Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of December 29th, 2014
1. reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly)-After NINE #1 rankings in 2014 (a record) we really didn’t think we’d be seeing much of reDRagon in the Tag Team Top 5 in 2015 due to their restrictions with ROH and our decision to no longer include ROH/NJPW as independent wrestling companies. The talent, of course, are still eligible for the rankings based on what they do outside those companies. At least for this week, reDRagon immediately proved our theory wrong as they grabbed the first #1 ranking of 2015 to continue to build on one of the most successful runs in independent tag team wrestling history. They won the vacant HRW Tag Team Titles in an indy dream match vs. The Colony on 12/28, which means they now hold the ROH World Tag Team, IWGP Junior Tag Team, and NRW Tag Team Titles.
2. MAD BLANKEY (YAMATO & Cyber Kong)-Our decision to include ALL independent wrestling talent around the world (not including any work at ROH, NJPW, TNA, WWE, or Lucha Underground) has already paid dividends for Dragon Gate talent in both the Top 10 and Tag Team Top 5. Perfect timing for the NEW Dragon Gate Open the Twin Gate Champions as they defeated The Millenials (T-Hawk & Eita) at Dragon Gate on 12/28 to win the titles. This tag team combination has only won 3 of their last 4 matches, but this title win was HUGE in the eyes of the official voters as it was in a company that is specifically geared towards their tag team wrestling. Will 2015 be the year of Dragon Gate in the Tag Team Top 5? We shall see.
3. Jagger & NiteStic Eddie Brown-Now this is a team that kind of came out of nowhere to reach the Tag Team Top 5. They are the NEW PWF Tag Team Champions as they won the Premier Tag League tournament by beating Katie Taylor & Victor Andrews in the first round, Colby Corino & Emmanuel Bodega in the semifinals and Steve Corino & Jakob Hammermeier in the finals. This all took place on 12/26 as they won the tournament, won the titles, and went 3-0 for the week. There’s no doubt that title wins and tournament wins have been and will always be a big part of the Indy Power Rankings. This week was obviously no different as we get fresh faces in the Tag Team Top 5 in the first week of eligibility for 2015.
4. Dangan Yankees (Masato Tanaka & Takashi Sugiura)-The Indy Power Rankings, now more than ever, are about wrestling freedom. Very few teams have exemplified that by working in several places like this Japanese tag team who are the current NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champions and GHC Tag Team Champions. They defeated Hideki Suzuki & Kohei Sato in the semifinals of the Furinkazan Tag Tournament at Zero1 on 12/24, then defeated Shinjiro Otani & Yoshikazu Yokoyama in the final the same night to win the tournament and retain their NWA Intercontinental Tag Team titles to go 2-0 for the week. They have won their last 6 matches as a two-man team, which undoubtedly played a part in the official voters’ decisions to include them high on their ballots this week. More new blood for the Tag Team Top 5 in 2015.
5. The Psycho Circus (Monster Clown & Murder Clown)-To further hammer home the point that the Indy Power Rankings have truly become international, we get our first Mexican tag team ranked this week as this team defeated Demon Rocker & Soul Rocker at Promociones Rosales on 12/26; then teamed with Psycho Clown on 12/28 at AAA to beat Líder, Hijo del Fantasma and Texano Jr to go 2-0 for the week. They have won 12 straight matches (mainly as 3 man team). With Mexico being the home of so many 6 man and 8 man tags, it will be interesting to see how many teams the home of Lucha Libre produces in the Tag Team Top 5 for 2015.
People’s Champs. The Hell Cats (Jimmy Starz & Sexy Steve @The_Hell_Cats)-The NEW MCW Tag Team Champions secured the first People’s Champs award of 2015 when they racked up a solid 41 votes to DOMINATE the online voting competition after defeating Napalm Bomb and Solo for the titles on 12/27. With 5 straight wins as a team, 2015 could definitely be their defining year.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Narumiya & Sera
Fuego & Cometa
Jollyville Fuck Its
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