Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of February 2nd, 2015
1. Monster Express (Shingo Takagi & Akira Tozawa)-In 2015, the Tag Team Top 5 has been dominated by Japanese talent and specifically, talent from Dragon Gate. Whether it’s Dia.Hearts or Monster Express, Dragon Gate has absolutely owned the Tag Team Top 5 this year. This week was no different as Akira Tozawa & Shingo Takagi teamed to defeat The Millenials (U-T & Yosuke ❤ Santa Maria) at Dragon Gate on 1/29 and then followed that up with another win vs. a different combination of The Millenials in T-Hawk and U-T on 1/31. That win marked their 5 straight win as a team and led them to their very first #1 ranking, which is no easy fete with all the international competition every week.
2. Loose Bastards (Adam Brooks & Krackerjak)-Australia came to represent again in the Tag Team Top 5 as the NEW OCW Tag Team Champions defeated Arm Dragons ("The Smash Hit" Joel Bateman & Josh "The Axe" Shooter), Cadman Turner & Vixsin and Chicos de Lucha in a Four Corners Elimination Match to become the inaugural champions on 1/30 in Australia, then defeated Gabriel Wolfe & Slade Mercer the same night to retain their titles. With a 2-0 record for the week they impressed the official voters just enough to slip into the #2 spot this week. The land Down Under truly is starting to showcase tag team wrestling in 2015.
3. Team 246 (Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo)-Our #3 this week comes to us from Japan as the Wrestle1 Tag Team Champions defeated Desperado (Kazma Sakamoto & Koji Doi) on 1/30 to retain their titles. With 12 straight wins as a team, they actually got a couple of #1 votes from the official voters. In fact, THREE teams were split amongst the voters with Monster Express of course coming out on top. That being said, Team 246 have been on the radar for weeks and it looks like just a matter of time before they end up in that coveted #1 spot.
4. Dia.Hearts (BxB Hulk & Kzy)-After being ranked #2 in the Tag Team Top 5 last week, this Dragon Gate tandem (as part of a bigger stable) won again vs. Jimmyz (Jimmy Kagetora & Mr. Quu Quu Naoki Tanizaki Toyonaka Dolphin) on 1/31 to run their win streak to 4 straight. Dragon Gate has been the standard flag bearer for tag team wrestling on the indies in 2015 and this week was no different as that promotion got two teams into the Tag Team Top 5. Will the #1 team in the 2015 Tag Team Top 50 come from Dragon Gate? One thing is for sure, with all international talent now included, there has never been more parity.
5. Biff Busick & Drew Gulak-Surprisingly, this is the only American tag team in the Tag Team Top 5 this week, but what a win it was that got them there. With a victory in the main event of Beyond Wrestling on 1/31 vs. Chris Hero & JT Dunn, they swayed the official voters just enough to throw their support towards them this week. This is a tag team who have won 5 of their last 6 matches and despite singles goals, may very well prove to be one of the most successful tag teams in 2015 if they continue to team.
People’s Champs. The Grind (Phage Warden Pumpkin King @PumpkinsGoBoom & Naiper @jnapspl)-After retaining the RCCW Tag Team Titles vs. Jarrod Jaxx & Jayson Masters on 1/30 they entered the online voting competition as the underdogs. For most of the day, The Solution out of Australia dominated the competition, but in the end, it was The Grind who pulled out 110 votes and won by a full 32 votes to become this week’s People’s Champs.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
YASU & Hide Kubota
Worst Case Scenario
Killjoy & Homeless Tim
Colt Cabana & McSugar
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