles. Has anyone been as consistent the last few weeks as them? #3 in the online poll.
5. The Hystars (Atlas Hytower & Lance Star)-While a lot of people may not yet be familiar with this tag team yet (as evidenced by a poor showing in the online poll) look at their weekend and you’ll see why they deserve to be included in these weekly rankings this week. They worked their way through the PWASD Tag Team Title Tournament on 6/20, defeating Breyer Wellington & N8 Mattson, The Punch Drunk Saints, and then finally beating The Necro Butcher & Jack Thriller in the finals to win the titles. It’s their first ranking as a team and if they can continue to defend those titles on a regular basis, it likely won’t be their last.
People’s Champs. Project Ego (Kris Travis & Martin Kirby)-The online voting competition is definitely its own unique entity and this week, it was a battle between Team IOU and Project Ego and in the end, it was Project Ego that emerged victorious with 430 votes! Heck of a week for them as they have now won 4 straight matches and look poised to make a run at the Tag Team Top 5.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Two Star Heroes
Generation Genesis-#5 in the online poll
Team IOU-#2 in the online poll
Black Wall Street
The Bravado Bros
Elliott Russell & Sigmon
World’s Cutest Tag Team
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