Why The Online Voting Competition/People’s Champ(s) Award Matters

Why The Online Voting Competition/People’s Champ(s) Award Matters

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room with the Indy Power Rankings and that’s what we call “the online voting competition” or “the fan poll” or any of the other names we use to call the poll we put up every Monday and Tuesday.

We consider the poll to be our general informational tool and the one stop-shop for the “Indy Power Rankings Official Voters” to reference when they’re determining who to add to their ballot when it comes time to vote. It is the week-long review of results from all over the world that gets us to that point. If you’re reading this and confused that there are “Official Voters for the Indy Power Rankings”, head over to indypowerrankingsipr.wordpress.com and click on the “About” page for a breakdown of how we handle voting every week or you can click here: https://indypowerrankingsipr.wordpress.com/about/

Also, every week we post a breakdown of how the Official Voters voted each week with the actual rankings (at the bottom of the posts). The fan vote is a portion of this final voting tally and the online voting competition is considered one official vote, meaning it is equivalent to one official voter. You can see a numerical example of how the breakdown works at the bottom of this post.

Is that too much power for the fan vote? Too little power? It’s tough to say. It’s the system we’ve been using for over a year and it’s been pretty effective so far. That being said, you might be wondering why the fan vote even matters if it’s just a portion of the final vote? Well, it’s a complex answer in some ways, but at the end of the day, the fan vote and specifically, WINNING the online voting competition to become “People’s Champ(s)” for the week has its advantages.

The first advantage to winning the online vote is that the wrestler who wins gets the advantage of getting an official #1 vote just like if any of the official voters voted for him/her at #1 in their ballot. That alone helps the wrestler or tag team’s ranking for the week. For example, if the official voters had shown a little bit of support for the wrestler/tag team but not enough to crack the Top 10/Tag Team Top 5, that official #1 vote can help them get enough “points” to get into the Top 10/Tag Team Top 5 as they may just pass up someone else who didn’t get enough support from the fans/official voters to get them into the Top 10/Tag Team Top 5. So right off the bat, the online vote could help someone get a ranking that may not have gotten one without the fan vote.

The second advantage of winning the online voting competition and becoming “People’s Champ(s)” is a simple one…WE WILL PROMOTE YOU! Does that mean anything to a Johnny Gargano or a Chris Hero? Probably not and honestly, they don’t need the benefit of what we’re trying to do. They’re established and likely really wouldn’t get much out of becoming “People’s Champ” other than whatever the bragging rights are of having that type of fan support. Who it helps the most are some of the “smaller names” who aren’t as established yet. Now that is not a knock on anyone who has EVER won the online voting competition AT ALL. It’s just our way of trying to give back to the independent wrestling community and wrestlers who go out and break their necks without getting the recognition that some of the bigger names get on the indies.

What do we mean by saying that we will promote you? Just send us your plugs! We’ll RT whatever you want us to retweet, we’ll tell the good people to follow you on Twitter, and we’ll share whatever merchandise you’d like to have promoted for a FULL WEEK. Even the Official overall #1 isn’t getting that type of support from us in terms of promoting their brand. Granted, we realize that a “#1” sounds more appealing than being called “People’s Champ(s)” but we like to give a little motivation for independent wrestlers to go get that support in the online vote and to go WIN in the spirit of what we love…and that’s competition.

Lastly, if you ever feel like we’ve snubbed you or your favorite wrestler from the poll and said wrestler/tag team is not on there, just hit us up with the result that should be enough to get them on there (keeping in mind that it has to be related to the week of the poll)! It’s never our goal to ignore people or not give them every opportunity that anyone else on the indies has to promote their stuff, but as always, we treat wrestling like a sport, so WINS MATTER. Having great matches is awesome for entertainment value, but at the end of the day, you do have to win and try to win big to get ranked or to be on the poll. We say this a lot but the best ways to get ranked are by:

1. Winning or defending titles
2. Going on winning streaks
3. Or winning big matches in main events of independent wrestling shows (i.e. a blow off in a Steel Cage Match, Barbed Wire Match, Best 2 out of 3 Falls Match, etc…)

We’ll leave this post off with what we consider a testimonial to what this can do for certain wrestlers. Cassidy Cain posted this on his personal Facebook page after winning the January 12th, 2015 online voting competition, so hopefully the below conveys what it means to the guys in this business who are just doing their best to make a name for themselves:

Sixteen hours. I only found out about being put on the Indy Power Rankings ballot 16 hours ago. I asked my loyal amazing ballin ass fans to vote for Cassidy Cain – Professional Wrestler on a whim to be Indy Power Ranking’s People’s Champ of the Week. And in only 16 hours, nearly TWO HUNDRED people voted to make me number one! Not only did we win, but we won with like a 40 vote margin or somethin like that! And I was in a class with the best freakin wrestlers around! From Sugar Dunkerton, to Zakk Spades, to the Crist brothers, to Matt Hardy, to Alberto friggin del Rio. And Cassidy Cain’s fans came to represent!!!

I didn’t win any poll, YOU won! Thank you all for continuing the greatest week I’ve had in a long time, and it’s all thanks to you guys. Everything I do is for you. Thank you a thousand times over. I gotta do something fun for you guys now. I’ll think about it and get back to you. I would never call myself the greatest wrestler in the world…But I for damn sure have the greatest fans in the world! Love you all! Thanks again!

By the way, you can “like” Cassidy Cain’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/cassidycainwrestler

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As always, we welcome feedback!

 

Our Website (where YOU can participate in the weekly online poll voting): https://indypowerrankingsipr.wordpress.com/
Our Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/IndyPowerRankings
Also search “Indy Power Rankings” for our open Facebook group where anyone on the indies can promote their various merchandise, fan pages, and upcoming events
Our Twitter: @IndyPowerRankin
Our Instagram where we SPOIL the Indy Power Rankings/Tag Team Top 5 #1 every Monday and Tuesday Night before you’ll see it anywhere else: @IndyPowerRankings
Our email: IndyPowerRankings@Gmail.com
You can listen to the IPR Live with NEW co-host John Wayne Murdoch here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/
Check out the Indy Power Rankings Reveal on Filling the Void: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fillingthevoidrn/

 

Numerical breakdown of how the voting works (5 points=#1 in the Tag Team Top 5 ballot, 4 points-#2, 3 points=#3, etc… and the “0.5” are honorable mentions who didn’t quite crack the voters’ Top 10’s):

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Numerical breakdown of how the voting works (10 points=#1 in the Indy Power Rankings Top 10 ballot, 9 points-#2, 8 points=#3, etc… and the “0.5” are honorable mentions who didn’t quite crack the voters’ Top 10’s):

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Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of January 12th, 2015

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Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of January 12th, 2015

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1. Burning Wild/Wild Burning (Jun Akiyama and Takao Omori)-The AJPW World Tag Team Champions were ranked #2 last week and built on that ranking with 3 more wins this week to EASILY grab the #1 ranking this week. They defeated Akebono and SUSHI at AJPW on 1/7, then defeated SUSHI & Antonio Honda on 1/10, and then finally defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Zeus on 1/11 to go 3-0 for the week. Since the beginning of the Tag Team Top 5 in January of 2014, very few tag teams have been as dominant over a 2 week span as Burning Wild (or Wild Burning if you prefer) have been over the last 2 weeks. If the Tag Team Top 50 were to hit today, they’d have an easy #1 ranking for the year, but of course, it’s a marathon not a sprint, so let’s see what happens.

2. The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter @BeardedBullys)-Well, here’s a familiar name from last year. The #1’s in the 2014 Tag Team Top 50 made their 2015 debut with a vengeance this past week as they defeated The Elements of Wrestling in a Best 2 out of 3 Falls Match at IWA Mid-South on 1/8/15 and then followed that up with a victory vs. Mac Dog McDowell & Barackus at PWCS on 1/10 to go 2-0 for the week…and thus far, undefeated for the year. The year is young, but is it possible that we could see The Hooligans atop the Tag Team Top 50 mountain for 2015 as well? They’ve got some work to put in for the next 11-12 months.

3. North Star Express (Darin Corbin & Ryan Cruz)-A big win over Zero Gravity (who went on to beat Team IOU at PGP the next night) at F1rst Wrestling on 1/9 and a win vs. Daivari & Knyte at MEW on 1/10 helped this Midwest tag team achieve their first ranking in the Tag Team Top 5 as they were flawless with a 2-0 week as a team. While Corbin may be focused on his partnership with Arik Cannon, he also found time to do well with Ryan Cruz. Big week for both men as they get off to a hot start in 2015 with the hopes of continuing that trend with perhaps some gold around their waste in the upcoming months.

4. TMDK (Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste)-It was quality over quantity for the NEW GHC Tag Team Champions as they once again took over NOAH over the weekend by defeated Dangan Yankees (Masato Tanaka and Takashi Sugiura) for the titles on 1/10. With 5 straight victories as a team, this tag team are just now showing the world what they can do in 2015. While they didn’t qualify for the Tag Team Top 5 in 2014 due to the restrictions we had on the eligibility, they are in the first month of 2015 with one of the biggest wins of anyone in this week’s rankings. These titles are big and their 5 straight wins a team are impressive, but it’s the potential of what they COULD do moving forward that is really something that should be interesting to watch for the rest of 2015.

5. MSL Universe (Marvin Stone & Michael Tarver)-What an impressive weekend for this tag team at FIP as they defeated the former People’s Champs (in 2014 at one point) in Generation Genesis on 1/9, then teamed to defeat Aaron Epic, Aaron Solo, Earl Cooter, Jack Jamison, Jason Cade, Jody Kristofferson, Johnny Vandal, Mega Mo and Rhett Giddins in an 11 Man Flash Fray Match on 1/10 to go 2-0 for the week. This may not be a team that was on most people’s radar entering 2015, but they have quickly established themselves in the state of Florida, and perhaps to the rest of the independent wrestling world.

People’s Champs. #MOTN Lions (Marc Hauss @TheMarcHauss & Nick Ando @IceBoxAndo)-Talk about a come from behind victory! The former #1’s and #42 in the 2014 IPR Tag Team Top 50 as well as the UPW Tag Team Champions defeated RWC (Hellcat & Rob Street) to retain the titles on 1/10. Most of the day in the voting was controlled by the Soul Shooters until the #MOTN Lions surged ahead and finished with a 68 vote margin of victory. 128 votes collected for them.

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Dia.Hearts
London Riots
Los Tortiguas Ninja
OI4K
Ronin
Inked & Awesome
The Savages
Soul Shooters-#2 in the online poll with 60 votes
Team 246
The Funraisers-#3 in the online poll with 22 votes
Bob Rogers & Jay Oleander-#4 in the online poll
Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett-#5 in the online poll

Our Website (where YOU can participate in the weekly online poll voting): https://indypowerrankingsipr.wordpress.com/
Our Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/IndyPowerRankings
Also search “Indy Power Rankings” for our open Facebook group where anyone on the indies can promote their various merchandise, fan pages, and upcoming events
Our Twitter: @IndyPowerRankin
Our Instagram where we SPOIL the Indy Power Rankings/Tag Team Top 5 #1 every Monday and Tuesday Night before you’ll see it anywhere else: @IndyPowerRankings
You can listen to the IPR Live with NEW co-host John Wayne Murdoch here (this week’s guests are #2 in the Indy Power Rankings and NEW Strong Style Wrestling Champion Sugar Dunkerton & Corporal Robinson): http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/01/14/indypowerrankingslive-w-devon-moore-corporal-robinson
Check out the Indy Power Rankings Reveal on Filling the Void (we’re talking Pro Wrestling NOW on 1/13 as they have a big show coming up on 1/17/15): http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fillingthevoidrn/2015/01/13/indy-power-rankings-weekly-reveal

Here are the IPR 100 Links:

Night 1 (12/29 from 9 PM to 11 PM EST): http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2014/12/30/ipr100-2014–night-1-ft-jesse-amato-ron-mathis-hudson-envy-more

Night 2 (12/30 from 9 PM to 11 PM EST):
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2014/12/31/ipr100-2014–night-2-ft-tessa-blanchard-heidi-lovelace-chase-owens-more

Night 3 (12/31 from 9 PM to 11 PM EST):
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/01/01/ipr100-2014–night-3-ft-caleb-konley-matt-cage-shane-hollister-more

Here is the Tag Team Top 50 link:
12/30 from 3 PM to 5 PM EST:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fillingthevoidrn/2014/12/31/indy-power-rankings-weekly-reveal

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