Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of February 9th, 2015

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Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of February 9th, 2015

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1. Monster Express (Shingo Takagi & Akira Tozawa)-For the first time EVER, the fan vote broke the tie to decide the #1 spot. Because of the fans, Monster Express were #1 this week, but not just Monster Express, it was the pairing of Shingo Takagi & Akira Tozawa who gained their 2nd straight #1 ranking. This week they defeated MAD BLANKEY (YAMATO and Gamma) at Dragon Gate on 2/4, then teamed with Uhaa Nation and Shachihoko BOY on 2/8 to beat MAD BLANKEY (YAMATO, Naruki Doi, Gamma and Mondai Ryu) to go 2-0 for the week. With 7 straight wins as a team, they are on a roll like no one else in the world right now on the indies. This Dragon Gate tag team as part of a bigger stable has been absolutely dominant the last few weeks. We’ll see if Dragon Gate can continue to dominate the Tag Team Top 5 as 2015 rolls along.

2. Monster Express (Uhaa Nation & Akira Tozawa)-If you look at the past week in a vacuum, this tag team would have a shot at #1 as they went 2-0 as a team as they teamed to defeat Dia.HEARTS on 2/7 and then teamed with Shingo Takagi & Syachihoko BOY to defeat MAD BLANKEY (Gamma, Mondai Ryu, Naruki Doi, & YAMATO) on 2/8. This would also mark the first time that two teams from one stable take the #1 and #2 spot in the Tag Team Top 5 AND have one wrestler (Akira Tozawa) ranked in the Tag Team Top 5 in two different tag teams. Also, Tozawa is the first to be ranked in the Singles Top 10 and TWICE in the Tag Team Top 5 in the same week. This will be a different record to break, but if any promotion can make it happen, Dragon Gate can as their focus is tag team wrestling in multiple varieties.

3. Tryout Show Rejects (Reed Bentley & John Wayne Murdoch)-It was a tremendous week for a team who is really starting to pick up some momentum in both singles and as a tag team. This week they built on their success as a team as they teamed together with Team IOU, Owen Travers, & Trik Davis to defeat The Elements of Wrestling 2.0 (Josh Crow & Kaden Sade), Mikey McFinnegan, Nick Doepp, Zakk Sawyers & Zodiak at IWA Mid-South on 2/5; then defeated The Viking War Party (Alex Rudolph & Jake Parnell) at CCW on 2/7 to go 2-0 for the week. Big week for them as they are looking to build a reputation as a dependable tag team in 2015.

4. Juicy Product (David Starr & JT Dunn)-At one point they had 4 sets of tag team titles and they had a record number of #1’s in the Tag Team Top 5 in 2014. They fell a little bit as the year came to a close, but still ended up as the #3 tag team in the Tag Team Top 50 for 2014. 2015 has been a bit slow for the team as well, but their reputation most definitely helped them this week as they get their first ranking together in quite some time. If they can build on their win vs. Trent ? & Bandido Jr. at FEW on 2/7, you can look forward to seeing more of them in the Tag Team Top 5 in 2015.

5. Walk on the Wylde Side (Adam Wylde & Robbie Walker)-The winners of the OVW Nightmare Cup after defeating Fabulous Freebodies and War Machine in the Finals get into the Tag Team Top 5 for the very first time. With 5 straight wins as a team and OVW running weekly, they’ll have multiple opportunities to build on this ranking. When it comes to the Indy Power Rankings, you’ve seen in the past that it’s a marathon and not a sprint (in most cases) to get to the #1 spot. If they can continue to knock off tag teams, you’ll see them contending for the top spot.

People’s Champs. The Soul Shooters (Dru Skillz @DruSkillz & Appollo Starr)-Week after week this tag team competes in the online voting competition (after a victory) and more often than not, they dominate. They get rewarded with their first “People’s Champs” award of 2015 as they collected 73 votes to win by a full 36 votes in an easy victory. You will definitely see more of the new WAR Tag Team Champions in 2015.

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
The Wolves
The Prestige
London Riots
TMDK
AC/DC
Rose & Lee Russell
Four Star Heroes
The “N” Words
WCTT
Osirian Portal
UK Hooligans
Bravado Bros
Wolves of the Sea
Old-Fashioned
Helter Skelter
Steel & Broday Jay
TerreMex
Young Lions

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