#1 Raymond Rowe (@RaymondxRowe)-It was a VERY close vote this week as the JLIT Tournament Winner for 2015 ran into some stiff competition from Santana Garrett. That being said, Raymond Rowe came out on top, coming no lower than #2 on any of the official voters’ ballots. This is his not his first #1 ranking as he had one in very early 2014 but it’s his first in quite some time. Over the weekend he defeated Rickey Shane Page at AIW on 5/22, then defeated Nick Gage on 5/23, then defeated Tracy Williams the same night, and then defeated Josh Prohibition and Louis Lyndon to win the tournament to go 4-0 for the week. With his frequent ROH work still ongoing, we still hope to see more of him in 2015 on the indies!
#2 Santana Garrett (@BrittanyTNA)-Inarguably the most dominant female in independent wrestling in 2015…she grabs yet another high ranking this week. With her holding titles such as the SHINE, NWA Women’s, JCW Women’s, and the Battling Bombshell’s Women’s Title she went into the weekend and added even more prestige to her already phenomenal year. She defeated Nikki Adams at Masters of Ring Entertainment on 5/23 in the first round, then defeated Ronnie Nicole in the semifinals and Kacee Carlisle in the final to win the tournament to go 3-0 for the week. We say no other female has been more dominant but at this point, very few males have been as dominant. Look for her to continue to crush her competition going forward.
#3 Roderick Strong (@RoderickStrong)-If we were balloting for “Wrestler of the Year” right now, Roderick Strong would have to be at or near the top of the list. The PWG World Champion defeated Chris Hero and Brian Cage on 5/22 to retain the title and then travelled to PROGRESS in Europe and defeated Tommy End to go 2-0 for the week. With wins in 9 of his last 11 matches outside of ROH, Roderick Strong has experienced a career revival this year. Very few wrestlers in the U.S. have been as hungry and motivated as Strong this year and if you’re in his path, look the hell out.
#4 Davey Vega (@DaveyVega85)-The AIW Intense Champion had another stellar weekend as he defeated Heidi Lovelace at AIW on 5/22, then beat BJ Whitmer on 5/23 to go 2-0 for the week. With some great competition in front of him this week, he was unable to crack the Top 3, but this was highest ranking this year. After getting his first #1 ranking in 2014 in a bit of a surprise, he’d slow down a little bit in terms of getting ranked. That all changed this week as he garnered a ton of support after a flawless weekend.
#5 People’s Champ. Bryan Skyline (@BryanSkyline)-Without the fan vote, he would have been ranked, but he solidified his spot this week by dominating the online voting competition, securing more than double the votes of the 2nd place finisher. He had a very good weekend as the UPW American Champion defeated Shannon Moore on 5/22 to retain the title and then defeated Rhino and Joseph Schwartz on 5/23 to retain the title to go 2-0 for the week. Skyline has been showing a lot of potential this year and finally proved how good he can be with a very good ranking AND a win in the online voting competition with 110 votes.
#6 Shynron (@Dragon_Shynron)-One of the best high-flyers in the world makes his return to the Top 10 this week after he defeated Lukas Sharp at NEW on 5/23 and then teamed with Argus, Eddie Kingston & Ophidian at Chikara on 5/24 to beat The Wrecking Crew (The Devastation Corporation (Blaster McMassive, Flex Rumblecrunch & Max Smashmaster) & Jaka to go 2-0 for the week. Despite no fan turn out in the online voting competition this week, he has had one hell of a 2-year run as one of the very best in the world in terms of putting on an absolute show. This is his 2nd highest ranking in 2015.
#7 Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe)-Despite his appearances on NXT, Samoa Joe is STILL tearing it up on the indies vs. some of the best talent available anywhere. Over the weekend he defeated someone who is a perennial Top 10 contender in Johnny Gargano on 5/23 at AIW. It was that STRONG win that impressed people enough to get him into the Indy Power Rankings this week with just one win. We hope to see more of him in 2015, but as most know, his time may be limited very soon.
#8 Princess Kimber Lee (@Kimber_Lee90)-Whatever her moniker she’s competing, 1/2 of Shimmer, Shine and WSU Tag Team Champions always shows up to compete. Over the weekend she defeated Juan Francisco at Chikara on 5/23; and then teamed with Jervis Cottonbelly on 5/24 to beat The Gentleman’s Club (Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy) to go 2-0 for the week. She’s having a FANTASTIC 2015 and this week was just further proof of that undeniable fact.
#9 Muhammed Yone-Surprisingly this is the first Top 10 ranking for this NOAH-based talent. On 5/21 he won a Battle Royal at NOAH and then followed that up when he teamed with Katsuhiko Nakajima at NOAH on 5/23 to beat Super Crazy and Captain NOAH to go 2-0 for the week. With victories in 6 of his last 8 matches, Yone has been doing good things in NOAH lately. Can he build on this ranking? We shall see.
#10 Masato Yoshino-1/2 of the Dragon Gate Open the Twin Gate Champions returns to the Top 10 this week as he teamed with Akira Tozawa and Shingo Takagi at Dragon Gate on 5/23 to defeat YAMATO, Cyber Kong and Punch Tominaga and then defeated Masaaki Mochizuki on 5/24 to go 2-0 for the week. With wins in 14 straight matches, very few have been as impressive lately as one of the speediest athletes on the face of the Earth. Yoshino just continues to do his thing at Dragon Gate, racking up wins along the way.
Others missing out/receiving votes:
Zack Sabre Jr.
Ethan Alexander Sharpe
Blake Edward Bellakis
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