Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of June 8th, 2015
#1 Mad Blankey (YAMATO & Naruki Doi)-A 3-0 weekend gets 2 members of the Mad Blankey faction their first #1 ranking this week. It was a VERY strong week for this duo as they defeated Millenials (Kotoka & T-Hawk) at Dragon Gate on 6/2, then defeated Millenials (Eita & T-Hawk) on 6/3, and then defeated Jimmyz (Jimmy Kanda & Mr. Kyu Kyu Naoki Tanizaki Toyonaka Dolphin) on 6/7 to go 3-0 for the week. Dragon Gate owned the official tag team voting this week as almost all the official voters had Mad Blankey at #1 or #2 and Monster Express at #1 or #2. Dragon Gate continues to be the torch bearer for tag team wrestling on the indies in 2015.
#2 Monster Express (Akira Tozawa & Masato Yoshino)-Nothing new in the Tag Team Top 5 as a familiar faction pops up again proving that Monster Express are the masters of tag team wrestling this year. While they’re working towards the #1 spot in the Tag Team Top 50, it’s the fact that multiple pairings have garnered high rankings that is ultra-impressive. This pairing teamed with Shingo Takagi to defeat Jimmyz (Jimmy Kanda, Jimmy Susumu & Ryo Jimmy Saito) at Dragon Gate on 6/2, then teamed with Shingo Takagi to defeat Dia.HEARTS (Big R Shimizu, BxB Hulk & Kzy) on 6/3, and then defeated CIMA & Yosuke loves Santa Maria on 6/7 to go 3-0 for the week. This team has won NINETEEN straight matches together.
#3 Zero Gravity (Brett Gakiya & CJ Esparza)-The DREAMWAVE Tag Team Champions continued their impressive reign as they defeated one of the top tag teams in all of professional wrestling when they turned away the challenge of OI4K (Dave & Jake Crist) in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match on 6/6 to retain the titles. The official voters saw this as a HUGE win as they beat one of the best teams in the world in that type of a contest. Zero Gravity has been making big strides to make 2015 the year when they really start getting noticed. Expect this to continue with them holding the DREAMWAVE Tag Titles.
#4 El Sky Team (Mistico, Valiente & Volador Jr.)-We get our only three-man tag team in the Tag Team Top 5 this week and they come to us from Mexico as the CMLL World Trios Champions defeated Los Revolucionarios del Terror (Dragon Rojo Jr., Polvora & Rey Escorpion) by DQ on 6/1 and then defeated Los Guerreros Laguneros (Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja & Ultimo Guerrero) on 6/2 to go 2-0 for the week. The international flare of the Tag Team Top 5 was very apparent this week as 3 out of the 5 teams in the Tag Team Top 5 come to us from outside the United States.
#5 The Goon Squad (Deadly Dale & Idol Bane)-This tag team would have had to be considered the underdogs heading into Outlaw Wrestling’s debut show on June 7th vs. The Hooligans. Their surprising victory and becoming the 1st ever tag team champions for Outlaw Wrestling weighed heavily on the voters’ minds this week, but it was the team they beat in The Hooligans that truly got them notice. With The Hooligans being statistically THE best tag team in wrestling the last couple of years, this win was huge. Congrats to The Goon Squad on their very first ranking. More to come? Check out our Outlaw Wrestling Hype Central from last week here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fillingthevoidrn/2015/06/02/indy-power-rankings-reveal-outlaw-wrestling-hype-central
People’s Champs. Shoot 2 Thrill (@Shoot2Thrill Randall Shane @IamRandallShane & Issacc Acid @IssacAcid)-Are they the future WWA Tag Team Champions? It’s possible, but for now, let’s focus on the fact that they defeated Church of Misfits on 6/7 and that win earned them a spot on the poll. They took advantage of their placement on the poll, winning their first online voting competition. Check out our talk with several WWA Talents on the Tag Team Top 5 Reveal here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/2015/06/10/indy-power-rankings-tag-team-top-5-reveal-ft-wwa4-hype-jigsawwrestling
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Damian El Terrible & Bucanero
Kevin Cross & Li Fang
Viking War Party (Frank Wyatt & Jake Parnell)-#2 in the online voting competition with 52 votes
Brian Cage & El Texano Jr.
Grits & Gravy
Interstate Mad Men
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