Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of May 11th, 2015
#1 The Addiction (Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian)-It’s rare that you’d see the ROH World Tag Team Champions atop the Tag Team Top 5 in 2015. That’s simply because we no longer consider ROH eligible for the Indy Power Rankings, thus any matches wrestled there do not count. That being said, The Addiction did it without having to fall back on anything they’ve accomplished on actual ROH shows. They defeated The Coffey Brothers at PWE on 5/9 to retain the titles and then they beat The Hunter Brothers at SWE on 5/10 to once again retain the titles. Impressive weekend for one of the best tag teams in the world who proved that they can still succeed on the indies as a team.
#2 The Hooligans (Devin & Mason Cutter @BeardedBullys)-Well you just can’t keep those bearded bullies down as the tag team from Brutalsville, USA find their way into the Tag Team Top 5 yet again. The #1 team in the 2014 Tag Team Top 50 are making a STRONG push for the #1 spot for 2015 after some early struggles. Over the weekend they defeated Diamond Ink at MEW on 5/8 and then defeated Agents of Chaos and Scott Parker & Kenny Jones in a 3 Way Tag Team Match at SNPW on 5/10. A 2-0 record on a relatively slow week for tags gets the masters of the “fat flippy style” into the #2 spot this week.
#3 Xceed (Go Shiozaki & Kento Miyahara)-It’s the first time in the Tag Team Top 5 for this tag team as they won the All Japan World Tag Team Titles when they defeated Akebono & Yutaka Yoshie on 5/6. They then defeated Akebono & Takao Omori on 5/10 to go 2-0 for the week. With 8 victories in their last 9 matches, they are on a roll right now. Can they continue this success? With the prestige of their titles, they will definitely have plenty of chances to continue to get ranked as 2015 rolls along.
#4 Monster Express (Masato Yoshino & Shachihoko BOY)-For the 2nd straight week, the Dragon Gate Open the Twin Gate Champions grab the #4 spot in the Tag Team Top 5. They have been absolutely incredible recently with 11 wins in their last 12 matches. To get this week’s #4 spot they defeated Dia.HEARTS (Masaaki Mochizuki and Big R Shimizu) at Dragon Gate on 5/5 to retain the titles and then defeated Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi HAGeeMee & Jimmy Kanda) on 5/8 to go 2-0 for the week. Dragon Gate has played a MAJOR role in both the Indy Power Rankings and the Tag Team Top 5 this year. Expect that to continue going forward.
#5 Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani-This tag team gets their first ranking in the Tag Team Top 5 as they won the Goddesses of Stardom Titles in a tournament for the vacant titles. They defeated Kris Wolf & Star Fire at Stardom on 5/6 in the semifinals and then defeated Chelsea & Kairi Hojo in the final the same night to win the vacant titles to go 2-0 for the week. Tournaments always play a major role in our rankings, so it will be interesting to see if this tag team can continue this momentum and turn it into further rankings in 2015.
People’s Champs. Rochester Wrecking Crew (Hellcat @hellcat420 & Rob Sweet @RobJust2Sweet)-Major props to the UPW Tag Team Champions as they defeated the FBI (Tony Mamaluke & Little Guido) on 5/9 to retain the titles. They don’t just have that to be proud of. They have this week’s People’s Champ award to add to their many successes as they collected a mind-blowing 421 votes to win the online voting competition. For much of the day it looked like Ken Krevis & Max Havok might win, but they fell short at 311 votes. Another great week of voting in the tag team voting competition!
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Yankee Two Kenju
Shane Mercer & Mad Man Pondo
Ken Krevis & Max Havok
Super Smash Bros
Joey Janela & X-Pac
Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
Matt Cross & MEM
Golden Storm Raiders
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