Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of November 3rd, 2014

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Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of November 3rd, 2014

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1. Young Bucks (Nick Jackson @NickJacksonYB & Matt Jackson @MattJackson13)-If you weren’t paying attention to our Facebook when the poll went up, you may be slightly confused by how the Young Bucks are ranked higher than reDRagon this week after losing to them in the Finals of the NJPW Junior Tag Team Tournament. Simple. The Finals of the Tournament took place on 11/3 which was after the qualifying deadline for this week’s rankings. The 11/3 Finals count towards next week’s rankings. That being said, from 10/27-11/3, no team was more dominant than a team who, surprisingly, do not hold any major titles at the moment. Before their loss on 11/3 they had won 5 straight matches as a team. This is their very first #1 ranking this year and while they did lose on 11/3, they’re still looking to build on this ranking with future New Japan shows ahead. They swept the official voters with #1 votes across the board this week.

2. Sumerian Death Squad (Tommy End @tommyend & Michael Dante @WrestlingDante)-The SWE Tag Team Champions picked up two more wins after being ranked #3 last week. If it wasn’t for the INSANE success by the Young Bucks last week, it’s likely they would have been #1 this week. First, they defeated Paul Robinson & RJ Singh at XWA Please Don’t Die on 1/11 and then they teamed with Mikey Whiplash to defeat New Age Kliq on 11/2. That marked their 4th straight win as a team and their 2nd straight week being ranked. If they can take advantage of this momentum and pick up a couple of wins going forward with no losses, they’ve got a great shot at a #1 ranking before the end of the year.

3. reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly @ROHOReilly & Bobby Fish @TheBobbyFish)-The ROH World Tag Team Champions missed out on their 6th #1 ranking this week because their win vs. The Bucks in the Finals of the NJPW Junior Tag Team Tournament was not included in this week’s rankings (it will be next week, however). Regardless, they still grab a very high ranking this week, despite their one loss in an 8 Man Tag Team Match. They’ve been so good the last 2 years, but it’s still somewhat surprising to see how successful they’ve been at New Japan, where many foreigners who aren’t New Japan regulars, generally struggle. The question now is whether they can topple Time Splitters for the IWGP Junior Tag Team Titles and score yet another #1 ranking. This may be their toughest challenge so far in 2014 as they actually lost to Time Splitters several months ago. Will this be the revenge match for reDRagon? #5 in the online poll.

4. World’s Cutest Tag Team (Joey Ryan @JoeyRyanOnline & Candice LeRae @CandiceLeRae)-Pretty odd to see the former 2 time #1’s with this low of a ranking, but this week was flooded with stiff competition all over the world. The PWG World Tag Team Champions did pick up yet another big win though as they teamed up at DREAMWAVE to defeat The Osirian Portal to 4 straight. What most likely worked against them was their couple of weeks off since the last time they teamed (PWG 10/17). With some other big shows coming before the end of the year, they’re looking to get their 3rd #1 ranking and continue to move up in the Tag Team Top 50.

5. Hot And Spicy (Axel Dieter Jr. & Da Mack)-The former wXw World Tag Team Champions find their way into the Top 5 again after a solid weekend at wXw. First, they teamed with Axel Tischer to defeat Keel Holding & Jurn Simmons on 11/1 and then they beat Die Schilds on 11/2 to go 2-0 on the weekend. After 2 losses to French Flavour (one by DQ) they are now back on the right track. Can they build on this ranking and possibly win back the wXw World Tag Team Titles in the next few weeks or months? Should be interesting to find out.

1st Honorable Mentions. 1st Zero Gravity (Brett Gakiya @IKeepItBG & CJ Esparza @CJ_Esparza)-This Chicago-area tag team get snubbed once again this week, but came very close to getting in. It was pretty damn hard to get in this week considering the level of competition throughout the voting. This time they come just short based on the strength of their big victory at DREAMWAVE in a Four Way vs. ACDC, Seduce and Destroy, and Helter Skelter. They’ve been doing some big things at AAW and DREAMWAVE and we look forward to seeing if they can improve on this ranking in the next few weeks/months.

2nd Honorable Mentions. Nick Richards & Jason Miller- The CWF Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions JUST miss out this week after winning a 6 Team Gauntlet to retain the titles on 11/1, last eliminating The Brutes (who have been ranked before, by the way). Tied for #3 in the online poll.

People’s Champs. Team IOU (Kerry Awful @KerryAwful & Nick Iggy @IggyNJ210)-One of the most dominant tag teams of the first half of 2014 have been all but missing from the Tag Team Top 5 for the last couple of months (aside from a People’s Champs award in early September). This week they get themselves their TENTH (a record) People’s Champs by winning the online voting competition by just THREE votes over Bull Dredd & Ron Zombie as they received 107 votes. Their win this week was vs. The Washington Bullets at CCW on 11/1.

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Soldiers of Fortune 2.0
Amazing Red & Crimson
The Flock
The Throwbacks
Polo Promotions
Bull Dredd & Ron Zombie-#2 in the online poll with 104 votes
Terremex
Cash Money Mafia-Tied for #3 in the online poll

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Indy Power Rankings for the Week of November 3rd, 2014

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Indy Power Rankings for the Week of November 3rd, 2014

1. El Ligero (@Ligero1)-This has been a very long time coming! Not just the #1 ranking for El Ligero, but a high ranking, in general. There were a lot of close calls over the last few months that had him sitting in a lot of ballots at #1, but inevitably a loss on a Sunday would drop him down. This week he took it out of the hands of fate and just swept the week completely. The GPW British Champion/NGW Heavyweight Champion/PBW Heavyweight Champion/NEWS British Champion/SWE Champion/one half of Infinite Promotions Tag Team Champions defeated Robbie Dynamite at ASW on 10/27, then defeated him in a Ladder Match on 10/28 & 10/29. He then beat Mad Man Manson at PCW on 10/31 and then beat Rampage Brown to retain the PBW Heavyweight Title on 11/1 then beat defeated Damian Dunne, Ryan Smile & Chris Ridgeway in a Fatal Four Way at PAID Promotions on 11/2 to rattle off his 7th straight win. Well-deserved #1 for one of the best in the UK (Mexico?) and the world! #6 in the online poll.

2. Ricochet (@KingRicochet)-The former EIGHT time #1 had a very solid shot at his 9th #1 ranking this week, but it wasn’t to be. That being said, he still had a spectacular weekend after he took he defeated Low Ki to retain his HOG Title on 11/1 and then beat Josh Alexander to retain his DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title on 11/2. His win over Low-Ki was particularly impressive as it’s rare that Low-Ki drops a singles encounter on the indies, but Ricochet is a obviously notch about most talent on the indies. It’s now onto China for the man who is looking to end the year at #1 in the IPR 100. Time will tell if he can leave China with the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Title still in his possession.

3. Heidi Lovelace (@VintageHeidi)-The AAW Heritage Champion took her momentum from her recent title win to WIF! where she moved onto the Finals of the Young Lions Cup 2014 by defeating Eddie Smooth in Round #1 on 11/1 and then defeated Arctic Rescue Ant, Joe Black, Kimber Lee, The Proletariat Boar of Moldova, and Will Ferrara in the 6 Way Elimination Semi-Final the same night. She has been wrestling absolutely all over the U.S. throughout 2014 and yet this is her highest ranking to date. She has definitely proven that she can’t just compete with men, she can’t compel versus them. Tied for #8 in the online poll.

4. Damo O’Connor (@BigBeardDamo)-This is the first time this rising star in the UK has been ranked in the Top 10 and it’s definitely deserved after beating Sam Nayler, then Doug Williams, Jimmy Havoc, and Martin Stone in the tournament final on 10/31 to become the NEW XWA British Heavyweight Champion. He then beat Martin Stone & Paul London in a 3 Way on 11/1 to retain the title. Pretty impressive weekend for a first-timer to the Indy Power Rankings, but with a weekend like that, it’s most definitely a solid ground to build on.

5. Kenny Williams (@KennyWilliamsUK)-This is NOT his first time in the Top 10, but he did miss out last week despite a solid weekend. This time he gets back in with a very impressive weekend as the ICW Zero-G Champion defeated Lion Thomson, Lou King Sharp, Martin Kirby, Sean Maxer Brennan, and Stevie Xaier at PBW on 11/1, and then he beat Big Damo, Kid Fite, & Joe Hendry in a Four Way on 11/2 to retain the ICW Zero-G Title. With 4 straight wins and counting, he’s most definitely on a roll right now.

6. Jake Crist-Last week’s #1 falls a bit this week but not due to a loss. He did pick up a win at Rockstar Pro on 10/29 vs. Big Jim Hutchinson to continue his impressive win streak. We were not aware of any matches over the weekend for ½ of the CZW & D1W Tag Team Champions so his ranking is reflective of that based on the one win and us not knowing if we had any other shows. That being said, his #1 status alone was easily enough to warrant another Top 10 ranking this week after picking up yet another win. It’s been one hell of a 2014 for someone who is thought of as a tag team specialist, but can tear it up any time in singles.

7. Drew Galloway (@TheDrewMcIntyre)-The EVOLVE Champion added some more gold to his collection over the weekend when he defeated Jack Jester on 11/2 to win the ICW Heavyweight Title. This was a HUGE win as many have tried, but few have been able to knock off Jester in the last few months, much less dethrone him as champion. With Galloway now having 2 titles around his waist since his departure from the WWE, it will be interesting to see just how much more success he will have on the indies going forward.

8. Nikki Storm (@NikkiStorm1)-The Pro Wrestling: EVE Champion beat Kay Lee Ray on 10/31 to retain the title at XWA and then followed that up with a victory vs. Pollyanna to again retain the title at XWA on 11/1. These two title defenses were enough to sneak her back into the Top 10 again on a week that quite frankly, was filled with a lot of turmoil and parity. Regardless of that fact, it was a very good weekend for one of the best female wrestlers in the entire world, making it 2 ladies ranked in the Top 10 this week.

9. Kongo Kong/Osyris (@RealKongoKong)-“The Monsta” falls a bit from his #2 spot from last week, but much like Jake Crist, it was just due to his one win vs. many others with multiple wins. The IWA Mid-South World Champion defeated William Jacobs at Stateline Pro Wrestling in Rockford, IL over the weekend to continue his domination in singles, but now it’s on to a HUGE challenge this week as he takes on John Wayne Murdoch at IWA Mid-South on 11/6. Can the man that several of the voters call “the baddest man on the planet” knock off Murdoch again and continue his dominant title reign at “What If?” #10 in the online poll.

10. Keiji Muto (@muto_keiji)-Some might call this ranking a lifetime achievement award for the former Great Muta as he gets his first-ever ranking in the Top 10, but if you look at his victory, you’ll see that it’s more than just his reputation that got him in this week. On 11/1 he defeated Masayuki Kono for the Wrestle-1 Title to add to his vast collection of titles he has won over the years. Undoubtedly people may argue that Wrestle-1 is not an indy, but we would argue that they MAY be true, but Muto is an independent contractor and thus, an independent wrestler who can offer his services to almost any independent wrestling company (for the right price of course). Good to see one of the best of all time in the Top 10 for the first time.

1st Honorable Mention.Sozio (@Mr_Sozio)-Chalk this up as the 2nd honorable mention over the last several weeks as the CZW World Champion retained the title vs. Biff Busick on 11/1 in a No-Rope Barbed Wire Match. Like several others, his one match vs. others with multiple matches was a tough sell to the official voters.

2nd Honorable Mention. Shane Strickland (@StricklandShane)-Very big victory for “Swerve” over the weekend as he retained the CZW Wired Title vs. David Starr on 11/1 but it wasn’t quite enough to get him into the Top 10 again.

3rd Honorable Mention. Karsten Beck (@thebeckstasy)–After being ranked the last several weeks, his 2 wins over Absolute Andy were good, but not quite enough to push him into the Top 10 once again. He stays on the radar going forward, however, as he still isn’t losing matches, despite barely falling out of the Top 10 this week. #7 in the online poll.

People’s Champ. AC Riley (@ACRileyWI)-After wins at RCCW on 10/31 and NAW on 11/1, he went into the voting competition and absolutely dominated until the last few hours where Levi McDaniel made a late run. He finished the online voting competition with a big victory, receiving 159 votes.

Others missing out/receiving votes:
Ryan Slade
Mickie Knuckles
Josef Von Schmidt-#5 in the online poll
Lion Kid
El Patron Alberto
Chris Masters
Michael Hayes
Joe Doering
Roy Wilkins
Davey Vega
B-Boy
Lucky Kid-#4 in the online poll with 21 votes
Anthony Henry
Mike Camden
Manny Garcia
Jaxson James
Tanahashi
RSP
Kahagas
Matt Taven
Nate Redwing
Tyler Thomas
Chris Hero
Troy Stevens
Levi McDaniel-#2 in the online poll with 117 votes
Troy Miller-#3 in the online poll with 43 votes
Tyler Bate-Tied for #8 in the online poll

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