Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of April 27th, 2015
#1 TMDK (Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste)-This wasn’t even close this week. “The Mighty Don’t Kneel” proved their worth once again as they teamed with Chris Hero & Colt Cabana on 4/20 to defeat Cho Kibou-Gun (Hajime Ohara, Kenou & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya) & Super Crazy, then defeated Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazuki Hashimoto on 4/23, then defeated Naomichi Marufuji & Katsuhiko Nakajima on 4/25, and then defeated Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka to go 4-0 for the week. It was a clean sweep of NOAH for the former GHC Tag Team Champions. Despite all their success, this is their first #1 ranking. With the way they dominated this past week, it likely won’t be their last time at the top.
#2 Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer)-The NWA World Tag Team Champions and GHC Tag Team Champions continued their reign of terror in Japan last week as they defeated Brian Breaker & Shelton Benjamin at NOAH on 4/20, then teamed with Shelton “X” Benjamin, Brian Breaker & Taichi on 4/23 to defeat Chris Hero, Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana, Zack Sabre Jr., Jack Gamble & Jon Webb, and then defeated Super Crazy & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya on 4/25 to go 3-0 for the week. KES have been fantastic in 2015, but it’s been a while since they reached the #1 spot. With NOAH running multiple shows with KES on them, perhaps that will all change in the very near future.
#3 Yankee Two Kenju (Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto)-Japan obviously had a HUGE influence on the Tag Team Top 5 this week and you can look no further than the top three spots for proof of that fact. Despite getting no fan votes, this team did go 4-0 on the week as they teamed with Kankuro Hoshino at BJW on 4/20 to defeat B Faultless Junky’s (Jaki Numazawa, Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto), then teamed with Masashi Takeda on 4/24 at BJW to defeat Abdullah Kobayashi, Kankuro Hoshino & Ryuji Ito, then defeated Heisei Gokudo Combi (Kankuro Hoshino & Masato Inaba) on 4/25, and then defeated Ryuji Ito & Abdullah Kobayashi on 4/26. Fantastic week for this team who is absolutely tearing it up at Big Japan right now.
#4 UK Hooligans (Roy & Zak Knight)-It’s been a while since we saw this tag team crack the Tag Team Top 5 but a 3-0 weekend made it impossible to ignore their accomplishments over the last week. The RDW Tag Team Champions and ECTA Tag Team Champions defeated DNA (Dean Allmark & Robbie Dynamite) at PCW on 4/24, then defeated So Scandelous (Ryan Smile & Damian Dunne) on 4/25, and then finished off the week when they teamed with Lionheart, Dave Rayne and Dave Mastiff the same night to defeat Jeff Jarrett, Chris Masters, Bubblegum & Team Single (Rampage Brown & T-Bone). They were the only team outside of Japan to make the Top 5 this week.
#5 Dangan Yankees (Masato Tanaka & Takashi Sugiura)-Chalk up the 4th team out of 5 in the Tag Team Top 5 from Japan this week. With a 3-0 record on the week, they could have easily been #1 on any other week, but this week was STACKED with teams who had flawless weeks. The NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champions defeated Maybach #2 & Maybach Taniguchi at NOAH on 4/20, then teamed with Daisuke Harada on 4/25 to defeat MAYBACH Taniguchi, Ken-o and Hajime Ohara, and then finished off the weekend when they defeated Naomichi Marufuji & Katsuhiko Nakajima on 4/26. This team, much like several others, has been quietly toiling away with win after win in Japan. What’s next for the Dangan Yankees?
People’s Champs. Tyler Jackson (@JacksonNow18) & Nathan Gust (@Raging258)-It was a dominant effort for the NEW UPW Tag Team Champions as they won the online voting competition with 121 votes which was almost twice as much as the second place team. With their first time being mentioned in the Tag Team rankings and a ton of fan support to boot, look for more from them in the very near future.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Abbey Street Boot Boys
South Philly’s Finest
Kincaid & Owens
To Infinity & Beyond
Garrett & Rance
Hamrick & Tracer X
Shinose & Honda
Team Dream Futures
Dirty Damn Outlaws
Los Reyes de Atlantida
Crazy Mary & Pondo
High Fiving Fat Guys
Golden Storm Riders
I Discepoli Del Dolore
Angel & Malice
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