#1 Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)-This was an EASY pick at #1. Not only did they win the PWG World Tag Team Titles from Trevor Lee and Andrew Everett on 6/26, they followed that up with a win vs. Brian Fury and Julian Starr at XWA on 6/27. A 2-0 week gets the Bucks their second #1 ranking this year. With them picking up commitments all over the place, will they still be able to keep a strangehold at the top of the indies? We shall see, but one thing is for sure, they pick up gold where ever they go as they now hold the PWG, IWGP Junior, SCW, 2CW, FWE, and IWL Tag Team Titles right now.
#2 Monster Express (Akira Tozawa & Masato Yoshino)-The Monster Express stable continues to dominate Dragon Gate in 2015 as they get yet another ranking. This tandem has been particularly successful as of late, adding to their success by defeating Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi HAGeeMee & Ryo Jimmy Saito) at Dragon Gate on 6/27 and then defeating Millenials (T-Hawk and Eita) to go 2-0 for the week. They have won an ASTOUNDING 22 straight matches. Enough cannot be said about how dominant this faction has been.
#3 Hunter Brothers (@JimnLeeHunter Jim & Lee Hunter)-The LCW and Kamikaze Tag Team Champions return to the Top 5 this week as they defeated Special Edition at TNT on 6/27 and then beat Danny Hope & Sexy Kev the same night at NWWA to go 2-0 for the week. With 5 wins in their last 7 matches, this UK tag team have been pretty successful lately and with some of the stiff competition in Europe right now, they will have plenty of chances to improve their Tag Team Top 50 ranking in 2015.
#4 Team IOU (@TeamIOU Kerry Awful & Nick Iggy)-The PGP Tag Team Champions continued their recent success as they defeated The Death Dealers again at SWF on 6/26 and then beat Paco Gonzalez and Danny Adams at High Risk on 6/28 to go 2-0 for the week. Their original opponents at High Risk were The Tryout Show Rejects but with Bentley & Murdoch both ailing from KOTDM, IOU took on Gonzalez and Adams. A victory over The Tryout Show Rejects might have meant a bit more, but a loss could have been entirely possible too. IOU may not be quite as successful as last year, but they’re staying pretty consistent as of late and consistency is the key as The Hooligans have shown.
#5 Dia.HEARTS (BxB Hulk & Dragon Kid)-Dragon Gate again shows up with 2 teams representing in the Top 5 as this duo defeated Jimmy Susumu and Super Shisa at Dragon Gate on 6/27 and then teamed with Masaaki Mochizuki on 6/28 to defeat Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!, Jimmy Susumu & Ryo “Jimmy” Saito) to go 2-0 for the week. This is certainly one of the most talented tag teams in the Top 5 this week, but the question is whether or not they can add some gold to their mantles to add some legitimacy to their stable/tag team. Big challenges await in Dragon Gate in 2015.
People’s Champs. Detroit vs. Everybody (Cassidy Cain @DatCassidyCain & Jon’tae Keith)-Despite a strong showing from Indy Card Mafia in the online voting competition, Detroit vs. Everybody still dominated. With 232 votes, they secured their 2nd People’s Champs award this week collecting over 100 more votes than any other contenders. Congrats to the 2 time People’s Champs!
Just missing out/Others Receiving Votes:
California Dolls 2.0
Indy Card Mafia-#2 in the online voting competition with 104 votes
Atlantis & Dragon Lee
Takeda, Kasai, & Fukimoto
Da Hit Squad
Drax O’Brien & Lightning Bolt Johnson
Death By Elbow
Ricochet & Shingo
Chris Dickinson & Heidi Lovelace
Royal & Biggs
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