Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of March 9th, 2015
#1 Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)-Perhaps the best tag team in the world gets their first #1 ranking of 2015. Granted, they did win the IWGP Junior Tag Titles not long ago, but keep in mind New Japan (and ROH for that matter) is no longer considered as an independent wrestling promotion by the Indy Power Rankings. That being said, the Young Bucks pressed on by defeating Austin Aries & Bobby Roode at HOH on 3/7 and then defeated Team 3-D for the 2CW Tag Team Titles on 3/8. They now hold the 2CW, IWGP Junior, and IWL Tag Team Titles (among others). It’s good to see one of the very best tag teams going today in the #1 spot. Can they continue to grab high rankings? Time will tell. It should also be noted that they lost a tag team match at NEW on 3/6 to Alberto El Patron & Matt Hardy which the IPR crew did not find out until later, so that may have had an effect on their ranking had they known sooner.
#2 Kimber Bombs (Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb)-Kimber Lee came on the Tag Team Top 5 Reveal last week and talked about what it would mean to win her second set of tag team titles with a different partner. On 3/6 she did that as she teamed with Cherry Bomb to defeat Legendary for the SHINE Tag Team Titles. KimberLee now holds both the WSU & SHINE Tag Team Titles. Unlike when she won the WSU Tag Team Titles, her tag team does NOT get snubbed this week as the KimberBombs garner a very high ranking after knocking off a solid tag team for the gold. They’re in good company this week and it looks like they’re just getting started in showing everyone just how good they are as a team.
#3 Dia.HEARTS (BxB Hulk & Dragon Kid)-Dragon Gate comes back again strong this week as one of the promotion’s top teams comes in after they defeatedJimmyz (Jimmy Susumu & Jimmy Kagetora) on 3/5, then teamed with Masaaki Mochizuki on 3/7 to beat MAD BLANKEY (Naruki Doi, Cyber Kong and Mondai Ryu) and then teamed with Kzy and Big R Shimizu to beat Monster Express (Masato Yoshino, Akira Tozawa, Shingo Takagi and Shachihoko BOY) in an elimination match to go 3-0 for the week. As predicted, it may be the fact that this team is not teaming outside of Dragon Gate that kept them from achieving a higher ranking this week…or perhaps it’s their lack of gold. Let’s see how the rest of the year pans out for this crop of Dragon Gate talent.
#4 Team Tremendous (Bill Carr & Dan Barry)-This tag team teamed with Tony Nese at HOH on 3/7 to beat Ben Ortiz, Hale Collins & Vik Dalishus, then defeated Earl Cooter & Jody Kristofferson at EVOLVE on 3/8 to go 2-0 for the week. After really turning a corner last year, they are starting to find their groove as a team all over the East Coast. This is a tag team that may not be right on the tip of people’s tongues as one of the best in the U.S. YET, but given time and a little exposure, expect to see their star continue to grow throughout 2015.
#5 TMDK (Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls)-The former GHC Tag Team Champions teamed with Jonah Rock to defeat Takashi Sugiura, Akitoshi Saito & Quiet Storm at NOAH on 3/7 and then defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima andYoshinari Ogawa on 3/8 to go 2-0 for the week. With three straight wins, this international tag team is really starting to get back into the swing of things with a nice win streak and yet another ranking as they have been relevant for all of 2015 so far. Expect to see a lot more of them as the year moves on, possibly continuing to push them very high in the Tag Team Top 50 for 2015.
People’s Champs. Team IOU @TeamIOU (Kerry Awful @KerryAwful & Nick Iggy @IggyNJ210)-Despite their loss to The Tryout Show Rejects at CCW over the weekend, they did pick up a win over Steven Carnage & Super Destroyer on 3/6 at SWF to get themselves back into the online voting competition. After setting the record last year for most wins in the online vote, they get their first in 2015 with 75 votes collected to once again become “People’s Champs” this week.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Tank Nagai & Yuki Sato
Tryout Show Rejects
Keegan Brettle & Randal
Faces of Fear
Tons of Pain
Kartik & Graham Hughes
Dementors of Chaos
Viking War Party
Worst Case Scenario
Spike & Stan Corey
Maximo & el Terrible
Jeremiah & Nate Wings
Jervis & Kimber Lee
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