Tag Team Top 5 for the Week of June 22nd, 2015
#1 Ultimo Dragon & Yoshinobu Kanemaru-Well, who would have thought in 2015 we’d be featuring Ultimo Dragon at the top of any of our rankings? It was a strange week in both singles and tags, as there was certainly quite a bit of nostalgia, BUT Ultimo Dragon & Yoshinobu Kanemaru certainly deserved the #1 spot this week after being the only team with a 4-0 week. The All Asia Tag Team Champions defeated SUSHI & Yohei Nakajima on AJPW on 6/15, then defeated Hikaru Sato & Yuma Aoyagi at AJPW on 6/17, then teamed with The Bodyguard on 6/19 to defeat Jake Lee, Jun Akiyama & SUSHI, and then defeated SUSHI and Yohei Nakajima on 6/21 to wrap up the week. Congrats to them on their first #1 ranking heading into the Tag Team Top 50 Mid-Year Update on July 1st!
#2 Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.)-The former #1’s and current NWA/GHC Tag Team Champions return to the Top 5 this week after a very good week. The closest competition for this week’s #1 ranking teamed with Taichi and Shelton Benjamin at NOAH on 6/15 to defeat TMDK (Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste, Chris Hero & Jack Gamble) and then defeated Chris Hero & Colt Cabana on 6/19 to retain the GHC Tag Team Titles. After a FANTASTIC 2014, 2015 appears to be even better. Where will they rank next week for the Mid-Year update? Tune in to find out!
#3 Hunter Brothers (Jim & Lee Hunter @JimNLeeHunter)-The LCW and Kamikaze Pro Tag Team Champions were also viable contenders for the top spot this week after they defeated The London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch), The GZRS (Sebastian & Tom Irvin) & The Regression (Paul Robinson & “The Omega” Isaac Zercher) in a four-way #1 contenders tag team match at Progress Wrestling on 6/21 and then defeated Mika & Elliott Jordan, The YOLO Squad (Drew Parker & Ethan Silver) & Omari & Liam Doyle at Kamikaze Pro the same day to retain the titles and go 2-0 for the week. The UK has produced some top tag teams over the last couple of years and the Hunter Brothers are a product of that.
#4 Monster Express (Akira Tozawa & Masato Yoshino)-This Dragon Gate factions in all sorts of different forms continues to pop up in the Tag Team Top 5 as they continue their push for various spots in the Tag Team Top 50. This past week they defeated Millenials (T-Hawk and Yosuke (loves) Santa Maria) at Dragon Gate on 6/15, then teamed with Shingo Takagi on 6/16 to defeat MAD BLANKEY (YAMATO, Naruki Doi and Punch Tominaga) and then teamed with Shingo Takagi on 6/21 to defeat Millenials (T-Hawk, Eita and Kotoka) to go 3-0 for the week. While they had a strong case #1 spot this week, they didn’t receive any #1 votes from any of the official voters and only one vote from the fans.
#5 Team IOU (@TeamIOU Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy)-Last year’s surprise tag team continue to try to get back to where they were last year as they went 2-0 over the weekend with a couple of big wins. “Death” was the theme of the weekend as the PGP Tag Team Champions teamed to defeat the Death Dealers on 6/19 and then defeated The Death Machines (Stephen King & Nate Redwing) on 6/20 to retain the titles. IOU may not be in quite as many high profile matches as they were in 2014, but they’re doing their best to continue to put on better quality matches and not just quantity on a weekly basis.
People’s Champs. Seth Tylors & Nick Skitz-It was a slow week in the tag team voting competition but QWA brought some strong representation this week as Tylors & Skitz won the online voting competition by a very narrow margin. Their win vs. The Choff & Karlos Aries at QWA in Australia on 6/21 got them on the poll and their fans took care of the rest.
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
Los Compadres Extremos
Joey Avalon & Chase McCoy
Speed of Sounds
Los Lion Brothers
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