Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of February 23rd, 2015
1. Wild Burning/Burning Wild (Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori)-The former #1’s did again this week as the AJPW Tag Team Champions defeated Akebono & Yoshinobu Kanemaru at AJPW on 2/16,then teamed with Keisuke Ishii on 2/17 to beat Evolution (Suwama, Joe Doering and Hikaru Sato),then defeated Evolution (Suwama and Joe Doering) on 2/20 to retain their titles and to go 3-0 for the week. Impressive week for a team who has been as good as anyone in 2015. They are currently battling for the top spot in the IPR Tag Team Top 50 for 2015. Of course, that can quickly change with 10 months to go, but they’re certainly off to a hot start this year.
2. Monster Express (Uhaa Nation & Akira Tozawa)-They were #1 last week, #2 the week before, and had an argument once again to be #1 for a second straight week. They are decisively #2 this week though as they defeated MAD BLANKEY (Cyber Kong and Don Fujii) at Dragon Gate on 2/16, then teamed with Shingo Takagi on 2/21 to defeat Dia.HEARTS (BxBHulk, Kzy and Big R Shimizu) to go 2-0 for the week. They have won 8 straight matches as a team and show no signs of slowing down any time soon. Perhaps the only thing that can halt their momentum would be the much reported jump to WWE by UhaaNation. If/when that takes place, he will be missed in both the Indy Power Rankings and Tag Team Top 5.
3. Country Jacked (Corey Hollis & Adam Page)-One of the biggest wins of the weekend has to go to the PWX Tag Team Champions as they defeated both the Young Bucks and Worst Case Scenario to retain their titles on 2/22. With 4 straight wins under their belt, this tag team has been dominating PWX as of late. Now that both members of the tag team appear to be back and healthy again, look to see them more frequently in the Tag Team Top 5 as they apparently have some imminent challenges to throw out according to Brian Kanabroski on the 2/24 edition of The Carolina Corner on IPR Live (link below).
4. OI4K (Jake & Dave Crist)-They slide in right underneath Country Jacked after defeating The Young Bucks to retain the CZW World Tag Team Titles on 2/21. It was a hard week of voting, but you had to give the nod to Country Jacked slightly over OI4K for beating 2 teams, instead of one in a 3 Way. That being said, beating The Young Bucks in any form of match is not easy, but one of the best tag teams in the world did just that. With wins in 8 of their last 9 matches, this tag team is STILL a force to be reckoned with. If this really is Dave Crist’s last year in wrestling as he has made mention, he’s certainly going out with a bang.
5. The Forgotten (BJ Whitmer & Jimmy Jacobs)-The AIW Tag Team Champions find their way back into the Tag Team Top 5 after a bit of a hiatus after defeating The Batiri, The Beaver Boys, & Cheech & Colin Delaney to retain the titles on 2/20. They have now won 3 of their last 4 matches and with them now starting an alliance in IWA Mid-South (who runs weekly shows) this could lead to a lot more big rankings for one of the most seasoned tag teams in the world. Former ROH World Tag Team Champions, current AIW Tag Team Champions…what’s next?
Honorable Mention. Madman Pondo & Crazy Mary Dobson-This is as about as close as a team can get to missing out on the actual Tag Team Top 5, but unfortunately with all the heavy competition this week, Mary and Pondo just missed out after defeating The Hooligans for the JCW Tag Team Titles over the weekend. That being said, they work A LOT of shows, so we hope to see them make the rankings in the near future.
People’s Champs. Colin Brooks (@TheColinBrooks) & Adam Grace (@b_clark81)-It was close most of the day in the online voting competition but this tag team pulled away after winning the WPW Tag Team Titles vs. Team Meat on 2/21. With 60 votes, no one was even close to challenging them for the People’s Champs award this week, proving once again that a lot of wrestlers and teams in that Wisconsin area have morefan support than some might know.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
CUNTs (Kimber Lee & Annie Social)
Chris Abbott & Josh Gatt
Andrews & Kid Lykro
JC Rotten & Zodiak
KL Shock & Ray Steele
Mayberry & Sarge
Jason Cade & Aaron Solow
Sakura Hirota & Iida
Bucanero & Volador Jr.
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