Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of February 16th, 2015

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Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of February 16th, 2015

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1. Monster Express (Uhaa Nation & Akira Tozawa)-Just absolutely incredible. Akira Tozawa now joins the likes of JT Dunn, Michael Elgin, & Yuji Okabayashi as the only singles wrestlers to reach the #1 spot in the Indy Power Rankings and the Tag Team Top 5 in the same week. It’s pure dominance as of late for Monster Express as they were #1 and #2 last week and then grab the #1 spot again this week (for the 3rd straight week). This tag team as part of a bigger stable teamed and defeated Jimmyz (Jimmy Susumu and Jimmy Kanda) on 2/11, then defeated MAD BLANKEY (CIMA and Gamma) on 2/14, and then finally teamed with Shingo Takagi to beat Dia.HEARTS (BxB Hulk, Dragon Kid and Big R Shimizu) to go 3-0 for the week. With 6 straight wins as a team, the “Monster Express” stable is THE stable right now on the indies and they have taken full advantage of that in the Tag Team Top 5 as of late.

2. Dia.Hearts (BxB Hulk & Kzy)-Dragon Gate strikes again! After being ranked #2 and #4 earlier in the year, this tag team (as part of a bigger stable) pops up again in the Tag Team Top 5 as they defeated Millenials (U-T and Yosuke (loves) Santa Maria) on 2/10 at Dragon Gate, then teamed with Masaaki Mochizuki on 2/11 to beat MAD BLANKEY (YAMATO, Cyber Kong and Punch Tominaga), and then wrapped up the weekend when they defeated Jimmyz (Ryo “Jimmy” Saito and Jimmy Kanda) on 2/14 to go 3-0 for the week. With 7 straight wins as a team, this duo continues to prove that some of the best tag team wrestling in the world takes place at Dragon Gate in Japan.

3. Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer @kelitesquad)-The former IWGP Tag Team Champions are the NEW GHC Tag Team Champions after they defeated TMDK on 2/11 to win the titles. These titles add to the already impressive collection of the NWA World Tag Team Titles that they currently hold. In any other week they would have had a solid shot at the #1 spot, but this week was so full of 3-0 and 2-0 weekends that it was VERY difficult to get into the Top 5, much less into the very top spot. If KES can continue to collect and defend titles, expect to see more of them in the Top 5.

4. Death Machines (“The Smashing Machine” Chris Vice & Jarrad Slate)-We get more Australian representation in the Tag Team Top 5 as this tag team defeated Sex Mafia (Jay Taylor & “The Don” Michael Morleone) on 2/13 at NHPW in Australia via DQ in the first round, then defeated Switchblade & The Warship on 2/14 in the semifinals and then Heroes of Future Past (Bodhi McKenzie & Liam Mendel) the same night to win the Headshrinker Samu Legacy Cup Tournament and go 3-0 for the week. As noted earlier, this week was full of 3-0 weeks from a lot of great teams and the international competition has been absolutely incredible lately.

5. The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter @BeardedBullys)-The #1 team in the 2014 Tag Team Top 50 have struggled slightly in 2015, but they’ve had some good moments as well. This past week was a very good week for them, but there was so much competition that they kind of got lost in the shuffle. That being said, the JCW and Zero1 Supreme USA Tag Team Champions defeated Nick Iggy & Uncle Dewey, Elements of Wrestling 2.0 and Viking War Party in a four-way lucha tag match at IWA Mid-South on 2/12, then teamed with DOC to beat Viking War Party and Roscoe Eats Lisa & Dustin Star in a three-way three-a-side match at SNPW to go 2-0 for the week. One question to ponder is if they would have been higher had Team IOU been a united front in the IWA Lucha Tag or would they have won that match at all? Hard to say, but that issue is most likely, a long way from settled. Because of the fans’ support, they grab the #5 after they tied with Metaleon & Negro Navarro in the official voting this week.

Honorable Mention. Metaleon & Negro Navarro-This Mexican tag team won the El Protector tournament at IWRG on 2/15 by beating Dragón Celestial and El Veneno in the quarterfinals, Electro Boy and X-Fly in the semifinals and then beating Anubis Black and Pirata Morgan in the final to go 3-0 for the week and literally, JUST missed out on the Tag Team Top 5.

People’s Champs. F1rst Generation (James Anthony @87JamesAnthony & Victor Andrews @Im_MrEverything)-This is their EIGHTH People’s Champ award (and 1st this year) as they won the online voting competition after defeating Zane Riley & Calibus Lloyd at PWF on 2/13 to retain the PWF United Tag Team Titles.

Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Team 246
New Wild Order
Tozawa & Shingo
Strong BJ
Kasai & Takagi
2 Unlimited
Walk on the Wylde Side

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