Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of May 25th, 2015
#1 Trevor Lee and Andrew Everett-The Carolinas came up strong this week! It seemed like a little bit of a long-shot, but they travelled from North Carolina to California and won one of the most prestigious tournaments on the independent wrestling calendar when they won the DDT4 Tournament. They defeated Speedball Mike Bailey & Matt Sydal in the first round, then Ricochet & Rich Swann in the second round, and finally The Beaver Boys in the finals to win the tournament. It was a HUGE weekend for these guys as they’ve proven that they’re likely not just a flash in the pan as a tag team. They swept the official voters as they were #1 on everyone’s ballot this week.
#2 Viking War Party (Jake Parnell & Alex Rudolph @VikingWarParty)-The NEW CCW Tag Team Champions take the #2 spot this week after defeating Iron Fear (Shane Mercer & Andrew Hunter) and Tryout Show Rejects (John Wayne Murdoch & Reed Bentley) on 5/23 to win the vacant titles. This combination has been THE money tag team for the Viking War Party as they were the pairing that got themselves ranked #23 in the 2014 Tag Team Top 50. Can they do it again this year? Chances are looking good! They also finished in 3rd place in the online voting competition as they collected 58 votes.
#3 The Lionhearts (Eddie Ryan & Jason LaRusso)-Despite multiple appearances on the Tag Team poll, they had yet to make the Tag Team Top 5…until this week. The AWW British Tag Team Champions added the PWP Tag Team Titles to their collection this past weekend as they teamed with X-Pac at 4FW on 5/23 to defeat Antonio De Luca & The Bruisers (Crippler Gordon & Crusher Lomaxx) and then defeated Pretty Marvellous (Danny Walsh & Mark Walsh) at PWP on 5/24 to win the titles to go 2-0 for the week. Keep an eye on this tag team as they have been doing big things all across the UK this year.
#4 Strong BJ/BJ Strong (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi)-This tag team just keeps popping up in the Tag Team Top 5 as they move up from the #5 spot last week. The KO-D Tag Team Champions defeated Super Crazy & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya at NOAH on 5/21 and then teamed with Super Delfin at BJW on 5/23 to defeat Shisa-o, Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei to go 2-0 for the week. With 13 straight wins to their credit, this tag team has been kicking ass and taking names throughout the year. It doesn’t appear like that is going to come to an end any time soon.
#5 El Dream Team (Rey Mysterio Jr., Myzteziz, & El Patron Alberto)-It’s the only 3-man team to make the Tag Team Top 5 this week and with the significance of their victories, it would have been very difficult to snub them this week. They defeated Yoshihiro Takayama, Taiji Ishimori and Atsushi Kotoge in the first round, then defeated ACH, Moose and Brian Cage in the semifinals and then defeated fought Matt Hardy, Mr. Anderson and Johnny Mundo to a time limit draw (but eventually won after Mysterio won an overtime singles match) in Mexico on 5/24 to win the Lucha Libre World Cup. With 2 wins and a draw this week, they found a way to get into the Top 5 for the very first time. Will it be the last? We’ll see if they team again this year.
People’s Champs. Jack Spade & Maru (@MrGrappler)-Give major props to this week’s People’s Champs as they duked it out with Team IOU for much of the duration of the online voting competition and at the end of the day, they came out on top with 168 votes. They are also the NEW RCCW Tag Team Champions after they defeated Butchie Davis & Tre Blackman on 5/22 to win the titles. RCCW has produced multiple People’s Champs over the last few months and this week was no different.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Speed of Sounds
Kobayashi, Kodaka, & Miyamoto
Team IOU-#2 in the online voting competition with 113 votes
Hamrick & Tracer X
Le Tabarnak de Team
MEM & Taeler Hendrix-#34 in the online voting competition with 50 votes
Tozawa & Takagi
Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee
Slim J & Yehi
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