Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of March 23rd, 2015
#1 Viking War Party (American Viking, Jake Parnell, & Frank Wyatt @VikingWarParty)-It’s a first for these three wild ass Vikings as they dominated the weekend as a 3-man team. First, they defeated Team IOU & Cody Morton at SWF in TN and then they took their show up to New Jersey where they got revenge against The Hooligans and Necro Butcher in a vicious Street Fight at JAPW to go 2-0 on the week. When teaming together as a group, this team is almost unstoppable. Could we see this team in CHIKARA’s vaunted King of Trios later this year? One can only hope so as they are one of the very few teams who have topped the rankings as a 3-man team.
#2 People’s Champs. Team IOU (Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy)-A boy and his dog had been gaining momentum heading into the weekend. It looked somewhat bleak however when they lost a 6 Man Tag to the Viking War Party on Friday, but they bounced back STRONG by winning PGP’s Tag Team Title Tournament, defeating Ron Mathis & Aaron Williams, then Perfect Addiction, and finally, Team Overkill (Christian Rose & Matt Cage) to win the tournament for the titles. A 3-1 record and multiple wins over the last few weeks have gotten Team IOU back into the Tag Team Top 50 hunt after struggling in January and early February. If they can overcome Kerry Awful’s hand injury, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with for months to come. Once again they also prove their massive popularity by winning a hotly contested online voting competition to become Back to Back to Back People’s Champs with 97 votes. Congrats to IOU!
#3 Malice & Nitro-This tag team makes their first entry into the Tag Team Top 5 as they defeated James Alexander & Kris Korvis at APW on 3/17, then defeated N8 Mattson & Zach Gowen at CPW the same night, andthen defeated Great Akuma & Jun Hado at CIW on 3/21 to go 3-0 for the week. While they didn’t get much support in the online voting competition, they DID get a ton of support from the official voters as they were impressed with their 3 victories over the weekend as it was a week where there were very few teams with so many victories. That being said, this team could really start to build on this in the near future if they can continue to pick up wins together.
#4 OI4K (Jake & Dave Crist)-One of the top tag teams on the independent scene today once again find their way into the Tag Team Top 5 after they defended and retained their AAW Tag Team Titles vs. Zero Gravity and Markus Crane & Dan Lawrence in a 3 Way on 3/20. This team has been particularly successful in 2015 after being #6 in the Tag Team Top 50 for 2014. With them holding some of the biggest tag team titles on the U.S. indies, not enough can be said about this team. As far as the 2015 Tag Team Top 50, they’re currently sitting in a very high position as the very top team in the United States right now.
#5 Worst Case Scenario (Ethan Case & Elijah Evans IV)-This Carolina-based tag team showed up strong this week despite literally no fan support in the online voting competition. The former PWX Tag Team Champions defeated “Bad Luck” Mickey Gambino & Timmy LouRetton at PWX on 3/21, then defeated James Drake &Kid Chaos on 3/22 to go 2-0 for the week. They’re still on the hunt for the PWX Tag Team Titles with Country Jacked squarely in their sights. Can they regain the gold in 2015 at some point?
Honorable Mention. The Millennials (Flamita & T-Hawk)–Defeated MAD BLANKEY (Naruki Doi & PunchTominaga) on 3/17, then defeated MAD BLANKEY (CIMA and Mondai Ryu) on 3/22 to go 2-0 for the week.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Kanemaru & Ultimo Dragon
F1rst Generation-#2 in the online vote with 77 votes
gx3-#3 in the online vote with 42 votes
Aoi Kizuki & Kayoko Haruyama
Loomis Brothers-#4 in the online vote with 40 votes
Team Hi Def
Santana Garrett & Andrea
Chet Sterling & Trevor Lee
Sumerian Death Squad
To Infinity and Beyond
Rey Mysterio Jr. & Myzteziz
Heroes for Hire-#5 in the online vote with 35 votes
The Hell Cats
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