Indy Power Rankings for the Week of February 16th, 2015
1. Akira Tozawa (@TozawaAkira)-The dominance by the “Monster Express” stable in Dragon Gate has really become uncanny at this point. After being ranked #2 last week (and #1 and #2) Tozawa built on that success as he defeated Mondai Ryu at Dragon Gate on 2/10, then teamed with Uhaa Nation on 2/11 to beat Jimmyz (Jimmy Susumu and Jimmy Kanda), then teamed with Uhaa Nation to defeat MAD BLANKEY (CIMA and Gamma) on 2/14; then teamed with Shingo Takagi and Uhaa Nation on 2/15 to defeat Dia.HEARTS (BxB Hulk, Dragon Kid and Big R Shimizu) to go 4-0 for the week. With at least 13 straight wins, how can anyone argue with his status as #1 this week? He’s been absolutely unstoppable lately.
2. Uhaa Nation (@UhaaNation)-More Monster Express representation in the Top 10 as the potential future WWE star gets in with a 4-0 week as the PCW Heavyweight Champion defeated Punch Tominaga at Dragon Gate on 2/10, then teamed with Arika Tozawa on 2/11 to beat Jimmyz (Jimmy Susumu and Jimmy Kanda), then teamed with Akira Tozawa to defeat MAD BLANKEY (CIMA and Gamma) on 2/14, and then finally teamed with Akira Tozawa and Shingo Takagi on 2/15 to beat Dia.HEARTS (BxB Hulk, Dragon Kid and Big R Shimizu). The “One Man Nation” has won 7 of his last 9 matches and is as good as he has ever been right now.
3. Kongo Kong (@RealKongoKong)-“Da Monsta” and current IWA Mid-South World Champion went to WAR with Chris Hero on 2/12 at “Heartbreak” and despite taking an overwhelming beating at times, he dished it back and came out on top. The only way to stop this beast at this point is to throw him in a Battle Royal as he has won 10 of his last 11 matches with the only loss being a Battle Royal elimination. As far as pins, submissions, countouts, and disqualifications…good luck. He doesn’t go down easily and in IWA Mid-South, he’s undefeated. Next up: “Mean” Mitch Page with the IWA Title on the line.
4. Santana Garrett (@BrittanyTNA)-Last week’s People’s Champ and #3 in the Indy Power Rankings gets in again after 2 more victories this week. The NWA World Women’s Champion defeated Josh Hess in a hair vs. hair match at I Believe in Wrestling on 2/14 and then defeated Tammy Lynn at CCW on 2/15 to retain her NWA title to go 2-0 for the week. With wins in 8 of her last 11 matches, she’s been one of the bright spots, not only in women’s wrestling, but in independent wrestling, in general. Two straight weeks of great performances places her high again this week. Right now she is sitting higher than any female in the 2015 IPR 100 so let’s see if that success can continue going forward.
5. Kzy-More Dragon Gate representation in the Top 10 as the Open the Brave Gate Champion teamed with BxB Hulk on 2/10 to beat U-T and Yosuke (loves) Santa Maria, then teamed with BxB Hulk and Masaaki Mochizuki on 2/11 to beat YAMATO, Cyber Kong and Punch Tominaga, then teamed with BxB Hulk on 2/14 to beat Jimmyz (Ryo “Jimmy” Saito and Jimmy Kanda), and then teamed with Masaaki Mochizuki on 2/15 to beat T-Hawk and El Lindaman to wrap up the week and go 4-0 for the week. After being #2 a few weeks ago, he has won 7 of his last 10 matches and looks to continue a very successful 2015.
6. Kotaro Suzuki-Though he garnered zero votes in the online voting competition, he had a phenomenal week as he teamed with Go Shiozaki and Kento Miyahara at AJPW on 2/9 to beat Jun Akiyama, Takao Omori and Yoshinobu Kanemaru, then teamed with Go Shiozaki and Kento Miyahara on 2/11 to beat Suwama, Joe Doering and Atsushi Aoki, then beat Hikaru Sato on 2/13, and then beat SUSHI on 2/14 to go 4-0 for the week. With 5 straight wins, he has all the momentum as he gets his first ranking and with this type of success, we can expect to see more of him in the upcoming weeks & months.
7. “Bad Bones” John Klinger (@TheGermanPsycho)-The IPW: UK World Champion (and wXw Shotgun Champion) scored one of the biggest single wins of the weekend as he defeated last year’s #1 in the IPR 100 in Ricochet on 2/14 to retain the title. “The German Psycho” and “Best in Europe” is undefeated in his last 12 matches with just one of those matches being a draw and the rest being wins. He had a great 2014 and 2015 is starting to look even bigger with a victory of that calibre.
8. Damian Dunne (@damodunne87)-The Wrestle Midlands Champion defeated Ryan Smile at KOW on 2/13, then defeated Rocky Romero on 2/14 at WrestleMidlands to retain his title, then teamed with Ryan Smile to beat CJ Banks & Cyanide at PAID Promotions on 2/15 to go 3-0 for the week. With wins in 5 of his last 8 matches, this UK competitor looks strong this week makes the Top 10 for the very first time after failing to make it last year. Could be a big year for him!
9. Brian Cage (@MrGMSIB_Cage)-“The F’n Machine” is experiencing a rejuvenated 2015 after dominating 2013 and being mostly absent from the Top 10 in 2014. This week he became the NEW FSW Champion after defeating Matt Hardy on 2/15 to win the title. With wins in his last 8 of 10 matches outside of Lucha Underground, he has been tearing it up on the indies. With PWG not too far in the future, he has a great shot of being noticed and ranked once again sooner rather than later.
10. Zodiak (@ZodiaksFlame)-VERY huge week for Zodiak as he won a 10-Man Scramble at IWA Mid-South to basically become the #2 contender to the IWA Mid-South title by defeating Gary Jay, Dale Patricks, Ray Waddell, Nick Doepp, Jordan Whitaker, Chip Day, Joe Eicher, Gibson Grey, and most importantly, eliminating the 2-time #1 in Sugar Dunkerton on 2/12. Not much else he could have done outside of a couple of wins here or there to put him higher in the Top 10 but with this type of momentum could come big things. Next up: Lethal Lottery at IWA Mid-South on 2/19.
People’s Champ. Teddy King (@JoshuaKing992)-He had to battle back and forth to get the award and win the online voting competition this week as the NEW WWA World Heavyweight Champion collected 148 votes to win the award for the very first time.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Shane Mercer-#2 in the online poll with 121 votes
Pala-#3 in the online poll with 23 votes
Timmy Lou Retton
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