Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of June 15th, 2015
#1 Mad Blankey (YAMATO & Naruki Doi)-Much like the official singles voting, this was a clean sweep this week. The NEW Dragon Gate Open the Twin Gate Champions went back-to-back in the #1 spot after winning the gold. Call us psychic, but their #1 ranking last week must have been some kind of foreshadowing for their HUGE win and subsequent repeat number one ranking. They defeated Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi HAGeeMee & Jimmy Susumu) at Dragon Gate on 6/11 and then defeated Monster Express (Masato Yoshino & Syachihoko BOY) on 6/13 to win the titles. Dragon Gate just continues to churn out fantastic tag teams in the Tag Team Top 5.
#2 Devastation Corporation (Blaster McMassive & Max Smashmaster @DevastationCorp)-The #24 team in last year’s Tag Team Top 50 re-join the fray as they defeated Ophidian & Argus at CHIKARA on 6/13 and then teamed with JAKA to defeat The Nightmare Warriors (Blind Rage, Frightmare, & Silver Ant) to go 2-0 for the week. Perhaps their heel reputation hurt them this week as they garnered zero votes in the online voting competition, but they were basically #2 across the board for the official voters, so here they are. Every time CHIKARA runs a show, they find a way to stay relevant and important in our rankings.
#3 Bravado Brothers (Harlem & Lancelot Bravado)-They’ve been somewhat conspicuous by their absence of late, but they’ve pushed to the front of the pack this week by finally winning the PWX Tag Team Titles. Not only did they win the titles, they beat a pretty dominant team in the form of Country Jacked to win the titles. This team has gone from a joke several years ago to one of the top tag teams on the independent wrestling scene. If they continue to build on this impressive win and ranking, there’s no doubt that they’ll end the year high in the Tag Team Top 50 once again.
#4 The N Words (Acid Jaz & Bryce Benjamin)-The Freelance Tag Team Champions make their first venture into the Tag Team Top 5 this week after a tremendous victory over the weekend to retain the titles. Odds were against them as they entered a STACKED Four-Way Tag Team Match on 6/12 vs. Scumbag Nation, The Tryout Show Rejects, and Team IOU…but they came out on top. This tag team has flown under the radar a bit this year, but after a victory like that, they’re really starting to gain some momentum. Hopefully some other promotions in the Midwest start to take notice and they continue to pile up victories.
#5 Ultimo Dragon & Yoshinobu Kanemaru-The All Asia Tag Team Champions pop in the Tag Team Top 5 again as they defeated Soma Takao & SUSHI at All Japan on 6/12 and then defeated Hikaru Sato & Naoya Nomura on 6/14 to go 2-0 for the week. With wins in 8 of their last 10 matches, this tag team has been tearing it up as they split time between singles and tags in Japan. The Tag Team Top 5 is once again book ended by Japanese talent this week as Japan seems to be one of the true hubs for tag team wrestling in 2015 on the indies.
People’s Champs. Detroit vs. Everybody-This tag team came out of NOWHERE to win the online voting competition this week after they collected a massive amount of votes to edge out The Fellowship for the People’s Champs award. With 313 votes, this tag team proves that they have a strong fan following as they really look to establish themselves as a top tag team.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Hirayanaga & Kumana
The Fellowship-#2 in the online voting competition with 262 votes
Jeff Clouse & JJ Hughes-#3 in the online voting competition with 110 votes
Killer Elite Squad
Tons of Pain
One Night Only
Endless Rampaging Boners
CIMA, Don Fujii, & Gamma
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